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Our Engagement Story: Megan & Mack

Wild Basin Couple Engagement Photo

But I love your feet 
only because they walked 
upon the earth and upon 
the wind and upon the waters, 
until they found me. 

~ Pablo Neruda

I had been travelling for work the week prior to Mack popping the question, and had not seen him in person for a few days. I was flying directly to our friend’s wedding, and Mack was meeting me there. I had been teasing these friends of ours because they were getting married on “my wedding day” — October 17th (the day that 12 year old me had decided was the best possible day to get married, because with my birthday falling in July, an October anniversary would perfectly space out all of the gifts – obviously – and 17 was my favorite number). Little did I know, but on this October 17th, 2015, Mack had a surprise in store for me.

 

The day of the wedding, Mack had been acting romantic all day– slow dancing with me in the living room of our rented airbnb house, reciting poems about love, telling me I looked beautiful. I even remarked to a friend of ours that I thought the wedding mindset had gotten to him a little. We went to the wedding, had a grand time, danced the night away, and around 11pm, Mack said that he wanted to head back to the house, so we left. He was racing the clock to propose before midnight. 🙂

 

We reached the house, and the other couple we were sharing the house with went upstairs to change so that we could all take a soak in the hot tub. I turned to go change, when Mack grabbed my hand, and quietly pulled me into the living room. There, he recited “Your Feet”. by Pablo Neruda (a poem that had special significance– look for it on our wedding day! It won’t be hard to find), and again I thought how oddly romantic he was being. Then he dropped down on one knee, pulled out the gorgeous ring, and said “Will you?”

 

With my utter surprise and shock, it took me a moment to say “Yes, of course!”, but I did. There is an indeterminate amount of time that I have no recollection of, but Mack tells me it was full of joy, laughter, and happy tears. Our friends came downstairs, learned of the proposal (Mack had kept it a secret from everyone), and we opened champagne and celebrated into the early hours of the morning.

Wild Basin Couple Engagement Photo

Even though we won’t be getting married on October 17th, at least I can always say I got engaged then!

Our anniversary will be October 21, 2017.

I couldn’t be more excited to start this portion of our journey together.

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

Our Engagement Story - Alex & Holly

How He Asked

Alex and Holly frequently visit a large local park.  This park has a fenced dog park and endless views of pine trees. It just also happens to be beautifully set directly in front of the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains, a beautiful pond stocked with fish and to top it off; a gazebo and fountain. Alex and Holly go to this park almost every weekend in the summer with their two dogs, Snickers and Maggie. Alex came up with the idea to propose at the park. The was to drop on one knee in the middle of the gazebo, using the fountain and mountain background setting, which would be perfect for pictures. Alex thought he had it all figured out and since they were at the park so often, Holly wouldn’t expect proposal….

The Big Day

The big day rolled around, but before leaving Alex had to find a way to stealthily hide the ring in a pants pocket. Alex, Holly, and the dogs went about their normal routine as they entered the park. They took a lap around the dog park; so the dogs could play off-leash. Then they all explored the pond. This is where they both hoped Maggie would learn how to swim. As they got to the pond, they took Maggie off-leash and allowed her to jump around in the water. Meanwhile, some other folks and their golden retriever were also at the pond and playing fetch with a ball.  Maggie saw the ball and quickly became enamored. It was now her life’s goal to retrieve that ball. Alex and Holly expected Maggie, who is half-retriever,  to become an above average or even strong swimmer like most retrievers are. Little did they know Maggie about to almost spoil the big moment for Alex….

Oh no, Maggie

Just then the random dog owners threw the ball for their pup into the pond. Maggie tore into the water with reckless abandonment in an attempt to retrieve it. There were two problems with this. Maggie had never so gone deep. She always stayed where her feet could touch the bottom. She also rarely retrieves anything unless it’s food. As soon as Maggie got into “the deep end”, she quickly scrambled on top of a large rock in the pond. She sat, looking terrified and unsure what to do. Then, she fell in. It was a head first plunge into the water, as her back legs and butt stayed on the rock. Alex and Holly were literally watching their puppy drown. At that moment, Alex began to empty his pockets, including the ring, in an attempt to save the hapless canine. Luckily for everyone, Maggie fell completely in and got her head and frightened eyes above water. She was able to make her way back to the safety of land. The proposal was nearly ruined by a retriever mix that is awful at retrieving and even worse at swimming.

Wait For It…

As Alex and Holly walked their wet and terrified puppy, Alex observed the Gazebo was full of random people doing random things. Not wanting this family of randoms to ruin the moment, Alex found a secluded park bench where he convinced Holly she should sit with the dog for a picture. As Holly posed with her pup, Alex dropped to one knee and presented the ring. Holly was (not so) surprised and immediately said yes!

They loaded up the dogs and headed to their favorite local brewery, where Alex had a group of friends ready to surprise Holly. Holly was convinced their friends just happened to be out at the brewery, but as more showed up, she realized it was all part of the plan. It was a great ending to a perfect morning, one which was almost spoiled by a 50-pound Labradoodle-mix.