I met Ellen and Zach and their dog, Sammie, in Wash Park to celebrate their engagement. They love to go to the south corner of the park and watch the sunset over the mountains.

Ellen shares, “Sammie is our 13-year-old border collie, she is a sweet girl and still has a lot of energy! She is the center of our universe and knows it!

Zach and I were introduced by friends. He played (and still plays) in a band with the boyfriend, now husband, of one of my closest friends. We met at the Meadowlark in 2015 and have been together ever since!

We got engaged in Minnesota in July of last year while vacationing with my family on Lake Vermillion. Zach knew he wanted to propose on a canoe ride and had a specific day and time in mind. It ended up being quite windy, but Zach insisted we still go out on the water. We had a lovely paddle with the wind on the lake and Zach asked me to marry him while we stopped to float on the open water. I said yes and we enjoyed time on the lake just the two of us.

When it was time for us to head back to our cabin, we had to paddle directly against the wind. The wind was so strong that Zach ended up having to get out of the canoe in his clothes and push the canoe home! When we finally returned, my family was surprised to see Zach was soaked and we were exhausted. We celebrated with everyone and had a good laugh! It was perfect.”

Congratulations on your engagement, Ellen and Zach!

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I met Beth and Alex at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate their engagement.

Denver engagement session

Alex shares, “We both met in LA playing coed recreational “Sunday Funday” kickball. I joined Beth’s team because they didn’t take themselves too seriously and shortly after that I knew that she was somebody I really enjoyed being around. Not too long after that, I asked her on a date. A year after that, we both took a leap and moved across the world together; a year & a half after that we moved back stateside to Colorado where I proposed off the edge of the Colorado River, and the rest is history.”

The couple are getting married this July in Colorado. Happy engagement Beth and Alex!

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I met Catherine and Steve and their sweet pup, Bo, at Red Rocks for their engagement session. We were lucky to have a warm winter day to enjoy the scenery.

Catherine shares, “After some serious quarantining in my tiny NYC apartment in Spring 2020, I decided to put all of my belongings into a storage unit and move to Denver to take advantage of remote work. I had a bunch of friends in Denver and I was so excited to go hiking on the weekends – it was going to be the perfect 2-month vacation!

A few days after I moved to Denver, Steve swiped into my life on the dating app Hinge. Our first date was in July 2020 and, in true pandemic fashion, we walked around City Park with takeout margaritas from Middleman. On our first date, we realized we had a ton in common. We both worked in tech and had spent a lot of time working abroad, played ice hockey as kids, and even frequented the same bars in Arlington, Virginia, in our early 20’s. On our second date, I got to meet Bo, his adorable yellow Labrador who he had adopted just 3 months before. 

Starting a new relationship during a global pandemic is a strange experience. Very quickly, we went from being strangers to road-trip companions, co-workers, and roommates. Somehow, my 2-month Colorado vacation has turned into a permanent move and I couldn’t be happier about the way things turned out. Fast forward to January 2022 when Steve proposed to me while snowshoeing in Crested Butte and I said yes! We are so excited to get married in September 2022.”

Happy engagement Catherine and Steve!

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Brandon shares, “We met online through an app called Hinge, in August of 2019. We were both pretty busy with our jobs and found it difficult to meet people organically. Our first date was over four hours full of laughter and conversation at Bar Louie, clearly a connection was made. When COVID-19 hit, it was difficult to keep our distance as Suzie was on the frontlines, but we made it work with several hours of video calling. After a year, we realized COVID wasn’t going anywhere so we were going to move in together and keep our relationship moving forward. I decided to propose when I couldn’t live without Suzie. On April 20, 2021, I couldn’t wait any longer and asked her to marry me at her bedside. She said yes! Our wedding is scheduled for June 2022 in Thornton, Colorado. Suzie and I are excited to have all of our friends and family join us for this amazing day. We can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives with each other!” 

Happy engagement Suzie and Brandon!


The Talk Denver to Me mural was a part of Crush Walls 2020, by Vicarel Studios and Ashley Joon.

I met Kate and Justin at a favorite place of theirs, Meyer Ranch Park, where there are big beautiful groves of aspen trees. The yellow was brilliant and one of the last places we could see the gorgeous fall leaves.

Kate shares, “Justin and I have known about each other since the sixth grade and became a part of the same friend group in early high school. We dated other people, we hung out within our group, we skirted around each other until something changed. Towards the end of senior year we were making excuses to hang out more and more until I finally asked him on a date. So we went to Applebee’s because Justin had a gift card, and saw the Kingsman movie. Super romantic, right?! (Haha) That cold and clear March night we had our first kiss next to my beat-up, old, blue Ford Bronco under the stars and sparks flew. I still think about that kiss sometimes.

We thought it would be a summer fling then we would both be off to different colleges. But we stuck together. We made the two-hour haul back and forth between Fort Collins and Denver nearly every weekend for five years to be with each other and had mini adventures every time. Whether it was seeing movies, searching for Hot Wheels treasure hunts, watching Av’s games or even doing nothing at all, we laughed and grew together.  It became clear pretty quickly that we fit together seamlessly and our relationship felt so natural and good. That’s really the best word to describe our relationship: Good. That simple, comfortable word and every time I look at Justin I’m wrapped in that warm emotion and reminded that life together is good. 

After college, living together, and being together for over six years, I was certainly tapping my foot waiting for the question to be popped. I had a feeling it would happen soon, but I didn’t know when.

July 4, 2021, started like a normal summer holiday. We spent the morning soaking up the sun by our apartment’s pool, went out to a burger place for lunch, and made our way to a local park to play some catch and hang out. I should’ve known something was up when Justin wore a button-up shirt to simply play catch at a park and especially when he asked about our favorite memories together over burgers and fries. I answered something like “The time we went to Mexico” and “Going to game 5 of the Avalanche playoffs against the Flames where we won in OT” and “Oh! Our first kiss. That was a good one.”

Eventually, we made our way down to this pier and with an epic sky half covered in dark rain clouds and half bright in sunshine, Justin pulled out a ring and got down on one knee. He says afterwards that he had all these cool things he planned to say but all that went blank and he just said, “You are my best friend and I love you so much. Will you marry me?” It was perfect. 

Our story is not a “love at first sight” story. Meeting in the awkward phase in middle school made sure of that. It was a gradually growing friendship that took a chance and immediately felt right. Almost seven years later, I am more in love than ever with my best friend and looking forward to a beautiful, laughter filled, good life together.”

Congratulations Kate and Justin!

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