IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME + BAMBINO, PART DEUX | Also, hiccups will make you feel like you could kill a man.

AAAAHHHH HAPPY FRIDAY AFTERNOON, bubelas!  The weekend is nearly upon us, my darlings.  But I won’t let you go just yet, not without a fight.

I mean giveaway – not without a giveaway, is what I meant.  Hmmph, weird.

Quick side note though first… I just have to tell you that, last night, WAS THE WEIRDEST.  It was, by far, the worst case of hiccups I’ve ever experienced in my entire life on this Earth.  Remember that girl who had the hiccups for like years, and then she fell into a downward spiral and I think went to jail or something?  I thought that was a sad, odd way for things to go down, but I get it.  I get it now.  I really do.  Because after like 5 minutes of it I felt like I could kill a man.  No, seriously.  I felt like I could kill a man with only the intensity of my stare.  Hiccups are *the worst* you guys.  The worst.


Ok, so remember that killer DIY VINTAGE ANTHRO WEDDING from a few days ago?  WELLLLLL, the fabulously talented Cameron and Tracy of Cameron Leung Photography – the duo who shot that wedding! – are giving one SUPA DUPA LUCKY Knotty couple a free pre-wedding love session.  This duo rocks super hard both in the photography department and in the personality department,  so, uhhhh, this is a pretty freaking cool situation if you ask me.  I wish all of you could win!!!

Fun fact about this giveaway: if you win, and you’d like your free session to be featured on TKB, then wish granted!  Of course, there’s no commitment, just a fun little perk if you’re into it. :)

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER (in no particular order):

1. Leave a comment letting us know you’d like to enter this giveaway. Quickie comment, like, “I’d like to enter!” or something to that effect.  Easy peasy, right?

2. In a separate comment on this post, tell us your proposal story! It can be a quick peek into how it went down, or you can tell us the whole thing, depending on your level of affection for writing. :)  We’re dying to hear about it.  Was it on bended knee?  On a mountain top beneath a tree?  Did he do it in a movie theater and totally disappoint you? :)  Whatever your story, we wanna hear it.  We’re suckers for stories on TKB, but I think you already knew that.

3. Have an idea or two for a fun or creative engagement session?  Share it with us!  You can think up as many ideas for your session as you’d like and – here’s the money part – you can leave a separate comment for each idea.

4.  “Like” The Knotty Bride on Facebook, as well as Cameron Leung Photography on Facebook (let us know you’ve done so with an extra comment in the comment section of this post)

5. Lastly, whenever you can get around to it, pick out a photo of you and your fiance/fiancee, and submit it to – any photo, professional, instagram, Aunt Peach’s pic of the two of you when you visited her that one time… so yeah, any photo! :)  The email subject title should be: Cameron Leung Photo Giveaway!

Extra Credit: If you’re on Twitter, receive an extra entry by tweeting the below (tell us you’ve tweeted, by leaving an extra blog comment that goes a-something a-like a-this:

#Giveaway alert on @theknottybride! @cleungphoto GIVEAWAY!!!

Our winner will receive a two-hour engagement session with Tracy and Cam, and it will be THE AWESOMEST.  I guarantee you’re going to enjoy this, scout’s honor.  Or am I supposed to say “Brownie’s honor?”  I was a Brownie.  Oh maaaaan that was a while ago.  Wow.  Ok, back on track…

Here’s the always fun fine print that comes along with any photography giveaway:
- winners will sign an agreement (model release, photographs are property of CLPhoto, etc)
- winners will have not hired a wedding photographer as of yet
- winner can be from anywhere on Earth, but the shoot will take place in one location, in an area of LA/Orange County, California!  Aka, some of the bestest areas to take pictures. :)

And now, the Part Deux cliffhanger-but-not-really of An Evening in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants…

Hey….. soooooooo…. what’s up.

Awww, mommy, for me?

*sniff sniff*

*thinks to himself* Ok, this is a pretty great rope.  I have a feeling I’ve seen it before, but it’s feeling new to me right now and I LIKE THAT.

Man.  I love it, mommy, thank you.  Really.

No really.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  See how I mean it with my eyes?


Remember, email your photo to with Subject line: Cameron Leung Photo Giveaway!

Best of luck to all who enter!  Wheeeeeee!  P.S. – You don’t have to enter the contest to comment, fyi.  I realize there’s some very cute Bambino action going on right now.  I get that. ;)

xoxo! – Alison

Cameron Leung Photography is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide. To view this listing, click here.

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  1. Loe on July 8, 2011

    I’d like to enter! (Also OMG that last picture of Bambino is ADORBS!!!)

