How We Met
Andy and I first met over 12 years ago when we were in high school together. He was a grade above me, and was a cute three-sport athlete who was kind and sweet. He dated one of my friends for a few years, but we maybe said five sentences to each other during that time. If you had told me back then that he was my future husband, I would have said you were crazy! I was a choir nerd often found with my nose in a book or hanging out with friends, our friend groups didn’t really interact.
Fast forward to about a year and a half ago when we were both trying out the online dating scene. Andy’s picture came up in my feed, and I took a look at his profile. Part of his description quoted the song “Fishing in the Dark”, and he was even cuter than he was in high school. I swiped right and we connected shortly after. For our first date, we headed to a local craft beer hangout to get to know one another. We strolled down to another bar where we danced the night away. I specifically remember him belting out the Backstreet Boys song that was playing! We both could tell right away that this was going to be something special.
how they asked
We were on a road trip out west for two weeks. At this time, we had been dating for about a year and a half. We had known after about three weeks that this was the relationship that we both had been looking for, and even went to look at rings after three months of dating. I had a feeling that he was going to propose on this trip, but I didn’t know when. We were visiting all these gorgeous places along the way, and yet…no proposal. On our last night in the mountains, we met up with two of my friends in Grand Teton National Park. I had photographed their wedding the year before, and they came on board during this trip for a couple’s session in the mountains. I didn’t think Andy would propose during this session because he doesn’t enjoy a lot of attention, and I didn’t think he would feel comfortable proposing in front of people he didn’t know. While I was photographing my friends, the most gorgeous sunset was developing behind the mountain peaks. My friend asked if Andy and I wanted a photo together because it was “too beautiful not to”. When I put my arm around Andy, he was shaking like a leaf–I immediately knew what was happening! He whispered in my ear that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, so he had something to ask me. Of course I said yes! Turns out, he had reached out to my friends weeks before and asked them if they would be a part of his little plan. He knew how important it was to me to have this amazing moment photographed, and boy, did he deliver. Our friends came prepared with mini bottles of champagne for us to celebrate, and we enjoyed a delicious meal together afterwards. It was absolutely perfect.