Kristen and Brad were in their element during this stunning North Carolina engagement shoot. As an active couple who lead a fit lifestyle (they met at the gym!) they were totally at home hiking in the Pisgah National Forest. The dramatic views from the ridge of Black Balsam and the ethereal light, captured by GetzCreative Photography, made for some out-of-this-world photos, and their session at Looking Glass Falls is so romantic. These two are naturals in front of the camera and obviously so in love. Read their proposal story below!
Before the Ring:
Brad and I met at our gym in December 2010. We are both very active and lead a “fit” lifestyle – when we go to the gym, we lift weights, do cardio, and get out of there! Brad and I stared at each other for months before I actually worked up the courage to say “hi” one night after working out (after being bugged by my friend and workout partner). We met on a Monday and ended up standing in the gym parking lot (yes, in the cold!) each night that week and talking. We had so much in common! Brad asked me out on a date on Friday night, and of course I said, yes. Our first date could not have been any more perfect. Brad took me out to dinner at a local Sushi restaurant and then to a quiet Wine Bar in downtown Greenville. We’ve been together and very happy ever since!
For my birthday in August, Brad bought me tickets to the Biltmore’s Christmas Candle Light Tour in Ashville, NC. We planned our trip for December, around our one-year anniversary. Unknown to me, Brad had bought the ring in September and had held onto it all that time! We went the scenic way from Greenville to Ashville using a good old map. We finally made our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway and were able to drive and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. I thought we were going to be late checking in and getting to dinner, so throughout some of this ride, I kept telling him to take the exits, so we could “get there on time.” Brad assured me we could make a different dinner reservation, so I settled down and enjoyed the ride. We pulled off the parkway into an overlook that was empty. We got out of his truck and took some pictures of the beautiful view. I decided to set the timer on the camera and set it on the truck so we could get a picture of us with the scenery in the background. We took one picture, but it was not quite right, so Brad told me to try it again. While I was setting up the camera, he was opening the ring box in his jacket pocket. I ran back to him and started to put my arm around him for the picture, but he held me out…and got down on one knee and proposed – then the camera clicked. I couldn’t believe it! Obviously, I said, “YES!” So, we got an actual picture of the proposal.
Photography: GetzCreative Photography