15 Sep Romantic White Mountain Proposal + Surprise Wedding

In early summer, Dwight stopped by the studio to chat with me about proposing to his long-time girlfriend, Sandy. We concocted a plan to station her closest friends and family at specific locations along the hiking trail at the Flume Gorge on a Friday in September. The kicker was that Sandy had always wanted a “short” engagement, so we suggested that he propose in the morning and get married in the evening. Surprising her not just with a diamond ring, but a wedding as well. He’s a super creative guy, so he immediately jumped on board.

Sandy loves to garden, so we chose the Common Man Greenhouse as a venue and rented the cabin next door for Sandy to get ready in during the hours between the proposal and the ceremony. Dwight then spent the next couple months purchasing white dresses in two sizes each, so she would have several to choose from on the big day. We documented every meeting and saved every receipt, later creating a scrapbook so that Sandy could be a part of the planning process in the end.

On Friday the 13th of September, the girls of By Emily B. and Lindsay Ocker of Lindsay Ocker Photography met 46 of Sandy’s dearest friends and family at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center, and we embarked on an amazing adventure. Everyone got in position along the trail, while we stayed just ahead of Dwight and Sandy, watching her surprise at each location, and in turn letting each group know they were just around the bend. Near the end of the two mile Flume Gorge loop, under the gaze of Mount Liberty, Dwight stopped. He let everyone gather around them and got down on one knee. He then proceeded to say some of the sweetest things we’ve ever heard one individual say to another. The really good news? She said “yes!” And four hours later, we celebrated their marriage with a romantic garden-themed reception in a cozy little greenhouse. It was some of the most fun we have ever had. Lindsay Ocker captured the day effortlessly. Here is a little sneak peek…


Event Design + Coordination: By Emily B. Event Design | Photography: Lindsay Ocker Photography | Cake: Pleasant Street Sweets | Floral Design: By Emily B. Event Design | Venue: The Common Man Greenhouse | Rentals: Lakes Region Tent & Event | Entertainment: Terry and Suzi of Second Wind