Shannon and Tyler

Where to Propose in Bear Mountain, New York

How We Met

When I was in fifth grade, I always noticed this family with two twin boys that were a few years older than me. The two of them would always be in the paper winning an award or having a big solo in the middle school band concert. Between then and the start of high school I continued to notice the prominence of this family, but they never knew who I was. In high school, I decided I wanted to play trumpet in the marching band. Two weeks before school started the band met for practice, and my trumpet section leader ended up being one of the twins, Tyler. Ever since we officially met, we hit it off and were great friends. He even later told me that the first time he saw me he thought about how he could see himself dating me. We would always eat lunch together and sit next to each other whenever we could. At the beginning of my sophomore year, Tyler asked me to go to the homecoming dance with him. On October 19, 2008, after the dance was over, he took me home and asked me to be his girlfriend at the front door of my house. Since then we have gone to different colleges and lived 750 miles apart for a short amount of time, but we beat the distance and are now venturing even further into our happily ever after!

How He Asked

On our ninth anniversary with my high school sweetheart, we celebrated by spending a few nights at our favorite day trip location. We stayed at Bear Mountain Inn, in the Hudson River Valley. It is a beautiful rustic inn which is 102 years old, decorated with wooden beams and giant stone fireplaces, and located on a lake at the base of Bear Mountain. On the morning of our anniversary, we drove up to the top of the mountain to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. It was October 19, and just happened to be the nicest day of the fall season at 75 degrees with a cloudless sky. The day itself could not have been any more perfect. We had brought a tripod and a camera to take some nice pictures of us in front of the beautiful view behind us. We walked over to some rocks that were out of the highly trafficked viewing areas and began to take pictures using a self timer. After posing for maybe the tenth picture, he took my hand and got down on one knee. He asked me to marry him, and of course I said yes! After a few minutes of celebrating and letting the fact that we were engaged sink in, my fiancé told me the last picture we posed for wasn’t actually using the normal self timer. He had set the camera to take a picture every three seconds until he told it to stop. So not only did we get engaged at the most beautiful location during the most perfect day, we also have a 250 picture flip book with stunning photography which captured the whole proposal. The entire rest of the trip was a whirlwind and like a dream, and I’m so thankful I get to have those pictures of our special moment to look back on whenever I want to!

Shannon and Tyler's Engagement in Bear Mountain, New York