The charming town of Golden, Colorado, is a former gold rush area at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Clear Creek runs through it and it is a special place to Kate and Bill, who actually live nearby! We walked along Clear Creek and through the preserved area of Golden History Park with buildings from a late 1800s mountain ranch.
Kate shares, “Bill and I had hung with the same friend group for a number of years. He and I always got along really well. One New Year’s Eve, we shared our first kiss. Bill and I began spending a lot more time together, away from the rest of the group. I started having a few girlfriends (and my mother) ask me how I felt about Yates, as he is known to our friends.
I was very nervous about coming between our well-established friendship and tried to ignore that he was doing his best to “woo” me for the better part of a year. I finally took the leap and everything else is history. We dove right in, moving in together almost immediately. We spent a lot of time talking about what a positive and happy relationship meant to us and were incredibly honest with each other. We have a huge amount of respect for each other as individuals and as a couple. I think that is what makes us so strong together. I only want the best for Bill and our future together and, because of that, he pushes me to be the best version of myself more than I ever thought was possible.”
Bill proposed on New Year’s Eve. Kate continues, “We decided to go out to eat as a break from packing boxes (we were in the process of moving). After some tasty Mexican and a couple margaritas, we headed home to continue the packing process. I was putting on pajamas when Bill called me into the kitchen. When I got to the kitchen, he pointed me towards this adorable little box on the counter and told me to open it. Still completely oblivious as to what was going on, I opened the box and I’m pretty sure I said something very profound like, “Um, this is a ring…” Bill asked me if I would be his wife. I said yes through lots of happy tears. Half-packed boxes, messy hair, pajamas, in the kitchen, completely unaware of his intentions…It couldn’t have been more perfect.
Bill and I couldn’t be happier. I consider him my best friend and am incredibly thankful for the unique and wonderful relationship we share.”
These two will be getting married in September of 2020. Happy engagement Kate and Bill!
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Jen and Anthony love Evergreen and go there often to enjoy the lake and surrounding mountains. It is where Anthony proposed and where they held their wedding last winter. We enjoyed a beautiful day walking around the park.
Jen shares, “We met at church. Anthony ran into me after service and was persistent about grabbing a bite to eat until I finally agreed. It didn’t take long for us to fall head over boots for each other. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months. Time flew by like we had known each other for ages.
Leading up to the proposal, Anthony had been working a lot and didn’t have much time for us. He had promised me a weekend getaway to Evergreen, our happy place, were it would just be the two of us. The morning came when we were supposed to leave for Evergreen and he broke the news that his best friend was tagging along. I was not happy at all about that fact. We got up to the lake and it was snowing. There was no one else there. We walked to the lake and as I was “posing” for a made up photo shoot I turned around and Anthony was on one knee. I didn’t know how to react so instinct made me want to turn back around. The proposal was perfect.
When it came to planning the wedding there was no discussion on where we would get married. Evergreen had been our special getaway spot while dating and played such a big role in our proposal that it fit perfectly. We got married on the morning of February 24th at Evergreen Red Barn with our closest family and friends.”
To celebrate their recent marriage we also took some photos in their wedding attire.
Congratulations Jen and Anthony!
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Caitlin and Alex love the mountains and Alex actually proposed to Caitlin on top of a mountain! We enjoyed the beautiful snowy mountain scenery for their engagement session.
After college, I moved back home and was living with a mutual friend. Alex, living in Colorado for nearly a decade at that point, was home visiting for Christmas and came to visit our mutual friend.
They say to find true love you need to get out there and meet people. I was lucky enough to have it walk into my own living room.
We hit it off, but figured we lived too far apart to do anything about it. Six months later I asked if I could come visit – he didn’t need to entertain me, I just needed a couch to crash on. His response – “we’re going to have so much fun.” And we did!
He really stacked the deck – a Rockies game, a Red Rocks show, whitewater rafting, and some of the best restaurants in the area. By the time he took me to the airport to fly home, I was in love with more than just Colorado.
Six months later I moved across the country and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Driving home from the session we saw a super moon!
The couple will be getting married in November in Estes Park. Happy engagement Caitlin and Alex!
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Cristina and John had a romantic winter wedding with Christmas touches. The day began in the couple’s apartment in Astoria.
Cristina shares, “Our wedding day truly was THE BEST DAY EVER. I’d describe our wedding style as romantic and elegant, with a hint of glitz. We were surrounded by meaningful people and reminders of those we wish could have been there. From the start of the day, having my family (including our “furbabies”: Chloe and Baby) getting ready with me in our first apartment together was so significant. Chloe and Baby mean the world to us and having them play around the apartment while we all got ready made the morning joyful. I love the holiday season for the togetherness that it brings and having our Christmas tree as my backdrop felt super special. For my accessories, I wore my sister’s wedding earrings and a brand new necklace my Dad gave to my Mom. I also wore my Grandmother’s wedding band on my pinky finger. It felt special to wear jewelry from all of the influential women in my life on my special day.”
The couple shared a first look outside of the Liberty House surrounded by flurries of snow!
The ceremony was warm and cozy inside the Liberty House. John walked down the aisle with Cristina’s mom.
Cristina continues, “The Liberty House is a beautiful location that overlooks lower Manhattan. We both grew up in New York City and having the skyline as our backdrop was an ode to the place that made us who we are today. The inside of our venue has large glass windows that made it feel like we were outside, despite the cold December night. Other personalized additions to our wedding included our “wish you were here” table, honoring the memory of those who had passed and were near and dear to our hearts. We reserved a seat for John’s Mom at our ceremony, as we know she was watching over us. Our signature cocktails are drinks John and I have been enjoying for years together over date nights. Our wedding favors were ornaments to commemorate our wedding day, filled with love and representative of our favorite holiday, Christmas. My favorite moments of the day included seeing John for our “first look.” In the 30-degree weather, my adrenaline kept me warm enough to be able to show John my wedding dress outside, in front of the beautiful skyline. We came out for our first dance in true fashion dancing to EDM music. Our first dance was romantic and magical. It allowed us to enjoy a moment to ourselves, taking in all of the love in the room while our guests watched over us. Dancing with my Dad was also a highlight. We share similar personalities and have always been able to understand each other without saying much. As we danced, I could feel my Dad’s pride for me and I know he felt my appreciation for being the best Dad a daughter could hope for. Seeing John dance with my Mom pulled at everyone’s heartstrings. Celebrating John’s mother’s life during our ceremony honored her existence while John dancing with my Mom represented the new bond they will share as mother and son-in-law. The thing we were most grateful for was having our living Grandparents with us to celebrate. I grew up very close to my maternal Grandparents and having them there to bless our marriage was truly a gift. John’s Grandmother played a huge role in raising him and recently turned 95. One of my favorite memories of our wedding day includes her with us on the dance floor and being the life of the party. John and I enjoyed dancing to our favorite songs no matter where we were or what we were doing in that moment. It made us feel very present and allowed our guests to feel relaxed and comfortable to enjoy the night as they wished. The rest of the night went by so fast. Sitting at our sweetheart table gave us the chance to take it all in and appreciate everyone’s presence on our special day. We danced the night away in between trips to the bar taking shots with friends. Having all of our loved ones under the same roof felt surreal. It was absolutely a day we will never forget.”