Woodland Candlelight Proposal | Poland, OH | Matthew & Katie

When Matthew called me and shared his big plan, I could hear the excitement and nervousness bubbling in his voice.  He had the ring, he had a plan, and he wanted to capture the whole thing for his soon-to-be-fiance Katie to look back on 50 years from now with the same smile on her face.  Well I am not one to pass up the chance to be in on a surprise like this, not in a million years!  Surprises are my number one favorite thing, especially when I get to collaborate with others to pull them off!  We coordinated our schedules and planned the perfect evening to surprise Katie.  Matthew even went to great lengths to throw her off his scent!  He arranged to have her called off of work later in the week for their upcoming 2 year anniversary, and he knew she was probably thinking a proposal might be up his sleeve.  When her very pregnant sister Tara called her and told her she thought she might be having contractions and wanted her to come take a walk with her, Katie dropped everything and immediately came over!  Along their walk through the woods behind Tara’s house, she didn’t suspect a thing – until she rounded the corner and saw Matthew surrounded by candles, waiting for her.  They hugged, they cried, they laughed, they kissed…and she said YES!!!  And to make the evening even more memorable, Matthew arranged to have both of their families surprise Katie after the candlelight proposal!  Matthew and Katie shared a champagne toast in the chilly winter woods, surrounded by all their closest loved ones.  Fireworks exploded in the air as the last bit of sunset disappeared, and they soaked in every moment of a magical evening they will always remember.  Congratulations Matthew and Katie!!!

Woodland Candlelight Proposal | Poland, OH | Matthew & Katie

woman in grey hoodie walking golden retriever through woods woman in black coat with golden retriever on leash walking up to man in black sweater standing in woods surrounded by candles woman in black coat with golden retriever on leash hugging man in black sweater standing in woods surrounded by candles man in black sweater kneeling on one knee proposing to woman in black coat in woods surrounded by candles couple hugging in middle of woods man in black sweater smiling at golden retriever while woman in black coat stands nearby young woman in black coat with black hair smiling at fiance in black sweater in middle of woods couple standing in woods smiling and laughing after getting engaged woodland candlelight proposal couple kissing in woods in winter with candles around

Scout was excited too, I promise!!  He just got distracted with all the sticks to chew out there in the woods!

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Look at that sparkler!!  Nice job, Matthew!

woman showing off new diamond engagement ring on her hand newly engaged couple kissing while holding golden retriever in woods with candles woman smiling and looking at new engagement ring on her finger woman laughing while man in black sweater kisses her cheek in woods

The surprises weren’t over!!  Here comes the family to celebrate!
group of family walking through woods man stands with golden retriever while fiance walks towards group of family members walking through woods newly engaged woman hugs her parents in woods newly engaged couple hugging family members laughing and crying man pops bottle of champagne outside in woods while family looks on man pops bottle of champagne outside in woods while family looks on man pours champagne for family members outside in woods with candles everywhere father gives champagne toast outside in woods to newly engaged couple with family gathered around father gives champagne toast outside in woods to newly engaged couple with family gathered around woman admiring diamond ring on daughter's hand group of family members gathered around newly engaged couple toasting champagne in woods family members smiling and drinking champagne outside in woods man in black sweater reaches down to pet golden retriever outside in woods newly engaged woman holding champagne and looking at her ring

newly engaged couple kisses with fireworks going off in the distance

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  1. Julie Maderitz says:

    Matt…You hit this proposal out of the park!! That is definitely one that is set with a high bar so high that other men are going to have to try real hard to even see the bar when they propose if they don’t give it a lot of thought and their best effort. You get a triple A+++

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