  2. Samantha on July 8, 2011

    I would love to do a pre-wedding love session! <3

  3. Samantha on July 8, 2011

    My fiance proposed to me during our vacation in San Francisco. We drove out to Napa for the day and he walked me into the vineyard and got down on one knee! I felt like I was in a dream!!!!!!!

  4. Samantha on July 8, 2011

    I tweeted!

  5. Samantha on July 8, 2011

    AND liked both on facebook!

  6. Didi on July 8, 2011

    I can’t enter since I already have a photographer. But I LOVE the idea! So cool! I would’ve been so happy! {though I have to admit I love my photographer!!}
    I love Bambino! I really do! But I think I’m more jealous than anything else. My little puppy, Finch, is chocolate brown so it’s *really* hard to take pictures of him! You take AMAZING pictures of Bambino daily!

  7. Kim C on July 8, 2011

    Not entering the giveaway, but engagement stories are so fun that I want to share mine and read everyone else’s!

    My fiance and I have two engagement stories. That is, what really happened and what we tell people. There are only a few closest friends who know the whole story, but since I love TKB so much I want to share the secret in an internet-anonymous kinda way. :)

    So. The proposal. S took me to Mexico during winter break last year (I’m a law student, so I still get “breaks) and it was absolutely amazing. Before we left, people kept telling me that he was going to propose and I had the slightest inkling, but I tried not to get my hopes up too high in case it didn’t happen. The first night we were there, after heading straight to the beach for several hours (we’re from Wisconsin, so you cannot get us to leave a beach in January until the sun goes down) we went back up to our hotel room to get dressed for dinner. The hotel restaurant didn’t open for a little bit yet, though, so we went back to the beach and found a little table in the sand and watched the ocean as the sun set (behind us, but it was still setting).

    Here’s where the stories deviate (aka, this is the part we don’t tell people usually because its kind of dorky, but cute in it’s own way). We were just hanging out, talking when I must have for some reason looked more solemn than a trip to Mexico warrants because S says out of nowhere, “Don’t be sad, I’m going to give you a ring!” I laughed at him, but then…

    (resume regular story line) He got down on one knee in the sand, took my hand and asked me to be his wife. No big long speech, but he’s not a big talker anyway. And I said of course. :)

    P.S. I can’t get enough of the Bambino pics. Seriously. Love it!

  8. Jenna on July 8, 2011

    I’m going to enter! And I’m dying over those pictures of the pup. So good! Can my idea be an engagement session with your puppy? :)

  9. Courtney Roberson on July 8, 2011

    I’d like to enter! :) It would be a dream come true

  10. Courtney Roberson on July 8, 2011

    I tweeted also :)

  11. Courtney Roberson on July 8, 2011

    My fiance and I are high school sweethearts. We’ve been dating long distance through our college years (major suckage). Summer is one of the few times we are able to spend more then a weekend together. I was visiting him and his family in Arizona this summer and we took a day trip to the Grand Canyon. At the very end of our trip I’m looking out into the vastness of the canyon, I turn around and he’s on one knee :) My throat chokes up a little bit every time I think about it. It was a perfect surprise.

  12. Courtney Roberson on July 8, 2011

    I’d love to do a macro photography session. It is my all time favorite setting on a camera to use, anytime, anywhere.

  13. Courtney Roberson on July 8, 2011

    I liked both on facebook! haha I’m in it to win it ;)

  14. KS Nash on July 8, 2011

    I want to enter, please!

  15. Dana on July 8, 2011

    Yes please! Enter me!

  16. Leighann M. on July 8, 2011

    First things first. Hiccup girl was charged with 1st degree murder. Now, I really enjoy reading your blog and obsessing over Bambino (it’s pretty much the highlight of my day) so PLEASE, do NOT follow in her footsteps and refrain from “killing a man!” I believe in you, you got this!

    And now… this is me officially entering the Cameron Leung Photography giveaway.

  17. Hannah on July 8, 2011

    I want to enter (and win!)

  18. Leighann M. on July 8, 2011

    Warning… i’m not messing around, I take my giveaways seriously ha! So put your reading glasses on!

    The proposal story… Dun dun dunnnn

    In January I planned a camping trip to the Sequoia National Forest for Memorial Day weekend (we’re not crunchy hippies, I swear) with a group of our best friends. We set off for what we thought was going to be a fun filled weekend of hiking and s’more making but as we drove further up the mountain, I started seeing little patches of snow here and there. By the time we pulled into the campsite, EVERYTHING was covered in snow. It was only May 28th, not like it’s almost summer or anything! The second day of the trip started out rough, it had snowed ALL night and the roads were closed. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to hike in the snow, but falling on your *ss in the snow isn’t like falling onto a cloud like one would think, quite the opposite. With nothing to do, C asked me if I wanted to go on a walk. I said “sure” and off we went. We found ourselves on what appeared to be a mini-meadow covered in snow that butted up to the seriously raging river along the campsite. I got as close to the water as I could just to take in the amazing site. Snow was stuck on every little branch, leaf, rock in sight… I had never seen anything like it. As I turned around to walk back to her, she looked at me as if she was falling in love with me all over again. At this point, the wheels in my head started to spin. I immediately started crying and in turn, so did she. I could tell she had a head full of sweet things she wanted to say, but all that came out between her tears of happiness was “I love you, will you marry me?”

