We have exciting news! We are getting married! We had so many big changes in only a few months that it made our head spin (like getting engaged in Estes Park, Colorado). In addition to our engagement, I graduated college, we moved across the country, braved a hurricane, had 2 snowfalls in Texas, bought a house, got a puppy, and have less than 6 months left until we tie the knot.
With everything that’s been going on in the past year, I haven’t gotten a chance to update y’all until now. Planning a wedding has been exciting and a whirlwind, but it’s been a challenge to plan one without breaking the bank. Our blog will start covering ways to save money while planning a wedding, DIY wedding decor, and much more. But for now, enjoy the story of our beautiful proposal that was even better than anything I could have ever dreamed of.
Getting Engaged in Estes Park, Colorado
Every girl DREAMS of the day they are proposed to, but I never imagined that my day would be as magical as it was. To set the scene, my 22nd birthday was the first weekend in May and I spent the whole weekend studying so I take my last finals on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday morning, I dropped off the last of my college books and rushed to the airport to pick up my mom and dad who flew in to see me graduate. Tyler wanted to celebrate me graduating with a couple nights in the mountains, so we drove up to Estes Park, Colorado right after picking them up.
We spent Wednesday driving up into the mountains and hanging out in the hot tub on our porch overlooking the mountains. Thursday, the boys had plans to drive back down to our apartment to pick up a birthday present that came in late and then spend the day at the nearby casino while my mom and I went shopping and hung out in the charming little mountain town. I was on the hunt for some cute boots for graduation and something special to remember the weekend by. The plan was to all meet back at the cabin around 5 for graduation photos so we weren’t scrambling around before my graduation on Friday.
My mom and I had a nice girls day and I finally let myself splurge on one of those cute Aspen leaves that was dipped in gold and strung on a ribbon. I had been eying it up for almost 2 years, but couldn’t justify the cost. We headed home to get ready for pictures and I had everything done but my makeup when I heard the boys get home.
Tyler asked me to come look at my present and when I asked if I could put my makeup on quick he said no. He led me out to his truck that was running and I asked why he would leave his truck on for my present. He made up some excuse that made no sense to me, but I shrugged it off. I opened the back door of the truck and our love song Mine Would Be You started playing. I noticed a big box with a bow sitting on the seat and looked at Tyler with excitement.
I pushed the box up to reveal my cat Sasha’s carrier. I was SO EXCITED thinking that Tyler brought Sasha up to surprise me since he knew how much I hated spending even one night away from her. I looked in expecting to see my big fluff ball of a cat, and was startled. It wasn’t Sasha at all, but a tiny beautifully spotted kitten screaming at me. It was at that moment that my heart started racing and I started getting nervous. Tyler told me to pull her out and as I did, I noticed she had a collar on.
As I strained to read it (without letting her escape from my arms) I realized what it said “Will you marry me” I turned around to see Tyler on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen telling me that he would be the luckiest guy in the world if I would agree to marry him. We were both shaking and I was trying to listen to him while also making sure the new kitten didn’t try to escape. I remember looking over at my parents in that moment to see that my mom was taking photos on her camera while my dad was filming the proposal (both crying might I add).
After I said yes, of course, and kissed the man of my dreams, I had to ask the question we were all thinking at that moment. “Whose kitten is that? Is it my kitten or did you borrow it?” She was in fact my kitten, and she was just as beautiful as she was sassy. I got to name her and we knew almost immediately what we wanted to call her. We decided to name her Aspen after the beautiful Aspen leaf I had bought that day (the same color as our new little girl) and because Tyler proposed to me with a grove of Aspen trees behind us.
The next day was a whirlwind with pictures in the mountains, followed by my college graduation, and falling in love with our new bundle of joy. I still tear up every single time I hear our song or think about the beautiful town of Estes Park. It was already such a special place to us, and where we spent most of our weekends when we lived in Colorado, but this made it so much more.
Almost 1 year later to the day, I still can’t believe that I am engaged to marry the love of my life or that we have two sweet cats (and now an adorable puppy Bailey in the mix). I am so unbelievably blessed and I can’t wait to share all of my wedding planning and tips for staying on a budget while planning a wedding.
If you’re newly engaged (or want to be), go check out this post about what to do when you first get engaged so you don’t forget to do anything important in the first day and week of your engagement. Thank you for reading about how we got engaged in Estes Park, Colorado. Send this to your significant other so they can take down some notes 😉
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