Proposal | Lost Gulch Overlook Trail | Spring | Colorado
Colorado Mountain Proposal with (Stolen) Champagne
As you might guess there is a story behind the (Stolen) nature to champagne. Chris and Shannon showed up at the same time as this other car. We use some location tracking so we knew it was them in one of the two cars. When looking through a 300mm lens at who was getting out of the car we thought it was pretty clear who they were. They got a little turned around in the route but the other couple went to where they were supposed to go. As location tracking can lag and show you behind where you actually are when the other couple got there we started to second guess ourselves that maybe they were the dressed down couple and that the guy was just really messing up the proposal plan. The reason why we thought this was that they took the champagne and glasses out of the snow and did the typical couple wave to me. This is likely why some may find proposals stressful because at that point we are thinking we missed it because he must have proposed in the wrong spot. We then get a text from our actual guy saying he is lost. Considering the overlook is called Lost Gulch we found that fitting. From that point I took a jump down across the road to confront the couple who just stole some champagne. They said they ‘thought someone left [Chilled Champagne + 2 glass flutes] for them’. Disaster averted and comedy at this point the champagne was put back before they got over there. Giving it a blanket of snow it was likely then too camouflaged as afterward he could not find it at the foot of his camera tripod.
It was an emotional fun proposal with engagement photos afterward. The camera loved the playfulness shared between them. As for the day it was a rather unique one after a Spring storm with the background somewhat clouded out yet still with some sun beaming down on them. This is probably the most difficult condition to shoot in at a distance and be able to pull in the background. Add to that under the trees it was functionally raining from the melting snow. Makes us thankful for weather sealed pro level gear that can take the ‘rain’. As a perk this ‘rain’ made for some unique sun flares in the camera later on in the shoot.
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 Flagstaff Mountain. One thing to note is this is what we call the ‘alternate spot’ down a side trail.
And presenting the couple who thought someone who randomly leave champagne for them in the middle of the mountains: