Falling in love on a mountain. Not many people get to say that. But for Carlyann and Mason, their mutual love for skiing and adventure opened the door for a friendship to become so much more.
Getting to share someone’s love story is probably one of my favorite things. I’ve been a story-teller for as long as I can remember and with each couple that I get to know, I’m gifted with a new opportunity to share their story. Be it through my blog or the photos we take, both serve as a reminder for our couples of a moment in time they’ll never want to forget.
And this story is certainly one of adventure and romance. When Carlyann looks back at the beginning of their story, she can recall 5 years ago when they “sort of” met. Both getting in trouble on the first day of basic training at the Air Force Academy, it wasn’t till years later that they realized they were in the same place at the same time. But getting randomly assigned to the same squadron a couple years later, the two eventually became very good friends.
When you go to school in Colorado, chances are you’ll discover there’s a lot of perks. Not the least of which is our access to the Rocky Mountains. And for Carlyann and Mason, these mountain escapes were the beginnings of their friendship starting to become more. Especially when the trips to Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge only included the two of them.
Now fast-forward to their engagement and lots of time apart after graduating from the academy; Mason had been planning a proposal that was of course derailed due to COVID. But knowing the two would finally get to see each other in the fall, he had lots of time to think through his surprise for her at the local winery.
Finding a nice spot under an oak tree, Mason went inside to get their next round of tastings, but instead came out carrying a bottle. Carlyann was shocked that he was committing to a full bottle. But when Mason shared with her that the people inside told him the next tasting was the best, he decided to buy a full bottle. He then turned around the bottle to show her the label which said “will you marry me”? Thinking it was a joke at first, Carlyann was in shock, but eventually realized what was happening when mason dropped down to one knee.
After getting to know Carlyann, I knew we had to plan something special for their engagement session. Especially since they would be flying into town from Texas for it (pending COVID restrictions). So we crossed our fingers, and started planning their mountain celebration.
Red Rock Canyon is a stunning open space nestled at the base of the Pikes Peak region. With trails weaving through the canyons, and so many opportunities for Carlyann and Mason to laugh and enjoy time together, it really was the perfect location for their engagement photos. I am so thrilled that everything worked out.
I think the hardest part of engagement sessions is the length of time before we get to hang out with our BGP Couples again. Mason and Carlyann, we are so excited for your wedding this fall at Cielo at Castle Pines. It’s going to be such a beautiful celebration. We hope you enjoy this special season and can’t wait to see you again!
Are you looking for a romantic engagement session to tell your love story, capture your proposal or even use to tell friends to “Save the Date”? We would love to help! And did you know our engagement sessions are complimentary with all our Wedding Collection Bookings!
Want to see more engagements? Check out our engagement session from another Air Force Academy couple, Annika and John at Prospect Ponds and Old Town Fort Collins.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s connect and start planning your engagement or wedding!