A Unique Proposal- Emily & Daniel | The Budget Savvy Bride
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I attended college with Emily and met her through my friends, K & T. Last weekend Emily came to Nashville with her fiancé Daniel and we joined them all for dinner. Emily and Daniel were recently engaged and so I asked for details of the proposal, because who doesn’t love a proposal story? I thought this one was really sweet, and when I found out there were photos of this event I couldn’t wait to see them. :) All photos by John Shim.

Emily and Daniel met at an ultimate frisbee club and got to know each other through their mutual love for outdoorsy activities. So when Daniel decided to propose to Emily, he knew he wanted to do it outside, in nature, where he felt most comfortable. Daniel surprised Emily that day with her very own mountain bike (she’d been borrowing his everytime they went riding up until that point.) Then they embarked on a (rather treacherous, according to Emily) bike ride down some trails where Emily says she fell off the trail and down the side of a hill. After Daniel rescued her, he excused himself to go “use the bathroom” in the woods, saying he would call for her when he was decent. After falling down and being all sweaty from riding bikes all day, the last thing on Emily’s mind was romance- little did she know what was in store for her. :) When Daniel called for her to join him in the woods, she rode up and saw this sign made with bike reflectors:

Seriously, how sweet is this?!

And there was Daniel, down on one knee.

He’d asked a photographer to wait there to capture the moment- I think it is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!

so full of emotion!

All photos by John Shim. You can see more photos on his blog.

LOVE THESE PHOTOS! :) Congrats Emily and Daniel! I hope your wedding this fall is wonderful! :)

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  1. I love it!

    • Ashley
    • July 27th, 2009

    adorable! i love how excited she looks.. how awesome to have pics to remember the day!

  2. How cute!! :)

  3. Yes i would agree this is one of the most unique wedding proposals i have ever seen. Did you have a photographer follow you on a bike to get these photos?

      • Budget Savvy Bride
      • July 27th, 2009

      The groom asked the photographer to meet them there. He was hiding at a certain point on the trail that they had chosen ahead of time, with the sign and his camera. Too cute!

  4. That is a very sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

    • anotherfishinthesea
    • July 27th, 2009

    That is so sweet :) I love it!

    • Nicole-Lynn
    • July 27th, 2009

    How adorable!

    • erica
    • July 27th, 2009

    that is so cool that he hired a photographer to capture the moment…I got goosebumps reading this!

  5. This is such an original and romantic idea! Thanks for sharing! Great proposal stories are so much fun, who doesn’t love them!?

    • Ali
    • July 28th, 2009

    Oh, I love it!! How very sweet!!

    • John Shim
    • August 28th, 2009

    Hi! Thanks so much for linking these. I didn’t even know these were posted here. :)

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