Betsy & Chad {The Proposal}

08 Jun Betsy & Chad {The Proposal}

I really, really, really have a soft spot for the guys that take the time to orchestrate an engagement and bring along a photographer too. Chad made sure that every single detail was accounted for when he proposed to Betsy. He secretly obtained the blessing of her father. Chad then arranged for Betsy to get the day off by calling Betsy’s supervisor and had planned a day full of surprises. First, the couple spent the day in Charleston eating and shopping {two of my favorite pass times} before heading out to Pawleys Island.  The unsuspecting Betsy believed that her parents were out of town on vacation and that she and Chad would be house sitting for them.  But Chad had arranged for their immediate families to be there waiting on them, ready to celebrate the engagement with them and had photographer, Kim Graham tucked away in the bushes to capture the exact moment of, “will you be my wife?”

Let’s just say Chad….that you knocked this one soooo far out of the park!

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If the pictures were not not enough, it turn’s out that Chad just so happens to be one of the sweetest fellas in the whole world.

In Chad’s own words….

{…Betsy and I met at a summer camp in West Virginia, as counselors, in 2006.  In 2005 I worked at the same camp with her sister Kate who proclaimed that I would fall in love and marry her sister (kind of scary).  With little contact before the next summer Betsy and I met and became best friends.  We immediately had a lot in common because she was from South Carolina and I had moved down to go to school.  Unfortunately I was in a relationship at the time;  however, by the end of the summer I had clearly found the love of my life and my best friend.  There is just something about girls from South Carolina.

We started dating during that summer and continued our relationship even though we were 2 hours apart.  She was a junior at Clemson and I was a Senior at Winthrop.  After I graduated I moved to Georgetown to pursue my passion of restoring classic cars, as she finished her Senior year.  As the distance grew longer we devoted more time to driving, but every weekend I would drive to Clemson to spend time with her.  We looked forward to the summer where she would be in Pawleys and we could enjoy being close to each other;  however, an opportunity came up for her to study abroad in Paris for the summer.  The Atlantic Ocean presented a small problem with driving, but I got working on my passport in secret.  With a little help from her professor I showed up one sunny afternoon at the Eifel Tower and surprised her.

After that she moved to Charleston and I continued to live in Georgetown.  Shortly there after she began her masters degree at College of Charleston and began work at Ashley Hall.  One night at a Riverdogs game I realized my passion for aviation and we decided it would be best for me (and us) to pursue a masters degree in Daytona Beach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  We have both always been about getting the best education we can and ERAU offered that.  So we moved further apart again.  Currently I live in Daytona and she lives in Charleston and we make it work.  In August I will finish my degree and move back to Charleston and we will begin our life together…”


Photographs by Kim Graham

  • The Connellys
    Posted at 11:23h, 08 June Reply

    Wow, what a couple. She is a Clemson girl and he restores classic cars and they like to fly? That sounds like me. : )!

    Nice work, Kim!

  • Kim Graham
    Posted at 18:26h, 08 June Reply

    Oh, Darrell! If you are half the romantic Chad is, then you are quite a fellow!

  • Jeannine @ Small & Chic
    Posted at 11:48h, 09 June Reply

    YAY!! I love it. I love the “secret” shot from the bushes. Thanks for sharing this, Della!

  • Caity Dietz
    Posted at 14:59h, 14 July Reply

    This seems like an echo of my own dating and proposal! My fiance and I met in mexico and made long distance work from the citadel in Charleston to University of Washington in Seattle. We did the distance for a year, and made moves to be near each other – and he planned a photographer at our proposal too. I love hearing other romantic stories like ours it shows that distance is just a # not a barrier! Good luck to you 🙂

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