Proposal | Brainard Lake Recreation Area | Ward, CO
Surprise Trip to Colorado
To make things a surprise sometimes you need to do a bate and switch. For Jose and Dilianna this Colorado trip was an ideal time to propose. She was in town for some training and he did a surprise trip in showing up on Wednesday. The bate was doing this surprise scavenger hunt thing in the Denver area. Basically something with details like that planned out make you wonder at this stage in your relationship if you will walk into a park to see him riding up on a white stallion. This idea is free and will likely provoke her to see it coming from a mile away – or well however far away you are on the horse. Which . . . no I do not know where to rent white horses but would say it would be easier in the mountains than the city. The switch came when doing something romantic when you think it will happen then and then it doesn’t. The alternate to this is giving her the idea it will happen later that day by giving her the idea of over the top romantic dinner plans. She then goes into the day thinking it will happen then and not at this gorgeous mountain location. Brainard Lake was said to be them going to a bar. We have heard a number of reasons but while far fetched this one held closer to the truth as we were serving champagne chilled in the fresh snow. That is one thing we love about these cooler weather proposals – being able to have a natural chiller for the wine right there by where you propose.
So we did a fall season lower water spot for the proposal for a couple of reasons. It allowed for a better lens to sun angle of lighting, the water was lower as it was fall so we could, and it just looks a little different. The downside to this was sometimes people can linger longer in the frame if they are walking along the shoreline. So it was with 3 guys who really didn’t know what was happening who wandered on through their photos causing some delay. Thankfully, he read this happening and waited rather than jumping in too fast. They went an alternate way down to the lake and therefore passed right by a photographer. This is when you pretend to take photos of the birds and mountains. Hiding is nearly impossible. The emotion was good. There was a double hand wipe of the tears. As you can tell by the coat things were a little cool out but the perk is this meant less people around. When we got there earlier in the day there was a shelf of about 10ft of ice built up on the south side of Brainard Lake. By the time of their shoot it was just a few feet as the warm sun and cloudless mountain sky melted much of it away.
You can see more proposals here and read about how we do proposals on our engagement proposals page. If you like what you see here and are considering using this location here are some of the other shoots we have done at Brainard Lake.