Outer Banks 2016 + WE'RE ENGAGED!

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Corolla, North Carolina with the Chappelear fam! I always look forward to our family trips to the Outer Banks, spending time with my favorite people and making new memories. From the amazing seafood, wild horses on the beach and beautiful beach houses, this place has my heart. Little did I know, this place would have my heart for a very different reason by the end of the trip!

It was the Tuesday of our vacation and we spent the day celebrating my niece's birthday along with my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. My parents and I had planned to do a photo shoot that evening on the beach and I told the rest of the family to get dressed so we can take a full family photo as well! Everyone walked down the boardwalk from our beach house and lined up to take the photo. Just moments later, Darren walked over to me and with tears in his eyes got down on one knee and the rest was a total blur! He managed to surprise my entire family as well as myself! He had planned to do it when everyone was around and he chose the most gorgeous evening for it! It was so special that he proposed on my parent's anniversary also. June 21st is a day to celebrate! My nieces' and nephews' reactions were my favorite. The kids have been asking him for years (literally!) when he was going to propose and they were SO excited. They called him Uncle Darren for the rest of the trip! 

Now.. the ring. It is beyond perfect. The diamond in my ring came from his Great Auntie Jean's ring. He knows how much family history means to me and the fact he wanted to use something that was passed down is amazing. I just love it so much! It was so special and his whole family was excited to see how it turned out on the new setting!

This trip was beyond perfect and Darren + I are so thankful for everyone's love and support over the last few weeks! We are so excited to finally plan our own wedding after photographing so many together! Below are my favorite moments captured!