September 21, 2012

Kauai: Part Three {The BEST Part!}

Let me just preface this by saying that our trip to Kauai (read here & here) was absolutely, without a doubt, fabulous! I have not one single complaint except that I'm not still there chilling on the beach sipping mai tais...seriously. If you ever get the chance to visit any of the Hawaiian islands...GO. RUN! (& take me with you!!)

In saying this, there was one point of the trip that was quite possibly my favorite. It has nothing to do with beautiful beaches or breathtaking views. I'm not talking about rainbows or sunsets. Nor am I referring to monk seals or waterfalls.

I'm talking about my beautiful best friend, Ashley, and her boyfriend, Todd. (If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you've probably seen Ashley's face a few times by now...)

So here we are, sitting poolside on our second to last evening in Kauai when Todd walks up, tells Ashley "out of the blue" they have to go upstairs a get dressed because they were leaving for dinner in 45 minutes, just the two of them, and he wanted to get there in time to "watch the most beautiful sunset". Ashley and Todd leave (Ashley with the most confused look on her face) while the rest of us (Beau's family and I) are left down at the pool wondering what the hay we were gonna do for the rest of the night.

Fast forward about thirty minutes and here we all find ourselves...cleaned up and at the most incredible restaurant in all of Kauai (The Beach House, to be exact). Ironically enough, we also had the "most beautiful sunset" right in front of us and, of all things, Todd & Ashley would be showing up at any moment but Ashley had no idea we would all be there. It was planned and executed without a single hitch...and this, party people, is when it all went down...
{Please note the chugging of the beer in several of the shots...homeboy was NER-VOUS!}
 
Yep...you know what happened next!


Needless to say...she said yes.


Y'all...I am not kidding when I tell you I have threatened Todd for the past 4 years that he HAD to tell me when and where he was proposing because I would  be there to take pictures whether he liked it or not. I am also not kidding when I tell you I have never been so nervous in all of my life and my only job was to take pictures of the entire thing. My knees were literally shaking, I was sweating like a pig and terrified of being seen by Ash.

But...alas...take pictures of the entire thing I did...in a bush, I might add.
The things I do for my girlfriends...  ;)

Y'all know me. I love love. I love engagements. I love proposals. And here I was...waiting (in a bush?) for my best friend to be proposed to and I would witness the entire thing! Words will never explain how much it meant for me to be a part of it and to have these pictures for her! Ashley's face was absolutely priceless when she saw me jump out of the bush and run towards her with the cheesiest grin on my face and my camera in tow! She knew exactly what I had been up to...


Talk about icing on the cake! I cannot WAIT to help her start planning everything and see her walk down that aisle!! She is going to make one gorgeous bride!


Congratulations, Ashley & Todd!! So SO happy for you (obviously!)

42 comments:

  1. That is so awesome! What a perfect ending to a fabulous vacay!!

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  2. aww yay! I love how you got pictures of literally the whole thing every action! how exciting.

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  3. Words cannot describe how happy and excited I am for those monkeys!!! I love the photos!! Great job Steph!! You have to photograph mine too! DUH

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  4. I LOVE THIS! So amazing that you were there to be part of it and document, and love the collage of all the action!

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  5. I've been waiting for this post since I saw your instagram shot! She's so adorable! Too bad she doesn't have a blog ;-)

    the ONE thing I wish M had followed through with, was doing the photography. He told me he had considered having his step-dad camp out with his long range, super heavy duty camera, so I'd have photos. I always told him I didn't want "recreation" photos. If the REAL deal wasn't captured on film, I wasn't going to fake it. Alas, it was also kind of fun that NOBODY but my dad had any idea he was even thinking about proposing. :)

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  6. The Beach House is amazing.

    That is so awesome you got your witness and document that for your friend!

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  7. aaa sooo sweet! And that pic is hilarious of you behind the bush:)

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  8. omg this is just amazing!!!!!

    ill have you know. whenever pigs fly and lil wayne is my brother, the day kurt proposes i will be looking around and seeing if youre in the bushes. And hoping you are!! haha that is my DREAM! to have someone take secret pics of my engagement! UGH so damn adorable

    those pics you got of them theyre gonna love and cherish forever! and that one with them in the foreground as shadows. GORGEOUS! Post that in a magazine nowza!

    love that you were able to witness this!!!!! they are a gorgeous couple!!

    xoxox

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  9. Oh. So sweet! I teared up. How great that she has it captured in pictures! And what a great choice of a place to do it. Sounds amazing!

