Just as the weather started to cool off and Fall was teasing its entrance, we met with Maddison & John for their engagement session in Payson. Payson is northeast of Phoenix, so it always seems like the seasons change there first… We were greeted with beautiful temperatures and soft breezes when we met them at one of our favorite Mogollon Rim locations.
After mutual friends tried to set up John with Maddison’s friend Emily, a twist of fate would have that Maddison realized she was interested in him! They ended up clearing the air with Emily, and from there.. Maddison and John were able to connect, even though John lived in California and Maddison lived in Arizona. After about three months of talking on the phone long distance, their romance movie story came to life when John finally made the trip out to Arizona. They met in person for the first time at the airport, where John greeted Maddison with a kiss! How sweet! Their relationship blossomed from there and after just 6 months of dating long distance, they knew it was serious… so John made the move to Arizona! From there, I’ll let Maddison explain their adorable proposal story:
“In May by best friend Cassy and I went to look at engagement rings and afterwards we went to lunch. While eating, Cassy told me that because my birthday was coming up she wanted to gift me a photo session that she won in a giveaway from a photographer forever ago. Without questioning her I was excited! We talked about what John and I should wear and although I wanted to keep it casual she insisted that I go all out because it’s not very often we get an opportunity for a free session from a photographer. So I did! I spent the next month splurging and got a new dress, my nails done, spray tan, and hair/makeup on the day of…I did it all! We even got John new suit bottoms and a nice button up! Although I was excited for the session, of course it had seemed it was set up and so I was hopeful that he would propose. On the morning of June 10th while I was getting ready to go to my hair and makeup appointment I got a Snapchat from our good friend Michelle saying “One more meeting then picking up your mom for a road trip to California!!” That’s when I knew for sure it wasn’t happening that day….John would never propose if my mom and Michelle couldn’t be there to celebrate afterwards. After getting home from my HMU appointment John said that after our session we need to go to the grocery store. I was immediately upset because I thought we were going to a nice dinner to celebrate my birthday which was later that week. He suggested buying food that we could cook at home instead because he forgot to make reservations somewhere. I was so disappointed but nevertheless we headed to our photo session. On the way there I got a Snapchat from my mom and Michelle saying that they had made it to Blythe. We made it to the session and I instantly felt better because of how our photographer Shelby greeted us and made us have so much fun taking pictures. After taking photos for a couple of minutes she insisted that she wanted to try a pose where John would run up from behind me and pick me up/tackle me playfully! I was willing to try anything even if it took multiple times to get the best shot! We did it once and Shelby encouraged John to get a little more playful with it. As I anticipated his tackle on the second time I felt him grab my hand and twist me around and he was down on one knee! He asked if I would marry him and I immediately was in tears! I said YES! and then we continued to take photos showing off my new ring!! The story doesn’t quite end there!…after our session I wanted to call everyone to tell them the news! My mom wouldn’t answer her phone until finally she called me back! She was so excited and we told her we were going to go to my parents house to spend time with my dad and celebrate! She said that’s a great idea and that she wishes she could be there! After the long drive to my parents house we pulled up and as we walked into my parents house the room was filled with all my friends and family who yelled “surprise!” Everyone, including my mom and Michelle, was there to celebrate our engagement and my birthday! I was even more surprised and so excited! It was everything I had ever dreamed of!”
I seriously love their story!! Be sure to check out their feature on How He Asked to read even more of the adorable details! We loved shooting Maddison & John’s engagement session- it felt like time well spent with old friends, plus lots of cute moments and beautiful photos! And for those reasons, we can’t wait for their wedding day this Spring! It’s sure to be beautiful at The Windmill Winery, so be on the lookout!
PHOTOGRAPHER: Katelyn Cantu Photography
MAKEUP: Teresa Nicoletti with Free Spirit Glam
HAIR: Hair by Kenzie T