Our Engagement Story: Ashley & Kara

Kara and Ashley have TWO engagement stories!

They each proposed to the other on separate occasions.

Ashley proposed to Kara first, at Cheeseman Park in Denver – a favorite summer time hang spot of theirs. Ashley told Kara that they were attending a fancy dinner at a friend’s house that night (to encourage cute outfit choices). On the way to “dinner”, they had to “pick up a friend at the park to give her a ride to the dinner.”  Upon arrival the park, Ashley walked with Kara up to the famous, beautiful pillars at the park. While walking up, Kara assured Ashley that they were certainly going to be mugged at the dark park. Ashley had to point out the flower pedals, candles and the lovely song by one of our favorite artist playing in the background. Kara immediately was brought to tears and simultaneously realized we were in fact NOT going to be mugged but were going to get engaged.

Ashley dropped to one knee, rambled some sweet words, and asked Kara to be her wife.

Through tears and the biggest smile, Kara said yes! Ashley had friends hiding (who helped with the decorations and music) take photos to capture the moment!

One month later, Kara had a trick up her sleeve to ask Ashley to be her wife. Kara had actually planned this far before Ashley even proposed.

For some background, Ashley is pretty sure she is or has once been or will eventually be a mermaid. No joke.

Kara coordinated with two best friends who told Ashley we were going to the Denver Aquarium to watch the mermaid show for said friend’s birthday. Ashley was 0% suspicious because it seemed like something this friend would 100% want to do for her 32nd birthday. Along with about 34 toddlers, Kara, Ashley and our two friends watched the mermaid show (which is really cute, and about recycling and keeping the oceans clean… you should all go see it).
At the end of the show, a scuba diver swam down with a special sign saying, “Ash, will you marry me too?” As the mermaids danced in the background. Ashley was shocked, and her only response was, “Is that for me?! Meeeee?!!”

Kara dropped to one knee, asked Ashley to marry her, and placed a gorgeous ring on Ashley’s finger. The aquarium staff was so excited about this surprise that the professional aquarium photography staff captured the moment!

“We are lucky to have had two amazing, beautiful, fun engagement stories!

We live to share these moments with anyone who will listen!!” ~Ashley & Kara

Perfect Wedding Songs

Choosing the perfect Wedding Songs for your special day can be tough and stressful. We are here to help pick the best songs for your special day.

Below is a list of the top 10 must-have songs to make your wedding night the most memorable.



  1. Marry you – Bruno Mars

Although this might seem to be the most cliché song on the list, it truly does commemorate your significant day. Marry you brings not only life and rhythm to the dance floor, but it brings a heartwarming feeling to the bride and groom.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you. Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice? Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you.”



  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Who else to bring to your wedding other than the famous and lovable King himself? This song gives the bride and groom to hold each other in their arms and realize that they can’t help falling in love with each other.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you.”



  1. Love On Top – Beyoncé

Love on top has an upbeat rhythm to it that will keep the party going all night.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Every time you touch me I just melt away.” “You’re the one I love, You’re the one I need. You’re the only one I see.”



  1. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Lyrics you’ll love: “There’s no need to complicate, our time is short. This is our fate, I’m yours.”



  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is a man of love, so what better song to have playing during your special night? This song will touch the hearts of the guests when they look at the bride and groom as they hold each other close and dance as a married couple.

Lyrics you’ll love: “And darling I will be loving you ‘til we’re 70. And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23.”



  1. Adore you – Miley Cyrus

This song will show that the bride and groom were truly meant to be together “in holy matrimony.”

Lyrics you’ll love: “When you say you love me, Know I love you more. And when you say you need me, Know I need you more.”



  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

This slow dance gives the bride and groom a chance to slow dance with each other.

Lyrics you’ll love: “I have died everyday waiting for you. Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.”



  1. Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend

This song is very loving and sentimental, especially for a newlywed couple. It’s a perfect combination of pop and soul by these two amazing and inspiring artists.

Lyrics you’ll love: “So I’m gonna love you, like I’m gonna lose you. I’m gonna hold you, like I’m saying goodbye.”



