I Am Good At Keeping Secrets – A Richmond Marriage Proposal

If you’ve been in a cave for the last… forever… then you might have missed that there are a lot of crappy things in this world. Bad things happen to good people, and people are nasty to each other, and that can be all you see on social media, and can be all that people talk about sometimes. So when something good is coming down the pike for people I care about, it’s really hard for me to not share that with people, to bring more happiness to the world. After Dave contacted me about a surprise marriage proposal cleverly disguised as a family session, it was all I could do not to include everyone around me in the excitement. I managed not to spill the beans though, and met Dave, Melissa, and Joshua at Brown’s Island on Thursday evening.

Brown's Island family session

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Richmond father son photos

Richmond family photos

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We wandered around the island getting family shots, then decided to go out on the old train trestle over the river, where Dave and Melissa have some history. The trestle is a gorgeous spot, and absolutely perfect for a proposal. Dave pulled Joshua aside to tell him what he intended to do, and to ask him to be part of it. Joshua’s reaction was super cute – he was clearly excited about the prospect of having Melissa join their family on a permanent basis, and was definitely interested in participating.

James River Family photos

Brown's Island proposal

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Even though Dave and Joshua’s conversation was less than 5 feet away, and Joshua yelled “DID YOU HEAR THAT, MISSY??” Melissa had no idea that Dave was about to propose. It probably helped that the James River was roaring right under our feet.

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I stood across the platform from them, as a witness to, but not a part of, the scene unfolding in front of me.

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Richmond marriage proposal

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Brown's Island Richmond VA

To say Melissa was surprised would be a major understatement, but she immediately said yes, to both of them, and put on the ring (nice job with the sizing, Dave) without dropping it through the planks of the platform (good job, Melissa).

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We wandered a little bit more around the island while the shock and adrenaline wore off, and got some more photos of this fun, happy family, and even got a friendly horn blast from a passing CSX train conductor.

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Brown's Island

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I was so thrilled and honored to be part of such an awesome evening, and to be able to capture the next step for this family. Congratulations!! Ya’ll leave them some love in the comments below!

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Ananda
Ananda

Breathtaking photos of an amazing family. Great work, A! (and HUGE congrats to Melissa, Dave, and Joshua).

Beth
Beth

You captured the moments of this so well! I feel like I was there!

Dana
Dana

I love everything about this!! The pictures are fantastic and I am beyond happy for Melissa, Dave and Joshua!

DiShante
DiShante

Love, LOVE, LOVE these! Beautiful moments captured of this beautiful family! It is obvious the love shared among the three of them!

Joy B
Joy B

Congrats again. Great photos!

Janelke
Janelke

Beautiful pictures! I love that you were able to capture this exciting time so that I feel like I was actually there! Congrats Dave, Missy, and Joshua!

Liz
Liz

Loooove these photos. Especially the one where’s she’s holding his hand and jumping, because THAT’S MELISSA. And the fountain pics, those are beautiful.

Karen
Karen

I love the photos almost as much as I love this family! So much love, you guys and I wish you so many years of happiness together <3

Adriana
Adriana

What a wonderful story! The photos are beautiful especially the ones by the fountain. Way to catch this amazing moment for that family!

Nini
Nini

Hopefully I don’t have any spelling errors as I type through my tears! AP- such a great job capturing all the love and happiness on this day! MJ always shines through in photos, but Dave and Joshua just complete the picture! Much love to all!

Bev Jones-Edwards
Bev Jones-Edwards

What a beautiful family! Missy, Dave and Joshua, You are blessed to have each other (all of you) and we are so, so blessed to have each of you as a wonderful part of our family! Love, Love, Love these beautiful photos and certainly LOVE this moment for you! CONGRATULATIONS!

Sam
Sam

I am so incredibly happy for all three! Lovely pictures of a lovely family!

James & Rosa
James & Rosa

We are soooo excited and happy for you all. Dave and Joshua your proposal was awesome, and so is the young lady that you proposed too. Missy we are so happy for you!!! Dave you chose one of God’s special angels, and the ring is pretty awesome also. The photographer is super awesome. She captured a special day and a priceless gift that will last forever. Missy, Dave and Joshua you all are special to us. We pray that God will bless you all with excellent health and unconditional love. Always remain each others BEST friend. We love you. Casey… Read more »

James & Rosa Edwards
James & Rosa Edwards

Congratulations!!!
Casey and Rosa

Meredith & Doug
Meredith & Doug

To say I love these people and these photos would be an understatement! What a wonderful proposal and what wonderful photos to capture all the love and joy!! WE LOVE YOU!

Megan and Brian
Megan and Brian

Oh my gosh, these photos are perfect and totally captured an amazing moment and day! I am SOOOOOOOOO happy for both Melissa and Dave, there are not two more deserving people of love. Nice job on the ring Dave!

Ray Celeste
Ray Celeste

These photos are BEAUTIFUL (which is not surprising, given the subjects)! And I love the ring! So happy for this family!!!

Kathy
Kathy

A story beautifully told through photos. The excitement and joy are obvious in each one. Thank you for sharing this special event with your readers. Lovely! Congratulations and great adventures to this new family.

Marnie Roberts

Melissa captured my son’s heart and mine too. I’ve thought of her as my daughter from the start. The photos are stunning. Thank you for making me feel like I was there for the important moment.

Nerice
Nerice

I love everything about this. Dave & Melissa- love you both and wishing you sooo much happiness together. Alli- wonderful photos of a beautiful moment. Thanks for capturing it so we could all share in the joy even from afar!