John contacted me through facebook. A total fluke moment as I had comment on someones post looking for proposal location recommendations a friend of theirs. John saw my comment and quickly sent me a facebook message. Come to find out John and his soon to be fiancé, Jenna, were coming out to Denver for a quick and fun weekend away all the way from sunny, humid Florida! After sharing messages back and forth and planning for several weeks we finally landed on Mount Falcon for its closeness and views.
Now I have to really give credit where credit is due, because these two came 0 ft elevation to 5280ft. Neither of them has ever seen snow before nor do they hike in freezing temperatures. They do not have deer roaming their backyards- they have alligators. They are from a totally different world and they gave this hike everything they had. John wanted to propose almost immediately as he wanted to stress free all weekend and have the ability to enjoy and celebrate together. As they were unable to check into their Airbnb until later in the afternoon we figured this would be our perfect moment to plan the proposal. John and Jenna woke up at 3am, caught their flight to Denver, rented a car and drove immediately to Mount Falcon. Throughout this journey I was receiving texts from John keeping me updated on their schedule, their whereabouts and their outfits as I had never met either one of them before this day.
My plan had been to hike to the top and set up a romantic picnic site with pillows and flowers. They whole shebang. Unfortunately, neither John nor myself took into account the dramatic change in elevation coming straight off an airplane. Minor, minor oversight. My bad! Knowing that they would not actually make it to the top John found this amazing overview to pop the question. As I was already at the top waiting, I quickly sprinted my ass down the mountain. Camera and picnic gear bouncing everywhere. (if this isn’t proof that I do above and beyond for my peeps, I don’t know what is). Soon as I saw them in the distance I quickly came up with what I was going to say to convince a stranger to let me “photograph” them. I hide the picnic gear behind a tree, camera around my neck and approached them. Being friendly Colorado I walked past them with a smile, wave and a “hello.” After about 15 feet, I turned around, introduced myself saying I was a local photographer and could I bother them for a picture to use in my portfolio. BOOM! Seed planted. I did a few test shoots to get the lighting ready. Really just stalling for John. I asked them to dance and be silly to get their camera jitters outs. Than the magic happened.
Cue all three of us jumping up and down with excitement!
After finally comprehending what had just happened we took some much needed rest time before all heading down the mountain and over to Red Rock Amphitheater for some well deserved champagne and engagement photos.
On the journey down the mountain I was talking about the local wildlife in Colorado as compared to the local wildlife in Florida. Ya know, like deers verses alligators. That sort of normal everyday talk…. As we approached Red Rocks we were shockingly greeted by a herd of deer! I can not make this stuff up people. The universe just straight up provided for us that day.
These two were such great sports about the everything! From the quick changes in altitude, to the freezing temps, they never let their excitement or love for one another stray. I wish I could run around with them forever! You already know I am going to stalk them to Florida for their wedding.