Nikki & Kody / Kortright / Ontario

Winter Woodland Proposal

What does a forest, a tree-kicker, a pair of Sorel boots & a loon call all have in common? The day that Kody proposed to Nikki, and these were all important parts that made it happen. Let me explain.

1. Kody had contacted me and was looking to propose (sigh). And he knew she would love to be surrounded by trees, tons of trees, in a beautiful spot that they could visit again. His first idea (Trinity Bellwoods) was ixnay’ed, as I knew the spot would look very muddy, be busy & all around not-so-wooded. As soon as Kody saw a picture of the Kortright Centre, he knew that was the perfect spot. So he checked off the forest from his list, and the planning began.

2. How does a pair of Sorel boots fit into the picture? Well Kody had told Nikki that he was taking her out somewhere for a late Valentine’s Date. And as any woman would ask, he needed to tell her if it was a high leather boot kind of date, or a winter boot kind of date. So Sorel’s won the vote, and we sealed the deal that the proposal would happen in the snowy forest.

3. When you think of a forest, the last thing you think of would be someone there harming a tree by kicking it. Well, kortright is a busy spot (can be). And it was 6 degrees & sunny, so the possibility of crowds was growing by the minute, and how would Kody spot me in my disguise to know that I was there? Well my plan was to kick trees. Not aggressively, of course. But in a crowd of people, how many people would be there kicking trees? Zero. Perfect plan, he would know it was me. (On a side note, the spot was completely empty of crowds so there were no trees harmed in the proposal to Nikki, haha).

4. If anybody knows Kody, you know that he is a complete goofball. And that is a huge understatement. He is known for his whacky & odd escapades as well as killer dance moves and general randomness on the daily. Well, we decided we needed some sort of signal that Kody could make when he was ready to propose. So naturally, we came up with an epic bird call. And Kody did not disappoint. I was anticipating something loud & ridiculous, but his loon call was pretty legit and worked perfectly.

It all came together wonderfully. There are not enough synonyms in the world to describe¬†how beautiful, lovely, exciting, momentous, emotional, sweet & just genuinely adorable it was to witness and photograph this special moment for these two. The day couldn’t have been more perfect for them and I couldn’t have had a better reminder as to why I do what I do. Congrats Nikki & Kody, so much love to you both!

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(I found this branch and used it as an arrow to guide Kody)

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Winter Proposal

Photography by Bows & Lavender

Photo Location Kortright Conservation Centre

Bride to be boots Sorel

Loon Call Kody






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