6 engagement stories guaranteed to make you swoon and smile

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E. Henigan Studios Photography Uptown Charlotte Engagement
Photography by E. Henigan Studios Photography.

The holidays are quickly approaching, which, in addition to copious amounts of food and parties, means that your Instagram feed will soon be flooded with newly engaged couples.

To get you ready for engagement season, here is a round up of some of our favorite engagements recently featured in the digital issue of Carolina Bride magazine.

Angela Zhu & Ryan Demers 

Married on October 13, 2018

E. Henigan Studios Photography Uptown Charlotte Engagement
Photography by E. Henigan Studios Photography.

As told by Angela:

“Ryan and I were heading to my family reunion in Pawleys Island, S.C., where my family lives and where his family was on vacation. Our entire family was there, which was so unique and special.

I am not a morning person, but Ryan woke me up at 4 a.m., saying he wanted to take pictures of all the siblings at sunrise. He wanted to take test shots of us before the others joined us. I put on a sundress and we headed to the beach. He set up some photography equipment, and we started walking down the beach for the test shots.

He was being fidgety (I actually thought he was itching himself), when I turned around to tell him to stay still for the photo, I saw him on one knee. I had no idea he was going to propose! He asked me to marry him and it couldn’t have been any more perfect. I said yes as the sun rose on our favorite spot in South Carolina.”

Hannah Hooten & Gabriel Martín

Married on August 4, 2018

Photography by Love Shutter Photography.

As told by Hannah:

“We met freshman year of college and have been together every since. Midday at work one Friday, Gabriel told me he had gotten us tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater in the Upper West Side that evening.

He surprised me after work in the Upper East Side, and suggested we ride bikes through the park to save time. But when he detoured to our favorite picnic spot, Cherry Hill, I suspected something was up.

When I suggested we should sit and admire the foliage, he said ‘Don’t sit just yet!’ The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee. Best champagne picnic ever!”

Natalie Hamrick & Atticus Fehl

Married on September 2, 2017

Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography.

As told by Natalie:

“Atticus’ birthday was approaching and, although he does not like celebrating his birthday, I asked him what he wanted. He said that he really did not want any gifts but would rather just spend time together and said that we should spend the weekend visiting his family in Pittsburgh. 

I had never been to Pittsburgh and this was also going to be our first trip just the two of us. I excitedly bought our plane tickets and made sure that all of the flights and times would work for our schedules. I could tell how excited Atticus was to show me his hometown when we landed that Friday. We stayed with his grandma and toured the city with his family. 

Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography.

On Sunday, Atticus and I went out to tour the city by ourselves. We went to the ice skating rink downtown, took a trolley ride around town and saw all of the Christmas decorations. Before our dinner reservations, we headed up the Duquesne incline. The city view was beautiful and we saw each of the places we had gone over the weekend. As we walked along, there was a small bench, and Atticus and I sat down and talked.

As the sun began to set, we talked about memories from the trip and talked about our time together. Then, as the city lights came on, Atticus got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so surprised and so happy at the same time. I instantly said yes! We called our parents to tell them the news. The best was sharing the news with his grandma when we got back to her house.

On the flight back they announced our engagement to the entire airplane. It was a perfect trip and a perfect engagement!” 

Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography.

Graham Morrison & Logan Heard

Graham and Logan will be married in the near future.

Photography by Stag + Sparrow Photography.

As told by Graham:

“Back in 2015, I was on Instagram for work and sharing my art quite a bit. One day I came across Logan’s profile and noticed that we had a lot in common. We began to follow one another and would ‘like’ each other’s photos. That led to us messaging back and forth on Instagram, then texting, then Skyping. 

Eventually, Logan came to visit me in North Carolina (he was living in Oklahoma at the time). I could tell he was really interested in pursuing this, despite the obvious hurdles of a long-distance relationship. 

Photography by Stag + Sparrow Photography.

I also flew to Oklahoma to meet his friends and family for Thanksgiving, and from there, we visited each other every few months. Then, Logan got a job offer in Portland, Ore., so I decided to take the leap and move there with him.

We’ve been together for three years now, and despite the obvious ups and downs that any relationship experiences, we’ve truly found a way to lift one another up.”

Callie Ellis & Dallas Hooks

Married on July 14, 2018

Photography by Dianne Personett Photography.

As told by Callie:

“Dallas and I met in May of 2015 when I was interning at JHE Production Group. I was assisting with setting up for Speed Street, and Dallas was setting up tents for the event. I made him move one tent several times, and then he “worked late” the rest of the weekend so he could get to know me better.

Fast forward three years to the weekend before my birthday, and Dallas said he was going to take me to breakfast, my favorite meal. We start driving and he was driving into Uptown and I didn’t think much of it as I was trying to figure out where he was taking me.

Dallas pulled over at the intersection of Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. My response was, ‘What are you doing? There are no breakfast places here.’ He made me get out of the car and asked me if I remembered this spot. And of course I did. It was where we had first met and the exact spot where I continuously made him move the tent.  

Photography by Dianne Personett Photography.

Dallas proceeded to tell me how much he loved me and how amazing the past couple of years had been. He got down on one knee and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked me to marry him. He even had a photographer for the whole thing!  And of course, I said yes! (Somehow, I didn’t get breakfast though).”

Kelly Hilsin & Brendan O’Connor

Kelly and Brendan will be married on December 14, 2018

Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography.

As told by Kelly:

Brendan and I met in Charleston, when we both worked at Roper Hospital. He was assigned to orient me when I first started working in the intensive care unit. After one week, he asked me on a date, and the rest was history.

Five years later, we were spending Thanksgiving with my parents in Charlotte. Brendan wanted to start the tradition of going to a Christmas tree farm and cutting down our own tree, so that Saturday, he woke me up bright and early. We drove to a tree farm in Fort Mill, SC and spent an hour looking at all the trees until we found ‘the one.’

After asking a couple to take a photo of us with the tree, he bent down to start cutting it. When I walked over to his side to help him, I found him on one knee with just the ring in his hand, saying, ‘Kelly, will you please marry me?’ I was completely shocked, and so was the couple taking the photos. I happily said yes and jumped into his arms before he could put the ring on my finger. That was the happiest day of my life.”

Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography.

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