A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being present during the surprise engagement of Nate and Kat in Portland, Maine. There is a lot to think about when you are planning to ask the woman of your dreams to spend the rest of her life with you. Nate, knowing Kat would want to see photos of the event later, put having a photographer present on his planning list. I am tremendously grateful that he did.
It was a simple plan, I would wait for them to arrive and he would pop the question. They spent the day doing all the things they liked to do together on a regular basis. One of those things happened to be swinging on swings - something they had been doing since the early days of dating. The park they typically hung out in was part of a school yard. It had a garden on one side and two sets of swings, small climbing walls, and a jungle gym on the other. I spent my time waiting crouched behind a small climbing wall.
Not long after I arrived Nate and Kat came jogging into the park, fully focused on those swings. Well, Kat was. Nate took the time to shoot me a beaming smile over his shoulder as he followed her.
I watched as they both got on the swings, Kat working to make her swing go higher than Nate’s. I could tell he wasn’t going to last long in this competition. He couldn’t wait to ask her. In fact, he stopped after only two or three swings. Kat looked around wondering what he was doing. He stood beside her as she swung and grabbed the chain, bringing her to a stop, then he got down on one knee. If this story doesn’t make you swoon, the photos of the love and joy that followed certainly will. Enjoy!