Oh how I love proposals at Biltmore! Nathan surprised Danielle with his marriage proposal in one of my favorite spots on Biltmore Estate, and I was honored to be a part of it. His thoughtful proposal was sweet and fun, just like the two of them!
When Nathan contacted me about photographing his proposal to Danielle, he had a plan, and I loved it! He told me that he and Danielle were already planning a weekend trip to Asheville, and wanted to visit Biltmore. He had told Danielle that he won a Biltmore photo session through work and that would be part of their day while touring the estate. In doing this, it gave me the chance to meet with Danielle and Nathan to start their photo session before his proposal, and allowed me to stay out of the bushes trying to not look suspicious. (It was genius! Why hadn’t I thought of this before?!)
After we met on the front lawn at Biltmore, I captured a few photos of them together, and promptly walked them to one of my favorite spots on the property, which was the spot that Nathan planned to propose. As we walked to the brick tunnel for Nathan’s proposal, I carefully chatted with them about their weekend in Asheville, trying my best to be methodical with my words so that I didn’t accidentally give off any hints of a proposal. Y’all, I have to say that it was nerve wracking! I am excellent at keeping secrets, however I am a talker and with getting to know someone new, it was challenging to keep the topic off of the one thing that I knew about them- they were getting engaged! I am happy to report that I did just fine, and Nathan’s proposal went off without a hitch!
Nathan’s proposal was spontaneous, sweet, and completely surprised Danielle. Her reaction of excitement and sheer joy was amazing to witness and I was honored to capture this special time for them!
For me, capturing a proposal is truly exciting. I LOVE the anticipation of the moment the question is asked. As I stand off to the side secretly capturing a proposal, I feel nervous, anxious, and have a very hard time keeping in my big smile and giggles. It's so sweet to witness a proposal, and I love documenting the special moment for each couple so that they have the photos to look back on, and to share with family and friends. ❤️
Update: Danielle + Nathan's proposal story has been featured on How They Asked! Click over to read more about their proposal story, how he asked, and how they met. It's the sweetest! Danielle + Nathan on How They Asked
To see more proposals like this by Asheville photographer Jessica Merithew, click over to Biltmore Marriage Proposal Photography | Nikki + Logan and Craggy Pinnacle Proposal Photography Preview | Lexie + John.