A Surprise Proposal in the Rocky Mountains

We LOVE it when the men think ahead and have a photographer standing by to capture the moment he proposes.  Hint, hint!

From the photographer, Dreamtime Images:
Aaron contacted me about a month before he proposed to his to-be-fiance and wanted me to document his proposal. He had seen another proposal I’d photographed in the Maroon Bells in Aspen and wanted to pop the question in front of snowcapped mountains. He and Erica flew out to Colorado — they love the mountains — and came to Estes Park to tromp around the town and visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Aaron and I decided to meet at a popular lakeside trailhead. From there, we outlined were I’d be shooting from, and exactly where he should pop the question. I had drawn a line in the sand where he was to stop and drop down on his knee, and then my wife and I ran off and hid in a creek bed, pretending to shoot birds. The funny thing was, we were the only two other people there and were in plain sight, but there was no other way to swing it. From experience, I guessed Erica would be so absorbed in the moment that we would remain unnoticed. A few minutes later, Aaron and Erica strolled along the path, stopped to take in the views of Longs Peak, and Aaron proposed, Erica said yes! Erica had NO idea we were going to be there, had no idea Aaron was going to propose, and never saw us with our huge camera.

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From a Venice Proposal to a Colorado Wedding

Ali & Austin | May 8th

From the bride: I have watched proposal videos for so long, Austin always complained that I have seen everything that could have possibly been done. Well, I went with my family on vacation in Europe. On our fourth day, we arrived in Venice, Italy. Our first stop on the streets of Venice were at San Marco Plaza, one the most iconic places in Venice. Out of the huge crowd of people, my mom suddenly pointed to a handsome man with a suite case on the other side of the plaza. I thought, “Oh my gosh, is that Austin?!” After a double take, I took off running through the crowd to see my boyfriend who I wasn’t expecting to see for 10 more weeks.  All of sudden, he was on one knee asking me to marry him. It was too many surprises for my heart to handle and I still get emotional thinking about it to this moment. Needless to say, he topped all of the combined videos I have ever watched on proposals.

Fast forward one year….

We chose a color palette of Tiffany, anthracite grey and white.

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The weather wasn’t perfect, but it turned out great for pictures.


I definitely cried the most walking down the aisle with my dad! MY favorite memory was reading our personal vows to each other.

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My favorite detail was the Tiffany box cake centerpieces!

My Advice: Make sure you have all the parties (bridal, bachelorette, engagement, etc.), they are SO fun!  Don’t stress about the planning. Take in the little moments, like picking out invites, tasting cake, and trying dresses on with your mom… you never really do any of that again!


Photographer: Melissa Yocum Photography  //  Venue: Sanctuary   // Floral Design: Garden Path  //  Cake: Gateaux Pastries  //  DJ: Quality Mobile Sound  //  Invitations: Papyrus  //  Wedding Gown: Mariel Boutique //  Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Men’s Wear: Combatant Gentlemen

A Rocky Mountain Proposal

From the Photographer, Brianne of Captivated Photography
Corbyn collaborated every detail with Captivated Photography to carry out this incredibly special proposal to Caroline. From scoping out the location in the foothills of Boulder days before the proposal, to picking out the bush in which we would hide behind, to where he would lay their picnic blanket, Corbyn had every thoughtful detail planned to a tee for this most perfect proposal to the love of his life, Caroline. The proposal was pulled off without a hitch, and watching the surprise and love in Caroline’s eyes as Corbyn made a promise to love her forever was absolutely incredible. It was an incredibly sweet, special, and intimate moment spent between these two, and the start to their brand new life together. We could not have been more excited to have had the chance to capture this big moment, and we look forward to their Winter wedding this December!

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Engagement: Surprise Proposal

We LOVE it when the men think ahead and have a photographer standing by to capture the moment he proposes.  Hint, hint!   This wonderful proposal was captured by Joshua & Co. Photography.

From the photographer, Josh:
A few weeks ago we received a call from Florida. Jason was inquiring how we could help him plan a surprise marriage proposal while he and his girlfriend, Stormi, visited Colorado. Jason wanted a mountain backdrop with a lake, so we suggested Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. We decided that we would pose as tourists photographing the mountains.

On the day of the shoot, Jason sent a text saying he was early. I suppose he was nervous, excited and didn’t want to be late. So we raced up to Estes Park, got to the lake and started gathering gear. The plan was for us to be there 30 minutes before, stake out a spot, leave her favorite yellow roses then meet them in the parking lot, where Jason would inconspicuously follow us. 

Remember Jason was early?  As we were closing the door to the truck, he was parking. So we began running through tourists until we found “the” spot. As Jason approached on the trail, we gave him the nod to proceed.  Jason wasted no time. He handed Stormi the roses, dropped to one knee and popped the question. I don’t know why, but in my mind this would take longer. Instead it took ten seconds. I didn’t even hear her say yes, but apparently she did because they joyfully hugged.

It was perfect. And now, they love Colorado so much they’re talking about having their wedding here!

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