    Let me tell you, I am one with words. I think it took me a good minute and a half to say yes. My exact response, “I haven’t even said yes! Duh, yes!” I was so caught up in the emotion and what was happening that I hadn’t even thought to answer. I guess I just assumed that we both knew it was a yes.

    We stood there, in the snow, freezing, in silence and just smiled and loved each other uncontrollably. It was like the earth stood still for that very moment. I no longer heard the roaring river in back of me, I hadn’t even noticed that the clouds had parted ways and kindly let the sun shine on us for that 4 or 5 minutes we were standing there (my friend later told me). Sigghhhhhhh it was amazing!

    As we walked back to our campsite, I could see our friends waiting for us, champagne bottles in hand. We all poured a glass of champagne, huddled around the fire pit and toasted to love and amazing friends.

    It was a perfectly executed plan. Unbeknownst to me, C had bought a ring weeks prior and told our friends what the plan was. I didn’t think she had it in her to be this sneaky… just goes to show that you learn new things about your partner ever day, even 3 ½ years after your first date.

    I always envisioned myself being the one to propose. I am perfectly happy with the way our relationship has evolved, but I want her to feel as special as she makes me feel. That being said, I.can’ I’m actually proposing to her this weekend. I had a custom ring made for her that just arrived yesterday afternoon. We are basically going to relive our first date (unbeknownst to her). Brunch at a restaurant on the beach, followed by hours of conversation in the sand. I made a little book for her reminiscing over the past 3 plus years and the last page is the proposal. She actually repairs and preserves old books in her current job while she finishes school so it’s perfect!

    So that’s muh story! Hope you made it this far :)

  19. Leighann M. on July 8, 2011

    Tweet posting, success!

    #Giveaway alert on @theknottybride! @cleungphoto Photography GIVEAWAY!!!

  20. Dana on July 8, 2011

    Our back story–sweet and simple, just like our relationship:

    Every Saturday, my fiance and I set aside time to explore our city together (our ‘adventures,’ as we call them). Usually, it’s as simple as hitting a new neighborhood or a street fair, but it feels magical because those afternoons hold the potential for something great to happen. One Saturday in May, he brought me to a little park on Boston Harbor. The sky was gray, but we were standing under a pretty cherry tree and watching the sail boats bounce in the choppy water, so I remember thinking how nice it was despite the lack of sunshine. He proposed as petals rained down on us. Haha. I think it took 5 solid minutes for me to realize what was actually happened.

  21. KS Nash on July 8, 2011

    It was a Saturday night and we had spent the whole day being lazy after a late Friday night at a formal affair. I had posted myself on the couch as John did chores, ran errands and just did weekend stuff. He was in the kitchen for a really long time and brushed it off like he was doing dishes.

    Finally around 10:30 and the 7th inning of another Cubs games I cared nothing about, I told John I was going to bed and he could finish the game. About 20 minutes later, he came in saying he got the “blue screen of death” on his computer, he couldn’t believe it crashed after he just had it fixed, he was only on iTunes, yadda yadda yadda… Can you please come look at it?

    I come out of his bedroom into the family room. All of the lights are off and candles are lit on the coffee table: MARRY ME?

    He gets down on his knee to tell me how I am the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, and that he could not have imagined a more perfect soulmate. Then asks me to marry him.

    This whole time, I am just shaking my head YES with my hand over my mouth to cover up the shock. After his very romantic proposal, he gets off his knee and I jump into his arms for a big hug. He says “I guess that’s a yes.” I had forgotten how to speak for the moment and hadn’t verbally said “yes.” When I realized this, I said “yes” so many times I couldn’t even count.

    It was just the right amount of casual meets romantic for us. I mean I had never imagined being proposed to in a sports bra, running shorts and my hair in a knot on my head!

  22. Hannah on July 8, 2011

    My fiance proposed on our five year anniversary on a pier overlooking the ocean!

  23. KS Nash on July 8, 2011

    Feeling the Facebook love for TKB and Cameron Leung Photography!

  24. Mandy on July 8, 2011

    This contest is awesome and I’d love to win. I love their images!

  25. Leighann M. on July 8, 2011

    “Like” love for TKB and CL Photo on FB

  26. KS Nash on July 8, 2011

    I tweeted about this fantastic giveaway too!!

