Our engagement feature today comes from Michelle Renee Photography. She met with Sara and Dan was on a quiet farm for their Virginia engagement shoot. Michelle also shares the details Dan’s proposal to Sara.
Michelle: On Christmas Day, 2012. Sara and Dan were home celebrating Christmas together before they ventured out to visit family. Every Christmas since they were together, they embraced the tradition of the Christmas Pickle. This tradition can be traced back to Germany, and each year a pickle-shaped ornament is hidden on a Christmas Tree. The lucky person to find it is destined to receive good fortune in the upcoming year. Just prior to leaving home that day, Dan asked Sara to find the pickle ornament that was hidden on their tree. Sara was happy to oblige. Who doesn’t want good fortune, right? Well, after finding the Christmas Pickle, Dan instructed Sara to close her eyes and hold out her hands. She felt him place a wooden object in her hands. She opened her eyes to find a picture frame. In it was a piece of paper displaying some of their favorite lyrics. The print in bold stated, “A whisper away from changing everything.” Sara was immediately impressed with Dan’s thoughtfulness and was thrilled to receive such a sweet gift. She turned and placed the frame on the table so they could leave, but when she turned back around, Dan was kneeling. His hand was extended, and he was holding the most beautiful diamond ring Sara had ever seen. Dan, on bended knee, asked for Sara’s hand in marriage, and once Sara was able to speak, she (of course) excitedly exclaimed, “YES!” Dan, being the smooth man that he is, then keyed the song from which he had taken the lyrics for the frame. And Sara and Dan danced. This was the first day of the rest of their lives, and they savored every. single. moment.
Dan equates their love to a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. He is high-octane, and she is super sweet. I couldn’t agree more. Dan is confident, energetic, and insanely kind-hearted. Sara is genuine, smart, and gorgeous. It is completely clear that these two have a solid, true love, and I couldn’t be more lucky to have been a part of their special moment.