A surprise engagement: Chellise + Michael

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Brooklyn rooftop engagement | Photo by W.Scott Chester

Michael and Chellise are wedding photographers in Brooklyn and have always followed W. Scott Chester’s blog out of sheer fondness for their unique and rad style. Chellise started following Scott on Instagram and saw that he was in NYC one day, freaked out and commented asking him to come over and photograph them. He responded with a sweet note about already being booked, but offered future NYC dates, so she began the booking process immediately. Her and Michael strictly hired W. Scott Chester for fun and to meet their favorite photographer. What she didn’t know was what was going to happen during their photo session…

chalkboard bedroom wall | Photo by W.Scott Chester

at home engagement session | Photo by W.Scott Chester

desert scene on a chalkboard wall | Photo by W.Scott Chester

at home engagement session | Photo by W.Scott Chester

blue patterned dress | Photo by W.Scott Chester

romantic city engagement session | Photo by W.Scott Chester

blue patterned dress and felt hat | Photo by W.Scott Chester

city street romantic walk | Photo by W.Scott Chester

city streets of Brooklyn | Photo by W.Scott Chester

floral heart sunglasses and wall graffiti | Photo by W.Scott Chester

bright checkerboard painted pavement in Brooklyn | Photo by W.Scott Chester

bright checkerboard painted pavement in Brooklyn | Photo by W.Scott Chester

Since I was the one that initiated the shoot, did the booking, sent the money, and handled all of the communication, I was not under any suspicion that Mike would use this opportunity to propose. Apparently, he contacted Scott and Adam a few days prior to let them in on it. During the shoot, we simply wandered our Brooklyn neighborhood and let Scott and Adam do their thing. At one point we decided to go home to change real quick and continue shooting. We jumped up on our rooftop and Mike says to them, “Hey don’t you guys have some props or something?” Now.. I know their work.. and they DON’T use props..(Im not a prop girl) but I still thought nothing of it and Adam just handed Mike my big blue fedora, but there was a ring under it, but I didnt know it, so I was like “Ok.. they meant my rad hat is a prop…. cool”. 

rooftop magic hour photo session  | Photo by W.Scott Chester

surprise rooftop engagement  | Photo by W.Scott Chester

surprise rooftop engagement  | Photo by W.Scott Chester

Brooklyn rooftop engagement session  | Photo by W.Scott Chester

So Mike’s just holding this hat in front of me and it didn’t make sense. I was like, “Hey Mike.. put that hat on me, whats wrong with you?”. I grabbed the hat and then screamed because there was this AWESOME VINTAGE WEDDING RING FROM THE 20’s staring at me and I blacked out, or at least I thought I did. (I buried my face in the hat so that explains me thinking that I blacked out). Mike says that I screamed yes before he could ask. I don’t remember, but I believe him! I was completely shocked and elated with happiness. We changed clothes and went out for a few more shots at sunset, then we went to dinner with Scott and Adam. They were such a part of our day and we didn’t want them to go! The next day we called them to be our wedding photographers. A no brainer. 

romantic rooftop engagement session | Photo by W.Scott Chester

New York riverside engagement portraits | Photo by W.Scott Chester

riverside sunset | Photo by W.Scott Chester

What better note to end the week on, srsly.

You can catch even more from these lovebirds on W.Scott Chester’s blog. Happy Friday!

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Lisa Raffo Ashley on Mar 8, 2013

This is the BEST ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION EVER!!!!!! 1) The story of how it came about is super sweet 2) the photography is off the hook 3) they're just freaking adorable.

@ChelliseMichael on Mar 8, 2013

Pictures of Chellise and I are up on 100 Layer Cake today for our surprise engagement session that W. Scott... http://t.co/2Yb44EZ7Sk

Roxanne Bellamy on Mar 8, 2013

Totally adorable engagement session!

The Wedding Outlet on Mar 8, 2013

Great story, beautiful photos!

@ToriPintar on Mar 8, 2013

This is seriously the best surprise proposal. http://t.co/RjcLucpByi

Erica on Mar 8, 2013

Aaaaahhhhh Chellise! Noooo! Yessss! This is the most adorable thing! XX - Erica @ tinseltwine

Chellise Michael on Mar 8, 2013

Thank you for featuring our engagement session!! We feel so loved!! XOXOXOXOXXO

Lauren on Mar 8, 2013

These photos are so sick! Congrats to the adorable couple!

Jessica Bramlett on Mar 8, 2013

This Is a beautiful collection of photos! I love how the shoot unfolds! It really makes me reminisce about my own surprise engagement!! Thank you so much for sharing!! (:

Celeste on Mar 8, 2013

You got me! Tears. This is just beautiful, and so sweet.

Rici on Mar 8, 2013

This is beyond awesome! Such precious photos! And the light during the proposal shots and WOW. To die for!!!

Virginia Wedding Photographer on Mar 8, 2013

What an amazing bedroom wall!

meg on Mar 8, 2013

This is the sweetest! http://happinessiscreating.com/my-wedding/

Crystal Madsen on Mar 8, 2013

Fun retro shoot. I love the cityscape pictures.

@iamjeanniemarie on Mar 9, 2013

A surprise engagement: Chellise Michael http://t.co/dl7zRQmrLV #undefined via @100layercake ~Oh so sweet. <3

PJ on Mar 10, 2013

Man this is so cute ;) great photos...two last are my Fav!

lauren on Mar 11, 2013

So cute - but dang it, I want to see the ring!

ang on Mar 12, 2013

I love the light in these pictures! Amazing!

katrina on Jul 26, 2013

I seriously love how she shoved her face in that hat. Such a fantastically hilarious moment, so glad it was captured.

Katie on Jan 16, 2014

Adorable article. I absolutely love it! And, of course, great photos. So happy to have these two working the photos for our upcoming wedding!

Katie on Jan 16, 2014

I love it! What an amazing proposal - So perfect. And of course, gorgeous photos. So excited to have these two working the photos for our upcoming wedding. Can't wait!!

indianweddingstudio on Jun 5, 2014

Wow, this adorable :')

Floral Design by Sage Eco-Garden on Sep 17, 2014

This is amazing! Love the story. This couple is amazing and the photos are stunning! Floral Design by Sage Eco- Garden

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