Paris and Pierce's Winter Proposal in Vail

How we met: Pierce and I met when I was 13 and he was 16 through a mutual friend.  At that age, Pierce seemed so much older than me and completely unattainable.  But OF COURSE I always thought he was so cute.  We had such a fun friendship for a couple of years, and when I was 16 he finally kissed me.  We had a magical but very brief period of time together before he left on a two year mission to do service work and teach about Christ in Nevada.  Over those two years we exchanged letters and emails, but were completely unsure of what would happen when he returned.  This past June he finally came home and we spent the summer falling in love.  By August I knew he was the one, and now we are engaged!

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How he asked: Pierce and I drove to Denver for my sweet little sister Ava’s baptism! We left Provo Thursday night and stayed in Vail with my family and awesome aunt’s family that came up from St. George to be with us for the weekend!

So Friday morning the plan was to go snowshoeing and take some family pictures.  It was snowing and beautiful, and my mom had asked Pierce and I to go find a more secluded place so we could have some really rad family pictures.

Just a little backstory… I had known Pierce had the ring for a while. But he had told me he noticed something a liitttllle off with one of the prongs and that he had taken it back to the Jeweler just so it could be absolutely perfect. And we had talked about getting engaged Christmas break so I was completely unsuspecting.

Haha at first when my mom asked us to go I was totally dragging my feet, I was cold and where we were already was gorgeous, but then Pierce and I left with his bluetooth speaker playing all of our favorite songs.  Once we had found an area we thought was perfect, we set up a tripod for our “family pictures.” We took a couple pictures together before we got my family to come meet us. Pierce is always taking video, he loves to document everything. So when he suggested we take a little video I didn’t think anything of it.  So he began recording and told me he wanted to show me something he had found.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAnd at this point, somehow I am still completely oblivious that anything unusual was going on.  He pulled part of a tree branch out of his backpack, and I say “Oh that’s cool!” SOMEHOW still completely oblivious haha. Now looking back I don’t understand how I didn’t pick up on what was happening at this point.

So he pulled this branch out of his backpack and I try to get a better look. He turned it over and I could tell it was more than a branch.  It was a beautiful way to display a ring that I had never seen before.  He had completely hand crafted the ring holder and I was in love with it and the ring. Before I knew it he was on one knee and asking me to marry him.  So much emotion flooded me at once.  Mainly surprise and insane joy.  All I could say was “nuh uh!!!” and cry.  But eventually I was able to get out a “yes” and an “I love you so so much.”  I was so incredibly surprised, and so incredibly in love.  He proposed with the most breathtaking scenery as a backdrop, there was snow, it was secluded, and most importantly the man I love was asking me the most important question I would ever answer.

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After he had proposed we walked back to my family and got to celebrate with them.  My parents had known the plan and as we were walking down my dad was running toward us with open arms.  Pierce did it so perfectly, it was the perfect balance of being totally romantic and private, but also being able to celebrate with my family.

I am the luckiest girl to be marrying sweet Pierce and I am so happy I now have a ring on my finger that shows I am his.  All of the thought and work that went into that ring takes my breath away.  He has spent countless hours with the jeweler, making video of my ring being made, and looking on Pinterest to find the one we loved.

December 5th was flawless and now I can hardly wait for April 24th when we will be married!