Radiant Warm-Weather Engagement Photos

January 7, 2024 BY: Bailey

“While Courtney and Austin had been attending the same church for months, they didn’t cross paths until months later. After a couple weeks and a few near misses, he successfully asked her out on a date. The two bonded over their shared faith and their love of serving others. Austin knew he was going to marry Courtney since early on in their relationship, but needed a good opportunity to propose where she wouldn’t figure it out. She had wanted to go to the Tulip Festival for years, so it was the best cover-up. In mid-April, while Courtney thought he was at work, he took the entire day to prep for the proposal. The plan was to set up letters spelling “Marry Me?” at the bottom of the Italian fountain with a photographer there to capture the experience. However, because of the late winter storms in Utah, almost no tulips had bloomed, leaving few flowers to look at. Between that and Courtney being a fast walker, they got to the spot too soon and nothing was set up. Austin convinced her to sit at the top of the fountain for a bit, checking in with the photographer’s husband on discord to throw off the scent of what was going on. She picked up Austin’s phone to take a picture and saw a message that exposed the plan. Knowing the jig was up, Austin asked her to walk down to the bottom of the fountain, got on one knee, and asked her to marry him. While it did not go according to plan, the proposal was perfect for the two of them. True to her theatre-kid roots, Courtney even offered to recreate the proposal with the “Marry Me?” sign to honor all the hard work Austin had put into the proposal. The storms kept coming, delaying their engagements almost a whole month after their original date. On the new day they had planned, it was hailing hard as they drove up to Tibble Fork Reservoir. With some creativity on their photographer’s end and Mother Nature eventually working with them and clearing out the storm, they were able to successfully capture their love on camera. The date was none too soon as Austin’s lung had a total collapse only two days later, landing him in the hospital. Nothing to worry about as he healed up within a handful of weeks. One of his and Courtney’s favorite things to do during long hospital days were to look at the sneak peek photos of this short window of time where everything was perfect.”

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