Joshua & Michelle – Lake Okareka Rotorua Proposal

Joshua & Michelle

Joshua contacted me to photograph his surprise Lake Okareka Rotorua proposal to Michelle and I was so excited. Joshua explained his very well thought out and very romantic plan.

He planned to propose while they were on vacation at their friends holiday home in Lake Okareka, Rotorua. This is the first place they went on holiday together so it holds special meaning to them.

According to Joshua, Michelle loves surprises however she’s very good at guessing them. So he had to come up with a convincing story to tell her. Which was that I was there to take photos for advertising of them with their friends holiday home and surroundings.

I knew the location well myself and made sure we timed it perfectly for the best lighting.

I met them at the lake house and we headed out just before sunset. We made light conversation on the way while trying not to blow the surprise. We walked the board walk that runs around the lake for about 20 minutes until we reached the spot Joshua wanted to pop the question.

Once we reached the stunning lake edge area that Joshua had chosen we gave each other the nod. Then with the lake and sun above the hills in the background. Joshua got down on one knee and proposed with the gorgeous ring he had picked out. She said yes! from there my cover was blown and the smiles and laughter did not stop. We then captured a whole bunch of adorable engagement photos and they were also keen to get a couple of creative night shots once the sun had set. These two really were a joy to photograph.

I thoroughly enjoyed capturing this surprise Lake Okareka Rotorua proposal and the engagement photography session following that. It was a lot of fun to be part of such an exciting time for this lovely couple. I am so pleased to have captured these beautiful images for them to look back on.

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