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How I Accidentally Became a Marriage Proposal Photographer


Being at the right place at the right time sometimes results in the unexpected. That’s exactly what happened to me on November 7th, 2017, when my wife and I were waiting to photograph the sunset at Lookout Mountains’ Sunset Rock while returning home from a West Virginia photo adventure.

I was shooting test photos when a couple from Chattanooga walked out onto the rock and sat down — right where I was hoping to get some shots of the Tennessee River snaking around Chattanooga. No problem: I just switched gear and asked them to pose for me. The images show the couple sitting and enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding area.

“Can you take a few more?” the man asked when I thanked them and promised to give them a copy of the image.

There was plenty of time before sunset, so I put the camera to my eye and started shooting… only to see the man — Alex Roberts — get down on one knee and pull out a box containing a diamond ring.

“Will you marry me?” he asked his girlfriend, Bridget Moore.

Bridget was stunned into silence as Alex awaited her answer.

Finally, she shook her head and agreed, and Alex put the ring on her finger.

Bridget finally turned to me and asked, “Did he arrange for you to be here?”

My wife and I explained we were there by sheer coincidence

It was a magical moment, and we were so thankful to be part of it. We wish Alex and Bridget many years of happiness.

About the author: Andy Crawford is a portrait photographer based in Prairieville, Louisiana. You can find more of his work on his website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This article was also published here.