Nautical wedding inspiration and surprise proposal story
Last year felt like it was the year for surprise proposals. Funny enough, most of them happened during styled shoots. Which is kind of the perfect set up when you think about it. She’s just had her hair & makeup done, is dressed like she’s ready to walk down the aisle, and you’re both surrounded by gorgeous florals, pretty decor, and cake! Nice work, Zac. And nice work, Supposey Florals for such a sweet concept, and Melissa Wilson Photography for capturing such a heartfelt moment. Such a perfect way to end the week!
Any suspicions he was going to propose on the day of the styled session?: Before the session, yes. I thought it would be a cute and fun way for him to propose, and I even mentioned it to a few friends. I still had a tiny bit of hope the day of the styled session. I took off my watch, bracelet, and ring, just in case I needed the bare finger for a new ring at the beginning of the shoot. I assumed that if he was going to do it, it would have been in the beginning of the session so that I could wear my ring throughout the shoot. After the first 10 minutes of the session, still with no engagement ring, I forgot all about it and went on with the session. I was COMPLETELY caught off-guard a few hours into the shoot when I turned around and he was on one knee.
Describe how you felt the moment you saw him down on one knee: Confused. I thought, “This is a wedding themed photo shoot. Why is the groom re-proposing to the bride? Aren’t we supposed to be past that part? Whoa, that’s a huge ring!” Then I realized that Zac was actually proposing to me. I didn’t hear a thing he said, except at the very end he said, “Will you marry me?” I completely forgot where we were, or that there were ten people standing around documenting our every move. All I was thinking was “FINALLY!!! I FINALLY get to marry him! Hallelujah!!” I was ecstatic and surprised and confused and amazed and so extremely happy, all at the same time. I couldn’t stop smiling and wanted that post-proposal embrace to last for hours.
What are your wedding plans so far?: Of course, my productivity has dropped to nearly zero since he proposed on September 11th. If it were up to me, we would get married tomorrow and the biggest, most fabulous wedding in history would be planned perfectly in 24 hours. Unfortunately since that’s not the case, we have decided to enjoy a long engagement for a few years so that I can focus on my first year of law school next fall. Once we get past my first year of school, we’ll start planning for a year or two from that point. However, I would love to keep the “Float Away with Us” theme and the same wedding team throughout our journey from proposal to marriage. The styled session was absolutely beautiful and perfect, and I can’t think of any better team of talented artists I want to be with us from “She said yes” to “I do”.”
We’re so excited for Miranda + Zac, and love the idea of them using the concept from the shoot throughout their wedding. Too cute!
Photographer: Melissa Wilson Photography / Florals + Concept Design: Supposey Florals / Makeup Artist: Kristen Lee Saxon, Stay the Clinical Spa / Hair Stylist: MaddMaxx Hair / Videographer: chrisdscott films / Design Assist: Sara Gillianne Weddings + Events / Cake + Macaroons: Emerald Coast Custom Cakes / Artistic Script + Misc Props: YOUnique Statements / Scalloped Gold Glitter Garland: Steph Loves Ben / Balloon + Tassel: The Flair Exchange / Bride + Groom: Miranda Coley + Zac Taylor