Biltmore Engagement Photographer/Katie & Peter/Engaged

My first engagement session at Biltmore Estate couldn't have been any better.  I met the most wonderful couple, Katie & Peter, for a surprise engagement session.  Peter and I had emailed back and forth prior to their special day about where they would be at the time I would meet them and where he had planned to propose. Katie & Peter had been discussing the design of a ring, but she had no idea when or where the actual proposal might take place.  They had visited Biltmore Estate last summer and Katie loved it!!  Peter first read a beautiful letter he had written for Katie and then got down on one knee (so romantic) and proposed to Katie. Honestly, I think I was more nervous than Peter was.  

This is, in Peter's words, how they met..."Katie and I met online while I was in the Marine Corps stationed in Camp LeJeune, NC. She was living in Charlotte, NC at the time attending UNC Charlotte working for her Masters in Economics. When I got out, I moved up to Virginia to work on my Bachelors degree in Aeronautics at Liberty University. Katie decided to look into Masters programs at Liberty and found the Masters in Public Health. Now we both live in Lynchburg, VA attending Liberty University. We are getting married in Sacramento, CA in June of 2016!"  

The ring he proposed with is special because Katie & Peter designed this ring together several months ago and the center stone is a family heirloom on his side of the family. It's a hand cut diamond that was cut no later than the late 19th century and it is certainly stunning.  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of such an awesome moment between the two of you!!  I'll never forget it!!