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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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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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Surprise proposal in Breckenridge Colorado

Surprise proposal in Breckenridge Colorado

Andrea Stark Photography captures a surprise proposal in Breckenridge Colorado

Andrea Stark Photography captures a surprise proposal in Breckenridge Colorado

Engagement Photography in Breckenridge Colorado with a mountain backdrop

Engagement Photographer in Breckenridge Colorado

Breckenridge Engagement Photography Session with a Mountain Backdrop

Sunset Engagement session in Breckenridge Colorado with an epic Mountain View

Engagement Photographer in Breckenridge Colorado

Engagement Photographer in Breckenridge Colorado

Engagement Photographer in Breckenridge Colorado

Engagement Photography in Breckenridge Colorado

 

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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The 5 Best Proposal and Engagement Photo Locations around Breckenridge

The 5 Best Proposal and Engagement Photo Locations around Breckenridge

I look around my beautiful home of Breckenridge, Colorado everyday and never get tired of views. There are beautiful places all around us. I get so excited to use all these locations as a backdrop for engagement sessions or suggest them when helping plan your proposal! The couple will always be the focal point but the location provides the perfect environment to capture my couple’s together.

I’m constantly scouting new locations to take my couples to, but these are my top 5 best proposal and engagement photo locations in Breckenridge. All of these locations are in or around a 45 minute drive from Breckenridge, Colorado. If you’re staying in Keystone, Silverthorne, Copper, Blue River, Frisco or Dillon, Colorado, all of these locations would be perfect for your destination proposal or engagement session.

  1. Boreas Pass Road

     

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Boreas Pass Road offers a stunning setting for a Breckenridge engagement photo session.  This is one of the best locations for a Breckenridge engagement photo session because of the variety of breathtaking locations all in one place. Like literally, it will take your breath away at almost 11,500 feet. It is actually the only location on my list that is located in Breckenridge. 

Boreas Pass Road was a railroad track until 1938. It features aspen tunnels that are vividly bright in mid September and rocky passages that will gorgeously frame a couple for their proposal or engagement session. In the winter, the road is closed but it’s a quick (less than 10 minute walk) in to some pretty fantastic spots and an overlook that features all of Breckenridge Ski Resort. You can drive on the road from June-October and even see an old train car at the Continental Divide. 

2. Blue Lakes

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For an adventurous and whimsical Breckenridge engagement session location in the Summer and Fall, I recommend Blue Lakes. Taking your engagement photos at the waterfall and high alpine lake could be just the perfect adventure for you both. I was first drawn to the location because of the tucked away waterfall on the Monte Cristo Creek. You may even see a mountain goat along the trail up to the highest lake! This location is only accessible by car from late June-mid November depending on seasonal snowfall. 

For an adventurous and whimsical Breckenridge engagement session location in the Summer and Fall, I recommend Blue Lakes. Taking your engagement photos at the waterfall and high alpine lake could be just the perfect adventure for you both. I was first drawn to the location because of the tucked away waterfall on the Monte Cristo Creek. You may even see a mountain goat along the trail up to the highest lake! This location is only accessible by car from late June-mid November depending on seasonal snowfall. 

3. Sapphire Point and Windy Point 

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I’m pairing these two together, because they are so close together and both offer great mountain perspectives no matter which one you choose. Or don’t choose! We can do both! Sapphire Point is extremely popular, so when it gets super busy or is already reserved for a wedding, I like to take my clients to Windy Point. Last year, Shane was about to propose to Kaitlyn at Sapphire Point. When I pulled up to Sapphire Point where we originally planned to shoot, Shane texted me and said. “It is so busy, can we go somewhere else?” I had Windy Point in my mind already, so I had them follow me just a short drive around the corner, and they had a perfectly private proposal! That’s not saying I don’t love shooting at Sapphire Point. You just have to be prepared to have people around. These two locations are year-round, and easily accessible even in the snow.

4. Lake Dillon

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Lake Dillon is the big reservoir you can see from i70 when driving from Silverthorne to Frisco. There’s so many different spots around the lake that are great photo backdrops. I love shooting around Lake Dillon from July-December when the lake is not frozen and you can have easy access to the shore. 

5. Loveland Pass

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Now the last location is not actually in Breckenridge, but is a scenic drive and my all time favorite for every kind of shoot. Loveland Pass is about 45 minutes from Breckenridge and only 25 minutes from Keystone. The reason I love this area speaks for itself in the Engagement pictures below. It features high vistas, alpine lakes, wild flowers in the summer, and almost year-round snow on the peaks.