Jared proposed marriage to Jenn during their trip to Yellowstone National Park right after Independence Day. It was a warm and sunny afternoon in our nation’s first National Park… and it was GRAND! I got into the park a little early anticipating slow traffic, but the weekend flood of visitors had subsided a bit. So, I took the extra 30 minutes to roam around and do some location research for future proposals and elopements. So glad I did! I found this magic little river off one of the main roads. Driving slowly along a small road I saw the twinkle of a stream through a wall of thick green trees and bushes. Parking hastily, I walked and ducked down through the small opening, ‘a beyul perhaps’ into a heaven realm right here on earth! So after the big surprise I told them of my discovery and they were ALL IN to go there for some images at the end of our shoot. It was a glorious day in my backyard studio… smiles. Enjoy the view!
Yellowstone National Park
Dylan contacted me about his plan to visit Yellowstone National Park with his girlfriend Mali to tour our national treasure and to plan the magic moment… to propose marriage. He and I worked on the logistics and timing to include several scenic locations after the initial surprise proposal. We exchanged pictures so I could recognize the couple when they showed up at the overlook of the falls on the exact time and date.
It was a glorious morning! When I hiked down to the overlook the sun was beginning to fill the canyon which refracted rainbow rays in the spray from the massive falls. PERFECT! I had the place to myself for awhile until a small group of people began to arrive to view the falls. Soon I saw Dylan and Mali coming down the long wooden stairs toward the platform. They chatted and milled around while waiting for the opportunity to move up to the railing. I could see that other’s present were sensing what was about to happen! I’ll let my images tell the rest of the story!
Congratulations to Mali and Dylan! It was my pleasure to witness and capture this momentous time for you.
2020 is off to good start! Flying in the face of the threat of viral mayhem, this couple flew in from Texas to visit Montana, ski Big Sky and visit our nations first National Park. Unbeknownst to Jessica, Ben had much more in mind for their trip to Yellowstone Park. He contacted me about three weeks earlier to lay out the plan to propose and have it all photographed. This time of year visitors to the Park are few and far between, so it made it a little more difficult to pull it off without giving the secret away. In winter the majority of the visitors are fairly serious photographers hoping to photograph the wolves in the Lamar Valley, so I dressed the part! I got to the agreed upon location and post holed into the most scenic snowscape.
( I should have thought about my snow shoes!)
As they arrived and made their way across the snowy field, I photographed some of the scenic vistas and kept my eye on their progress to the place we had planned. It seemed that life stood still for a few minutes as they had private words and embraced. Then, the magic moment…
I’ll let my photos tell the rest of the story.
June 21st found me once again in Yellowstone Park meeting up with a couple from Atlanta that had just arrived for a week of touring. Anthony had contacted me weeks in advance and we plotted and planned the surprise proposal to take place in front of the lower falls of the Yellowstone river. As I drove into the park the temperature was very low for this time of year and snow showers were moving through the area. I had been watching the weather radar and I was hoping for a clearing for our 6 pm meeting. And sure enough the sky slowly brightened as I waited patiently for the couple to arrive.
I will leave it to my photos to tell the rest of the story! And… how sweet a story it is! Cheers to Caroline and Anthony!
June in Yellowstone National Park brings many surprises! Surprise wedding proposals!
Lenin contacted me about a month ago as he was planning his trip to Yellowstone with Andrea his girlfriend and ‘wife to be’! We planned an early arrival in the park to catch the sun’s first rays bathing the falls. I knew there might be gorgeous morning light pouring into the canyon at about 8 am, but I did not expect to get a naturally occurring rainbow when the sun hit the rising mist above 63,000 gallons of water per second falling and crashing into the rocks below. Glorious!
I arrived early and soon Lenin and Andy walked out onto that platform amidst some other early visitors. The rest was all joy and tears! Afterwards we visited other scenic areas for photos and enjoyed the morning.
Enjoy the view!
Finally winter has given way to spring and… How Sweet It Is!!! I was in our nation’s first national park last Saturday for the wedding of Jamie and Josh. Yellowstone National Park was in amazing form. We had no idea what the weather might do on the first day of June. We were hoping for sun, a few clouds and perhaps a nice sunset. This couple was in for much, much more.
As the wedding day flew by in a blur, I consulted with the bride and groom about the plans to drive out to another location in the park for the sunset. They made the sound decision to stay at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel to spend time with their friends and family instead. That was the right decision! Just awhile later someone came in from outside excitedly pronouncing RAINBOW! Out the door we went to capture a beautiful glowing rainbow to honor this couple and their love. See for yourself.
A sincere Thank You to my friend and accomplished photographer Lindsey Mulcare for shooting with me on this momentous occasion.
The evening was consumed with hours of dancing… and these young people can dance!!! And that’s the subject of yet another upcoming blog post. Cheers to Josh and Jamie!