Alery & Sid’s Hiking Love Shoot and Surprise Proposal


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Today’s featured engagement session is a little different because it began as a couples shoot and ended up being a beautiful and emotional surprise proposal! Photographer Bethany Chamberlin captured every precious moment in all their gorgeous glory and she’s here to tell us how she and Sid pulled it off:

He and I have been planning this engagement/proposal shoot for months. We had Alery believing she was just helping me out on shoot (being a good friend of mine). We went along on a “hike” as a “couples shoot” and I just did my thing, directing her in how to stand while he stepped to the side to “play” with a chalkboard I brought. While I had her faced away from us for a few solo shots he got ready. She had no idea it was coming. I’m so excited to have been apart of this. 🙂

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hiking proposal

Let’s meet the lovely couple…. here’s Alery:

My fiance and I met on October 10th, 2009 at a venue during his band’s show. It’s funny because I would never normally go to that venue but a friend convinced me to go with her that night. I saw Sid singing onstage and had never before felt such an instant attraction to someone. Later he told me that the first time he ever saw me, he leaned over to his friend and said, “see that girl? I’m going to marry her.” Since then, we have been inseparable. I couldn’t imagine a better person to spend my life with. Sid and I are both students in Spokane, WA and I work at Pacsun. We have a house together and a puppy named Sophie.

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The pretty bride-to-be didn’t know what was coming…

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hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

Wasn’t that awesome?! Alery’s back to tell us more about what happened:

The proposal experience was better than I could have ever imagined. Bethany actually told us that she was doing an engagement shoot and she needed a couple to shoot last-minute, so we agreed to do it. My sister had done my hair and makeup and Sid and I were both dressed up, so it was a brilliant idea on Sid and Bethany’s part. We went to this beautiful trail in Spokane and Bethany took a few pictures and posed me.

Everything was perfect that day — the lighting outside, the scenery, etc. At one point, Sid stopped me from posing and grabbed my hands. He told me that he had loved me ever since we met at that punk rock club, and then he got down one one knee and asked if I would do him a favor.

When he asked me to marry him I was so shocked and surprised that all I could do was cover my face and cry. The ring was just incredible too. It was so much more perfect than anything I’ve ever thought of, and it means so much to me that my sister and our mutual friend Bethany and her husband were there to share it with me. I am absolutely in love with Bethany’s talent and I would love her to shoot our wedding.

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hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

hiking proposal

Thank you Bethany for sending your BREATHTAKING images of this sweet proposal / e-session my way, and congratulations Alery & Sid! Have fun planning your wedding! 🙂

Photographer: Bethany Chamberlin Photography
Location: Spokane, Washington
Makeup Artist: Alexi Sage – Makeup Artist

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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One Comment

  1. I wish I lived closer to your location. This is soooooooo beautiful. I can only hope that the moment I get proposed to gets captured by a wonderful photographer like yourself.

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