She Said YES! A Zootastic Surprise Proposal – Zander & Elijah are ENGAGED!

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I'm a NC based brand photographer (but I love to travel for work+fun). Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal, and in another life (maybe this one) I'd probably move to Waco, TX!

I'm always down to try a new local coffee shop (even better if they have lavender latte), and working on mastering the perfect at home brew recipe. 


What Zander thought was just a fun date to Zootastic Park turned out to be the next best day of her & Elijah’s love story!

On July 28th, 2019 Elijah & Zander traveled outside of Charlotte for an afternoon at the zoo! Their date included encounters with sloths, koalas, kangaroos, and the best part – MJ the baby giraffe! Elijah did a wonderful job planning out this date because you know they had a great time even before he got down on one knee to propose!!! So many fun animals to love on!

Noah, Elijah’s brother & also videographer & I were on a top secret mission … to capture the moment where Elijah got down on one knee to propose to Zander! To plan it perfectly, we had to talk with the zookeepers and figure it out before it happened! It was all very sneaky – but we did it and Zander was shocked that we were there!

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