  27. Dina on July 8, 2011

    I want to enter PLEASE! :)

  28. Dina on July 8, 2011

    I tweeted and liked both y’all!

  29. kaity on July 8, 2011

    I can’t enter bc I just got married and duh – I had a photog. But I also wanted to share the engagement story bc I’ve enjoyed reading them so far :)

    Hubs and I met my freshman (his soph) year of college at UF (GO GATORS!). He was a friend of a friend, but we eventually became friends ourselves and then – over the course of my first summer home after college – best friends. We started dating right after my 19th birthday (I was a baby!) and have been in lurve with each other and UF (the super duper awesome place that brought us together) ever since.

    We both moved away from school to Tampa (him first, then me a year later) post-grad and while we didn’t technically live together, we might as well have.

    We were together for four years when the “year of weddings” hit us. Most young couples know what I’m talking about…all of a sudden ALL your friends are getting married right away. So, we attended all of these super fun events and gave each other silent knowing looks of “it’ll be us soon” – cute, right?

    In April of that year, we went up to Gainesville for the annual spring game. We go to EVERY football game in town – for real. We’re obsessed. Again, GO GATORS!

    So, Friday night we’re getting into town and he tells me that we need to make a stop on the way to our friends’ place? What! No! I want to see the friends we don’t get to see that often and go start the party weekend now! I pout.

    But, he tells me no – we have to go to campus to check on the set-up for things related to the game tomorrow. WHYYYYYY? I’m still pouting. But WHATEVER! I say fine – we’ll go. Even though we don’t need to. And I make that clear.

    So we get on campus and now he wants to park FAR away from where we’re going (the stadium). Um…WHY AGAIN! (Are you noticing a trend here?).

    He got me all wound up by changing my plans for the night and making me walk across campus in the dark in HEELS. But it was all worth it.

    He stopped me right in front of the stadium at the Bull Gator statue – within sight of my dorm room where we first met – and got down on one knee. He said all kinds of lovely things to me about why we were here and how special I am and other things…and then gave me a beautiful ring.

    Everyone in town was in on it (and a future bridesmaid was even playing paparazzi across the street) and knew what he had planned.

    We had a more fun than ever that night celebrating with our best friends. So much fun, in fact, that hubs went to urgent care the next day to take some IVs. The combo of booze + crazy nerves did him in!

    We had a BBQ with friends that afternoon to FULLY celebrate the engagement – even though hubs was passed out for most of it due to the meds.

    It was the best weekend of my life – except for the wedding 13 months later, of course – and he planned it perfectly. Except for the urgent care part. But it’s a fun part of the story.

  30. Mandy on July 8, 2011

    Proposal Story:

    It was probably under the worst conditions possible, but every time I through a hinderance in the way my fiancé persevered. I was not feeling up to a fancy breakfast the day before Christmas, but I went anyway. I will never forget – breakfast was awful, but we had dessert following. He completely threw me for a loop when he got down on one knee. I have no idea what he said, but I could not finish breakfast. I spent the next few days in a daze. I think the best part of all is that we actually got snow on Christmas day for the first time since the 1800s. How many people can say they received snow following their engagement? :)

  31. Mandy on July 8, 2011

    I have a lot of engagement session ideas. Two of my favorite ideas are:

    1. shooting vintage in a sunflower field
    2. shooting vintage in Ikea.

  32. Leighann M. on July 8, 2011

    E-Sesh Ideas…

    We are very recently engaged so I haven’t put much thought into ideas for a shoot (“much thought” is a subjective phrase). A couple of essential ingredients include outdoors, sunshine, books, perhaps a barn or ranch setting. C’s family owns 65 acres of bare land in Northern San Diego County off in the mountains. During cooler months, the fields are overrun with poppies and brightly colored flowers.

    A fun fact about me – I’m obsessed with all things sugar packed! I love candy, cake, ice cream, etc. so incorporating that into a shoot would be a ton of fun! Especially if I get to eat it all after and drive everyone nuts with my sugar high!

    Lastly (for this post at least), Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills where Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman was filmed would be a great location. I was on the show as an extra for a short time when I was young and to be able to relive some of that experience would be amazing! I would love to actually get married there but sadly they don’t do night weddings.

