Columbia, MO, McBaine Bur Oak: Proposal – Daniel & Alicia

Columbia, MO, McBaine Bur Oak: Proposal – Daniel & Alicia

Daniel approached me (Andrew) while shooting pictures at The Crossing and asked if I’d be interested in capturing his proposal. “Sure!” I said with no idea it was happening in four days! Daniel and I scouted the location (McBaine Bur Oak), formulated a covert plan of action and it all came together. He picked up the ring an hour before he was to propose…talk about cutting it close!

In order to keep the proposal and photography a complete surprise, I dressed as a cyclist and acted as if I was repairing a flat on my bike. The MKT is nearby – a perfect cover. Shoshana parked across the road; her cover was that she just brought me a new inner tube. We must have blended in because Alicia did not notice or suspect a thing. Our cameras at the ready, we secretly snapped away as Daniel went down on one knee.

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After capturing the special and private moment we grabbed some engagement photos. Daniel even brought some bubbly, and the evening was perfect.

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Congratulations, Daniel and Alicia, we’re so excited for you guys and your new life together.

Engaged: Jason & Aimee

Engaged: Jason & Aimee

Friday night was a little sweeter than normal at Strange Donuts in downtown Columbia. The doughnut shop hosted a beautiful marriage proposal from Jason to his girlfriend, Aimee. The staff at Strange Donuts was in on the big secret and crafted a special proposal doughnut for the display case. Jason had contacted us several weeks ago to arrange photography for his proposal and we jumped at the chance to be part of their love story.

Jason and Aimee, who met on a double blind date, traditionally have a doughnut date night on Thursdays. Last Friday, though, Jason took Aimee for a meal at Geisha Suishi (where they had their first solo date) before walking down to Strange Donuts. As we all waited in Strange Donuts, trying to act like it was a normal Friday night, Jason let Taylor, the Strange Donuts manager, know they were on their way.

As soon as Aimee reached the display case and saw the proposal doughnut – “Aimee, will you marry me?” – she turned around and said, “I’m guessing I’m the only Aimee?” Right on cue, Jason dropped to one knee and began his proposal.

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We weren’t close enough to hear the proposal and were a little busy photographing but the end result was Aimee said “Yes,” donned her ring, and now has a wedding to plan!

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After the proposal, we captured a few engagements shots with Jason and Aimee in downtown Columbia and then called it a night.

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Congratulations, Jason and Aimee!

Thanks to Taylor and the Strange Donuts staff for allowing us access to the proposal doughnut and helping Andrew to hide behind the case in preparation for Aimee’s arrival!