The plan was in the works for months. Sarah knew a proposal would eventually happen, they'd talked about it while laying in bed on Saturday mornings. They talked about what life would be like in 10 years, what they were going to accomplish and where they would travel together. They even had the outline of their wedding planned (why hello Jamaica! ) but there was yet to be a shiny little rock on Sarah's lonely little finger.
She knew it would happen, she knew she just had to wait. As a good friend of mine, I heard all about it. "It will happen, I just don't know when."
He knew it had to be epic, and he knew he needed an entire team to pull it off. And he knew that he wanted me there to capture the moment so that it would never fade.
But, Sarah is the type of girl that has all the plans.
Something happening this weekend? Sarah's got it planned
Going camping this summer? Sarah's got that planned.
There isn't much that stays off of Sarah's radar, and to pull off something epic, something that will catch her off guard and be a true surprise is quite a hard to do.
Josh had just the idea, but needed some real team work of all their friends and family to make sure Sarah would stay unaware, especially with me and my camera in tow. When Sarah would see my camera bag, she would know whatever was happening was something special... as I don't bring my camera out and about when I am hanging with my friends.
So we planned, and we scheduled and we rescheduled and we recruited friends to come and throw her off the sent.
Sarah has a bucket list (she is not an old lady, but it's amazing how quickly life threatening events can make you want to start your own bucket list... ) and on that list was a hot air balloon ride. It would be perfect, but we had to find a way to get her there without automatically assuming a proposal was in the air (pun 100% intended:) )
Sarah turned 30 in January, and had a bit of a lackluster birthday month. So let's tell her it's her 30th birthday redo! As far as humanly possible from her actual birthday and a good enough excuse to make her not think of a proposal at all!
Our friend Heather convinced her to change her plans and go to "wine tasting" with her where Josh, me , the other Becca, and Scott were all waiting with the balloon people. She arrived, confused as to why we were there and then in shock that we had planned this epic birthday surprise (total win).
We got to the field where we and another balloon were to launch and she was grinning from ear to ear. It was an awesome sight to watch a balloon get inflated and just how massive they are, then 8 of us (the 6 in our group and another couple we didn't know) hopped into the balloon and took off.
5 minutes in Sarah looks at me (while I am photographing the scenery) and says "you could totally make this a unique photoshoot for proposals! They would never know! How cool would that be??"
I quickly avert my eyes, and say "uh yeah, cool idea I should think on that...that never crossed my mind...." and go back to shooting the really cool view.
30 minutes in, the balloon dude (for lack of knowledge of his real title) says "I think this is as high as we are going to get tonight folks" which is code for, I won't hit the fire button for a couple minutes, so if you are going to propose...now is the time.
Josh, shakily pulls his ring out of his pocket, holding with a death grip (cuz if that ring were to get dropped, it'd be bye bye ring) and looks Sarah in the eye, says some magical Josh and Sarah type stuff and she says yes.
BEST IDEA EVER.
Congrats to Josh and Sarah, two of my very good friends. I love you both dearly!
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A hot air balloon wedding proposal is one people will surely be talking about for a long time!