  33. Dina on July 8, 2011

    Let’s see… It was a perky, sunny Wednesday afternoon when the deception began. Sarah and Rob, my dear friends that introduced my fiance Davede and I, had set it up a long time ago to go wine tasting nearby their house, which had to be rescheduled once or twice supposedly due to her having to work, but REALLY because the ring wasn’t ready yet. I didn’t think anything of it because I’ve been wine tasting with them a few times before that to the winery where they are wine club members (so they’re there monthly to pick up fresh booze, etc.). When Davede and I arrived at their apartment, Sarah started snapping photos, which I didn’t think anything of because she always does that… and she also handed me her camera and had me snap photos of her and her hubby. Whatever, again under the radar. Next, we hit the road and follow them to a vineyard. On the way, I make a comment about how much I LOVE vineyards, to which Davede remarks, “Oh, good.” I begin to suspect something, when he quickly changes the subject and pretends to be lost. At this point I think there’s no way he’s proposing today; he’s unprepared, and that’s unlike him. Finally, we pull into the vineyard. Again, out comes the camera: snapping photos of the Wisteria, of the vineyard rows, of us… so, we walk into the tasting room, taste a bit, Davede breaks a glass (which happens to be a very Davede-like thing to do), and I begin the walk around the tasting room. I happen to notice a vase of my favorite flower, Ranunculus, just chilling on the counter. I begin to remark at how beautiful they are and show them to fiance, to which he replies, “Are you sure those are Ranunculus? The petals look too wrinkly (of course he dropped them off that morning).” Again, I look at him funny, and walk away, not thinking anything of it. Next, the 4 of us grab our picnic basket filled with misc cheeses and breads, and of course, more wine. Davede disappears, and reappears a short time later with the vase of flowers, claiming that the person at the counter gave it to him for free. Liars, all of them. After we had all eaten, Davede very awkwardly turned to me and said, “Let’s go for a walk.” At that point I knew what was going on here, especially when my friends were dodging eye contact. Apparently he was waiting for my usual initiation of the “after meal walk,” which never came, so he took matters into his own hands. I instantly started sweating and felt my whole body temp rise, I even forgot how to walk gracefully for a good while. We began our walk down one of the vineyard lanes and walked a good deal down the lane when Davede turned to me and said, “wait here,” and began to run back toward where we had come from. Real craziness set in – Here I am, in the middle of a vineyard by myself. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot my friend Sarah’s feel sticking out from underneath the neighboring lane, and I realize more and more how set-up we were. Then, just as I didn’t think I could take anything else, I heard it.

    I heard him before I saw him. As he appeared, he had his ukelele around his shoulder attached by a strand of hemp, and had the biggest, most beautiful smile on his face. I felt so much peace. As he got closer, I put my fingers up in an imaginary camera position, taking a mental picture of my sweet and thoughtful man walking toward me. He was playing City and Colour’s “The Girl,” including his own verse at the end. That song means a lot to us because Davede will be spending the next few years pursuing a Marine engineering degree, requiring him to spend 2 months at sea just before we wed. “While I’m out chasing my own dreams, sailing around the world, please know that I’m yours to keep, my beautiful girl.” Then he got down on one knee, recited a poem he wrote, grabbed my wrong hand, and opened the ring box upside down. When he realized his nervous blunders, we both lost it and started cracking up. Well… he asked, I said yes, we made out, and we have photos to prove it. I have an incredibly happy story to tell, with a ring (that dawns a beautiful ruby in an antique setting that he designed with me in mind) that daily takes my breath away. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

    That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.

  34. Dina on July 8, 2011

    a big lavender field

  35. Dina on July 8, 2011

    on a state fair ride

  36. Dina on July 8, 2011

    on a farm

  37. Dina on July 8, 2011

    at the beach

  38. Lena on July 8, 2011

    Bambino is killing me, and so are everyone’s proposal stories! How sweet!

  39. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    I would like to enter, please!!!!!

  40. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    I liked y’all on facebook

  41. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    totally tweeted it!

  42. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    Justin proposed last Saturday, July 2, 2011. He planned a trip for us to the Oregon coast and had our whole weekend planned. An amazing boutique hotel on the ocean, activities, etc. We hiked two miles up Cascade Head to a beautiful spot 2,000 ft up with an amazing view of the ocean, the rivers, the rock formations, and more. After asking me to stand up in order to get a better angled photo of our view, I turned around to find him on one knee with a simple and sweet “will you marry me?”. I said yes, of course, and we hiked down the mountain complete with my brand new sparkly accessory! It was perfect! The next day we went to a company party where I was able to introduce my fiancé for the very first time. Fireworks were never more special.

  43. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    email is in your inbox

  44. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    engagement shoot idea:

    under water

  45. Alexandra Holliday on July 8, 2011

    engagement shoot idea:

    i love seeing glimpses into a couples’ life or future life as a married couple.

    anything that shows that: cooking together in their kitchen, getting ready together for a night on the town, etc.

  46. Eileen on July 8, 2011

    I’d love to enter!

  47. Leighann M. on July 8, 2011

    Now the wheels are really spinning! I really like the idea of water, but not the ocean. A lake or pond shoot with a row boat at sunset would blow my mind. Maybe a duck and her chicks to add to the mix.

