This might be a hard blog post to write and not cry! We’ve photographed several proposals this year and this one is by far the most special to us since it was my sister who got engaged!! Over the years I’ve been able to see my sister go through heartache and almost give up on love and I longed for her to have the same love that I felt with Philip. I ached for her to feel the security of her man wrapping his arms around her and bringing joy to her face when he entered a room… With her living in Ghana, Africa we all just knew that she would meet someone foreign and live abroad forever… Butttt in reality the man of her dreams was here in Memphis and they had a load of mutual friends and had even spent time together on foreign mission trips. The moment she told me about Jordan and how she was falling for him, my heart melted! Finally she felt the love that we all longed for her to have! I think I knew he was the man for her when he flew to Ghana on his spring break to visit her; that’s not an easy trip to make! And then Kate got sick, really sick. Seeing Jordan worry about her and long for her to be back in the States getting treatment was priceless and just what our family needed to see to seal the deal that he was the one. I remember the day she flew home and she was so weak that her best friend Heather, who lived in Ghana as well, had to fly home with her and help her walk. As Heather pushed Kate through the airport towards our family, Jordan stood there waiting for his love to be back in his arms. In our family the rule is Mom gets the first hug and Jordan patiently let our mom hug Kate and then he wrapped Kate in the biggest hug I’ve ever seen! As Kate got treatment and started to heal Jordan was right by her side. He filled their dates with adventure but also made sure she was comfortable and resting. One of my favorite dates they went on was a canoe trip down the river. Jordan rigged a hammock in the canoe for Kate and paddled them down the river… Yes, that is the type of guy my sister gets to marry.
Getting to be a part of their proposal was such an incredible honor. As I watched them read through the book he made of their love story I was having to hold back tears. I knew Kate was so ready to marry this man and he was doing his best to throw her off and really surprise her. When the moment came to ask the big question I love how shocked she was that it was finally happening!! The tears that filled her eyes were tears of joy and happiness and I’m forever grateful that I got to capture the true emotions she was feeling! And then there was the joy of our family and closest friends sharing in the excitement of the engagement… What a night that I hope Kate and Jordan never ever forget.