Hey Everyone, so as you may know or have seen on social media in the last week, I recently proposed to the love of my life! Ever since the date, I have had people asking me how I did it and how it was photographed, so here is the full story!

The moment I knew I wanted to propose had to have been around Christmas time of last year – 2014. We had gone through a lot at that time of the year and it really showed me that she was the one and that I’m ready to take the next step in our relationship! Fist off I started by telling family and friends to get their opinions and if they thought we were ready and everything was positive, our friends and family already consider us and “old married couple”. Secondly it was on to planning, how, what, where & when. Over the years Danielle has always hold me in joking, “When you ever propose to me, there better be a photographer hiding in the bushes, my hair better be done, I must look nice and most importantly my nails NEED to be done!” So Plan A was to take her to our favourite Vacation spot and have a photographer hiding in the bushes and just get down on one knee. It seemed like a good plan but the more I tried to put it in motion the plan became more and more flawed!

In the beginning of 2015 I had the engagement and proposal on the back burner a bit after some heavy stuff was happening in my personal life, and I went through an unbelievably fulfilling experience of weight loss, and personal training! I owe so much to my trainer Brandon Street for helping me transform my body and my life, over a span of 6 Months I had lost over 50 Pounds! Once I had finally reached goal one in this on going experience, I was finally happy with where I was at and could start to think about the engagement again!

June 2015 had hit and I said OKAY LETS DO THIS! I snuck off to some Jewllery stores with my mom every Monday when Danielle went to work! The process was stressful but I owe it all to my mom for knowing her jewellery and Excell Jewllers in Langley BC for their ENORMOUS amount of help! I simply went in the first time and showed them what Danielle likes and it started from their, they showed me so many similar settings I finally settled on one GORGEOUS setting and was able to customize so many of the details to make it an original piece and perfect for my bride to be!

The entire process of making and building the ring took about 5 Months which lead me to October!! In those months I had to arrange the actual proposal, I contacted Brooke from Brooklyn D Photography and we had talked for MONTHS planning this photoshoot, I told Danielle we needed some updated photos, as I am a photographer I was always jealous of the gorgeous shots my clients get! I finally settled on the date of October 25th, the ring was done and the shoot was booked! NOW WHAT THE HELL DO I SAY!! The weeks leading up to the date I was a stress case on the inside, not showing anything to Danielle, I felt horrible sneaking around and lying to her to throw her off!

The Next plan I had to arrange was the SURPRISE PARTY! I decided that it would be an amazing idea to have all of our Family & Friends at my house ready to surprise Danielle when she walked in the door! This way it saves us form the hundreds of phone calls to family, it just felt so impersonal and I was SO happy to include them all in this exciting day! As if the stress of planning a proposal wasn’t enough I am planning a surprise party for the same day! Luckily I had SO MUCH help from my Friends and family to decorate get food and have everyone there!

THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! We woke up together and me knowing it would be a day neither of us would ever forget, all Danielle knew is that we were getting some photos done! It had to have been the most romantic morning ever waking up next to my future Fiancé in less than 5 hours! I had gone home to get ready and she was up all morning getting herself dolled up and gorgeous as usual! I WAS FREAKING OUT! Once I was done getting ready, I put the ring in my pocket and headed out to propose! We had to drive out to Mission for our photos and I don’t in the slightest remember the drive, I was just thinking about everything that was about to unfold! Once we finally got to the location we met with the Photographer and she was SO amazing, she talked mostly to Danielle when we first met her just because she knew I was freaking out on the inside! We had done a couple of poses and then we were posed in THE position me and the photographer had talked about, Brooke gave me a squeeze on the arm and I knew this was it! I hugged Danielle and whispered in her ear “Do you know how much I Love you?” “I have a surprise for you” I immediately dropped to one knee and spilled my heart out to her, I couldn’t tell you the exact words I was saying but all I do know is Danielle Kept repeating “Is this for real, are you joking.” Amidst all of her tears and my nervous shaking, I asked her to my Bride and make me the happiest man and Marry Me. SHE SAID YES!! She grabbed me by my collar and tugged me up and kissed me, a kiss I had never felt before, I swept her off her feet and kissed her!! The rest of the shoot was such a blur because Danielle couldn’t stop staring at the rock on her finger and saying “IS THIS A DREAM?”

The shoot had finished and Brooke was SO MUCH FUN to work with! As we were leaving the park at about 2 I had text my friend Kirsten who was handling the surprise party at home and said “STALL STALL STALL” So I had to do my best thinking and headed to the closest gas station (I didn’t need gas because I had just gotten some the night before) I put about $4.00 worth of gas in the car and just stood their holding the handle! I told her I was thirsty so we went in and got some drinks and food and slowly headed home VERY SLOWLY.

Finally pulled in the drive way and unlocked the door, she walked in and EVERYONE YELLED SURPRISE! All I thought was ahhhhhhhh finally, no more secrets, its finally out! There were SO MANY Friends and Family their to congratulate us and we proceeded to party for the rest of the day! It was a day filled with SO MUCH LOVE and I will never forget how happy she was to see everyone there and that she now gets to plan a wedding!!

I couldn’t be happier to be engaged to the most amazing woman ever and embark on the next Journey together! Also, for those of you asking, we are hoping to get married Summer of 2017!!

Thanks so Much for Reading!

-The Future Doaks, Danielle & Jordan

Ring Designed by - Excell Jewllers, Langley BC

Photography by - Brooklyn D Photography

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Jordan Doak is a Wedding & lifestyle photographer based in the Fraser Valley & Maple Ridge, BC