  48. AWD on July 9, 2011

    The series of doggy pictures is really cute!
    Thanks for letting others share their proposal stories/plans here! :) Those can be great references.

  49. Rachael on July 9, 2011

    Oh man, hiccups. HICCUPS! I feel you. Boyfriend has this terrible habit of telling me that my hiccups are adorable. They’re little high-pitched squeaks. And maybe I shouldn’t complain about him thinking something is adorable, but seriously? I’m sitting there wondering if strangling myself would fix things, and he’s all “awww so cute!” and I start wondering if strangling *him* would help things.

    I am so feeling these proposal stories. Can’t wait until I have my own to share…and, given the fact that Boyfriend’s already told me he’s saving for a ring, I fully expect to know it’s coming. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were like “Hey, we have to go to this place so I can propose!” a few days before.

  50. Shoko on July 9, 2011

    Hello! Your comment on my blog was beyond sweet – just wanted to say thank you for your kind words! xo

  51. Jessica on July 9, 2011

    I’d like to enter!

    Here’s an idea I’ve always wanted to do for our engagement photos: ones based on the show Pushing Daisies. Where we’re almost touching, but not quite. I love the bright colors and geometry and just the whole aesthetic of the show, and my fiance and I watched the whole thing together, so it’d be super fun to do engagement photos based on it.

  52. Jessica on July 9, 2011

    Here’s how Joe proposed: he took me on a week-long cruise to Mexico. One day, we kayaked from Mazatlan to Stone Island. We spent the day on a private beach, eating homemade guacamole and playing with the wild dogs. (And drinking margaritas, of course.)

    That night, he took me to eat in the private dining room on the ship. I turned around to look at something while we were waiting for dessert to arrive, and when I turned back, he was down on one knee holding the ring. He asked me if I’d marry him, and of course I said yes. Another table sent us a bottle of champagne, and we celebrated by dancing on the deck of the ship under the stars.

  53. Jessica on July 9, 2011

    OK so, I liked both things on Facebook, I emailed you our photo, AND I tweeted about it from @Ultraprison. I think that’s all the steps… right?

  54. Jessica on July 9, 2011

    Another idea I love would be to recreate famous paintings. I was an art history major in college and it’d be so much fun to do something with that.

  55. KS Nash on July 9, 2011

    Idea #1: My fiance and I are totally obsessed with sports, and our first date was to a minor league baseball game. I would love to do a shoot of us just playing on a ball field. His arms around me, teaching me to bat, playing catch, him chasing me around the bases (like he did when we first dated. He had to ask three times before I said yes!)

  56. KS Nash on July 9, 2011

    Idea #2: Hearts! This may seem corny for e-pics, but I am talking in creative subtle ways. My fiance and I have taken to drawing hearts in each others hands with our fingers. It’s just our little way of saying “I love you” when we are out and about or around other people. So each picture would have a heart in it somewhere. Maybe a hear lollipop, or a heart on a sign in a window, just small doses of hearts so it doesn’t scream “these are our engagement photos and hearts seemed like the right thing to include”

  57. KS Nash on July 9, 2011

    Idea #3: Doing caricatures of typical wife/husband scenarios. Just having fun with the problems you see sitcoms written about. Fighting over the remote, disagreeing about chores, bad first meal as husband/wife, forgetting an anniversary or other important date, etc. The possibilities are endless. It would just be fun to dress up!

  58. KS Nash on July 9, 2011

    Idea #4: Being Kids Again. We spend a lot of time with our 2 and 3 year old nieces. I love how carefree they are and the biggest decision of the day is whether to use crayons or markers. For e-pics, we could get ice cream cones and have it all over us, playing at a playground, coloring stick figures, hide in the clothing racks at stores, ride bikes through the toy aisle, anything that we did when we were kids.

  59. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    I’d absolutely LOVE to be entered!

  60. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    My proposal was absolutely beautiful and almost absolutely ruined by yours truly! :) During our third year anniversary we stayed in my favorite place to travel, Monterey CA and spent our actual anniversary in San Francisco enjoying the food and sights. On our “Last Day” in monterey we decided to take a trip up to 17 Mile Drive. During the drive we made several stops to take photos with his “new” tripod. After several pictures we had the timing down and we were able to get great photographs without a picture of him running to be by my side in time. During one particular photo session, and myself being bored of taking pictures, I noticed that the camera wasn’t blinking to notify us that it was counting down till the camera would snap a photo. Little did I know at the time it was actually recording. He was ignoring my incessant “It’s Not Blinking! HELLO! It’s NOT BLINKING!!!” Needless to say we have a fun video of him putting his hands in his pocket to retrieve the ring and me in the back ground yelling at him :). He decided that it wasn’t going to happen at that location so we continued on our journey through 17 Mile Drive all the while I was still not clued in to his intentions. We were finally almost ending 17 Mile Drive when he suddenly flips the car around and speeds off back towards the ocean. By this time I am about ready to fall asleep :). He said that he wanted to take a picture of us off of pebble beach and I lazily walked down the sand covered steps to the non populated beach. He told me to look out at the ocean so we could get an “in the moment” photo ( that was code for “so you don’t ruin it and yell at me to fix the “non-Blinking” camera!) There he pretended to take a photo with me and nervously got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He got the whole proposal on video and we were able to share the most special moment of our lives with our closest family and friends to announce our engagement! We wound up spending another day in Monterey at a secluded private bungalow beach hotel so that we could just enjoy our engagement together in our Favorite place!

