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Hanging Rock Engagement Photographer – Brennan and Lena’s Surprise Proposal at the summit of Hanging Rock State Park on Christmas Eve

Brennan called us just a couple of weeks before Christmas after searching for Hanging Rock engagement photographers. He is the military and was coming home for Christmas and wanted to make it extra special for his girlfriend Lena – he wanted to propose to her on the cliffs of Hanging Rock State Park. This was where they had their first date and Brennan thought it would be the perfect spot to propose.

We love calls like this! If you ask Josh, every proposal story reminds him of proposing to me, so these are his favorite types of sessions. He and Brennan immediately began planning. For a surprise proposal to work – you have to plan ahead.

The Plan

Our schedule was tight, so we settled on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. They wanted to make it to the top just before sunset. Brennan’s cover story was that he wanted Christmas photos with Lena at their favorite spot – the cliffs of Hanging Rock. The plan was almost ruined when Lena saw the reminder email on Brennan’s phone, but Josh quickly texted to make Brennan’s cover wasn’t blown and that the proposal would still remain a surprise.

On the day of the shoot, they met at the trailhead and slowly worked their way to the top, making sure to stop for photographs along the way. At the top, Brennan requested a specific photo with him down on one knee behind Lena. Josh helped guide them into those poses and she had no idea what was about to happen!

When the big moment finally came, Lena was stunned! She said she had no idea that Brennan was going to pop the question. Of course she said yes! And miraculously what had been a cloudy day suddenly faded into a warm, golden sunset. This plan for a surprise proposal at the top of Hanging Rock had worked! We can’t wait to see where this adventure takes them.

Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer
Him and Her Photography Hanging Rock State Park Proposal Engagement Photographer

Want to see more engagement sessions from Hanging Rock?

Check out: Alyssa and Nate or Julie and Taylor

Want to see another surprise engagement session?

Check out: Hannah and Josh‘s proposal story (which was also featured on The Knot!)

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Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.

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Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.

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Hi! I'm Josh!

I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.

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