Stormy Lakefront Montana Engagement Session

September 4, 2022
Stormy Lakefront Montana Engagement Session

Montana Engagement Session 

The Couple

Andrea + Andrew

Proposal Story

“We were on a large family trip to Yosemite National Park staying in an Airbnb right outside the park. It was Wednesday-Sunday. Thursday morning we were leaving for our longest hike of the trip. It totaled over 20+ miles. It was the hike to the top of the half dome. We all woke up at 4 am to get ready and hit the trail by 5ish am.  We as in all 18 of us. As we watched the sun come up, the views were breathtaking. We took several stops along the way for snacks and water and bathroom breaks. My fiance and my dad started trailing behind and I didn’t think anything of it although they are typically in the front of the pack when it comes to hiking. I kept asking where my dad and Andrew were and when they caught up they would have a new excuse or say “What’s the rush”. I kept up in the front with my uncle and two of my cousins. When we got to the sub dome, I felt like I was waiting an hour for my fiance to get there but I wasn’t going to do the cables without him.
Little did I know all the trailing beyond and purposely going slow had reasons behind it…
By the time we got to the sub dome, about 6 people had left to go back because of the hike’s difficulty. Some others didn’t end up going up the cables at all. There were only 6 of us from the group that did. Andrew and I were the last to get up. By the time we got up, we walked around and took photos of each other but because of the wind, I was ready to leave. Andrew came up with excuses to stay up such as being afraid to climb down and not ready yet, he wanted to sit down and eat, and lastly, he wanted to get a photo together. I started laughing. I was laughing because I was cold and eager to go down and the excuses were making me wonder. He ended up asking a random guy to take a photo and we got to “the diving board” on the top of half dome, right on the edge and I was ahead of Andrew, I turned to the guy taking the photo and saw two photographers too… at that moment when I turned to Andrew he was on one knee. We cried instantly and gave all the smooches and squeezes. The guy taking the photo had no idea. The two photographers were who Andrew hired to hike the whole hike and capture our proposal. These girls were from Lake Tahoe, CA and left at 2 am to get to Yosemite to start the hike just right after us. They did it all with 2 large cameras and a bottle of champagne! It was on this trip that we chose a destination wedding. Someplace that we had been to together, was easy to get to directly and commute when you had arrived and had stunning lake/glacier and mountain views. That’s when we chose Glacier. One of our favorite places in the whole world. We want our favorite people to experience the love we have for Montana and all the beauty that comes with.”
– Andrea, the bride to be

Photographer: Elsa Eileen Photography Hat: Gigi Pip
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