When I decided to plan my very first styled shoot, I had THEE perfect, most adorable couple in mind.  So naturally, I sent Samantha a message and demanded that she and Josh make a trip north to visit my beautiful state (west Texas is boring anyway).  She told me that they had been discussing going on a little getaway so the timing was perfect.  Two days later, Josh sent me a message saying “I’m gonna propose!”  What the what??? Hell yeah you are, and I’m gonna make it freaking magical!!!

“I got to propose to my best friend on top of a mountain in the Colorado Rocky Mountains!”  — Josh Gregory | Groom to Be

LET THE PLANNING BEGIN

To begin with, did I mention that my initial vision for this was simple? I was going to find a vintage lace dress, get a bouquet and take some pretty pictures of them at my faaaaavorite spot in Pike National Forest.  It’s the same spot where I had my first date with my hubby eeek, (back to the happy couple),  however, simple went out the window when the pressure came to make this day perfect.

GETTING THE ROYAL TREATMENT

Laura at Blue Bridal Boutique was the first to jump on board and allowed us to use an exclusive gown, because ya know, if you’re gonna get proposed to, you should look your very best!

Taylor Edwards was an easy choice for a makeup artist, I have worked with her before and she’s so easy going, which we definitely put to the test on the day of the shoot!  Incidentally, there was a slight mixup on where the bride would be getting her make up done.  Fast forward one trip up the mountain and then back down the mountain, and a turnaround after we met them in the middle of the road, and Taylor did in fact create a flawless, airbrush bridal look, on the tail gate of my SUV (the included power adapters were part of the reason I bought it, a wedding photographer is always charging batteries for something).

Erin Flint, as a hair stylist created the perfect wavy, fishtail look.  With those choices knocked out I could focus on the decor and the details.

ELOPEMENT DETAILS

This breathtaking view called for an archway to accentuate it, which meant keeping it simple.  It also meant a trip to the lumber yard and some math calculations for that wonderful hubby o’ mine, I consider this to be a family business, and he really loves it when I think of new, fun projects for him on short time lines (he’s rolling his eyes as we speak).

Additionally, Blushing Drops created the perfect back drop which captioned the whole day appropriately, “Best Day Ever!!”  I loved that it let all that gorgeous golden light shine through.

Finally, Plum Sage Flowers created stunning arrangements that included pampas grass and looked like giant feathers (I freaking love feathers) to frame out my beautiful ceremony spot.  Finally, lay down a cow hide rug, because, I mean why not?!  Everything is better with cowhide; just trust me on this one.  We were ready to elope! Eeerrr, propose!

“Well there was a special surprise hidden in the photoshoot that I had no clue about…”  — Samantha Bloom | Bride to Be

THE BIG MOMENT AWAITS

Because I wanted to really build the suspense, we did an actual first look, sometimes, I like to inject the emotion, ha!  Remember, everyone but Samantha knew what was about to happen.

“Daedra did not let me see Samantha until it was time to take the photos of the “elopement”. When I did, I lost it inside. I was speechless, that girl in that dress was the most perfect thing I’d ever seen!” — Josh 

In addition to the royal treatment and the amazing scenery, how freaking cool that both their mommas could be there to share in that moment?!  Even the jewelers at The True Gem were in on it; they had to rush order the ring to have it made time for this whole thing to happen. Before the BIG question we took a few posed shots, and then I gave Josh the cue and what happened next is history. She cried, their moms cried, he trembled and now their engaged!!  We had all placed bets on whether or not she would even believe it was real, but the breathtaking diamond made it pretty hard to disbelieve (I’m not crying, you’re crying!!).

Following all the excitement, I wanted the bride and groom to be able to sit down and enjoy something simple and sweet, and since the color pallet was jewel tones, fruits and cheeses, amid a pile of emerald and sapphire and furry pillows seemed like the perfect little escape.  Surrounded by candles and put it all on top of some cowhide rugs (sensing a theme yet?).

THIS IS WHAT BEING A COLORADO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IS ALL ABOUT

To summarize, the weather was perfect, the view can’t be beat, together with a videographer and five other photographers we got some beautiful photos, but most importantly, these two were engaged! Furthermore, I can not explain how incredibly honored I am to have been able to help create such a magical moment for this adorable couple and their amazing mothers.  This, is what being a wedding photographer is all about.  These moments, and those memories are what I get to preserve for generations to come, and I love every. single. second. of it!

“I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with the him. He is the best man I could have ever dreamed of. I have prayed for him long before I knew who he was. He is my best friend and the love of my life. I cannot wait to become his wife and start our forever together.” — Samantha 

Colorado Wedding Hair Stylist | Erin Flint
Colorado Wedding Makeup Artist | Taylor Edwards
Colorado Wedding Florist | Plum Sage Flowers
Colorado Wedding Dress Shop | Blue Bridal Boutique
Colorado Wedding Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals
Colorado Wedding Videography | Chase Media
Bride’s Accessories | Styled by Markie
Bride’s Ring | Delezhen
Groom’s Ring | Hart Wood Co.
Engagement Ring | The True Gem
Groom’s Attire | Men’s Warehouse
Decor + Design | McPhee & McGinnity
Calligraphy | Blush and Swoon Shop
Backdrop | Blushing Drops