Casey and Shakari have spent time together in Colorado and California. When they asked me to come to Los Angeles for their engagement session I couldn’t wait! We met at the historic Griffith Observatory.
The couple chose to do their engagement shoot at the famous Griffith Observatory on Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. Casey shares, “Observatories show us the vastness of the universe and remind us how small we are, and how much is out there. In all the dimensions, in all the galaxies, in all the solar systems, in all the countries, in all the cities, we found each other. And in each other, we found someone that makes us laugh, that wants to help the other grow, can overcome issues together, and experience everything life has to offer together. Observatories remind us that everything in the universe is random and chaotic, and through a line of random events, we found each other, and we want to face all the chaos of the universe together.”
Casey and Shakari met in college at CU Boulder during a T-Shirt Tye Dying event. She shares, “I went because I love to meet new people and craft. Shakari went because his job required him to be there. I fell in love with Shakari’s megawatt smile, and we hit it off. We began dating soon after.
Five months later, we decided to celebrate our first major holiday together: New Year’s Eve. The night proved to be a complete disaster. At the time, Shakari was working for an apartment complex for upperclassmen students, and he was on call for emergencies that night. Instead of ringing in the new year with dinner and a movie as planned, he had to run around cleaning up after a building fire caused by a student trying to cook dinner (and who fled the scene). I helped him get displaced students emergency housing while trudging through the snow, and then we went back to the apartment to clean up. When he got back to his apartment at 2AM, I surprised him with dinner and a movie ready to play on TV.
We later moved to Los Angeles to work on our master’s degrees, then back to Colorado just in time for the pandemic. We got engaged on New Year’s Eve of 2020, as we considered it “our holiday” after the first disastrous one we spent together.
We moved back to LA in 2021 to pursue our careers and create new adventures together.”
The couple is getting married on New Year’s Eve in Colorado.
Happy engagement Casey and Shakari!