Este Park Snow Engagement Session Ending with a Stunning Sunset
This snowy Estes Park engagement session was the perfect way to celebrate thier lives! An adventure filled proposal started their forever story. This engagement session may have bene postponed due to COVID, but the snowy mountains and champagne celebration were a great way to celebrate! Love the simple and romantic nature of this Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement Session!
Proposal story from Andrea’s perspective:
Jerry and I had a weekend trip planned to Ridgway, Colorado, and started off with an early Saturday morning hike up to the Blue Lakes in the San Juan Mountains. We had both been wanting to do this hike for a long time but I really did not think a proposal was going to happen that weekend because Jerry was acting totally normal! I figured I would have been able to tell by Jerry being nervous or antsy.
We hiked up to the last lake on the trail and sat down at the base of Mt. Sneffels where we were alone to eat a snack. It was such a beautiful morning being surrounded by the mountains, summer wildflowers, and the high-alpine lakes. I got up to go look at the lake behind where we were sitting and when I turned around to go back and sit with Jerry, he was down on one knee!
It caught me so off guard!
I remember he had this adorable speech but I couldn’t remember anything he said because I was so in shock. It was a very surreal moment! After he proposed, he goes to his backpack and had hiked up 2 small bottles of champagne and orange juice. We sat by the lake and celebrated together.
I just sat there so happy and in disbelief that the ring on my finger was actually mine, and that we were really engaged and going to get to spend our lives together!! We finished the hike and called our families at the bottom. After that day, we spent the rest of the long weekend enjoying our time together hiking, going to hot springs, and celebrating:)
And the proposal from Jerry’s perspective:
When Andrea and I were long-distance datings (she in Colorado, me in Indiana). She planned a trip to Telluride in SW Colorado for my first visit to the state. We had an amazing weekend together that eventually turned into more trips back and forth before I finally moved. When I started planning the proposal three years after the first Colorado visit. I couldn’t think of a better place to go that was as meaningful to our relationship together.
Andrea helped plan the trip back to the Telluride/Ridgway area which made it hard for me to keep the secret! Once I bought the ring, I locked it on my desk at work. Because I was so nervous that I would ruin the plan. For the proposal itself, I had planned this long, too long, proposal that I would say to Andrea at the top of a hike we had been planning to do. On the day of, I went over the proposal at least 100 times in my mind on the hike up this gorgeous mountain.
Once we made it to the top of the trail near a blue mountain lake I couldn’t take waiting anymore!
When Andrea had stood up to take some pictures of the lake. I grabbed the ring as quickly as I could from my hiking pack. Walked up behind her, and bent down on one knee. At this point, the entire planned proposal was completely gone from my mind. I simply told Andrea how much she meant to me and asked if she would marry me.
I was so nervous and I think she was so surprised, I don’t think I even heard her say yes! After celebrating near the lake with a couple of small bottles of champagne I had hidden in my backpack, we couldn’t wait to get back down the mountain to tell our friends and family. I couldn’t be more thankful to have that memory and to have Andrea as my fiance and bride-to-be.
A note from the photographer of the Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement~
Not only was there a perfect amount of snow on the peaks in the distance. But we capped it all off with the ABSOLUTE best sunset any of us had seen in Colorado so far. It was one that kept getting more dramatic by the second! We first started in Moraine Park, then drove up to Sprague Lake. On our way back out the colors were too good to pass up so we stopped in Moraine again.
It just goes to show why RMNP and Estes Park, in general, is such a gorgeous place for portraits. We also capped off the night by getting some BBQ together (Andrea + Jerry’s tradition every time they come to RMNP) at Smokin’ Daves in Estes Park.