During the shoot, photographers Rachel Catlett and Jeremiah Spray distracted the young woman by asking her to pose looking over her shoulder. Meanwhile, Booth sneaked behind her with an adorable co-conspirator, a 9-week-old golden retriever.
When Latimer saw her boyfriend holding the puppy, she assumed the pooch had wandered away from a nearby campground. But he told her, “It’s our dog.”
The puppy’s collar had a tag that read, “Kadie, will you marry me?”
“He hands her to me and asks, ‘Don’t you want to see what her name is?’” she told TODAY. “So I read her collar and it said, ‘Kadie, will you marry me?’”
“Then he got down on one knee and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. Is this really happening?’” she said.
At that moment, Booth called for his adult golden retriever, Jackson, who was supposed to run over with the engagement ring. But the dog caught wind of a squirrel and ran off into the woods. So instead, a friend dashed over with the ring before wrangling Jackson.
“Jackson was supposed to carry the ring,” Booth told TODAY. “We practiced it many times and he failed.”
Because Booth is a “jokester,” Latimer wasn’t sure if the proposal was just part of the photo shoot. She even asked, “Are you joking?” But he slid a diamond ring on her finger and asked, “Will you marry me?” She instantly said yes.
Joel Booth and Kadie Latimer instantly clicked on their first date nearly three
“I was pretty sure she would say yes,” Booth said. “But you’re still nervous doing that because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Now the couple is excited to start a life together with Jackson and their newest edition, Bowie, named for the spot where they got engaged: Bowman Lake.