Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rocky Mountain Engagement Pictures

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

We had Erika take our engagement pics with her camera up in Rocky Mountain National Park. We started at Trail Ridge Road where we only got a couple pics because it was sprinkling and super windy and cold. But this one is one of my favorites from the day.

On the way down from Trail Ridge Road we stopped at this overlook called Rainbow Curve and because of the rain there was this amazing rainbow!

Then we headed to Bear Lake. This bench is where Dave proposed. I love this one.

 Sprague Lake

in the meadow it really started coming down. Luckily I had an umbrella until it let up. 
Mountain weather is crazy!

 love the elk in the background of these

future Mr. and Mrs. Stanford :)
 ended pics with a little face scramble haha. Nailed it.
The end.

Our Engagement Story

The weekend of June 6th Dave and I were in Estes Park with the rest of his family for his cousin Anne's wedding. The wedding was at the Stanley Hotel and we stayed there the night of the wedding.

June 7th, 2015
We woke up and went to breakfast with Dave's mom at the hotel restaurant. Slowest service literally ever. But thankfully the food was delicious when we finally did eat. After breakfast we checked out, said goodbye to his family and went into Rocky Mountain National Park. We have been planning for months to have Erika take some pics of us in the park with her nice camera so I brought it to scope out places we wanted to come back to for pics the next weekend and since we were so tired from the wedding and partying the night before we weren't up for serious hiking.

We drove up to Bear Lake which is a lake we always visit in the park. It's just a short walk to the lake and its so pretty there. We started walking around the trail that loops around the lake and stopped when this couple left a bench and we took a seat and just sat and admired the view and talked about random stuff for a while. Then Dave asks "Do you want to marry me?" This is a question we always ask each other so it wasn't unusual for him to say this. While I gave him my answer which was "I'm gonna marry the shit out of you." He gets off the bench down on one knee and asks "Will you marry me?" My first thought was this isn't happening he's kidding then he pulls out a ring and I said "SHUT UP!" He says "I love you so much" And I said "yes!" and immediately started crying in disbelief and just pure happiness. He puts the ring on my finger and I just stare at it in disbelief that it's mine and it is the prettiest ring I have ever seen and I'm engaged to my best friend and love of my life.

I will never forget that moment when he got down on his knee and the look on his face. It was so perfect. I've known he was "the one" since about 2 weeks after our 1st date so waiting to make it official hasn't been easy but I am so happy it finally is!

After the proposal a man came over saying he overheard and heard my crying (haha) and asked if we wanted a picture so I gave him the camera (thank God I brought it!) and he took a couple pics for us.

Then we just stood there hugging and kissing and telling each other how much we love each other and being super mushy and it was perfect. That time with just us felt like we were the only 2 people  in the world and as corny as that sounds it is true and time that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. Staring at the man I love and the beautiful ring he just gave me and him telling me how good it looks on my finger. PERFECT. I can't stop using that word because it's the only word to describe it :)

Looking back on it I can't believe how shocked I was. He showed no signs of being nervous or anything. I had absolutely no idea we would be getting engaged that day and I love that it was a complete surprise. I can't wait to call him my husband. I am the luckiest girl in the world.

My gorgeous ring with the gorgeous view where he proposed :)