Jesse contacted me a little while back and asked if I would be willing to hike the Cascade Falls Hike in Pembroke, Virginia to capture his surprise engagement. Little did he know, being engulfed in nature is my happy place! I cannot tell you how soothing it is to my soul to be surrounded by the natural sounds of this earth. Needless to say, I was happy to help him. On the day of the engagement, we were so lucky to find snow on the ground! I arrived to the trail about thirty minutes ahead of Jesse and Michelle, as I needed to get to the falls before they did. Being so early in the morning, I found myself alone on the trail. A beautiful, snowy hike with paths and stairs made of stone that traveled along side breathtaking rapids; a photographer's dream. When I arrived to the waterfall, I awaited Jesse and Michelle patiently. Being 11am, the light was challenging. Bright light is always a challenge for photographers and with a surprise engagement, I knew I wouldn't have the opportunity to direct the couple where to stand. Their session turned out beautiful and the hike back out, that was truly our playground. A snowy forest with waterfalls and rapids?? Yes, Please!!! Check out a few of my favorite images below!