When Eric decided to propose to Ally, he didn’t just want it to be special–he wanted to make sure the moment was captured forever. So he enlisted the help of Exposures by Rah to take snapshots. And the results were stunning.

Eric and Ally, who live in Grand Rapids, took a weekend trip to Traverse City, ostensibly for a wine tour. Even with impending rain, the beauty of the still lush, October forest behind them provided a dramatic backdrop for the dramatic moment when Eric, wearing dark rinse skinny jeans and a bright red jacket, got down on one knee.

Ally’s surprise–and subsequent joy–truly showed as she accepted a pear-shaped diamond ring. Friends toasted with goblets of wine as the newly engaged couple shared a kiss on a winding deck. And cold weather aside, even Ally’s cream white sweater and army green jacket did not seem to warm her as much as a moment neither of them would ever forget.

Location:Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery//Photographer: Exposures by Rah//