Jesse didn’t hold nothing back for his proposal to Brittany!  Hold on…let me start from the beginning of this romantic story…

About a month ago, Jesse contacted me and asked if I would be available to shoot his proposal to his girlfriend, Brittany.  Thankfully for me, I was available and I became so excited…not only for me but for Jesse!  We spoke several times in the following weeks about the plan and how everything was going to go and let me just say that Jesse had a plan!

So finally the day came when my husband and I would travel up the mountain to Boone, North Carolina to a horse riding trail called Dutch Creek Trails.  If you are a horse rider and love to ride up in the mountains, you need to check this place out!  I was just a tad bit nervous because I had not ridden a horse since mine and Mike’s honeymoon 26 years ago!  Our tour guide, Cameron, was so awesome.  He helped to ease my fears…at least for a little bit.  Keep reading until the end to hear about my “adventure.”

Jesse had planned a private horse ride for him and Brittany at sunset.  The spot he planned to propose at was high atop the mountain with a beautiful view!  The story Jesse and Keith, the owner of Dutch Creek Trails, came up with was that it was mine and Mike’s anniversary as well and we had missed the last ride and wanted to know if they would be okay if we just joined in on their ride.  Brittany had no clue I had a purpose for being there 😉

We started our ride up the mountain on horseback around 6:00 in the evening.  As we are heading up, it started to rain, which of course freaked me out.  1) Because I was on this horse that was climbing up a rocky mountain trail and the rain created mud that was bound to cause the horse to slip and slide. and 2) I had a $3000 camera around my neck!  Thankfully Cameron was privy to the plan and had put me on a horse that had saddle bags just perfect for me to put my camera in to keep it from getting wet.  Whew!

As we got to the top of the mountain, the rain stopped thankfully.  Jesse walked us to a clearing where everything was set up.  Brittany still had no clue what was about to happen!  Jesse had made her a video for their anniversary, and in the event he even referenced my husband and me being there.  Brittany just thought that was odd but still no clue! She finally realized what was happening at the end of the video when she turned around and Jesse was down on one knee.  It was perfect!!!! I was so honored to get to capture this for them and thankful the rain held off!

Now it was time to head back down the mountain…on the horses.  It was starting to get a little dark as we headed down, and once we got about 100 yards from the barn, something spooked my horse and he took off!  Out of the blue with me hanging on, one-handed might I add, for dear life!  I was more worried about the camera around my neck than I was myself!  Finally I let go and ended up falling off the horse…yes, I fell off…onto a pile of rocks.  I was slightly embarrassed and jumped up like I was okay because I didn’t want everyone to make a big deal about it.  I got back on the horse and away we went.  It was only when we got back in the truck to head home did I tell my husband that I was in fact NOT OKAY! lol  I was sooooo sore and knew that as the days ensued I would become even more sore! However, I have decided that I am a 46-year-old TOUGH woman!  The bruises finally faded and we all have a wonderful and funny story to tell about the day Jesse propsed to Brittany! LOL

The day was perfect, and I was so honored that Jesse asked me to capture this for them.  In a couple of weeks an engagement party will take place and Mike and I will be there celebrating with Jesse and Brittany.  We have new family now and we can’t wait to watch where life takes them both.  Well wishes and much love to both of you guys! <3 [/av_textblock] [/av_three_fifth][av_two_fifth min_height='' vertical_alignment='' space='' custom_margin='' margin='0px' link='' linktarget='' link_hover='' padding='0px' border='' border_color='' radius='0px' background='bg_color' background_color='' background_gradient_color1='' background_gradient_color2='' background_gradient_direction='vertical' src='' background_position='top left' background_repeat='no-repeat' animation='' mobile_breaking='' mobile_display='' av_uid='av-110mnu'] [av_slideshow size='portfolio' animation='slide' conditional_play='' autoplay='true' interval='5' control_layout='av-control-default' av_uid='av-jkwqoftc' custom_class=''] [av_slide id='163' av_uid='av-x6wbu'][/av_slide] [av_slide id='166' av_uid='av-rh6gq'][/av_slide] [av_slide id='167' av_uid='av-ld562'][/av_slide] [av_slide id='165' av_uid='av-dto0q'][/av_slide] [av_slide id='164' av_uid='av-6qqju'][/av_slide] [/av_slideshow] [/av_two_fifth]