  61. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    I’ve always been pet friendly and want to include our pets in our photos! we each had our own cat before we got together and made our own adopted family when we combined the two ( which got along great!) i’d love to incorporate our feline “children” somehow! since i never see and kitties on photo shoots!

  62. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    I’ve “Liked” both TKB and Cameron Leung photography on Face Book!

  63. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    I’ve tweeted the giveaway announcement!

  64. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    I would Also like a shoot that would be vintage themed. My ring and the ring box he purchased separately were all vintage in setting and age so something with an elegant vintage scene would be awesome!

  65. KS Nash on July 10, 2011

    Idea #5: Casinos. I would love to play up the idea of “lady luck” and being so lucky to have found each other. (Plus I’m Irish!)

  66. sara on July 10, 2011

    I’d like to enter

  67. Kathryn on July 10, 2011

    I’d love to enter!

  68. Kathryn on July 10, 2011

    So we were out for a friends birthday and at bar close we were walking home. We ran into a guy who got lost from his bachelor party and we walked him to his hotel. Halfway there it started to downpour. On the way back home he stopped, mind you it was still pouring rain, turned and asked me to marry him. I said yes, of curse!!! We kissed in the rain and then finished our walk home.

  69. Kathryn on July 10, 2011

    email sent :) like you on facebook and Cameron Leung fb page too!

  70. Elizabeth on July 10, 2011

    I’d like to enter :)

  71. Shayna Marie on July 10, 2011

    Another Idea would to have some type of lasers involved…yes lasers! my fiance would absolutely LOVE to have something futuristic!

  72. Elizabeth on July 10, 2011

    The engagement story.

    I left for a long weekend to visit Skydive Elsinore in California, intent on learning how to fly my new wing suit. I was meeting a friend of ours, Spot, who is an instructor there. I was staying in the bunk room, which turned out to be a really bad idea. I had trouble sleeping, and I was really missing Brendan. I was going to be there for 5 days without him, and I was frustrated and tired. I talked about finding a hotel room off site, and Brendan reassured me that our friend would help me find a place to stay.

    The next day was a great day of flying. I was really enjoying the warm air, and the wonderful skydives. The wind started to pick up in the afternoon, and one of the planes ended up needing service. It almost put a damper on Spot’s plans to have us do a photo jump for a skydiving expo poster. Luckily, everything came together and we headed up to altitude in the newly serviced plane. Eeeek!

    Spot wanted me to land between two flags on the ground, which was going to be difficult with the winds. . .but I told him I would give it my best effort. We had a great jump, and I landed right between the flags. Spot was shooting pictures and I was picking up my parachute when I noticed a group of mariachis sprinting across the runway. I thought, “That doesn’t seem safe. There is a plane with a propeller right there!” When they got closer, I realized that the tall mariachi with a sombrero was Brendan, and I had been set up.

    He ran up, got down on one knee, and asked me if I would marry him. I said, “What kind of a question is that?! Of course I’ll marry you!” I still had my helmet and goggles on, so it took a moment for him to plant one on me.

    The mariachi band played for us and we drank mexican beer while the sun set over Skydive Elsinore, celebrating the best day ever.

    Unbeknown to me, the mariachi band had been stuck in LA traffic and arrived when I was already in the air! They were just tying their scarves when I was landing my parachute! The wind almost ruined Brendan’s plan, and the plane breaking almost ruined it again. Thankfully, everything came together, and we enjoyed the weekend of flying. . .like birds of a feather :)

  73. Elizabeth on July 10, 2011

    Photo shoot ideas? Southern Utah has some amazing landscape. . .we climb/hike/trail run/camp in the area, and it holds special meaning for us.

    Or, perhaps, a petting zoo, regular zoo, aquarium, natural history museum (beautiful new one almost completed in Salt Lake City). . .we watched Planet Earth together after our first date, and are fascinated by the oddities of nature :)

  74. Elizabeth on July 10, 2011

    “Like” both you and Cameron Leung on Facebook. Photo coming soon!

