A Picnic Proposal at Libby Hill
I was over the moon when Justin contacted me about photographing his proposal at Libby Hill Park in Richmond, VA. Libby Hill is one of my favorite locations for photo sessions. There’s no better location than Libby Hill for my photography clients who want a quiet spot that still displays a bit of bustling, historic Richmond in the backdrop (for more of my favorite locations for photo session, see my blog post about my favorite locations for photo shoots in RVA).
What Came Before the Proposal at Libby Hill: Caroline & Justin’s Love Story
Justin and Caroline met as athletes on the Virginia Tech Swim Team. Interestingly, Justin and Caroline discovered that they had been mere feet from each other dozens of times throughout their grade school swim careers. They both attended and competed in the same swim meets for years! Coincidence or fate? I’ll let you decide!
At the end of Justin’s freshman year, Caroline began asking him to grab coffee with her in between classes. Grabbing coffee together became a regular ritual for the pair. “Her parents actually called me ‘Coffee Boy’ for the longest time,” says Justin. After a few weeks of those coffee dates “and a million missed hints,” the pair made their relationship official. They’ve been together for over six years.
“[Caroline] makes me feel like I’ve found home,” says Justin. I’ve never really felt that growing up or with anyone else. But there’s something about her that makes me feel like I’m where I need to be in the universe when we’re together… I couldn’t wait to show her that I don’t want anyone else by my side for the rest of my life.”
The Details for Justin & Caroline’s Proposal at Libby Hill
A Romantic Picnic for Two
I’ve witnessed dozens of proposals, and I have to say that I adore it when there’s delicious food and drink involved. Especially when that food and drink is served up in such a pretty way! I applaud Justin’s decision to incorporate a gorgeous picnic spread by Picnic RVA for his proposal at Libby Hill. Libby Hill may be a stunning location, but incorporating Picnic RVA’s luxurious picnic experience was truly added an element of romance to the whole proposal setup. Plus, it was a ton of fun to photograph!
Choosing a Location for a Richmond Proposal
It’s so important to incorporate meaningful elements, including locations, into any photo session, but especially in a proposal photoshoot! My heart melted a little bit when Justin explained to me that Libby Hill Park is a place near and dear to the couple’s hearts. “We had our photos taken at Libby Hill Park last summer,” says Justin. “Something about that photo session and the pictures just really flipped a switch and made me realize I wanted to [propose], so I wanted to go back as a surprise for Caroline.”
Hiring a Photographer to Capture a Proposal at Libby Hill
If you’re lucky, proposing (or being proposed to) is a once in a lifetime event. It’s no surprise then that proposal photography is on the rise. And I’m here for it, guys!
“About as soon as I starting planning to propose to Caroline, I knew I wanted to hire a photographer. She had no idea the proposal was coming and I wanted to make sure someone was there to capture the surprise in its entirety,” says Justin.
Popping the Question
As with most proposal sessions, I was initially hiding at a safe distance from the couple as they approached the gazebo. Caroline’s body language made it completely clear that she definitely was not expecting such a momentous occasion.
Caroline’s Reaction to Her Proposal at Libby Hill
Caroline couldn’t hide her surprise when she spotted the letter board sign that read, “Caroline, will you marry me?” Her jaw literally dropped. Justin, of course, had a smile from ear to ear as he dropped to one knee to pop the question.
The Engagement Ring
The couple sealed the deal with a gorgeous ring – a large, dark, pear cut center stone flanked by two round cut diamonds. What a stunner (good job, Justin)!
Congratulations, Caroline and Justin! It was truly a privilege to capture this moment for you two!
Hiring EmmiClaire Photography to Document Your Proposal Story
What’s one of the many pros of booking a professional photographer to capture your Richmond, VA proposal? That’s easy! You get an engagement session immediately following your proposal! Another perk? If you choose EmmiClarie Photography as your wedding photographer, not only will you be getting someone who works with you to capture the spectacular wedding images that you’ll cherish for a lifetime, you’ll be booking someone who is already a small part of your love story. How cool is that? To me, there’s no better feeling than growing with my clients through every season of their lives.
Interested in viewing more proposal photography stories by EmmiClaire Photography?
Check out these blog posts:
- Mike & Jordan’s Proposal Story at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, VA.
- Carsen & Uly’s Proposal at Libby Hill in Richmond, VA
- Luke & Ashley’s Proposal in Charlottesville, VA
Are you planning a proposal in the greater Richmond Metro Area?
Contact EmmiClaire Photography today! Let’s chat about how I can help memorialize your proposal in authentic, unforgettable images that you’ll cherish for a lifetime!