When my brother graduated from air force basic training he mentioned to me that he was ready to take the plunge. What plunge? The engagement one. He was ready to settle down with his high school girlfriend. I knew right then and there that this would be a special day for him and my (soon to be) sister in law. I wanted to help him document it and make it memorable. We planned to go to the top of Governor Dick Tower in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. First off, it was January so it was cold outside! Second, hiking up to the top of the tower with all of my photography gear in tow was a LOT of work! I was out of breath by the time I finished the 30 minute hike up!


As I climbed to the top of the tower, the crisp air made me reminiscence on past years, when I was younger and climbed the tower myself. When I got to the top, the view was breathtaking. Since it was winter, all of the leaves had fallen off the trees and you could see for miles!

I quickly got into place and waited while the chilled air nipped at my hands. I heard and saw my brother, so I wanted to hide to help make it a surprise. He quickly climbed to the top and waited while his girlfriend stopped along each layer to read the notes they had written back and forth to each other while he was away. The notes were strategically placed on each level so that it build up the excitement as she climbed to the top.

Emily, climbing to the top of Governor Dick Tower.


Once she finally reached the top, she saw me. It's hard to hide when there is barely any room to move! I think at that point she knew what was going on. She turned the corner and saw my brother. He hugged her, and then quickly popped down on one knee and asked the all too important question. She cried, I cried, and then she said “yes”. The two lovebirds that met in middle school and dated in high school finally were going to get married!

I was so blessed and happy to be apart of their big day and I simply cannot wait until their wedding!