When photographer Jacob Peters was asked by a Wisconsin man to photograph him proposing at sunrise, he thought it was a sound idea.
He woke at 2.30am, drove to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas and arrived at the not-so-civilized hour of 4.45am. He spent another hour hiking to hustle for a prime position in order to take said photos. He arrived, set up and waited. At 6.17am, a young couple emerge. It’s showtime.
“It’s them. I’m sure of it. A little late but still not too late. They go up onto Hawksbill Crag. Hang out for a few minutes and then it happens. He pulls out a ring, kneels down behind her. She turns around and starts crying and hugs him and it’s obvious she said yes and all went well,” he wrote on Facebook, detailing the events of the morning.
After snapping a few more photos and sticking around for another 15 minutes, Peters packed up and hiked back out to his car. It took him more than an hour to make his way out, because lugging nearly 14 kilograms worth of camera equipment isn’t an easy feat.
“[I] got home around 9am and since I finally had service I send the guy a text saying congratulations, the photos are beautiful. I’m glad it all worked out and then I take a nap since I was very exhausted.
“I wake up to a text saying, ‘I’m confused, we never saw you and we got there a little late, are you sure it was us? I was in a blue plaid shirt…'”
Because luck is a fickle thing and coincidence moreso, Peters had missed his clients, taking a series of photos of another strange couple – also in blue – who planned their engagement at the same time and the same spot.