A photo shoot disguised as a surprise proposal continues to be one of our favorite ways to see couples get engaged. There’s just nothing like being able to experience the anticipation and then see the shock and surprise that falls over unexpected faces at the sight of a ring through a photograph. When the opportunity presented itself for Farwel and Ian to take some pictures together with Brittney Hyatt Photography, Farwel knew he wanted to seize the moment. So with a secret plan in place, they traveled to the scenic Oregon coast, and Farwel surprised Ian with a question that changed their lives forever.
The Love Story
Ian was hunkered down studying in the corner of Cafe Symposium when Farwel ducked into the same coffee shop for a late-night latte. “We kept making eye contact, and to be completely honest, I knew if I didn’t say something I would probably regret it,” Farwel says. While Farwel waited for his latte, he searched for the courage to to say hi and finally walked over to Ian and introduced himself. “I asked him if he was busy, and one thing led to another, and we got dinner,” Farwel says. “Best date I have ever had.”
A couple years later, Farwel and Ian were visiting Seattle and strolling around the city’s famous Pike Place Market when Farwel had a revelation. “It hit me — I wanted him to be my husband,” he says. “I don’t know why it hit me while we were walking around Pike Place, but it did.” And it wasn’t long before he started putting plans in place to surprise Ian with a ring.
When photographer Brittney Hyatt reached out to Farwel about a photo shoot, he knew it was the perfect opportunity to both propose and capture it on camera. “I asked if she could help me with proposing, and she freaked, which made me freak,” he says. “We were both so excited to get this proposal started.” When the day arrived, they traveled to Cape Kiwanda on the coast of Oregon as the sun was beaming on the ocean. Ian was clueless as they posed for pictures and admired the scenic view.
When they made their way all the way down to the cove, Brittney knew the timing was right. She told Ian to face the ocean and muttered the secret word, magical, to let Farwel know she was ready to hand him the ring that she had been keeping safe for the afternoon. And when Ian turned around, he found Farwel down on one knee holding a titanium rose gold band in a little black box. He reached out for the ring and pulled Farwel into a hug after saying yes, and they celebrated the beginning of the rest of their lives by popping a bottle of champagne.
“We got titanium bands,” Farwel says. “Ian got a rose gold one, and I got the black one because we are so different, but that’s what makes us us.”
For Farwel, the anticipation of surprising his groom-to-be was something he’ll never forget. “When our photographer was distracting Ian and had him turn and face the ocean, when I noticed she was making him turn I heard ‘magical’ — that’s when everything froze, and I felt my heart beat 100 miles a minute,” he says. “Seeing his face when he turned around made my heart melt, but my heart was still racing. Once he said yes, everything became clear that we are meant to be together.”