  1. Sugar – Maroon 5

Lyrics you’ll love: “I need your loving, loving, I need it now. When I’m without you, I’m something weak.”



  1. Love on The Brain – Rihanna

Lyrics you’ll love: “No matter what I do, I’m no good without you.” “Don’t you stop loving me (loving me), Don’t quit loving me (loving me), Just start loving me (loving me).”



  1. Halo – Beyoncé

Lyrics you’ll love: “Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can feel your halo. You know you’re my saving grace.”



  1. I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Bring back the old times and through this song, the bride and groom will remember and cherish the memories they have already had together.

Lyrics you’ll love: “Don’t want to close my eyes. I don’t want to fall asleep, ‘cause I’d miss you baby, and I don’t want to miss a thing.”



  1. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

This song is another lovely country song with a message that will completely symbolize the bride and groom’s need for each other.

Lyrics you’ll love: “You’re more than a lover. There could never be another to make me feel the way you do.” “I don’t know where I’d be without you here with me. Life with you makes perfect sense.”



  1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Lyrics you’ll love: “Our hearts a-thumping. And you, my brown-eyed girl. You, my brown eyed girl.”



  1. Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

Lyrics you’ll love: “That you make me smile, please, stay for a while now. Just take your time wherever you go.” “You give me feelings that I adore.”



  1. Clumsy – Fergie

Lyrics you’ll love: “Can’t breathe, when you touch my sleeve. Butterflies so crazy.” “Clumsy ‘cause I’m fallin’ in love (in love), So in love with you.”



  1. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Lyrics you’ll love: “Well I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough. I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up.”



  1. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Lyrics you’ll love: “No, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do, to make you feel my love.” “I could make you happy. Make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn’t do. Go to the ends of the Earth for you, to make you feel my love.”



  1. Baby I Love you – The Ramones

Lyrics you’ll love: “I can’t live without you, I love everything about you.” “Oh, I’m so glad I found you, I want my arms around you. I love to hear you call my name.”



  1. Remedy – Adele

This song is just another one of Adele’s irresistible love ballads.

Lyrics you’ll love: “No river is too wide or too deep for me to swim to you.” “Your love, it is my truth. And I will always love you, love you

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Our Engagement Story: Rachel & Barnett

Rachel… Did you step in front of Barnett, on purpose?

It all started on a cool fall afternoon in Richmond,

A at a friendly Capital One intramural flag football game. Barnett was preoccupied with the game and Rachel became the unfortunate casualty of his over-exuberant play. Rachel was attempting to block Barnett from getting to the quarterback when she stepped in front of him. He didn’t anticipate her move and knocked her straight to the ground. Some say she stepped in front of him on purpose. Trying to be the gentlemen, Barnett helped Rachel to her feet and apologized.A few weeks later, they met again at a party hosted by a mutual friend. After chatting all night, they really got to know each other and began dating. When Barnett moved to New York City, Rachel followed shortly after and that’s when their adventures together truly began.

The Proposal

After dating for five and half years, Barnett proposed on Friday May 13, 2016.

When Rachel came home from the gym, it felt like a normal day. Barnett was home earlier than usual, but she didn’t think anything of it since it was a Friday. After getting changed Rachel started putting together Bahn Mi sandwiches for dinner. She cooked the pork while working at home and it was sitting on the stove. They talked in the kitchen while Rachel put together the sandwiches. She asked him to get a cucumber out of the fridge and he seemed to hesitate a moment, she still didn’t think anything of it. Barnett was about to bring the food to the table when she quickly went into the fridge to grab something. Rachel yelled and jumped back in surprise. Barnett turned around and looked at her as if she screeched about a mouse. On the top shelf of the fridge was the engagement ring and a note that said “Will you marry me?” She had guessed Barnett would propose soon but it still took her by surprise. Rachel jumped up and down saying “Yes, Yes, I will.” Forgetting that he had a note in the fridge, Barnett paused and asked “yes to what?” Oh right, the question was on the note. Rachel couldn’t stop smiling and hugging him. The proposal was perfect and the ring was exactly what she wanted.

Photography: Maria Harte Photography