I always love a man with a plan, and Hunter had a great one. He contacted me about shooting his Century Tree Proposal at Texas A&M University, because he knew having a photographer there would make it perfect for Nicole. The more we talked, I learned that Hunter is an avid reader and book collector. He had the idea of walking to the library after the proposal and taking some images of their rings with an old printing press that had special meaning to him. I'm always up for a photographic adventure, so I said yes!
It was an unseasonably pleasant morning with a breeze as I waited under the Century Tree for the couple to arrive. Once they got to the famous bench and started hugging, I popped out and started snapping. And kept snapping, and snapping, and snapping as they kept hugging; wondering when Hunter was going to drop down on one knee. It was then that I saw him frantically digging through his pocket with his free hand, and throwing the contents onto the ground behind Nicole. Come to find out, he had "hidden" the ring under a lot of items in his pocket so that the box wouldn't show through and tip off Nicole. Check out the first two pictures, and you will see his wallet flying out to the left!
All turned out well, as Nicole tearfully said "yes!" and we took some portraits with the tree. Then, it was time for the excursion to the library! We met up with a friend of Hunter who is in charge of the historic printing press. I felt quite official as we went through the door locked with a keypad and saw the printing press on it's platform. It was fun to play with ring shots using something other than flowers and invitations, and the results are, in my opinion, unique and romantic!
I'm sure that the wedding will be filled with just as many unique touches, tearful moments, and funny bloopers.