Willum & Madlyn : Proposal | McGowan Images Blog


Willum & Madlyn : Proposal

It’s been on our wish list for a while to photograph a proposal, and we can’t think of a better couple for this McG First than Madlyn & Willum. It was really an honor that we were invited to this precious couple’s housewarming party just as friends… no camera expectations at all. But then when we heard what Willum was planning, of COURSE we were willing to shoot it. We worked with Willum on the perfect plan to surprise the love of his life, and it was really fun to feel like super spies with all our diagrams and such. 🙂

After a tour of the house and some visiting, we nonchalantly offered to take the couple outside for some “YAY! We’re homeowners!” portraits in their really cute backyard. Stage = set.

My big contribution to this sneaky affair was to “naturally” set up a way for Willum to get down on one knee. I pulled him ahead for some “solo” portraits first, then hollered, “SWITCH!”

Madlyn had no idea that her handsome boyfriend was all ready to go when I told her she could turn around and go back for another “huggy” picture…


She said, “Have you SEEN THIS RING??” Yep, Madlyn. We saw it. Beyond gorg.

Friends & family streamed out the back door with poppers and streamers!

Madlyn & Willum’s dog enjoyed trying to catch the falling confetti…

Isn’t this ring incredible? Amethyst on rose gold with chocolate diamonds. GIMME.

Congratulations, you two crazy kids. We’re SO blessed to be your friends, and thrilled that we were able to capture this moment for you. Let the planning begin!!

  1. Madlyn says:

    Ladies, you know that pin on pinterest that says, have someone tell your boyfriend to have professional photographers at your proposal?? Good gosh, they are so right. These are incredible you two! I know I’m going to be completely in love with every picture y’all take of this time in our lives. I’m beyond giddy this morning reliving these 🙂 Love you both!!

  2. Amber-Lin says:

    Such amazing pictures and I LOVE the idea, perfect timing. Also, the dog may be my favorite part of all this…;)

  3. Kendall says:

    These are SO adorable! Madlyn’s expressios may be the most endearing part of them 😛 Congrats to both of you and high five to Willum for that stunning finger candy!

  4. Mickey Lackey says:

    awesome photography! What a blessing to have photographers there! What a joy to be able to remember it so vividly again. And again, I cried.

  5. Melissa Gill says:

    Awesome shoot!

  6. Marlene says:

    Ah I have goosebumps all over! What a beautiful proposal! And my goodness that ring! Stunning.

  7. Shana says:

    Love.this. wish my husband would have proposed so sweet!! Good job Willum!!! Congratulations Madlyn!!

  8. Mandaroo says:

    Ah this is just too sweet… thanks for making me tear up a bit this morning!

  9. Trish B says:

    WOW! These are great photos! Seriously, that ring! Congrats!

  10. Nicole says:

    Wonderful memories captured beautifully by you guys!

  11. Emma says:

    You captures so many priceless moments! Her reaction to the ring and the dog are my favorites.

  12. Sarah says:

    Love the picture of her face after he proposed! What a great shot! And that doggie is precious! How fun!

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  14. ann says:

    Wow – how lucky they were to have McG capture that moment. Perfect. Love his face while he’s on the knee waiting , love her reaction, love the puppy celebrating, love the ring…LOVE it ALL.

  15. Willum says:

    What do ya do, right? I could go on and on, (like I already have on other sites and through different mediums) about how lucky we are to have had the McG’s be so willing, able, and devious as to help me out. Honestly I cannot say enough, so I can’t start to try. Thanks again, y’all.

  16. Liesa says:

    I actually saw this post when you put it up but I’m finally commenting on it. First of all, I have lots of grad school friends swooning over her ring. But seriously, Congrats you two, and enjoy the planning process! Love the McG rendition of the moments. 🙂 Treasures.

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