Alex + Sarah | a Surprise Proposal at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO | St. Louis Photography

My cousin is ENGAGED!!!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!!

I joke, Alex. I promise....

In all honesty, our family has been in love with Sarah for about - how many years was it, Alex? - 10 or 11? Sooooo, for as long as I've been married, she's been part of the family. And now, she will officially be our COUSIN!!!!

I was absolutely thrilled - I mean ECSTATIC - when Alex messaged me that he was going to pop the question, and that he wanted ME! to capture that moment for him. Holy cow. I know I've said this before, but there is honestly nothing better as a photographer than to be able to create beautiful memories for my family. It brings me so much joy and fulfillment.

I arrived at the Chase Park Plaza with my aunt and uncle, who weren't "supposed" to be there. Alex was coming with Sarah and her parents, as a casual dinner date. The table was ready with a gorgeous bouquet of red roses. My aunt had the ring, like the genius she is, so that I could take beautiful ring shots before they arrived.

When they did arrive, his parents were in hiding across the patio behind a glass door, and I was plastered behind a nearby chair like the awesome ninja-photographer I am. My aunt snuck to the bathroom to hand the ring over to Sarah's mom, who then snuck it underhandedly to Alex. They sat out on the patio, for a few "casual" drinks while they waited for their table to be ready, and when Alex gave the signal, he stood up to give her the ring, and his parents and I popped out! Sarah was crying the most beautiful tears, completely surprised.

She was so excited that she completely forgot to accept the ring before she ran around hugging people. How absolutely sweet!!!!!

Of course, she said "YES!" We ran away for some quick Engagement Portraits, and then they spent the evening with their parents! Perfection, if I do say so myself.

Check out these Proposal Shots, and don't forget to check out their Engagement Portraits at the Chase Park Plaza below!

Aren't they the cutest??!

Location | The Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri

Congratulate this happy couple!!

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