Sydney and Ned

How We Met

My best friend dated his best friend and we had known each other maybe a year or so. Right around my birthday in 2012 he asked if we could go on a double date! I had a baby crush on him for a while so this was pretty exciting for me…and go figure turns out the crush was mutual.

The date went awesome – or so I thought. We left and he didn’t ask for my number so I thought yikes too bad. Very soon found out this was just because he was too nervous (I have that effect on people- hehe just kidding). Fast forward 5 years and we’ve been in love ever since.

Engagement Proposal Ideas in St. Simons Island, Georgia

We’ve been through countless baseball games – he looked good in the pants so it was worth it, years of long distance , lived in 5 different cities, and our lives have been nothing short of a fairytale! He’s made sure of that.

How He Asked

We’ve been together for 5 years and each year for my birthday he always manages to pull off a more elaborate and magical day than the last. It all started days before with witty and romantic riddles which led me to getting a new b’day outfit and ending at a beautiful resort in St. Simon’s Island. Photography is a huge passion of mine and he managed to let ME capture our engagement on camera without me even knowing!

Who can say they took their own proposal pictures?! ?? I got all ready for a walk on the beach and he told me we should take cute birthday pictures. This was nothing to be suspicious about because I LOVE pictures and am always asking him to take cute ones while we vacation.

We set up my tripod (yes I’m the girl who travels with a tripod) and I adjusted my setting and tested the lighting. The self timer took 9 photos at a time so we knew we’d get some good ones. I’m a huge fan of the posed yet candid – yeah me and every other girl right?! We took the first nine and some were blurry. Pleaseeee can we take more!?

He insisted that we would take as many as it took for me to like them…what a doll. The next nine photos started and he pulled away, grabbed my hands, said “hey Sydney?” And at that moment, I knew.

I could see it in his eyes and in his smile. I said “what” in the most giddy way imaginable and then he was down on one knee asking me to be his WIFE!!“

Special Thanks

Sydney Ledford (me!) | 
Photographer