We loved this submission! Photographer Andi Stempniak had planned a styled shoot at Ferguson’s Orchard in Eau Claire to showcase the orchard as a new rustic wedding venue. As the planning began she knew she wanted a real couple to model for the shoot to showcase their love and the great new venue. But who would be willing and available on a Sunday evening in the middle of summer was a bit of a problem. So after asking a few people and none were available she decided to ask fellow photographer, Sam if he and his girlfriend, Sara, would be willing to help her out. The two had recently moved to the area and had been dating for 5 years, they are high school sweethearts so she knew they would be a great fit!
During a conversation about the shoot it was thrown out that maybe Sam should ask Sara to marry him during the shoot. Andi felt like it was said in passing or just as a joke but after Sara agreed to the shoot the surprise planning was on! Sam was talking about proposing sometime in the near future and the shoot presented a unique memorial moment. They decided to break the day up into two separate looks and shooting locations at the orchard so not all the vendors would be watching as Sam popped the question. There were a few bumps along the way with keeping the secret but it all worked out. Sara had no idea and they had great photos throughout the shoot!