It was a beautiful sunny late February afternoon, around 54 degrees. When you get in the sun it’s quite lovely, but in the shade it may feel chilly. Arrington Vineyard is a beautiful, hilly, scenic destination to unwind, enjoy some fine wine and food, and the outdoor amenities offered. So, today I present to you a beautiful Arrington Vineyard marriage proposal featuring Donna and Monee!
Donna emailed me about a month before the shoot after finding me on search for LGBT friendly photographers in Nashville. The planning for this Arrington Vineyard marriage proposal began! Donna has been with her girlfriend Monee (pronounced same as Monet) for 4 1/2 years since meeting on Ok Cupid, an online dating website. The couple had planned a long weekend trip to Nashville that weekend, visiting from Atlanta. But Monee didn’t know exactly what was coming! That was our secret. For now.
Donna even made a trip to Nashville a couple weeks before the big weekend to find the perfect spot to propose. Also to scope out hotels and restaurants while in Nashville. While she was here with her friend, I met up with them to meet and talk strategy. I could tell Donna is very detail oriented and wanted everything to fit them perfectly, which I would say happened exactly according to plan.
Donna scheduled a wine tasting tour at the vineyard, and arranged to have a picnic basket and bottle of their wine ready for after the proposal. Monne didn’t know my involvement until that point when they hiked up the hill for their picnic.
I love the intimate mood and back lighting for photographing this happy couple as they bask in the sunshine. What a lovely special occasion to be a part of and to document for these wonderful ladies. This has been my fifth live marriage proposal to photograph since the Summer but my very first same sex marriage proposal! It’s an honor to serve the LGBT community and of course a true pleasure to know Donna and Monne. Congratulations ladies!