Brittany & Curtis {a breathtaking story}

Prepare yourselves for this story… I get goosebumps every time I tell it!

I’ve known Brittany for years and have always known her to be the loveable, sweet and kind girl that she is today (some things never change! ) She is one of those people that can always put a smile on my face, even if it had been months since we last talked. When I first heard about Curtis, I remember seeing him helping her with the horses and being right alongside of what she loves to do. From rodeos to dances, when I first started seeing these two together, I knew that there was something special about this guy that made Brittany happier than I had ever seen her.

—fast forward a few years—

It had been what felt like a million years of Curtis and Brittany being together. It never felt like there was a time when they weren’t just made sense. I loved seeing/hearing about trips they took or about the home they bought together, so naturally, I had to bug Curtis… when are you getting married!?

As always, you get the typical response and I would get the same question in return. Regardless, I knew it was going to happen…I just had no idea when or how it was going to happen.

Brittany and I had gotten together a few times in the summer and had talked about doing a session of the two of them just because! I thought it would be a great idea and they would sure make my job easy photographing this couple 😉

…but… I had a feeling. You know those thoughts in the back of your mind? I happened to mention a thought I had to Dylan before I left for our session. “I have a feeling he’s going to propose!”. But it was just a thought! He would have told me, right??

It was a BEAUTIFUL August day {the 30th to be exact} and I was so excited to hang out with these two. They had the perfect session planned and really took it to the next level and planned a gorgeous location. Brittany being a photographer too, I knew she had this session planned perfectly as they loaded up the horses and we crammed into the truck touring though the middle of a pasture {my fave}. Everything was working out perfectly, the sun was setting, the water was calm and Brittany & Curtis were rocking their session. We were in the most gorgeous creek with nothing but bush surrounding us. It was almost time to wrap up as the sun was starting to set when Curtis suggested that I “get a shot on the other side of the creek”. So, switching it up a bit, I thought why not.

As I walked through the water to the opposite side of the creek I got that feeling again… less than 100 shots left on my card? I got the idea to change it…

Changing that card was the best decision I had made all evening.

I still remember crouching down in the tall grass to get a shot of Curtis and Brittany standing next to each other with the horses on the other side of the creek. Click, click, click… all of a sudden Curtis took a few steps back.

Click, click, click… I knew I couldn’t stop shooting now.

I watched him, through the lens of my camera, reach into his saddle bag and pull out the ring. Brittany backed up as he got down on one knee…

Brittany will you marry me…

If you want to make your photographer cry with excitement, shake and have what felt like a thousand butterflies in my stomach… this is the way to do it.

I watched and captured every single movement of this moment. There were tears shed, hugs, kisses, smiles, one totally shocked girl, one smiling man and one happy photographer!!

I continued to capture everything about this amazing event. I sat in the grass with tears in my eyes as I watched Brittany’s breath get taken away by the man of her dreams. Then, Curtis gives Brittany a big hug, looks over at me and smiles… he did it.

“KAYLA DID YOU KNOW!?” Brittany yells from across the creek… I technically answered no…but I knew it in the back of my mind the whole time.

Curtis, you are one of the most kind, romantic and loving guys I have photographed… the way you look at Brittany explodes with nothing but love. You absolutely blew my mind {along with everyone else} with what you had planned and I know that this will be a moment that both Brittany, you and I will never forget.

I wish I could go back to that August day in the creek, but every time I look through these images, I still get the same shiver and butterflies that I did that day. I know this will always be the same for you two. I am so beyond blessed to have been able to be the one to capture this special moment in your life and it will always have a special place in my heart 🙂

Curtis & Brittany, I wish you nothing but love, happiness and more wonderful surprises in your life together. I cannot wait until next summer as I get to relive capturing the love you two share. Your wedding will be just as breathtaking as the proposal!

Thanks again Curtis for planning this and making my friend the happiest girl in the world!

Xo, Kayla


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