Six years ago, on the Labour Day Weekend, we travelled down to my (Sarah’s) aunts cabin in Minnesota. Growing up, my family had made it a tradition to visit the cabin one last time before school started. Now that we are all grown up and no longer in school, it’s become harder to keep this tradition alive. But six years ago, we did some planning and my brother and his fiance, my sister and her husband and my parents could travel down with us.
Going to the cabin has always been one of my favourite pastimes. There is just something so special about spending time out at the lake, going kayaking, swimming, and my favourite dinner – my mom’s homemade Kielke – pronounced Cheel – chya (Mennonite Noodles)! My mom really only makes these now for special occasions or when the whole family is all together.
Since we had the whole family in one place, we decided we should plan to take some family photos! There is an advantage to having a few professional photographers in the family. My brother lucked out as the one chosen to wrangle us all up!
There is a gorgeous golf course, Sugar Lake Lodge, just down the lake from my aunt’s place so that’s where we chose to take our pictures.
We started out taking the various family photo combinations, mom and dad, my aunts, us siblings. We walked to a few different places and had so many places to choose from. I remember when we were sitting on the little foot bridge, that Joe was trying to set up the shot a certain way. Being the expert I was, I suggested a different set up.
He also suggested that we should get a few of our own photos of the two of us while the family was still there. Stubborn as I can be, I told him that I didn’t really want an audience and that once the family photos were done, everyone could head back to the cabin and we could get a few pictures of us.
So that’s what I did! I sent everyone back to the cabin! After everyone was gone, we went over to the Muskoka chairs that were overlooking the lake. We were chatting with my brother, trying to find the best way sit in the chairs when Joe told me to look over to the clubhouse.
When I turned back, he was down on one knee and had a little black box with the most beautiful ring in it! Needless to say I was stunned! We both don’t remember what all we said, but we are so glad that my brother was there to capture the moment.
I found out later that Joe had planned this all out with my brother and brother-in-law and that they had tried to get me to cooperate earlier when everyone else was around. Eventually they all gave up, and improvised!
I love that Joe planned to have all my family around for when we got engaged, that he chose one of my favourite places and that he asked my brother to photograph the surprise!
Three weeks from now we will be celebrating our 5-year wedding anniversary and we couldn’t be happier! We love sharing our love story any chance we get! We’re so happy that we get to share in each of our couples’ love stories and capture the happiest day of their lives!
You’ll want to stay tuned to tomorrow’s post as we have a little surprise in store for all those newly engaged couples!
A huge thank you to my little brother who made sure we could remember this day for years to come! I love you Jonny Picture!
If you are planning to propose and would like to have it captured we’d love to be a part of your love story!