It’s so fun to see the different approaches to a marriage proposal. Modest and heartfelt, silly and sweet, private and romantic, over-the-top and grand; these are a few ways you could execute your proposal. No matter what though, it is always special for each couple! There’s no comparison to this thrilling once-in-a-lifetime moment! That is why when you’ve decided to pop THE big question, proposal photography should be included in your plans. The two of you will LOVE having those priceless images of such a special day and be admired for generations to come. Jason requested Valerie & Co. Photographers capture his incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston to Lauren and she just adores sharing their awesome story!
Lauren recalled, “As Jason and I transitioned to yet another new house, we had been crashing with a close friend and living out of boxes. My mom, being the caring mother that she is, managed to convince me that Jason and I both deserve a mini-vacation and that her and my dad had rented a condo on Isle of Palms for the two of us to stay at while we were in town for a family wedding. Initially, I protested because the last thing I wanted to do was pack for a vacation in the midst of living out of boxes, but I knew that Jason had been extra stressed at work and needed a break so I accepted my parent’s generous offer.”
“Our condo had its own private pier and we stopped there first to take in the view. Because I did not have my purse and it looked like rain, I asked Jason if I could put my cellphone in his pocket. Thinking nothing of it, I went to slide it into his pocket and he nearly slapped it out of my hand and into the ocean. I remember thinking that was really odd but just figured he was tired of always having to hold all of my stuff. I didn’t blame him too much because I am always asking him to hold my things. I started getting anxious about the storm and wanted to get our stroll on the beach started so we could get back before the rain.”
Rain can make for very romantic images, but Lauren had no idea what was about to happen and that Jason planned this incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston for her! She said, “As we started walking, Jason pointed out that we were close to the spot where we had first said ‘I love you’ and we began reminiscing on our relationship and the past. Before I could get my next thought out, Jason drew my attention to a boat in the distance. Instantly, I was terrified because I was sure they would capsize in the waves the encroaching storm was producing. As the boat got closer it became more familiar to me and I remember asking Jason if the boat was the same as my brother’s. I was confused because I knew my brother had been out on his boat that day, but I didn’t know why on earth he would come over to Isle of Palms in the terrible weather. At this point, I was convinced that Jason and I would have to save whoever these crazy people were on that boat!”
“The boat finally got close enough for me to realize that this really was my brother’s boat! And those crazy people; they were my mom, my dad, and my brother. About the time that I came to this realization, a banner unrolled on the boat that read, ‘Lauren, Will You Marry me?’ and instantly I was in shock. I turned around to look at Jason and he was down on one knee with a beautiful, engraved ring box. I was in tears; I could not believe what was happening! In fact, Jason likes to tell everyone that I actually backpedaled in shock at first, but I don’t remember any of that. If you asked me exactly what Jason said in that moment, I honestly couldn’t tell you but I do remember hearing him say that he loved me more than anything in world and that he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, followed by the four most amazing words I have ever heard, ‘Will you marry me?’ I couldn’t even muster up enough composure to actually say yes, but I think he knew my answer when I threw my arms around his neck, kissed him, and didn’t let go! Jason slipped the most gorgeous ring onto my finger and as he did I heard the sound of fireworks. I turned back towards the ocean to catch the beautiful firework display coming from my brother’s boat! But the surprises were not over just yet!”
As it turns out, our studio was not only in on the surprise for Jason’s already incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston, but we learned we were also to be a part of the surprise! Lauren continues on saying, “As I watched in astonishment, and still in complete shock, Jason whispered to me that my favorite photographer was on the pier and had caught this amazing moment for us to cherish forever! We even managed to sneak in a quick portrait session before the rain downpour began. And boy did it pour! Even with the rain, everything about the day was absolutely perfect and was everything I had ever dreamed for!”
What a compliment knowing Lauren so admires Valerie & Co. Photographers and we are very glad Jason thought to include us. For our studio, really what’s most touching is the honor of having been a part of the sweet story of their engagement and documenting everything! If we had to describe Jason and Lauren’s incredible beach boat & fireworks proposal in Charleston, it would be heartfelt, over-the-top, and, of course, very special 🙂 Valerie & Co. Photographers would love to capture your special story for YOU too!
The Beaufort Inn in South Carolina is a fabulous one-stop wedding venue for any kind of occasion. Perfect for casual, black tie, or Antebellum weddings, this beautiful inn accommodates up to 250 guests within its indoor and outdoor event space. It has been featured in films such as “The Price of Tides” and “Forest Gump” for its unique beauty as well as its historical significance. Whether you are planning for your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid luncheon, or honeymoon, the Beaufort Inn is prepared to make your wedding day absolutely perfect with its beautiful design, full service event planning, and on-site catering.
The Beaufort Inn boasts luxurious gardens, beautiful courtyards, elegant fountains, manicured lawns, magnolia trees, Carolina Rose, a portico, and verandahs. The Garden Courtyard in particular, with its lovely fountain, Palmetto trees, seasonal plantings, paved walkways, and cafe lights, is perfect for any couple that wishes for an intimate gathering of up to 75 guests. In addition to this tranquil garden setting, your guests will also enjoy sweeping marsh views from the verandah for a perfectly Lowcountry experience.
The inn provides 30 uniquely styled guest rooms in a charming Bed & Breakfast setting, but with the level of service and amenities found in an upscale hotel. These rooms feature luxuries like king-sized beds, sitting areas, wet bars, rain-water showers, soaking tubs, and hardwood flooring. Suites, two-bedroom lofts, and cottages are also available. Guests enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast every morning along with complimentary wi-fi, private off-street parking, and afternoon refreshments. Located on-site is the Southern Graces Bistro and the Beaufort Day Spa. The inn’s convenient location within the historic district of Beaufort neighbors charming boutiques, antebellum homes, horse carriage rides, restaurants, galleries, and historic resting places.
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