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Styled Shoot Becomes ‘Cheeky’ Surprise Proposal | Canyonlands

Styled Shoot Becomes ‘Cheeky’ Surprise Proposal | Canyonlands
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by Sharlee at Unleashed Elopements

When Ashlyn and Joe set up their original photoshoot, we planned for wedding attire to show off the area and make a mock elopement out of their weekend vacation. Little did Ashlyn know she would be surprised with a proposal.  And that's when this adorable session got a little 'cheeky'.


These two fell in love just a few months after meeting, but knew they were meant to be together. They both love hiking, road-tripping, and spending quality time together. It was truly amazing to see how happy they made one another and were sincere in their actions to one another.

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Ashlyn and Joe started off by "cracking a cold one" and enjoying the view.

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A Special Surprise for a Model "Bride"

We then went on to hike around the rocks and had our eye set on this particular area. I then had Ashlyn turn away for a "specific pose" so that Joe could get down on one knee and ask her to marry him.

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When she turned around, it was a complete shock! You can really feel that in her facial expression. It was a really sweet moment to witness.

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She Said Yes...

We spent the next little bit celebrating for their future and stopping along the way back to the trailhead for more amazing views and photos.

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It Gets a Little "Cheeky"

Along the way, they were telling me about how they've created a photo tradition called "Cheeks on Peaks" - where they "moon" nature wherever they are hiking together.  I had to ask if they wanted that documented today and they were stoked to do so!  Love these cheeky shots!

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Dancing in the Lights

Lastly, they winded down their evening by playing their love playlist as they danced around Joe's truck. I loved how they wanted to incorporate getting into the back of the pickup and playing around with the lights. Joe even bought special and new lights for this shoot - it turned out perfect.

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Regardless of how you cherish your engagement, having it documented by a professional photographer can really make a difference on remembering those special moments. Incorporating authentic and fun activities into your shoot that really represent who you are a couple can make your images and your emotions pop!



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