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Maui Surprise Engagement

About 8 months ago, my oldest daughter’s boyfriend stole her away from us and brought her to Colorado.  He’s an amazing young chef and was given a unique opportunity to be head chef at The Fitz Restaurant in Vail, Colorado.

About 2 months ago, he contacted me kind of out of the blue.  He said that he wanted to propose on Maui, when they came back to visit, and asked 1.  if he could have my blessing, 2. if I would keep it a secret and 3. if I would photograph it.

I was like, yes, yes and yes!

So we planned to do a photo shoot when they came back, which isn’t that out of the ordinary around these parts, and then at some point during the shoot he’d just get down on one knee and pop the question.

Only, it rained.  Like, a lot.  So we went searching for sun.  Driving around looking for holes in the clouds ahead of us.  We found some for about 20 minutes and then… gone.  We kept trying to figure out where to go and what to do and finally he was like, I’m just going to do it.  Let’s just go to the nicest beach nearby.  It doesn’t matter if it’s raining.

And there, on the beach, in the pouring rain, I watched as my oldest got engaged.  To someone we’re really, really pleased to welcome into our family.

Congrats Miranda and Gage!  We love you both so much!

Maui Surprise Engagement

Contax 645 | Portra 800 (way overexposed) | The Find Lab
Tattoos are by Samantha Fairchild of Straycat Studios (she’s amazeballs)
Makeup by Beauty by Trisha

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