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A Pandemic Proposal at Mayflower Gulch

A Pandemic Proposal at Mayflower Gulch

This was a much-awaited, unforgettable pandemic proposal of 2020 in the Colorado mountains.

Garrett reached out to me after his plans to propose to Alia were set back. I wanted to do this for him because I could hear in his voice how much she meant to him. He was so ready to propose after six different plans had fallen through. See, this was back in April when all of the world had no answers for what was to come due to the pandemic. Garrett couldn’t wait to make Alia his fiancé! So with tons of social distancing in place, we met at the Mayflower Gulch trailhead in the morning. We hiked the three miles round trip in the snow to capture their proposal and engagement photos.

Pandemic Proposal Turned Engagement Photo Session

The plan was to have a surprise proposal, but Garrett ended up proposing the night before to the minute that they had first made their relationship official. What a way to celebrate your anniversary by letting the girl of your dreams know that you want her to be yours forever! The morning of our session, Garrett reached out and let me know, that he had already popped the question, and she had said yes! Our little surprise proposal session would be an engagement session after all.

I still had Garrett reenact the sweet moment when he proposed to Alia to capture this milestone forever with a breathtaking backdrop.

I’m so thankful for my clients who truly embrace the hard road that 2020 has given us all and believe in the philosophy to “Love Now.”

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Surprise Engagement Photo Session at Blue Lakes

Surprise Engagement Photo Session at Blue Lakes

Nico and Emmalie had a surprise engagement photo session on Labor Day weekend at Monte Cristo Falls! It was absolutely perfect!
 
I had been helping Emmalie’s sister, Lydia plan this perfect proposal for months.
 
Nico had a picnic ready for Emmalie, and both Emmalie and Nico’s family were hidden in the trees waiting for him to pop the question.
 
After lots of celebration and champagne, we all celebrated the couple’s engagement on top of the mountain above Blue Lakes.
 
 
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The Holidays Have Been Dethroned As the Most Popular Time to Propose

The Holidays Have Been Dethroned As the Most Popular Time to Propose

Thanksgiving and Christmas have always held the title for the most popular time to propose. According to this Brides.com article, December is the most popular time followed by July and August. Until now, most of my proposals were in December and January. Well, this trend was flipped upside down when the coronavirus hit, and now the new popular time is right now!

My guess is that you’ve had plenty of one-on-one time due to this virus and now you’ve figured out (or maybe you already knew) that this is your person. You’ve had plenty of time to shop online for that ring. Now you are both dying to go on a mountain adventure and get out of the house. Breathe in that fresh mountain air. 

Jeff planned a last minute trip to Breckenridge with Maddy. He wanted to propose in a picturesque place. After a quick phone conversation, we narrowed it down to one of my favorite locations that has views for miles. I told him how I typically like to schedule shoots right around sunset to take advantage of the best lighting in the mountains. Golden hour is simply the best, but it goes quick so I wanted to snag the best spot at Windy Point for them to take in the sunset. Jeff dropped down to one knee just as the sun was cresting behind the mountain, and it was absolutely magical!

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Tear Drop Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Just look at that ring! I’m seeing lots of pear shaped halo diamond rings, and I’m not mad about it! They are stunning and take up plenty of real estate on that left hand! My favorite ring designers in Colorado, Sarah O. Jewelers also have pear-shaped signature engagement rings. I highly recommend them if you want your own ring designed locally.

Contact me today if you’d like to plan a picturesque proposal to the love of your life and join the trend of this most popular time to propose.

 

Surprise Proposal in Breckenridge Colorado Disguised as a Family Session

Surprise Proposal in Breckenridge Colorado Disguised as a Family Session

How do you plan a surprise proposal while on vacation in Breckenridge? Hayden schemed with his future mother-in-law Shannon to set up a family session with me. I helped them both plan the location and what I would tell them to do, to let Hayden know it was time to pull out the ring. Ad you can see on her face, Hannah had no idea what was about to happen!

