Lauren and Brody

How We Met

Brody and I don’t have any magic, fairytale meeting story. It was Cinco de Mayo and a bunch of girlfriends had come over to my apartment in downtown Salt Lake City. It was a friend’s birthday as well so our plan was to celebrate on my rooftop patio with chips, salsa, and A LOT of margaritas then hit the town for the rest of the night. Well, after the margaritas had kicked in and the rooftop dancing was in full swing, our girls night quickly became one of those ‘invite whoever pops up on your phone’ type of nights. Before I knew it, people were handing me their phones to direct friends on how to get to my rooftop. I was handed a phone and Brody was on the other end. We were having a difficult time communicating how to get him from wherever he was to where my apartment was (thank you margaritas), but eventually, we figured it out. The first time I saw Brody, my heart started pounding. He was one of the most attractive guys I had ever seen. He had this attractive confidence about him that instantly drew me in. We connected immediately and spent the entire night talking. As the night was ending, I asked a mutual friend if he was dating anyone and she said no. He walked me back to my apartment after our group night out, got my information, and the next morning called me and asked me out. A week later, we went on our first date. Our date lasted about 9 hours and we have been inseparable ever since. After our first date, he texted our mutual friend and said: “I’m going to marry this girl.” I can’t wait to marry my best friend.

How They Asked

Back in early December, a photographer friend of mine offered a Christmas special. He would do a mini session for an inexpensive price and I jumped on the opportunity. Brody doesn’t love photos, but I convinced him it was a good idea. We had hundreds of iPhone photos of us, but nothing professionally done. The Utah mountains are absolutely breathtaking this time of year and I knew we could get some beautiful photos.

In the few days leading up to the proposal, he still seemed hesitant about the photos. He didn’t want to do them but said he would be a good sport about it. The night before our photos, I showed Brody the dress I wanted to wear and he said it was beautiful, but he would love to take me shopping to see if I could find anything else I loved more. We were shopping for two hours and he was more invested in my outfits than he had ever been before. I ended up sticking with the same dress and he repeatedly said how beautiful I looked.

The morning of the proposal, he seemed a little on edge. When he is nervous, he talks a lot more than normal. He was such a chatterbox that Sunday! I didn’t think much of it other than he didn’t really want to do pictures. As the morning went on, I started getting ready and he did everything he could to keep himself busy. He watched TV, went and got his truck washed, and I saw him pacing around the apartment trying to stay entertained. Our plan was to leave at noon because the pictures were at 1. After we had left, our photographer texted me confirming we were still on for 2 pm… I told Brody we were an hour early and his nervous chattering started again. We decided to go get brunch at the base of the canyon to kill some time.

Brody is one of those people who is always warm. This Sunday, his hands were cold and clammy and he seemed anxious. Again, I didn’t think much of it. As we were driving up the canyon, I got to be the DJ. The song “Milestone” by Matt Walden started playing. The opening of the song is a short monologue of when you see the girl that you love and all the sudden everything is about her, that’s how you know you’re in love. I looked over at Brody and his eyes were filled with tears. He is not much of a cryer, but when I asked him what’s wrong all he said was “Lauren, I just love you”.

We met up with our photographer, Avery, and walked a little way up a trail. After a few different beautiful, snowy locations, we had some incredible photos. We saw one more spot in some pine trees that we wanted to take photos in front of so we made our way over. Avery told me to put my hands on his face and kiss Brody. As I moved my hands up, I touched his neck and could feel his heartbeat. His heart was about to pound out of his chest in a way I had never felt before. I asked him if he was okay and his eyes started tearing up. He reached into his pocket, dropped to his knee, looked up at me and said, “Lauren, will you marry me?”.

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Immediately, I started sobbing (and I am not a cryer). I dropped to my knees and just held on to him as tight as I could. After many tears, hugs, and kisses, we stood up. Brody put the most incredible ring on my finger that I had ever seen and he proudly designed himself and I said “yes”. The tears kept flowing, the hugs and kisses were ongoing, and Avery kept snapping away.

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It turns out, Brody had the ring in his pocket starting at 10 o clock that morning. He was so nervous and when we were delayed that hour because I messed up the times, he almost dropped to his knee at brunch because he didn’t want to wait any longer. He had figured out Avery’s contact information a few days prior to our photos and called him to let him know this wasn’t just a normal shoot anymore, this was going to be a proposal. He had it all planned out and I had no idea. I am so excited to marry the man of my dreams, my best friend, my fiancé. I can’t wait for the day I get to call him my husband and officially be with him forever.

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Special Thanks

Avery Roney
 | Photographer