I know most of you probably already saw the couple of photos I posted on social media of our ridiculously beautiful, fairytale-esque proposal while we were on vacation in Greece last month, but I’ve finally put together a blog post to share even more of these beauts with you guys! These were all taken by the super talented Aaron Delaney in Oía, Santorini.
So before we went on our trip I searched high and low for another photographer who either lived in, or would be traveling through Santorini when we were, who wanted to do a “photo-swap” session with Casey and I. This is an awesome way for photographers to get beautiful photos of themselves to share on social media and websites, but they also get more content for their portfolio. Sadly, the stars didn’t align and no one was able to do a swap with me. So I caved and reached out to Aaron because I just NEEDED nice professional photos of us in Santorini. For years and years I’ve been seeing the gorgeous photos of the white and blue hillsides and pining to go there myself, so now that I was finally checking this big trip off my bucket list how could I not have beautiful photos to remember it by? Yes, we took some great ones ourselves with a tripod in Sifnos and Athens, but Santorini was waaaayyyy more touristy and a tripod photo in the tiny cramped streets would’ve been a headache. Luckily Aaron was able to do it for us and I got it booked over a month before we left. Well as soon as I told Casey about who I ended up hiring, he messaged Aaron himself, without me knowing, to set up his sneaky, genius proposal plan. They talked about a few different locations and picked the perfect spot, which was the very first spot we went to. That was definitely smart of them in hindsight because poor Casey was sweating bullets, and he was able to get the nerves out of the way right off the bat and just enjoy the rest of the photoshoot (I still don’t understand why he was nervous, I was obviously going to say yes).
We took a few photos on this gorgeous rooftop overlooking the sea and then Casey pulled a beautiful diamond ring out of his pocket…these are the photos of me doubled over and laughing because I was in total shock because he wasn’t on his knee(yet), and the ring wasn’t in a box, and what the crap are you doing Casey, also why don’t you have a ring box Casey, that ring could’ve just fallen out of your pocket you big crazy, and oh my god look at that RING, and wait is this actually happening right now, and…FINALLY! Yea that’s just a few of the thousands of things running through my mind at that exact moment. (Looking at it now, I obviously know he had nowhere to hide a huge ring box without me seeing it, so that was smart of him, but at the time I was terrified of him dropping this precious rock off the cliff and having to dive after it off the rooftop.)
He told me he couldn’t go another day without knowing that I would be his wife and that he could love me forever. He said a few other super sweet things, but lets be honest, we both blacked out a little from the nerves and shock. I do remember saying yes about ten times before he put the ring on my finger. It was beautiful, and perfect, and everything I could’ve ever dreamed of.
I should also add that the next hour and a half was spent sprinting through the super crowded streets of Oía and jumping onto private rooftops and over fences and gates to get to places we weren’t (legally) allowed to be in order to get these gorgeous photos that make it look like we had the city and the sunset to ourselves. Aaron knew all the best spots and helped to encourage us to trespass and push through the tourists like champs, and for that, we were grateful. It was such a rush and so much fun to chase the sunset and dance on rooftops in such a beautiful place. I am so glad to have these precious photos that we can look back on for years to come to clearly remember this fabulous day and the sweetest proposal ever.
Also for any of my UK friends, keep an eye out for these photos to be featured in the next issue of Perfect Weddings Magazine!