All photographs by Lansing wedding photographer Heather K. Please do not edit or download without permission.
A few weeks ago, on a Thursday, I received an email from a guy named Nate. It went like this:
“I am typically a huge planner, but I decided to try something different and be totally spontaneous, I am actually planning to propose this weekend, hopefully Saturday, February 5th. Any chance you are available?”
Immediately, my mind went “WHOA. This poor guy has an engagement ring burning a hole through his pocket!” (according to my husband, that’s pretty much what ALWAYS happens, haha!) I was thrilled to be asked to photograph such an amazing moment in someone’s life!! I was, however, relieved that when we met up the next day, (btw, his face lit up and he described his gorgeous, wonderful girlfriend), Nate had decided to give it a few more weeks, since he had yet to form a plan- and he wanted to do this right.
Well, he did!
Yesterday, he convinced Maria that their friends as MSU were doing a display at the Museum they were invited to. But, alas! They arrived ‘too early’.. so he suggested a walk. As they strolled through MSU’s winding paths, they spotted the Beaumont Tower. Hey, why not see if they do tours, right?
A week before-hand, Nate had arranged with the Tower’s caretakers to have a Carillon player present to do an “accidental” tour. I had arrived early and was in the tower when Nate and Maria poked through the door. “Are they doing tours today?” he asked casually, pretending (really well!) not to know me. “I don’t know.” I replied. “I’m here to do a photography project, but I’m sure you can come along.” I “asked” the Carillon master, who nodded. “Sure, why not.” Maria none the wiser, we began the tour- me snapping away. I hope you enjoy the photographs as they reveal the story…
After listening to several wonderfully played Carillon songs, Nate and Maria got to try it out…
Eventually, Nate got the ring from his coat pocket while Maria was distracted…
See what happened!