Sunrise Proposal on Haleakala
The night before the big event, I got an email from Justin asking me to photograph his proposal…on top of Haleakala…at SUNRISE.
The sun was set to rise at 6:50 AM that day. Which means in order for us to get there, we have to leave at nearly 4:00 AM! Yikes! But we put the plan in place, agreeing to meet that next morning before first morning’s light atop Hawaii’s only dormant volcano.
I left my home extra early to get to the summit well before Justin and Annie showed up. Our plan (Justin and myself) was to meet at the bathrooms. I would be the tall blonde one, he’d be the one looking around for me!
We found each other rather quickly and discussed the last minute details. Meanwhile, Annie peacefully slept in Justin’s 4-Runner, unaware of what was about to go down.
I watched Justing pretty intently at the 6:00 AM mark. As both he and Annie exited their car, I followed close by. We got up to the proposal spot by 6:10 and then patiently waited for first light.
Now, Justin and Annie had this running joke about proposing with a candy ring. So those photos you see below…that’s a candy ring he pulled out. You can see just how amused she is!
But then he pulled out the REAL ring! Surprised isn’t a big enough word, I don’t think!
Yeah Justin, you did good.
The Engagement Session:
As soon as I was pointed out, Annie was on board! She was laughing while still wiping away tears, jumping up and down, and doing a happy little jig! She was so excited to be engaged!
After I snapped a few shots up top, we headed up to the very top of the summit for some photos. It was chilly up there, so blankets and hot chocolate were exactly what the doctor ordered.
On our way back down the mountain we pulled off to one of my favorite lookouts to grab a few images. You would think that maybe their excitement would have started to wane by this point…you would be wrong 🙂
There they are! Engaged on Maui!
Justin and Annie: What a privilege it was to be your Maui proposal photographer on top of Haleakala! You two are just so darn cute together I can’t hardly get over it.
A big congratulations to you both!