MADELINE ISLAND, WI — A July storm ended up trapping a couple on Madeline Island shortly after they got engaged.
Adrianne Munz, the photographer who was asked to capture the proposal on camera, says she was asked by her friend Ryan, who was proposing to his girlfriend Caryn, back in January to be on the island with them in order to have a memory of the moment.
Munz says she and Jerry, her team member, arrived in Bayfield on July 14, and then headed over to the island to scout the area in order to find the perfect location; however, the trick was avoiding Ryan and Caryn in order to ruin the surprise.
Although there were a few close calls, Adrianne says they were able to find the perfect spot for the proposal without running into the couple.
The next day, Munz says they told Ryan to meet them at the entry to Big Bay State Park at 3 p.m., and to tell Caryn he was going into town to pick up a surprise picnic for them to have at sunset that night.
After picking up the picnic materials in Bayfield and traveling to the island, they told Ryan where to take Caryn, and also created a plan for her to look the other way.
They told him to be at the park at 6 p.m., and then to be on his knee at 6:15 p.m.
However, Jerry and Adrianne realized the storm was rolling in, and asked Ryan if they could bump the proposal up to 5:45 p.m.
Due to luck, Ryan had checked his phone and saw the message, and proposed at 5:42 p.m.
Caryn quickly said yes, and the photography team began a post-proposal engagement photo session.
The storm finally hit at 6 p.m., and everyone returned to their vehicles to wait out the storm, however as they tried to return to a campsite, they found out a tree had fallen and blocked the only exit out of the park.
Due to cell service, the calls to the park ranger wouldn’t go through, and eventually, other campers arrived, and the tree was able to be removed through teamwork.