*This story has since been featured on Love What Matters and Honey9 AU*
Rewind to Valentine's Day 2018, Cody contacted me with the question "Would you be interested in doing a marriage proposal?" My answer... UM... DUH! We discussed location and where the perfect spot would be and decided on the beautiful outdoor ceremony site at K & M Barn at Lewis Farm. The only problem was figuring out how to get Darrien on board without her knowing something was up (fyi, Cody despises taking photos and I had never even spoken to Darrien.) My friend Millie and I had been discussing a styled shoot for a while so I knew this was the perfect opportunity. Not even two weeks later, Darrien messaged me and said she wanted to get some photos of her and Cody taken. PROBLEM SOLVED!
Two months of planning went by and we had the perfect vendors chosen, the perfect ring (the diamond belonged to Darrien's grandmother/ Cody did such a great job) and the day was quickly approaching. Darrien and Cody arrived at the barn as Millie and I were taking detail shots of her ring. Quick! Hide the ring!
We explained what a styled shoot was to the two and began photographing the beautiful couple. There was laughter, music, and just a little dancing! Darrien was turned away from Cody when I pulled the ring out of my camera bag and handed it to him. We continued to photograph while Cody got down on one knee. Darrien turned around, speechless, tears flowing and quickly answered yes. Cody placed the gorgeous ring on her finger. They hugged, laughed, kissed and cried. Darrien finally looked down at the ring and her jaw hit the floor. We moved on into an engagement shoot for the two and later popped the champagne because DARRIEN IS CHANGING HER LAST NAME!
Venue: K & M Barn at Lewis Farm
Models: Darrien Middleton + Cody Arnold
Florals: Sand's Florist & Gifts
Tablescape + Chairs + Hoops: M&M Rentals
HMUA: Lidia Joy Smith
Cake: Tiny Baker
Jewelry: Ellen Hays Jewelry
Calligraphy: Millie Cagle Hayes
Ring: Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry
Photographers: Samantha Slayton + Millie Cagle Hayes