Charles City Engagement along the James River

Romantic boating, the cutest little skipper in a red sweater, and the docks at sunset, Anna and Bradford went back to the place where it all began for their engagement session with Nicki Metcalf Photography: Charles City. And we super love when we get the proposal story straight from the bride-to-be herself, especially when it's so perfectly told, so we'll let Anna take it from here!

Bradford's proposal began with his making a beautiful summer breakfast in his backyard, followed by a morning of mountain biking along the banks of the James River. Mountain biking has become one of our favorite pastimes, so it didn't take much convincing to tag along. As we sprinted through the city streets and made our way to the trail head, we pushed through the technical climbs of Northbank and Buttermilk and made our way to Belle Isle -- a breathtakingly beautiful system that weaves in and out of the canopies along the James River.

Admittedly, I was becoming fussy from overheating in the summer's sun when Bradford just so happened to pull us over at my very favorite overlook. With a tiny smile, I said, "Did you know this is my favorite spot?" But of course he did. As I dismounted and began to pace in efforts to cool down, Bradford suddenly bent down on his knee and inquired, at last, "Anna Varnon Oberlander, will you marry me?"

Truly believing this was in jest, I rebutted "You're joking!! Right?" Of course, upon his second inquiry, I realized that this indeed, was no joke, not a dream, but real life, and I exultantly agreed. We then spent the following hour wandering the trails together hand in hand in the purest joy, capped by a surprise sunset dinner along the river with dearest friends and family.

Photography: Nicki Metcalf Photography | Location: Charles City | Submitted via Two Bright Lights