Kaytee and Garrett

Kaytee's Proposal in Big Bend National Park - Texas

How We Met

After a few years of close misses (our younger brothers played on the same youth baseball team, and we even attended a few of the same family parties), we finally met in summer 2008 at a mutual friend’s house. Our relationship began as a friendship (Garrett was actually dating someone else at the time!). Many months down the road, we began flirting during the summer of 2009. Then, Garrett made it official one Saturday night at the movies.

how they asked

In May of 2016 after college graduation, Garrett planned a cross-country road trip from our hometown of Jacksonville, Florida to West Texas. We stopped in New Orleans, Biloxi, Austin, San Antonio and finally Big Bend National Park. We absolutely fell in love with Big Bend and Austin, promising each other we’d make it back to Texas one day. Fast forward almost two years, we made the leap to move to Austin during the summer of 2018. After getting settled, falling more in love with the city and making some amazing friends, we planned a weekend camping trip to Big Bend with another couple, Carly and Zach.

Where to Propose in Big Bend National Park - Texas

We arrived in Terlingua, Texas on Friday, April 13, set up camp and headed out to hike the Hot Springs Trail along the Rio Grande. After three miles, Zach mentioned taking a photo with a beautiful background. After a few snaps, Carly said “Do something silly!” I prepared to jump in the air, while Garrett got down on one knee. He popped the most amazing question in the place where we began our greatest adventure to date.

Special Thanks

Carly Bachman
 | Photographer, Videographer, Planner, Support, Secret Keeper
Zach Reinke
 | Photographer, Videographer, Planner, Support, Secret Keeper