This Les Bourgeois wedding proposal photography session in Rocheport, MO had my heart spinning! Jeff reached out a few weeks before he planned to propose to his girlfriend McKenzie and asked about having the proposal documented. Of course, I was totally on board! There are always lots of details to work out for a successful wedding proposal photography shoot. Being a newspaper photographer, I know how important it is make sure you have all of the details figured out before capturing that magic moment, as it’s not something you could ever recreate!

Jeff and I planned to meet at Les Bourgeois the week before he planned to propose. That way, we could figure out exactly where I needed to stand to capture the moment McKenzie said yes! McKenzie and her best friend would be having lunch inside at the Bistro. Then, when they left, McKenzie’s friend would walk her to the edge of the bluff top to look for eagles. While they were looking across the river, Jeff would tiptoe to the walkway. When they turned around, she would be surprised with him down on one knee! Scroll down to see my favorite candid photos from this wedding proposal session…

Fall color surrounds the Les Bourgeois bistro before a wedding proposal photography session in November.
The Missouri River below is surrounded by red and blue fall colors in November in Rocheport, MO.

The plan totally worked! At this point, my heart was racing!

The boyfriend is down on one knee about to surprise his girlfriend with a wedding proposal at Les Bourgeois blufftop.
Documentary photography of the guy proposing to his girlfriend who is so happy at Les Bourgeois.

This was definitely my favorite documentary photo of the day. If someone doesn’t smile while looking at this, I’m not sure we could be friends.

Documentary wedding proposal photography of the girl being super surprised by her boyfriend down on one knee to propose to her outside of Les Bourgeois Bistro.
The girlfriend is crying with joy and hugs her fiance after his surprise wedding proposal in Rocheport.
The girl looks at her ring after her boyfriend proposed to her at Les Bourgeois.
Candid wedding photos of this surprise proposal with a vintage pear shaped diamond engagement ring.
Friends hug after this outdoor wedding proposal on the blufftop of Les Bourgeois.
After she said yes to the wedding proposal, these two best friends laughed above the Missouri River at Les Bourgeois.
These two best friends are checking out the engagement ring on the blufftop at Les Bourgeois.
Best friends pose after the man on the right proposed to his girlfriend at Les Bourgeois.
Natural wedding proposal photography session on the blufftop at Les Bourgeois after she said yes!
Friends acting silly at the Les Bourgeois blufftop after getting engaged.
The newly engaged couple stands at the edge of the blufftop overlooking the Missouri River after a surprise wedding proposal photography shoot.
After a documentary wedding proposal photography session, the guy carried his girlfriend piggyback above the Missouri River at the winery.
Friends leave the winery after the wedding proposal at Les Bourgeois.

More about this Les Bourgeois Wedding Proposal…

I just loved everything about photographing this proposal! These people were just the nicest folks, and it was all so exciting! McKenzie was so thankful to have a photographer there to document such an important moment in their lives. Being able to share the proposal with their best friends was also incredible. And because I know lots of people are going to ask, McKenzie’s beautiful pear shaped vintage diamond engagement ring came from Vincent’s Jewelry in St. Louis. Photographing this proposal brought back so many happy memories from the moment I had said yes when Max asked me to marry him! From Jeff’s adorable nervousness to McKenzie’s sheer joy, I think I could be a professional proposal photographer and love it!

Are you planning on getting engaged? Get in touch to find our more about our wedding proposal photography sessions. These are photos of a moment in your life you will cherish forever!