Caitlin + Jon
Caitlin, Jon, and I have a very unique story together. Caitlin had actually already booked her wedding with me MONTHS ago. Normal right? Nope, Jon hadn't proposed yet! Jon wanted to make sure that Caitlin got everything she wanted for her wedding so he wanted her to start planning the wedding with ample time in advance (adorable... and super thoughtful!)... date, venue, photographer... all before he actually got down on one knee!
Unbeknownst to Caitlin, Jon had been emailing me about being a surprise photographer for when he popped the question to Caitlin. I LOVE BEING ASKED TO PHOTOGRAPH SURPRISE PROPOSALS! But that's no secret. Capturing surprise proposals are the best... being able to photograph the story of a couple's wedding LITERALLY from the second she says "yes" is so rewarding. The photos that come from that moment are priceless. Ladies, hint to your men that you want photos from when he proposes... you won't be disappointed.
I arrived at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville and wandered around for a while as I waited for Caitlin + Jon to arrive. The anticipation was killing me, and if you watched me Insta Story that day, you knew that!! There were a few weddings taking place in the gardens that day (if you haven't been to Rotary Botanical you don't know what you're missing... it's STUNNING) so I tried to "blend in" as one of the photographers there already; Caitlin COULD'T see me beforehand... it would totally give it away! So I waited in hiding. The whole reason why Jon wanted to propose to Caitlin at the gardens is a tearjerker... are you ready? Jon asked Caitlin's dad for her hand in marriage but Caitlin's mom passed away before Jon could ask her as well... and Caitlin's mother has a memorial stone set in the walkway at Rotary so Jon wanted to propose to Caitlin near the stone so her mother could be close. Are you bawling yet?! I get the chills every time I tell someone that story! It took everything I had not to cry behind the lens as I was photographing them!
The best part, Caitlin never saw me until the very end... it's not hard to guess which photos were taken when she saw me. 😉
Caitlin + Jon, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your love story! Caitlin, you're officially an SJ Bride! I can't wait to continue the journey!!!
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