My wife and I have called many places home. I'm from Oregon and moved to Colorado for school in 2006. She's a native Texan. We met right after I moved to Austin in 2014, and have lived together in Texas, Tennessee, and Colorado.
If I could chalk up our love to one thing, it's our love for adventure and exploration. Very quickly I think we recognized that about each other. With both of us not being overly cautious, we dove into this love thing head first. I quickly got up to speed on all of her favorite spots in Texas, fell in love with Texas Country music, and explored every nook and cranny in Austin. Meanwhile, as we're hiking around the state in sweltering temperatures, I'm telling her all about my time in Colorado. Spending 1/3 of my life there, it became home to me. I'd tell her how we'd hike up the Flatirons in college, the buzzing mountain towns, the snow...oh how I missed the snow. Fast forward a couple of years, and I got the opportunity to move back there, temporarily, for a year. Taylor being a nurse, was able to land a job at the children's hospital and we made our way back to this place that has such a huge part of my heart... but didn't have hers yet.
Now it was my turn to show her Colorado, and I had a lot to catch up on. One of the first hikes we went on was the Royal Arch, and the last was a backpacking trip to a hot spring high up in the mountains near Aspen. We drank more craft beer than you should probably consume in a lifetime and hiked off the calories as much as possible. We reconnected with old friends, went to countless shows at the Grizzly Rose, and a few Rockies games. Pretty quickly Colorado had stolen her heart too.
During this whole time, on a trip back to Austin, I got down on a knee and asked her to be with me forever. For a number of reasons, we decided to get married in Texas, which meant we had the great pleasure of planning a Texas wedding from Colorado! When I look back on our wedding, I don't just remember the day of. The day was beautiful and perfect, but what about the 6 months leading up to it? The dance lessons we took downtown so I wouldn't look like a (complete) idiot, the nights on the couch knocking through the invite list, the spreadsheets laying out every single cost, debating the food, designing the invites, the engagement photos, and even figuring out how we were going to do the registry. To me, that is the reality of marriage and love; not just the perfect, planned day. Disagreeing with each other, debating, compromising, planning, coordinating...we learned a lot about each other, and our relationship became stronger in the process.
That's why these engagement photos are so special to me. I knew it was something we were going to have to do, and it wasn't something I was looking forward to. Thankfully Tay had this covered with (wouldn't you know it) some Texas photographers that were going to be up in the Denver area soon! Talon & Kelsey (Feather & Twine Photography) met us in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, and I can't remember who suggested it, but we decided to drive up the mountain to a spot I'd frequented in college with some of my best friends. It was our escape from the (pick your adjective) town of Boulder, and that vibe took over our engagement photo session. My guard was down, Taylor looked stunning, and Talon & Kelsey were snapping some great photos. They caught us as we were walking around talking about the beauty and serenity we were immersed in, whispering in each other's ears wondering what imperfections would show up on the photos, collectively bitching about our hair, and just being us. They're some of the most authentic photos we have to this day and capture us in the middle of a great, crazy time in life.
Colorado and the Rockies are a symbol for our love.
They remind us to love and live for the journey, to appreciate the environment around us, and that fate may just exist. Standing on Flagstaff Mountain with buddies from college, I never thought I'd be in that same spot taking engagement photos with the love of my life years later...
- The Groom, Chris