I think by now, y’all know I am a sappy mess. Love stories turn me into mush, and since my days consist of featuring love stories – I can often be found with tears in my eyes and a goofy grin on my face. Today I can thank Shutter Life Productions for my happy tears, because this proposal video is just what my sappy heart lives for. I could go on and on (and on), but I think the Groom-to-be says it best, “All I wanted to do was to give Kimberly a story to be proud of — she is worth it all” – oh my goodness! Swoon!

From the Groom-to-Be… Kimberly and I met through a campus ministry called Campus Crusade for Christ at FSU. We had been dating for a little more than three years when I asked her to marry me. The day I proposed, she thought I was headed down to Orlando to play music at a church called Summit, where I often volunteer. She had decided with her roommates to go to Thomasville, Georgia (about 45 minutes from Tallahassee), for the afternoon to spend some time taking photos and having some girls’ time. What she didn’t know is that I had been out in Thomasville all day with a few of her friends and some of my roommates setting everything up. We brought 300 balloons to a place very special to Kimberly and me: The Bookshelf. She had always said she wanted her proposal to be magical, so this was my best attempt at making her dreams come true. I wanted to set up the art gallery as a place dedicated to Kimberly and me. Retelling ourselves our story with lots of photos and notes and such. Hanging from all the balloons were lots of little keepsakes from our relationship. Photos, receipts from dates, little notes and things. It all couldn’t have gone better. When I first saw her, I completely forgot everything I wanted to say. We were completely overwhelmed with joy. All I could think to do was hug her.

The only thing the video didn’t capture, which was the perfect end to all of this, was directly after leaving The Bookshelf we walked a block down the street to a restaurant called Jonah’s Fish & Grits. I had been talking with all of her friends and family and had invited them from all over the Southeast to come and celebrate with us afterwards, assuming she would say yes, of course! We walked in to a room full of all of our loved ones. It was beautiful. I’m so grateful that people have enjoyed hearing about our engagement. All I wanted to do was to give Kimberly a story to be proud of — she is worth it all.

Cinematography: Nathan + Lori Puhr of Shutter Life Productions / Location: The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia / Music: “Generator ^ First Floor” by Freelance Whales + “Blindsided” by Bon Iver