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Embre & Alexis' Surprise Proposal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Embre & Alexis' Surprise Proposal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Embre & Alexis got engaged on August 27, 2016.  This was a very special day for a couple of reasons: first, it was mine and my husband's 7th year anniversary since we began dating and secondly, because my college classmate was ready to declare his love for his then, girlfriend, and ask her to marry him in front of their family and friends.

The Set-Up

That night, Alexis thought she was attending the Jill Scott concert that was in town in Columbia, SC.  She did not know that her boyfriend, parents, sister, best friend, and a host of other relatives and friends (including me) were planning to surprise her alongside Embre.  

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Venue - Vista Room at Blue Marlin

We all met up at the Vista Room at the Blue Marlin in Columbia's Vista.  There, all the guests waited patiently for Alexis and her sister, Amy to walk up to the sidewalk and past the sliding green door, where she would find Embre as he got down on one knee.

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The Proposal

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Time to Celebrate!

The surprise proposal was a success! Alexis said "YES" and with family and friend surrounding them, Embre & Alexis began the next phase of their lives. For as long as I've known Embre, he's been a hard worker, a loyal friend, and very kind-hearted. I can only imagine how happy he has and will continue to make Alexis happy as her future husband. Please join me in congratulating the two of them!

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Engagement Gift Basket created by Alexis' sister & best friend

Engagement Gift Basket created by Alexis' sister & best friend

Read more about this basket here: The Perfect Engagement Gift Basket

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Why Lifestyle Sessions are Great for Families | Columbia SC Lifestyle Photographer

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Why Lifestyle Sessions are Great for Families | Columbia SC Lifestyle Photographer

The Esper Family is why I enjoy lifestyle sessions and will be offering them as my preferred type of family, maternity, or non-engagement couple sessions. Why?

Prior to the Esper's session, I was driving from another location about half an hour away. Showing up at their home meant that one, their two year old daughter would be waiting in the comforts of her own home, playing with her own toys, in an environment she was already familiar with. And we all know that the little ones MUST be kept happy in order for a family session to go well.

I arrived at the Esper's beautiful Elgin home a few minutes early to scope some areas for the best shots.  While I was doing so, Zakiya was finishing with her wardrobe and I was able to chat with her daughter Ryan, who welcomed me and showed me some of her toys and books. She was confident and comfortable and was already warming up to me, so it made the transition to begin the session out side that much easier.

After a few shots outside, we made our way back inside, as we realized that Ryan was getting a bit tired. Ryan and her Daddy began playing with play-doh and eventually she retired to the couch where Mom read her a story that put her right to sleep! 

Session done!

Especially for a mom of multiples or with a child on the shy side, in-home lifestyle sessions are the way to go! It may mean you need to clean up your family space for a clutter-free area, but it eliminates the stress of having to commute to another location before and after your session, a child having to adapt to a new environment, and creates a more personal connection.

If you're interested in booking a family lifestyle session, contact me at info@latoyadixon.com!


Zakiya, Darnel, and Ryan were expecting a baby boy at the time of this shoot. As you read this, the Espers are now a family of 4 and little Reece is in the great care of his big sister, Ryan!

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Greenville SC Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Lifestyle Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Lifestyle Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Lifestyle Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Lifestyle Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Lifestyle Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Greenville SC Lifestyle Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography

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