  75. Heather on July 11, 2011

    I tweeted about it! :)

  76. Leighann M. on July 11, 2011

    E-sesh Idea #3498345635

    Books, books and more books. C is an English major and wants to be a professor, in addition to working for the library conservation center at UCLA. Our goal is to have our own mini library large enough to require a rolling wall ladder. Incorporating words, books, book pages and the like would be awesome. Perhaps in the middle of a desolate field or tree filled woods-y area.

    P.s. the proposal went just as planned. However, she did unintentionally try to ruin it by asking if we really had to go all the way to the beach for brunch. I insisted and once we were there, she brought up our first date. It was really hard not to just bust out with the ring and the book I made her but I held off until we were sitting on the beach. Happy tears ensued.

  77. Emily Huck on July 11, 2011

    OMG OMG OOMMGG…i want to enter & WIN

  78. Emily Huck on July 11, 2011

    I already like TKB and have just liked Cameron
    and am about to tweet …tweeted : )

  79. Emily Huck on July 11, 2011

    The long awaited purposal….

    It was a COLD ( well cold by san diego standards ) afternoon at work when my fiancee texted and said ” meet me and my mom at STONE for dinner” nothing out of the ordinary for us. We love beer and good food! Stone has both, so to me seemed like a logical way to spend the firday evening and bonus my future mother in law was going to be there as well. ( or so i thought)

    I was supposed to get off work at 5 ( i am a preschool teacher) so at 4 i texted my fiancee and said i think i might get off early i will be there no later than 5…well i ended up talking to another parent, my director and then getting lost on the way..i got there much closer to 6. My poor fiancee had been sitting there alone for an hour waiting and waiting…
    When i arrived i texted him to find out where in the resturant they were sitting, he said he would come meet me up at the bar, again nothing weird. As we were walking i ofcourse was textin on my blackberry, updating my twitter, and answering an e-mail to my mom, not paying attention at all…walked right passed a bright pink sign that said ” reserved for brandon” with a big heart never noticed! as we walked into the picnic are we were sitting my fiancee behind me i asked ” where is your mom? ” to which he responded ” she is not here” to which i became super pissed, because we should not be out spending money for no reason! as i turned around to yell at him fro bringin me out in the cold on a day i had been puked on at work with no shwoer and his mom is not even there…

    he was down on one knee…no clue what he said from that point except he did say..” and now you have to answer me” to which i said “yes!”

    the rest is history!

  80. Emily Huck on July 11, 2011

    idea 1- should for sure involve the beach we are beach rats

    idea 2- maybe involve our blackberrys or laptops since weare alwasy on them

    idea 3- should involve BEER and yum-o food!

  81. Wynn on July 26, 2011

    I want to enter!!

    I had unknowingly been canceling all my man’s fancy proposal plans weekend after weekend! Finally, he decided to surprise me on a day when he knew I would be home. I drove up and found him in his fancy outfit (yes, there is pretty much one fancy outfit) working in our front yard where he had planted tons of new plants and flowers (S. is a gardening teacher at an elementary school). However, I still did not know anything was up! I gave him a kiss and told him the yard looked wonderful and went to go inside. Our four pups greeted me at the door, all dressed in brand new bandanas (they looked pretty adorable). The house was immaculate, there was a huge bouquet of lilies in a vintage metal stand on the kitchen island, candles (of course), a record playing (of course). I found the sweetest letter I had ever read, and then S. held my hands and asked if I would like to spend the rest of my life with him. I said yes! We went and picked out the engagement ring together last week -a beautiful 1930s Art Deco sparkler :)

  82. Wynn on July 26, 2011

    One idea for an engagement session would be a shoot at The Huntington Botanical Gardens- both S. and I love us some plants!

  83. Wynn on July 26, 2011

    I liked both of you on facebook :)
    Thanks for the opportunity – my fingers are crossed!

  84. Jamie on July 28, 2011

    I would so love to win this amazing gift! We have been trying to plan our wedding for several years now but do to financial concerns and a devastating family tragedy we have been forced to push the date back countless times. Sometimes it seems like it may never happen. Lots of people tell us to just elope but I can’t imagine not sharing our special day with our family & friends.

  85. Jamie on July 28, 2011

    I think our proposal story is so sweet but my Fiance gets a little embarrassed when I tell people. The proposal was very spur of the moment and heartfelt. My honey fashioned a makeshift ring out of the aluminum piece from the top of a bottle. He got down on one knee and put it on my finger and told me wanted to spend his life with me, I cried! It was such a sweet and sincere moment. He doesn’t think that proposal really counts because he didn’t have a ring. He wants to do it again “the right way” but as most women would agree it’s not about the material things, the true love is what really matters!!

  86. on April 21, 2013

    Does your website correctly show emoticons? Because my site cannot


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