Ashley + Cameron | Eastern NC wedding photographer
How did you meet? How does a girl from New York fall in love with a guy from Maine and end up in North Carolina? It was August 2013 and I was a recent graduate of The University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) and still living in Columbia, SC. Wanting to get a weekend away, a friend and I went drove up to Myrtle Beach. Cameron is a Marine who was and still is stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
We both found ourselves at the same bar in Myrtle Beach on that Saturday night. He struck up a conversation with me first but swears it was the other way around. Either way, we hit it off immediately and I knew there was something special about him and I could not get his cute smile and dimples out of my mind.
Tell us your proposal story! We were on vacation up in Cameron’s hometown in Maine a few weeks after he returned from deployment. He was able to fly up a few days before me, but finally after a long day of canceled and delayed flights, I made it to Maine. Before we went to bed the night I got in he told me to be ready to leave the house at 8 a.m. because we were going sightseeing. I laughed and assumed he was joking because we both know that I am not one to wake up early.
But since we only had a few days in Maine and it was my first time up there, I knew he wanted to see and do as much as possible. We woke up that next morning, got ready, I threw on a sundress and we were on our way. Little did I know our lives were about to change forever. His Mom came with us which turned out she was coming along to capture the special moment for us. We pulled up to this beautiful spot on the water in Cape Elizabeth. We walked out on to the rocks and the view was just spectacular.
The way the sun was glistening on the water made for a beautiful backdrop. I started taking some pictures of the water and then a few moments later turned around and Cameron was down on one knee asking me to marry him.
Seeing the love of your life down on one knee holding out the most beautiful ring you have ever seen asking to spend forever with you is such an unexplainable feeling. Of course I said YES! And he slid the most sparkly diamond I have ever seen on my finger.
We had our first hug and kiss as the future Mr. and Mrs. Babine. I have not stopped smiling since and I could not be happier to spend the rest of my life with him.
What has been your favorite part of being engaged? The best part of being engaged has been just being able to share that commitment to each other and to know that we want to spend our lives together. It still puts a smile on my face to call Cameron my "fiance" and my future husband. We are just so excited for our wedding in May and to have our closest friends and family members present to help us start our next chapter in life.