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and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Josh and Kortnee's Fourth of July weekend beach proposal

Josh called me a few weeks before the Fourth of July holiday weekend to tell me he planned on proposing to Kortnee on the beach during their trip to Galveston. He wanted me to photograph it, and I was thrilled to be a part of it! We spent the days before the holiday weekend exchanging e-mails and phone calls to plan precisely the location and time, and both hoped that Hurricane Alex wouldn't ruin the plan. Luckily, Alex headed farther south than originally expected and we had plenty of light on the day of the proposal.

Kortnee's sister set up the beach towel and props, and then I positioned myself behind a trash can (I'm pretty stealth) hoping Kortnee wouldn't recognize me under my UT baseball cap. The next time I shoot a secret beach proposal I will bring: a swimsuit, book, and friend. I mean, who seriously lays on a beach towel fully clothed with a tote bag and alone? I would have been suspicious of me.

Anyways, on to the photos!

My view from behind the trash bin. Josh played a slideshow of photos taken during their relationship together before proposing.
Couple kissing sitting on a beach blanket on a beach in Galveston

Popping the question!
Marriage proposal on the beach in Galveston

And she said YES!
Couple kisses after getting engaged on the beach

Of course we had to take some portraits in the water
Couple walks towards the ocean after getting engaged

Newly engaged couple celebrates at the beach

They were so smitten. I love when my subjects forget I'm even there.
A couple hugs after getting engaged on a Galveston beach

Best wishes to you, Josh and Kortnee!
Beach portrait of a couple hugging


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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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