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Ashley + Clay |Surprise Proposal | Atlanta, Georgia


March 9, 2021


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Today on the blog, I’m bringing you the BEST surprise proposal. Hint: There may also be a surprise puppy… keep scrolling!

Ashley is the kind of friend that is there for you when you need her, kind, honest, supportive. She’s the kind of girl you want by your side for life. It wasn’t hard for Clay to see that either. Little did Ashley know in the pictures below that she was about to open her ring box.

Ashley first introduced Clay at a wedding I was photographing for a mutual friend. It was not hard to see how happy he made her. The moment Clay reached out to me saying he had a ring and a puppy, I’m pretty sure I cried tears of joy! He just needed to set a date for the surprise proposal!

Pulling off a surprise proposal for Ashley wouldn’t be easy, but Clay pulled off the best surprise of the year! He planned the location and the logistics, all the way down to Ashley’s sister taking her phone so she couldn’t text him! Oh, and he built the box himself… what?!

Ashley, her family, and I walked away from the parking lot, over the bridge, and down to the edge of the creek. Once we were all in position Clay got the text to come over with the box. You can see how that went:

I’m so incredibly happy for my two friends! I know she is going to make for a beautiful bride, and they may even include that sweet pup in some of the festivities!


Thank you for including me for such a special part of your life.


OMG yay! Soak up this special time in your life! Enjoy every little bit of planning and loving life with your man.

I love you both sooo much!

– Darian

  1. […] Today I wanted to share with you a wedding I will never forget. A beautiful rustic Alabama wedding. My dear friends Ashley and Clay said I do in a venue they absolutely adored a little over a year after Clay surprised Ashely with the most romantic surprise proposal. […]

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