Adam + Summer // surprise proposal / by meredith

You want to know one of the best parts of my job? Getting to photograph sweet moments like surprise proposals! Seriously, it's the best.

There are so many parts of Adam and Summer's proposal story that just melt your heart...! Earlier this year Adam contacted me describing his perfect idea for his proposal to Summer. He was in the process of custom designing her ring from Bremer Jewelry, and wanted to propose as soon as possible when the ring was finished. Around this same time (a little prior), Summer had contacted me asking me if I could take some photos of her and her beautiful dog, Lexi, who was dying of cancer. She was only given around one month to live, which was surely not enough time for a girl and her best pal. Soon after our photos together, Lexi slipped into the gates of doggy heaven, where she is having so much fun chewing on sticks and wagging her tail joyfully looking down at Summer.

Adam had arranged for Summer to think that she would be doing a family photoshoot at Ewing Manor in Bloomington, Illinois (Summer is also a talented photographer!). When she showed up, she quickly realized that she wouldn't be doing a photoshoot, but she was actually the one being photographed! Adam had rose petals all along the pathway leading to a table with a vase of flowers and a beautiful photo-book he had created for her.

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In the book, Adam wrote about all of the reasons he loved her and how he was so excited for their future together. He told her that he had asked for her family's blessing and that there was one special family member who was extra excited....LEXI! When Summer flipped the page, there was a picture of Adam with Lexi. He had taken some photos before Lexi passed away, showing her the engagement ring and asking for her blessing as well. Lexi obviously agreed by happily chewing on a stick (her favorite!).

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Then Summer followed some arrows pointing her toward where Adam was waiting for her.

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Adam hung lanterns all over the trees at the location he was proposing!

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 SHE SAID YES!!!!!!! 

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Adam and his soon to be sister-in-law had decorated the entire property with glowing lanterns, lights, flower petals, and a romantic picnic area with champagne and strawberries! The whole proposal was just dreamy!

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Summer seeing her sister for the first time after the proposal!

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And obviously we had to snap a few photos of this stunning and newly engaged couple!!!!! Also, props to Adam on choosing the most gorgeous setting to propose. The entire property was covered in spring flowering trees and fields of flowers.

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Congratulations to two of the sweetest people I know!