They met while line dancing at a country bar in Southern California. He was a Senior at USC. She was a Sophmore in LA. And this girl was special. Brett knew it in his heart. So much so that ten months later, when he took a job offer which would move him to Phoenix, he had to find a way to make sure they wouldn’t be apart. So he took her to a beach in Laguna, and gave her a promise ring. And that was just the beginning of their very promising future.
They made the move together to Phoenix. Kamber transferred to ASU, and they began their new life together in the desert. But this was only meant to be a temporary home. Brett’s time in Arizona was for training only, his job would soon take them to yet another state. They were going to find out where soon, so he thought… what better way to really surprise her? She’ll be thinking that he was just giving her the news of where they were going to be relocated. And instead (well, actually… in addition), he would be asking her to marry him.
So when Brett contacted me and told me, “I want to propose to the woman of my dreams” and “I’m ecstatic to take our relationship to the next level”… I knew that this groom-to-be was special too. He said that Kamber makes scrapbooks of all their events and trips and things they do, and that she shows them to him on their anniversary. And that he is always surprised at how much they accomplish each year. (Side note: this is something that my hubby and I do, we look at our photos on our anniversaries, and it’s one of my favorite traditions. Ever.) He said he couldn’t wait to see what this next chapter in life would hold for them, and that regardless where it was, it would be amazing because they would be together. *Cue the ‘Aawwwwe!’* Be still, my heart.
We made a plan for the where and how, and just had to wait a little bit to find out the when. Once Brett was certain the ring would be ready, and their relocation state was about to be announced, we set the official date. After all the planning with Brett, and hearing their story, I seriously couldn’t wait to see him exchange that promise ring for an engagement ring on Kamber’s finger.
They walked out onto the rooftop, and he lead her down the path of rose petals. As he spoke the words to her that he had been wanting to say for so long, pulled out the ring box, and got down on one knee, I had to remember to take a breath. I think I was just as caught up in the moment as they were. And for good reason. It was a perfect proposal.
After she said YES!, we spent some time together celebrating, drinking champagne (well… they drank. I documented.), and dancing through the streets of downtown Phoenix. Yes, Brett even showed off his dance moves… which I’m pretty sure were one of the things that sealed the deal for Kamber. Who knew a city boy from Los Angeles could twirl a girl so perfectly? They were adorable together. It was an incredible evening spent with an incredible couple.
Sometimes there are people who dance into your life, spin you around, give you a little shimmy-shake, and leave you feeling lighter on your feet than you were before you met them. I am humbled to have the honor of capturing their most special moments, hearing all about their love story, and witnessing the way they adore one another. These are the people who you just can’t help but to root for, who you want the absolute best for.
Brett and Kamber – you are these people. I’m officially a member of your fan club. Thank you for trusting me to capture this huge moment. I am so incredibly happy for you two, and I can. not. wait to see what you plan for your wedding! *Secretly hoping there may be some line dancing involved?!* Cotton-Eyed Joe, anyone? 😉 I know the two of you will make for perfect dance partners, on the floor and in life… wherever your future takes you, whether that be California, Arizona, Kentucky… or any place in between. 💕
Photos: Mindy DeLuca Photography
Huge thanks to the incredible staff at the Hilton Garden Inn for all their help with this amazing moment!
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