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I was BEYOND excited when Mike reached out to me to help him capture his proposal to Maddie. The best part? It was all a SURPRISE for her! We worked it all out beforehand, (thanks to their sisters and Mike) Maddie thought we were all meeting at a local park for photos with Mike’s family. After a few group shots, I had them turn around. This is where all the surprises started!

First their sweet dog Whiskey was led over to them by Maddie’s parents while their backs were still turned.

Then I told them to turn around!

Whiskey’s bandana said “Will you marry my dad?” While she was reading it Mike got down on one knee. She was COMPLETELY surprised, success!!


Then she saw all of her family was there too! Oh and she said yes of course!

I had to steal them away after taking family photos for a quick portrait session, just the two of them.


Congratulations Mike and Maddie! It was so wonderful getting to witness this moment. Thank you for trusting me to capture it!


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  1. Maureen Rubino says:

    Melissa what a wonderful job capturing these special moments. You pulled off the surprise flawlessly. You are a pro! We will cherish these beautiful photos. ❤️


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