A Sunny Mountaintop Proposal at Mount Falcon

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.

Lookout Mountain Engagement Session | Golden, Co

This world is forever getting smaller. I am never shocked anymore by the degrees of separation between people. Andreae reached out to me via my website looking for more information on my wedding packages. After the reading the first few sentences of her story, I already knew we would going to become best friends. Her obsession for wine matched mine, her wit and overall joy for life captured me.

After meeting with Andreae, her amazing son Houston and her fiancé Kylan, we quickly discovered that we had meet once before. In the strange twist of this crazy universe we discovered we had all meet at the animal hospital that I work at! What are the chances! If im being honest, it was their yorkie, Oliver, who sealed the deal for me….

We all decide to meet up for their engagement photos at Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO. Lookout mountain holds special memories for them as Kylan’s family actually live up there. We gathered on a rather frigid day but we were blessed with Colorado’s most special gift. The sun.

They let me run around like the crazy woman I am. They enjoyed my cheesy jokes and they let me feed them shots! There were chest bumps, tickle fights and face lickings. I even dared them to see who could hold their ice cold hands under the others shirt the longest!! I have not had this much fun on an engagement session in a long, long while. It was truly just a group of friends hanging out, getting to know one another. I am besides myself with excitement for their upcoming nuptials at Cherry Creek Boathouse in August!!!!!