A carnival engagement

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carnival engagement session

We love a good engagement story, and these two lovebirds from Germany, Nina + Martin, have got such a good one. It took us by surprise to hear that Nina had always been set on never wanting to get married and hated the idea of spending so much money on one day… until the day she caught the bridal bouquet at Martin’s sister’s wedding. Thoughts of what it would be like to be married started following her around, and you’ll never guess what happened next. She’s the one that proposed to him! It’s such an adorable story.

chair swing engagement photo

carnival chair swings

Martin and I had spoken several times about marriage and for him it was okay that I never wanted to marry. In June 2009, Martin’s sister got married and who do you think caught the bridal bouquet? ME! It’s hilarious, but from that day on something changed. I even told Martin that evening, “Sorry, but you will never see me as a bride”. From month to month, I thought more about it and I caught myself spending time on wedding blogs even though Martin and I had already clarified that we would never get married, that I was the one who was most against it, and that I would never expect Martin to ask me.

carnival engagement session

"yes" pin

carnival ferris wheel

carnival bumper cars

carnival merry-go-round

retro carnival sign and cotton candy

Then I started thinking, “What is the right situation for THAT question?”. At the annual fair, Fireworks, I had the idea that it would be perfect to surprise him at the fair, but I prepared nothing and was afraid of his reaction. Would he laugh? Would he understand? So I waited until we went on holiday. My sister and best friend were sitting at home and waited anxiously for me to let them know it had been done. I had planned to come home as a fiancée! I continued  to wait for the right moment, and after three days I couldn’t wait anymore. It was incredibly hot outside, so I decided to embellish the room to surprise him there instead. As he showered, I took the opportunity to prepare everything. Oh my God, my heart was beating so much!

frosted heart-shaped cookies

cookie necklace and carmel apple

retro bag of popcorn and wedding rings

retro sea foam green sun dress

playful outdoor engagement session

I blindfolded Martin and took a seat on our sofa. We often surprise each other, so he really wasn’t expecting anything this big. I took off the blindfold and couldn‘t say a word. I handed him a framed photo of me at his sister’s wedding of that moment when I caught the bridal bouquet. With it, I gave him a card with a picture of a couple getting married and handed him a small piggy bank (for us to first save money for the wedding). On the back of the card I wrote the words: 2012… You… Me… Marry? Martin went pale, I began to cry and he asked, “Are you proposing to me right now?!”. I said, “Yes!”. The rest of our holiday was amazing from then on as I finally knew what it meant to be engaged.

Ok, wasn’t that the cutest story ever? Congrats Nina + Martin!

venue: fair on the Rhine (Düsseldorf, Germany) / photography: Britta Schunck Fotografie / dress: Zara / shoes: Vintage / jewelry: heirloom / suit: Peek & Cloppenburg / accessoires: Dawanda


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Mrs Average Bride on Sep 13, 2012

I love these! I love how these pictures have so much character to them.

invitation consultants on Sep 13, 2012

what a fun shoot! especially love those pictures tossing popcorn :)

Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge on Sep 13, 2012

What sweet photos and what a great story. Congratulations! :)

Ashley on Sep 13, 2012

So cute! Love their story!

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Sep 13, 2012

i love these fun photos!

Aileen@LoveandLavender on Sep 13, 2012

Aww, these two are super adorable!!! Love that "yes" pin he's wearing.

The LDS Bride on Sep 13, 2012

Oh my goodness this makes my heart swoon! (and I'm pretty sure I eat cotton candy the same way)

Fi on Sep 14, 2012

Oh my gosh - so cute! I approve, but maybe because I proposed to my man too ; )

Christel Chesney on Sep 14, 2012

" A gals gotta do, what a gals gotta do." Minnie Cody 1904

erin brain stead on Sep 14, 2012

Super cute story and LOVE the photos! :)

Amber Ambrose Motylinski on Sep 15, 2012

Congratulations to the happy couple. This is such a fun cute idea to show the kids still living inside the couple. Enjoyed going through the photos and getting some new ideas from them.

Anna on Sep 15, 2012

That last photo is an absolute cracker. I love the expressions on both of your faces. Congratulations. I never thought it would matter to me to be married or not. It surprised me how it felt to get married (after 6 years together, knowing already that it was forever) and how it changed both my, and other peoples, perception of our relationship. I just seems to gild it, solidify it and declare it to the world. 9 years later and I haven't a single regret about getting married.

Bethany on Sep 17, 2012

Gorgeous photographs here, love them all! Looks like such a fun day and you captured it so well.

Katherine on Sep 19, 2012


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