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  10. Sweetest ever!! What a dream proposal!

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  11. So fun!! I got to witness (and photograph) my best friend getting engaged too and it was so amazing! And I was a nervous wreck too! :)

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  12. aww this is pretty much the sweetest/coolest thing ever! I really feel like now I owe it to my bestie to take pics when she gets engaged. I mean who wouldn't want pictures of the moment it happened?! You are awesome... and please make that crouching tiger hidden Steph shot a profile pic : )

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  13. aww this is pretty much the sweetest/coolest thing ever! I really feel like now I owe it to my bestie to take pics when she gets engaged. I mean who wouldn't want pictures of the moment it happened?! You are awesome... and please make that crouching tiger hidden Steph shot a profile pic : )

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  14. Aww! How sweet! I love proposals! & what an awesome way! I love it!

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  15. Haha LOVE the pic of you hiding in the bush trying to capture the moment!

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  16. that is amazing! such a fabulous way to be engaged to ... and girl, you are a great friend!

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  17. I love all the photos! :) Congrats to your friend!!!

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  18. Ahhhhh! I don't even know her and I'm so happy with tears in my eyes! How amazing!

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  19. What great pictures!! And how sweet of you to do that for your friend!!

    Do Dallas Cheap

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  20. amazing! i got goosebumps reading and seeing the pics....my best friend watched me get engaged too but never took pictures:(

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  21. Aww! I'm definitely one of the ones sitting here with tears in my eyes, how sweet is this?!

    What a great proposal and memory! I have always said; whenever I find my future husband, he WILL know to have a photographer secretly taking pics of the proposal.

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  22. Ah this is awesome! And you are such a good best friend! I have been anxiously awaiting this post since I saw it on instagram! YOU GO GIRL! And those pictures are FAB. What a sweet present for the couple.

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  23. Love the pics from your trip!! Hawaii is GORGEOUS!! Quite the sneaky one you are! :) Congrats to your friends!

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  24. That is SO sweet!!! I have to say, when I see pictures like this, I really wish that we had someone take pictures of our proposal!

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  25. Awww this is too sweet!!! Love that you were there to capture it all for them and that you hid behind bushes to do so :) hahah How amazing to be proposed to IN Hawaii with an amazing sunset!!

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  26. That is so sweet! And how fun that you were able to be there and capture pictures for them. Love it!

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  27. What a beautiful couple, and stunning ring!!! So lovely that you got to be a part of it, also!!

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  28. Hey girl, just found your adorable blog and I love it! I can tell just from your About Me that you are so much fun. :) Newest follower! xx.
    Megan

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  29. How fun that you got to photograph it all!

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  30. This is GREAT! What a sweet moment and so special that they have pictures to document the whole thing! Congrats to the couple!!

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  31. Oh my goodness! You are such a good friend to hide in a bush!!! I wish I had a photographer like that for my engagement!!!

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  32. Aww this is so cute! And I love that you were hiding haha

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  33. What a sweet proposal!! I have eaten at that restaurant - totally the perfect backdrop!!! :-) Congrats to your friends!!!

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  34. That's so sweet!!! The ring is beautiful!

    hahaha that picture of you...too funny!

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  35. Awww! Congrats to your friends!! She will treasure those pictures you took of her engagement FOREVER!! I still look at mine when Jeremy proposed to me and can not BELIEVE I didn't know!! haha

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  36. awwwwww so cute! what a great bff you are! you got some great shots!

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  37. That is so special, and so great that you got it all on camera!! When I started reading this post - I thought either she got engaged or you found out you were pregnant :)
    x

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  38. Well this is just awesome!! She will treasure those forever!

    My hubs secretly had a good photographer friend of ours take our pictures while getting engaged. I didn't know until our wedding day and he had them put onto a dvd for me to watch before going down the aisle. Talk about ruining my make up...

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  39. nice crouching tiger.. haha! What a sweet proposal! Congratulations to your friend. I just got engaged as well, would love to hear some of your tips! :)

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