Olivia and Lane

How We Met

Lane and I met at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. We were both in the Conservation Technology program and had a lot of classes together. Freshman year we were both in committed relationships and so we didn’t start getting to know each other until Sophomore year. I graduated early in the middle of Sophomore year and transferred to Upper Iowa University in Fayette which was a 2 hour drive from Ellsworth. Somehow we made the long distance relationship work out and we are obviously still together!

Olivia and Lane's Engagement in Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

How He Asked

We have been planning to go to Colorado in September for a “vacation” since January 2017. I had visited Colorado years ago on a family vacation and wanted to go back again ever since I left! Lane hadn’t traveled to any other states other than the ones that surround Iowa so I wanted him to experience that mountains that I fell in love with many years ago. We booked a room in a small hotel and made plans to go hiking, visit the Denver aquarium, and to shop around for the 4 days we were going to be there. The morning finally arrived to leave to go to Colorado and we left at 4 am and drove 10 hours to get there! It was a long drive but definitely worth it once the mountains came into view. We went to bed early that night because we were going hiking the next day. We woke up early Friday morning and headed to Rocky Mountain National Park to hike all day and enjoy the scenery. It was just as beautiful as I thought it was going to be! We hiked around Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, and Dream Lake. When we got to Dream Lake Lane and I decided to take a video standing in front of the mountains so we didn’t have to ask anyone to take our picture. We walked to stand in front of the mountains and smiled for the camera! After a few seconds I figured we were good so I started to pull away from him, but as I pulled away from his side he grabbed my hands and turned to me and smiled. He then went on to confess his love for me and told me he could never live without me in his life. As my eyes welled up with tears he knelt down and asked me to marry him and I said yes! It was the most perfect proposal and the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.

Where to Propose in Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado