Caitlin and Lucas
How We Met
Lucas and I met our senior year at Colorado State University. We had mutual friends who would get together for ‘jam sessions’ at our friend’s house. We had been getting together once a month for most of the summer and I assumed we were just friends. One evening as we were singing “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers I looked up to find Luke gazing in my direction with a big goofy grin on his face as he was playing the djembe. I smiled to myself and looked away assuming I had been caught up in a sweet moment between him and someone else; but he just kept smiling. After several months, “we’re just friends”‘s, and get togethers, I realized my feelings for Luke. For me, our love was the slow kind that developed over coffee dates where I left with my cheeks sore from smiling, reciting Anchorman quotes until we were in stitches, and building mutual trust where I felt like I could tell him anything. In a few short months he went from someone who I assumed would just be my friend, to someone I couldn’t imagine not having in my life.
How He Asked
Luke proposed on March 4th, 2017 during a sunrise hike at St. Mary’s Glacier outside of Denver, Colorado. Now is the part of the story where we get real – Luke and I have been together for 4 years and have shared many life experiences together. We live together, pay bills together, have two dogs together, and are on the same health insurance. Needless to say, I was ready to be engaged. I’ve known from very early on that he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and I have been so excited to take this next step together! Here are some more details from that magical day in the beginning of March. Back in September of 2016 Luke and I connected with a photographer (turned close friend) named Lindsey Roman (with Lindsey Noel Photography). Lindsey, her husband Andrew, Luke and I connected instantly and she took the most AMAZING photographs of us frolicking around the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Lindsey and I maintained our newfound friendship and shortly after she decided to come visit us in Denver while her husband was away at Coast Guard boot camp. Cue Luke’s amazing scheming skills, and his quest to surprise me with the loveliest engagement. While I was planning for Lindsey to come visit, Luke was talking with Lindsey and planning a secret sunrise photo shoot turned engagement session. Lindsey reached out and told me that she’d love to take some more photos of us adventuring in Colorado and that she had always wanted to do a sunrise session in the snow. I was totally in. The plan felt like mine and Lindsey’s and when she got here we picked out outfits, she did my hair the night before, and I thought we were taking some more amazing photos for fun. On the morning of March 4 we woke up at 4 am, changed into hiking clothes, packed our fancy outfits, loaded our pups into the car, and headed up I-70 to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Now, I’m not going to lie – a big part of me hoped that Luke would plan a proposal while Lindsey was in town. I was convinced that it was too obvious and that he would never plan something that I could have guessed. So as we hiked up to the glacier I thought to myself, “I am definitely not getting proposed to today” and soldiered on wondering how I was going to explain to family and friends that the beautiful pictures that Lindsey took were indeed, not engagement pictures (again). When we reached the lake it was time for the tough part – changing out of hiking clothes into a beautiful red backless dress in 18 degree weather with 20 mph winds (oomph). Luke and I both changed and we began to take pictures just as the sun was rising. We eventually made our way to the frozen lake for some more shots and after a while I began to ask for a blanket break (It was so cold). Lindsey requested a few more pictures since the sun was great and then asked us if we had any ideas for poses-which was Luke’s cue! He then turned to me and said, “I have an idea for a pose” and dropped down to one knee. I immediately backed up in shock and put my hands on my face. I was stunned and oh so excited. Luke asked me if I would “march fourth in life with him” (great pun!) and told me that there “is no one else he would want to go on this journey with”. He completed by asking if I would marry him. I of course said yes and began to cry, although it was literally too cold for me to produce tears. It felt as if the world had stood still. I couldn’t believe that the man that I love most in this world had put so much effort in asking me to be his life partner. We then continued our now engagement pictures and couldn’t stop smiling, giggling, or falling down for the rest of the morning. The moments that Lindsey captured are truly priceless to us and I am beyond grateful for her art and ability to capture couples in their most intimate moments. After the photo shoot we took some pictures with our pups and began the process of calling and face timing our family and friends to share in our bliss. I am still on cloud 9.