In early December, Ben messaged me asking if I was available to photograph his proposal to Monica. Of course I jumped at the chance! What made this opportunity even more near-and-dear to my heart was the fact that Monica and I were previous co-workers. Hoping to avoid suspicion, Ben told Monica the reason they needed to be in Laguna Beach – just three days before Christmas – was for his company’s annual Christmas Party. Our secret disguise for hiding the ring made this story even more believable — Ben hid it in a Christmas-themed gift bag for the alleged “White Elephant Gift Exchange” game. Team Ben for the win! After Monica said “yes” and realized there was no Christmas Party, I emerged from hiding to give my hugs and congrats. We then spent the remaining hour of daylight capturing their first moments as fiancés, and celebrating their uncontainable joy and love for one another. Check out some of our favorite frames below!