One of our favorite parts of being a part of a couple’s wedding is capturing the many emotions of the day – the anticipation of waiting, the nerves, the excitement. But I must admit, my favorite is capturing surprises! On our wedding day, Tyler surprised me in the biggest way possible! These photos take me back to it every single time. It all started with a sweet handwritten card with the instructions to “read aloud” and a sweet note. I’d already started crying after about one sentence!
After that sweet moment, Tyler’s best man handed me the second card and three large boxes. The card had three memory cards taped in it saying “you’ll be needing these”…and that’s when I started getting SO EXCITED!
He bought me a camera! A camera, yes! And not like a small little one to take on the go – like a full on professional camera! Then I went from EXCITED to absolutely freaking out!! Tyler to this day, still teases me and says, “You really didn’t think I’d get you a camera?!” And I always reassure him, “NO! I was completely caught off guard!” Tyler here. Of course I got her a camera! We were getting married and would be merging our businesses together, and the entry-level camera she’d had up until then was great, but if we really wanted to do this full time, she needed an upgrade! So I saved up and bought her a camera. I knew she’d absolutely love it, but I definitely didn’t expect her to be as surprised as she was!
Then it hit me…shoot! His surprise was way better than mine!! I loved her surprise! Us Burns just operate on an extreme level of gift giving – don’t even ask about our Christmas’.
So don’t get stuck like me. Be prepared with an awesome surprise! That camera has been with me over the last three years as we’ve filmed and photographed almost 100 weddings. It is so special to me, I don’t think I will ever be able to sell it now!
I will say, if your surprise is a gift or card, DEFINITELY make sure your future spouse knows you’re sending one. Sometimes your groom may not realize that you’re expecting to exchange gifts, and that has the potential to be really embarrassing for him! But don’t worry – we always make sure beforehand that our couples are on the same page!
So how could you surprise each other? We’ll it doesn’t have to be a gift! We’ve seen a lot of great surprises on weddings, and of course I’m a bit biased to ours. But if you’re looking for a fun way to surprise your fiance beyond the standard gift giving, here’s a few ideas to get inspired!
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