December 5th, 2020.

It rained, it snowed, it hailed. But Fady had something up his sleeve (or in his pocket, rather), and he was ready to ask the love of his life to marry him!

But it didn't start there.

Fady reached out to me weeks prior to December 5th, expressing how he wanted to have this moment captured for him and his future fiancé to look back on for the years to come. I was of course over the moon excited to capture such a special moment in such a spectacular place, and I wanted to elevate this experience for them in anyway I could. I immediately called my friend Shae (@shots.byshae), who is experienced with videography and asked her to be my partner in crime for the day, and help me create a video of the entire experience as well.

Fady and I planned all the nitty, gritty details and the excitement only grew for all of us as the day got closer!

Shae, my boyfriend, his friend, and myself all woke up at 6:30 am the morning of December 5th to make the trek to Taughannock Falls State Park and get the proposal into motion. We began our walk to the base of the falls, and it started to hail! I began thinking to myself, "how is Fady going to get Emma to hike for 20 minutes in the hail?" Well, little did I know, these two really roll with the punches. Shae and myself got into position, pretending to take photos of each other along the rocks nearby, when Fady and Emma began to approach the falls.

The first image I captured as these two approached the designated spot.

They approached the spot Fady and I had discussed, and chatted for a few minutes, and snagged an iPhone selfie; which has more meaning than you probably think.

Fady and Emma met during their time studying at Cornell University--and Taughannock Falls was where they shared their first date. Fady described taking a similar selfie with Emma on that date, and wanted to recreate it to remember this moment.

Fady then eased into a conversation that would change the rest of their lives. From afar, I was smiling ear to ear behind my camera, eagerly waiting for that moment we have all been so excited for.

And then... it happened!

Down on one knee!

I bet you guessed it... she said YES!

I am still pinching myself looking at these photos. I am so incredibly thankful that the universe led Fady to my inbox and I got to be the one capturing this moment!

A few months later, I got a call from Fady and Emma asking me to be their wedding photographer. I am so excited to capture their charming DC wedding this summer!