How did you meet?
We met my sophomore year of high school. I was 15 at the time and Michael was 17, just starting his Senior year.
What is your proposal story?
It was the morning of our three-year mark from our very first date. I was surprised by my best friend Emily when she came over to wake me up. She had a letter from Michael which explained an exciting day he had planned. The day started with breakfast with my mom and sisters before Emily and I embarked on the all-day adventure. Michael had planned 8 different stops, each which had significant meaning throughout our relationship. At each location was a family member of mine or his or a close friend who awaited me with a red rose and a letter from Michael about the significance of the location. The very last stop of the day took me to a dock in Kirkland on Lake Washington. The dock was lined with red and white roses and at the end stood Michael in a suit with the sun setting behind him. After saying some beautiful and loving things, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. As soon as I said YES! I turned around to see all of our family and friends waiting along the shore to watch the big moment. It was a perfect day!
Tell us about the ring/band. Please be as descriptive as possible.
My engagement ring is from the Shane Co.
It is a cushion halo (0.75carat) with a round center stone (1.3 carat)
Tell us about your engagement shoot outfits and accessories.
I got both of my dresses from Lulus.com (highly recommend!)
My gold bar necklace is from Stella & Dot
For shoes I wore cowgirl boots from Beth’s West in Snohomish
Michael’s Blue/Jean shirt is from Carhartt Paired with dark Grey Levi’s
Why a Mountain Wedding?
Michael and I both love going to the mountains. Any chance he has, Michael wants to go spend the day exploring up in the mountains. We love the adventure, beauty, and wonder that they hold.
What are three things you're glad you did?
We are so glad that we did it in snowy mountains because it is so unique and not many people go for snowy engagement photos. We had seen mountain sessions that Rachel had done before and we fell in love with her talent and the idea to capture our photos in that element. I am also so glad that we had 2 outfit changes.It have so much more variety to our photos and have slightly different feels to each outfit.
What are 3 things you wished you hadn't done or hadn't worried about?
3 things I wish I hadn’t worried about is hair, exact location, and the cold. Hair because no matter how much hairspray you use it will change throughout the session and it is not the center point of the photos location because Rachel is so talented that it wouldn’t matter where we were, the photos would look incredible. Lastly, the cold because I was worried the photos would show all of my goosebumps or red hands which were completely unnoticeable.
How did you find your vendors?
Michael found almost all of our vendors through google research and speaking with friends. We contacted Rachel because she was his older brothers wedding photographer about 2 years ago and we were so impressed with her talent and she is such a wonderful soul.
What's your biggest piece of advice for other couples planning a mountain wedding?
My biggest piece of advice would be to go with the flow. The weather may change, malfunctions could happen, but it is all miniscual in comparison to the big day!