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Ricardo & Catalina: My Very First Surprise Engagement Session!

Ricardo & Catalina: My Very First Surprise Engagement Session!

Let me start out by saying this: one of my (if not THE) most important values is honesty. I. DON'T. LIE. Now, that is not at all to say that I'm a perfect person. Perfect? No. HONEST? Absolutely.

So as you can probably guess, I was immensely nervous when Ricardo reached out to me for a surprise engagement session for he and Catalina. Might I add, it wasn't just me hiding in the bushes and photographing the moment he popped the question. You see, Ricardo & Catalina live in Bogota, Colombia. They came to Hawai'i for a vacation and really wanted to explore Waipio Valley. I wasn't going to let them take the trek alone while I have a very capable 4 wheel drive vehicle that can comfortably fit 4 people. And so, our plan was born...

We told Catalina that we were going on a "photography adventure" in Waipio Valley. And by we, I mean Ricardo told her and I nodded my head and smiled. The day came, and we headed down in hopes of catching the sunrise. Unfortunately, it was a stormy day; totally not the golden valley we are used to... but it was beautiful nonetheless.

Waipio Valley Couples Session
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Waipio Valley
Waipio Valley Engagement
Waipio Valley Surprise Engagement
Waipio Valley Engagement Session
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The ring was so tightly packed in its box, Catalina stepped in to help take it out! Ricardo was joking that "If you can't get it out within 5 seconds, the deal is off!"

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She definitely got it out :)

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Waipio Valley Engagement Session
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The sun came up, we adventured around the valley and then headed over to the nearby town of Honoka'a, where we ate breakfast together. The restaurant had a map and Ricardo & Catalina commemorated the day with their very own pin on it! Although we didn't get the golden morning we were looking for, and I had never lied so much in my entire life, I am so grateful for this day and these people!

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