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A Romantic Double Surprise Colorado Proposal in Vail


Vinson reached out to me in early January, as he and his partner Joshua were planning a trip to Vail to celebrate their anniversary. Vinson shared that Joshua loves the snow and has always dreamed of a snowy engagement, so this trip was the perfect opportunity for a surprise Colorado proposal. When we chatted to plan the special moment, I learned they wanted an intimate setting with a stunning mountain backdrop. Right away, I knew the perfect plan to make their engagement dreams come true.

The Colorado Proposal Story Continues

We ended up having Vinson and Josh take the Vail gondola up the mountain, with Vinson’s plan being to propose at the summit with the stunning Mount of the Holy Cross as the backdrop. To avoid raising Joshua’s suspicions, Vinson told him they had a lunch reservation at the top to celebrate their anniversary.

Little did Vinson or I know, this plan actually made Josh a bit suspicious that a proposal might be in the works. So unbeknownst to Vinson, Josua started making his own plans to get down on one knee! It was shaping up to be a wonderfully romantic and unexpected moment.

Fast forward to the big moment – I was hiding at the top of Vail Mountain, eagerly waiting for Vinson and Joshua to make their way to our secret spot. After some time, the two lovebirds arrived and soaked in the breathtaking views, snapping a few selfies along the way.

Finally, Vinson dropped to one knee, ready to pop the question. But just as they embraced in celebration, Josh surprised everyone by getting down on one knee himself, ring in hand, to propose to Vinson. It was an incredibly romantic and unexpected twist – Vinson had planned this special mountaintop proposal, only for Josua to turn the tables and propose right back to him in that magical moment.

When I tell you, I was absolutely floored – I couldn’t believe this charming engagement that Vinson and I had planned for the past month had turned into an unexpected double proposal.

Celebrating the Engagement

After Vinson and Joshua took in that incredible, unexpected double proposal moment, we popped a bottle of champagne to toast the happy couple. We captured more beautiful photos of them at the summit, taking in the stunning mountain views. Then, we ventured down to the mountain base, where we got some gorgeous engagement photos alongside the snowy creek and charming Vail shopping village. It was such an adorable, magical day – the perfect setting for these two lovebirds to start the next chapter of their lives together.

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Hello! I feel beyond honored that you've made your way here! In order to give you the best representation of who you'll be spending your wedding day (one of the best days you'll live) with, here's a brief run down!

First and foremost, I'm a mountain gal through and through. I was born and raised in Vail, Colorado and unless it's another mountain town, my husband and I will always call this home. It's the tightly knit community, the fresh air (but really, it hits different here), the scenery and most importantly for us, the recreation + lifestyle. This is something that will always come through in my work, and what I believe sets me just a little bit apart - I am, and will forever be, inspired by the poetry of love in landscapes. 

I have a deep desire to be on the move, to see everything before I don't have the opportunity to, and are therefore happiest when traveling and exploring new places (which I feel so lucky is a part of my work!) 


Spending quality time hiking/biking/skiing/camping with my husband and our two border collies, clocking in some R&R at home or catching up with a friend over a glass of wine/craft beer are things that always sit at the top of the priority list.

If you're in to it- I'm a Libra, A Manifesting Generator (6-2) and an Enneagram 7 Wing 6/8. In short, I'm a people person, an optimist, and for lack of better terms- like to get shit done and make things happen. I'm a feeler, with a strong sense of empathy and sense of what people are experiencing, both when it comes to myself and others. I'm a bit of a goof, a tiny little thing packed with some sass, and ultimately just want to live a fun and adventurous life that's packed with new experiences and people. 

..I guess that's why I do what I do. I feel so grateful to be on this journey of having my own business where I have freedom to curate the life I want to live, where I get to connect with truly so many amazing humans, travel to some really beautiful places, and document that as a whole, as creatively and beautifully as I can for you.

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