Reid & Rachel are Engaged ~ A Surprise Sunset Proposal!

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It was a very early spring evening, March 9, 2019.  I was bundled in a coat, hat and gloves hiding behind a tree in the woods along a very steep river bank!  This picture below was my view.  I was about to capture a SURPRISE PROPOSAL!! I was so excited I could not contain myself.  In my 12 years of owning a photography business this was my FIRST surprise proposal. When Reid contacted me about doing this I just knew we had to make it work.  It was a bucket list item for me for sure! I had to rearrange a flight and get creative with my schedule but we made it happen.   I’ve known Reid since he was about 12 years old, he went to school with my kids and his mom is a sweet friend of mine.  I’ve been able to watch him grow up into an awesome young man.   Reid built this secret deck way out in the woods along the river on his parents property.  He used all kinds of different wood he had available and did it all on his own.

We met out here a few days before he popped the question and figured out all the details with his parents, his awesome dogs and a generator for the lights!   Rachel’s family were all hiding down the street waiting for the text that Reid and Rachel had arrived and were heading to the secret spot. I get a text that the couple was heading my way!  All the planning, hard work, trial runs, tree-choosing, generator lugging, leaf-raking-so-I-could-walk-stealthy, and tree-limb-chopping-so-we-could-get-the-perfect-shot had paid OFF!!  The rest of the story is told in the pictures below.  It’s a beautiful story of what true love, being intentional, family support and a future of hope looks like.  Best wishes to the happy couple! May God richly bless you, your marriage, and your life together.

Reid and Rachel Suprise Proposal Heather O'Steen Photography Bel Air, MD

Reid and Rachel Surprise Proposal Heather O'Steen Photography MD

Reid and Rachel Surprise Proposal Heather O'Steen Photography


  1. Anna M. Carpenter says:

    Oh Heather, my heart is full! You have richly blessed us in capturing this very special occasion for our families, and especially Reid and Rachel. Thank you so much for using your gift and blessing us with your God given talent! ♥️

    • Heather O'Steen says:

      I’m so glad I was able to bless your family in this way! It truly was an honor! Congratulations!

  2. Lynda Gray says:

    Oh my, these pictures are absolutely breathtaking and capture the proposel so well. I feel like I was there. I absolutely love them. Congratulations to both families! 😍

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