The Leed family drove over from where their vacation rental was in Buena Vista to have their hybrid family and surprise proposal session at Boreas Pass. The session was going so well, and even though I had told them what the cue would be to propose, Hayden even surprised me as he dropped down on one knee on the road that used to be an old railroad and proposed to one shocked Hannah. She, of course, said yes, and then we were able to take engagement photos immediately!

Having her parents and her sister there who was also totally surprised was so much fun!

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Colorado Winter Engagement Photo Session in Red Cliff

Colorado Winter Engagement Photo Session in Red Cliff

I recently had the most fun winter engagement photo session in Red Cliff, Colorado with some dear friends.

Fun fact: The first time I got to hang out with both Kat and Dave was after a Red Rock’s show. We met up at a restaurant in Golden, Colorado. Dave is a fly fishing guide like my husband, and we all like the same music. They’re both just overall great friends, and I loved it when Kat asked me to take their engagement pictures.

Red Cliff, Colorado – Perfect For an Engagement Photo Session

Red Cliff is such a perfect location because this tiny town has so much character and has barely changed in the last 50 years. The green bridge is one of my favorite Colorado landmarks. We even ran into a few friendly snowmobilers on Shrine Pass Road, a common much-loved activity in these parts.

Along the river, there are huge boulders that make a great backdrop for their session. We stopped along the route from Red Cliff to Camp Hale for some epic mountain views. If you haven’t been out to Camp Hale before, they have a gorgeous summer and fall time wedding venue. I’m really hoping to shoot a wedding there this year! So if you’re getting married at Camp Hale in 2020 or 2021, let me know!

Since Kat and Dave are both fly fishers, I didn’t want to leave out the small streams being a little part of their session. Dave even popped the question while they were fly fishing on the Colorado River. I love bringing in personal elements to each photo session. They brought their dog Maggie for the last part of the session complete with heirloom fishing cups from Dave’s family and champagne.

“A True Delight To Work With”

Kat had a few sweet words after I delivered her engagement images: “Thank you for capturing this special time in our lives! You are a true delight to work with. We’ll cherish these forever! […] I’m going to need another excuse for some photos!! Love them so much, I can’t stand it!”

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How To Plan Out the Perfect Winter Proposal Photos

How To Plan Out the Perfect Winter Proposal Photos

Planning a winter proposal is a little more complicated because of the unpredictability of weather and the accessibility of the best trails. I try to help my clients as much as possible, keeping track of snowfall and scoping out the best location with easy access and a great backdrop. But all the extra effort is totally worth it for the magic of winter and the snow-capped mountain views.

Setting Up the Winter Location With Mountain Views

Tanner, was planning on proposing to his girlfriend Bryanna and wanted a unique spot as private as possible. They both were coming from Miami, Florida, so snow isn’t something that they are real used to. Tanner had called, and we chatted about what his ideal location to propose would be. The morning of his proposal, I went to the location I envisioned would be perfect for this proposal. We had just received about 6 new inches of snow, so I had to snowshoe to the location. Snowshoeing not only helps me get to the location in fresh snow, but also helps them walk that same path in regular snow boots. That’s why I wanted to make sure I had a good trail for them to walk in. Along the way, I took pictures of how to get to that exact spot.

Helping Couples Find the Spot

I knew that there was not time for him to meet me and have me show him exactly where to go, so this was the best I could do. I walked him through each step in pictures, and he was able to follow the clearly laid out directions perfectly. As I was hiding behind some pine trees, here they come, trekking down the trail I made for them that morning. He had her stop on the exact spot, a snow covered boulder overlooking Lake Dillon and Buffalo Mountain. It couldn’t have been more perfect!

Tanner even made sure to write in his 5 star Google review that, “[Andrea] even went on site early that morning prepping the location and sent a detailed plan of how to get to exact spot. She stayed hidden to capture the moments all the way, with a photoshoot after. Photos came out spectacular, and my fiancé and I could not be happier with the whole experience!!”

Planning Out All the Details

Planning out a shoot to the exact detail, even preparing the path ahead of time is something that I am more than willing to do to make my clients enjoy their time even more! I was so happy to be a part of this proposal! Bryanna’s reaction to Tanner getting down on one knee left her totally speechless.

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