What a morning this was!  Adam contacted me weeks prior to see if I was interested in photographing the proposal to his girlfriend Erica at Mohonk Mountain House.  However, he wanted to do this not only at Mohonk but on top of the mountain at Skytop Tower.  It’s breathtaking up there: about 1500 feet high, a 1.5 mile easy hike, typically never crowded, and totally worth it.  The plan was for them to hike up to the top in the morning around 8:30, I would already be there to “meet” them by 9am.  I hitched a ride with Mohonk’s staff in a golf cart (which was bit bumpy), and when I got to the top there was NO one around.  They showed up a little while later, and still not one other person- it was perfect!  For all proposals I shoot, I have a system that I came up with in which the girl knows I’m there, but has no idea what’s going on.  It’s flawless and works 100% of the time…

After she said yes, we all took that cart back down- they were a little beat from the hike up. The couple had some family waiting, who knew what was going on and had a little surprise party for them: balloons, champagne, and a few speeches.  After that, the couple took a showered and changed, and we went off to photograph a mini engagement session.  There’s plenty of great photo opportunities right around the main house at Mohonk- you certainly do not have to hike a mile plus to get good results.  My favorites locations are as simple as it gets: the garden, the rock wall, a few summer houses (the gazebos), the dock, the Koi pond area, and the porch.  This is what I do with all couples engaged or married, and I never get tired of it, and I typically find something new along the way.  Congrats to this very sweet couple, hopefully I’ll be back to blog their wedding!  🙂

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