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a sunset proposal

The moment that he asked is one that I will always remember. We were getting ready for dinner and stepped out on the porch of the Seaside home that was formerly the Vera Bradley Inn.  He knelt on one knee and started talking. What he said, I honestly can’t remember – I know there were lots of nice words and something about forever, but the flood of emotions coursing through my brain left me speechless. The only reminder that I had even said yes was the fact that I ended up with a ring on my left hand. I had made an outward and visible promise to spend the rest of my life with Chris. Four years ago this week we made that promise legal, with an intimate ceremony on a family farm north of town. We stood in the rain and said “I Do” before our immediate family. That moment, just as when my husband had asked for my hand, flew by and most of the memories I have come from images of that day, and the memories that flood back every time I smell a spring rain. John recently met his match in Mary Beth and decided to move their relationship to the next level during a vacation in Panama City Beach. Ever the planner, he contacted me and asked if I could photograph the proposal. We coordinated the time and location and I sat on the beach, trying to blend into the tourists. Sprawling out on a lawn chair, I tried to hide my camera under a bag, but when I realized that wasn’t working I started taking photos of birds. (Yes, I now have a gazillion photos of seagulls, in case you’re wondering.) The beach had emptied out and I easily spotted them walking along. He knelt on one knee and I ducked behind a chair, attempting to be stealthy among a sea of white sand. Mary Beth said yes and they embraced as I watched from a distance, documenting the moment as well as the sweet minutes that followed. This assignment was one that I will forever remember and I was honored that he asked me to photograph it. John and Mary Beth – congratulations and a happy engagement! – Holly  SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto001SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto002SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto003SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto004SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto005SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto006SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto007SimmonsPanamaCityBeachProposalPhoto008

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