Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Engagement | Grace + James

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden never ceases to amaze me. It's easily one of my favorite spots in the Charlotte region for engagement photos and weddings. There is just so much beauty condensed into one spot, so I was excited when Grace and Jim asked about doing their engagement photos there. Within a two-hour period we were able to make photos in both of their iconic pergolas, the Lost Hollow, the Scroll Garden, the Canal Garden, the water tunnel, the Orchid Conservatory and several other picturesque locations.

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Their story

How did he propose?

We went on a combined family vacation to Lake Tahoe last summer. My parents were there and so were his parents and his younger brother. That Monday we spent the day by the lake just having fun and hanging out and then we had plans to go to a nice dinner later that night. My mom had told me we were getting dressed up to take Christmas card pictures before dinner (like we do on every vacation) so I didn't think it was out of the ordinary that everyone looked so fancy. We walked to a beautiful spot by the lake and I didn't know it at the time but Jim had hired a photographer to capture the moment. So we asked this "random" lady on the beach to take a group picture of us and then our families stepped away and Jim took my hands and started proposing! The photographer got all of it and it was a gorgeous setting and it was made even more special because our families were there to see and celebrate with us. I was so excited and so not expecting it. Jim is not one to do the obvious thing, so I was totally convinced that even though it would have been the perfect time to propose, he wasn't going to do it on vacation because that would be "too obvious". I think I blacked out a little bit because I don't remember him getting down on one knee but we have pictures of it haha. It was the perfect day and the perfect vacation because the man I love asked me to spend the rest of our lives together!

What makes you unique, either as a couple or individually?

We like to have fun! Jim is definitely the more laid back of the two of us so he helps to mellow me out! We love to laugh and just enjoy each other, our pup, our friends, and our families.

Why did you choose Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens as the location for your engagement photos?

We wanted something that was pretty and calm and we have been to the gardens together before so we thought it would be a great spot.