Sometimes everything goes perfectly to plan…

Other times it still goes perfectly to plan, except that the weather is trying to do all four seasons in an hour. Such is life in Oregon.

I first met Briana through Summer Robbins Flowers during my first year in Bend. I could immediately see that her heart was just as big as her smile and felt so blessed to have multiple opportunities to work with her over the last couple of years. This past summer I got to meet her partner, Drew and was pleasantly surprised when he reached out to me a few months later to discuss a surprise portrait session with Briana and her Frenchie, Chloe. Surprise portraits you say? Hmmmmm sounds like a proposal to me! Even though I desperately wanted to ask him if he was going to put a ring on it, I decided to wait until he brought it up at a coffee/planning date. …which he did. Yay!!!

I suggested the dock at Suttle Lake. It’s not heavily populated during December, I’ve been wanting to do a session there, it’s romantic af, aaaaaand I learned it’s where they had one of their first dates! Yaaaas best location ever!  We decided that it would be less suspicious if we started the shoot like a regular portrait session with just the two of them to warm up. *wink* Then I would ask Drew to go get Chloe from the car, at which point he would put on her special collar and tag. I’d have them all set up and “Oh no, Drew tie your shoe for me…” and “Hey Briana can you fix Chloe’s collar?”

She said yes!

romantic snowy engagement session on the suttle lake dock windy snowy drunk weather during lakeside engagement session engaged couple standing on lake dock surrounded by pine trees cute couple walking away from boathouse at suttle lake near sisters oregon boyfriend uses dog to help him propose to girlfriend on lake dock outside sisters oregon she said yes newly engaged couple cuddling with their frenchie dog at the lake i'll be yours if you'll be mine engaged couple kissing while dog wraps them up in leash at suttle lake chloe the frenchie smiling for the camera he wants to know if you'll say yes tag on dog collar for proposal with blue sapphire engagement ring engagement session sunbreak at suttle lake outside sisters oregon

Many thanks to my lovely assistant, Sara for all her help in making this a flawless experience.

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