Ashley + Abel | Durham Family Session (turned proposal!)

What Ashley thought she was going into as a family session ended with Abel down on one knee with their little princess on his other, and it couldn't have been sweeter! 

I had the joy of capturing Ashley and Abel's maternity pictures welcoming their little Stella into their lives. I've never met a sweeter family who just glows with love for each other. I loved every second with them! I was overjoyed when Abel called me to plan the surprise proposal. Ashley was gifted a "family session" for her birthday, so she excitedly went along helping me plan the session the entire time leading up to the big day.

My sweet boyfriend, Randy, came along with me early to pick a location in Duke Gardens and set up the entire picnic, along with Abel's parents. I was full of nerves!! I was doing everything I could so I wouldn't say something to give it away, but I was so excited at the same time.

 It wasn't until we turned the corner on a path halfway through the session did she realize what a big surprise this ordinary day held! The look of surprise and awe was priceless, and I felt so honored to to capture this incredible moment for this amazing family!

Congratulations, Ashley & Abel (and Stella!) I'm so excited for your family! :)