Heather & Derrick Proposal First Brethren Church Buena Vista, VA 7-23-17

Derrick had asked me back in May if I would photograph his proposal to his girlfriend at First Brethren Church in Buena Vista, VA. I absolutely agreed and was very excited and honored that he asked me. He was very nervous about the whole thing but I knew he would be fine! Lucky for me I had just gone through the entire proposal process just a few months earlier so I completely understood the butterflies. Brittany and I arrived early to church and sat in the front row so I could quickly get into the aisle to photograph this special moment. I hid my bag and gear under the pew while keeping my camera next to me so it was ready when the time came. Derrick came in and handed me the ring to keep until it was time, so Heather would not expect anything that was going on. Pastor Mike Hamilton's message that morning was about love, which fit perfectly into the morning's events. Mike asked Derrick and Heather to come to the front of the church to use them as an example and I secretly handed him the ring as they walked to the front.

I quickly pulled my camera up and walked into the aisle and started shooting away. Derrick started off his speech by explaining what love meant to him and how Heather has been such an important part of his life. At this point Heather was not quite aware of what was about to happen. 

Shortly into his speech she started to realize exactly what was happening. 

Up until this point the entire congregation was silent and focusing on what was taking place. However that soon changed as soon as Derrick pulled the ring out of his pocket. Gasps could be heard throughout the entire church!

The moment finally came and he got down on one knee and asked Heather to be his wife. She obviously said YES and it was a complete happily ever after moment for the two of them. Everyone clapped while others cried tears of happiness. We all went back to our seats to wait for church to end. After it was over I had a chance to congratulate them both. I was able to capture some photos of   the newly engaged couple, photos with their family and Pastor Mike, and of course photos of Heather's new ring! I'm so happy for you two and so very happy you asked me to be a part of documenting this moment that you will cherish forever! God Bless!

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