It just so happened that I would be in California right before Cassie and John were flying across the country for their NYC wedding. The couple lives in Newport Beach with their sweet pup, Frankie. So we just had to plan an engagement session at the beach!
Cassie and John met in Laguna Beach. At the time, in April of 2021, Cassie was traveling around the West Coast. They started dating that June, and got along so well, that when Cassie was set return to New York, she changed her plans and stayed in California so they could be together. About a year after they met, in April of 2022, they got engaged.
Happy engagement Cassie and John!
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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!
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Taylor and Sandeep were married at the beautiful Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, Colorado.
Taylor shares, “Sandeep and I work in the same office but in different departments. While we knew who each other was, we did not really know much about each other or know each other well. We “met” a little over 4 years ago at a mutual friend’s baby shower of all places. More like a baby party. We hit it off and the rest is history!
We have been through a lot in those 4 years. Sandeep’s mother passed away. My best friend, Lindsay, had brain cancer. COVID happened. My grandmother was ill and made a remarkable recovery. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. We added a bathroom and a kitchen renovation in all of that for fun. Through it all we enjoyed spending time with each other, we traveled well together, and we had a lot of laughs.
This past April, we were finally able to go to India so I could meet his family. He is the baby of eight. He has five sisters and two brothers that all live in India. Both of his parents have passed away.
He proposed at home, the day we were leaving for India, just a few hours before our flight. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Just the two of us in our home. We had a relatively short trip but had a great time. His family was so loving and welcoming. The plan was to have our wedding in India in January 2023 and then a stateside wedding in the Spring or Summer of 2023. However, due to my mom’s cancer treatment, we decided to move things up. Memorial Day weekend, I called Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort and they had an opening for October the 8th and we set the date. Mount Princeton is very special to me and my family. It wasn’t hard to sell Sandeep on it either when we starting visiting the resort a few years ago.”
Taylor continues with some kind words about the vendor team, “Our day was beautiful! Laura McCasland of McArthur Weddings and Events took my abstract ideas and pulled them together into something amazing. I told our florist, Growing Wild, to run wild with her creativity and Madison and her team knocked it out of the park with the florals. Rachael Hoch did a gorgeous job on our hair and makeup. Jessica and Eric, Photography by Jessica Schmitt, did a fantastic job with photography. They both were warm, down to earth and made us feel at ease and comfortable. We can’t wait to see more photos. Our caricature artist, Jake, and magician, Shawn, delighted our guests and they raved about both. We are so thankful for the team of people that helped make our day special and beyond our wildest dreams.”
Right before the reception began, we were able to sneak outside for some gorgeous sunset photos.
I met Caroline and Roy on a beautiful fall day in Evergreen to celebrate their engagement.
Caroline shares, “Roy and I met online, like many people these days, a few weeks before COVID hit and the world shut down. We decided that we were worth the risk and included each other in our bubbles. We went on lots of hikes, started to ski together, and grew closer and closer. Everything felt easy and right. I think we both felt like the universe was on our side, even at a time where it was not easy to think that.
Roy surprised me on June 4, 2022. We went on a hike and afterwards he asked me if I wanted to play Agent Codenames, a card game we like. Little did I know, he had a custom card set made with a secret message on one side. So, I sat down to play the game and when it was time for the next round, he had me flip them over and they read: Caroline, we have made so much happiness and memories together. I am ready to take the next step with you. Will you marry me?” He then got down on one knee and pulled out a yes, no, and a maybe card. I very excitedly took the yes card. It was so thoughtful, unique, and perfect. We are so excited to start the rest of our lives together.”
The couple is getting married next year in Colorado. Happy engagement Caroline and Roy!
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