Surprise Sunrise Proposal on Kiawah Island

Just before I left for Romania I got a call from Corbin, who was secretly planning to propose to his girlfriend.  They are from Augusta, but were moving to Charleston that weekend.  He’d already convinced her that they should make their first morning in town a special one by watching the sunrise together and going to breakfast afterwards.  He even bought her a special beach dress to wear and made arrangements with The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island.  He’d seen my pictures of  Allison & Damon’s Proposal ( and really wanted me to be there to capture theirs. 

Well, 5:00 A.M. came awfully early as I dragged myself out of bed to drive out to Kiawah.  But to experience such a beautiful moment between two people in love, within the stillness and calm of a deserted beach before dawn, and accentuated with the glorious rising of the sun…well, I have chills just writing about it.  Needless to say, the comfort of my bed didn’t hold a stick to the gravity of such a moment!  I felt truly blessed to be there.

After shooting his proposal incognito, Corbin brought Sarah over to meet me.  We laughed and I shared some of the pictures from the back of the camera with them.  Then as the sun rose into place, I shot a few “true” Engagement Portraits for them.  We had such a great time together.  Corbin & Sarah were so much fun to work with…even letting me talk them into getting a little wet.  J  CONGRATULATIONS to you both!


  1. by Lynn on August 2, 2010  7:45 pm Reply

    LOVE THIS!!!! L O V E!!

  2. by Lynn on August 2, 2010  7:46 pm Reply

    I knew you'd have to throw in some light... :)

  3. by Tami on August 2, 2010  7:47 pm Reply

    Were you hiding? You perfectly caught this moment!

  4. by Dorothy on August 3, 2010  9:05 am Reply

    Hi Chris!I saw ur blog...It is AWESOME...You are very very talented. You do a GREAT job!

  5. by Kathleen on August 3, 2010  9:24 am Reply

    Stunning how you can capture a moment, Chris!

  6. by Todd on August 3, 2010  9:24 am Reply

    Great moment Chris!!

  7. by Milinda on August 3, 2010  9:26 am Reply

    Excellent shot (of him proposing!).

  8. by Jeanine on August 3, 2010  9:26 am Reply

    Too much fun!!!!!!!!!!

  9. by Kristin on August 12, 2010  9:28 am Reply

    OH how sweet... a dream proposal and so thoughtful to get it caught in real time. Memories to last a lifetime!

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