14er Engagement | Saskia and Michael | Hiking and Adventure Engagement Photography

Saskia and Michael | 14er Engagement and Proposal

Savannah Chandler Photography | Hiking and Adventure Elopement Photographer

Colorado has 58 ranked 14ers – mountains that are over 14,000 feet in elevation. It’s become a very “Colorado” thing to hike any or all of the 14ers. Spanning from Rocky Mountain National park in the North, to the San Juan Mountains in the South – you can find these 14,000 foot mountains all along the Rocky Mountains.

The Front Range area boasts six 14ers – Longs Peak, Pikes Peak, Mount Evans, Mount Bierstadt, Torreys Peak, and Gray’s Peak. With the exception of Longs Peak, all the front range fourteeners are deemed to be on the easier side to reach.

There’s no feeling like standing on the top of a 14,000 ft mountain and watching the sun come up over the horizon. You truly feel on top of the world.

When Saskia reached out about proposing to Michael on their Colorado trip at 14,000+ feet – I was SO excited to help her start planning which mountain would be spectacular. We talked about a few different options, including our secondary choice of The Mount of the Holy Cross (which I still yet have to hike, wink wink). We settled on Grays due to it’s length and proximity to where they were staying.

We planned on a meet time of 6am, with the sun hitting the horizon just after that. Grays peak is quite the popular hike – some days having literally hundreds of people heading up the trail. On this particular day at sunrise, we were literally the only 3 people up on the mountain.

Once I met Saskia and Michael up top – I asked if they would like me to take a photo with their cell phone of the two of them. For the people out there looking to propose to your partner – this is the best way I’ve found to get in a position without giving away the big suprise :). To help with finding me – I always wear my bright yellow coat.

When I counted to 3, Saskia turned her summit sign around and asked Michael to marry her under a cotton candy sunrise. Many people bring cardboard signs that state the mountain you’ve just climbed along with the elevation – Saskia’s instead said “Will you marry me?”.

Michael said YES!!

We made our way down the winding switch backs of Grays 14,278′ peak and stopped in the warmth of the sun to take a few more photographs. Michael is an Ultra Mountain Marathoner – which basically means he’s straight Badass and incredibly fast. We took some photographs of him trail running as well – and I can honestly say I’ve never seen someone run that fast on a rocky descent.

Congratulations, Saskia and Michael!! It was an absolutely amazing morning, with the most beautiful sunrise.

Cheers –

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Hiking and Adventure photographer

Colorado Proposal Photographer

Experienced 14er hiker up to Class 4

Based in Denver|Colorado
Available for Travel Worldwide

Photographing across the Rocky Mountain Region: Telluride |Aspen | Dillon | Keystone | Vail | Breckenridge | Winter Park | Granby | Grand Lake | Estes | Buena Vista | Ouray | Arapahoe Basin | Silverton | Silverthorne | Spanish Peaks

Grays Peak: 14,275′
Class 2 Walk Up
Trailhead: Bakerville, Colorado – 4×4 required to reach upper Trailhead

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Colorado – my home for the past 34 years and counting.  My family were Pioneers from Norway and Germany to Colorado in the 1880’s.  I think it’s pretty amazing that our family has always had an interest in photography and capturing moments.  Growing up seeing photographs of our family in covered wagons on their way to Colorado is one of my fondest memories.
  Truly, I love Colorado and the amazing mountain ranges throughout.  I grew up heading into the Mountains on weekends to hike in the summer, and to snowboard in the winter.  I’m hapy to say that not much has changed, I’ve just added a husband and child into my adventerous outdoor mix.  My husband and I now take our little man out into the wilderness that Colorado has to offer, hoping to fill his young life with amazing memories and experiences.
I hosted my wedding in Evergreen, Colorado in May of 2011 at the Evergreen Lake House  .  After our wedding day,  I knew that I wanted to be a Colorado Wedding Photographer.  I was attending Metropolotian State University of Denver for fine art photography at the time, and the transition into a Wedding Photographer was fairly seamless.
I love adventuring to new places for weddings and elopements!  I hike regularly, and love showing couples my favorite spots.  There are amazing places in every corner and in every season.  Snowboarding is also a passion of mine, and I LOVE to capture couples shredding Pow Pow down the mountain.  Interested in a Colorado Hiking or Adventure Elopement?  Contact us on the form below!  Every year I have a list of locations that have special prices for couples wanting to hike, I’d love to chat about my current list!


Awesome Colorado Wedding Vendors

One of the great things about being based here in Colorado is getting to work with some of the best wedding vendors! Here are some of my very favorite places and people to work with. They're all awesome. Almost as awesome as the views we have here across the continental divide... almost.

Venues: Strawberry Creek Ranch in Granby, Colorado
               TimberRidge and Alpenglow Stube in Keystone, Colorado
               Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado
               SkyView at Fall River Village in Estes Park, Colorado 
Planners: Sweetly Paired
Videographers: Whitney Milton
Florists:  Olive and Poppy

Review from Jenna and Chris

"Savannah is the most AMAZING photographer!!! I would recommend her a thousand times over again. I would plan another event just to use her again! She is incredibly professional and incredibly talented!!! Best vendor/photographer/professional I have ever worked with."

Check out Jenna and Chris' Estes Park, Wedding Day HERE

Review from Ashley and Aaron

"Savannah is an amazing person and photographer! She captured our wedding in every way we could imagaine. Looking back on the pictures she took makes us remember and feel those special moments. Savannah is very professional but at the same time will help load up carseats and offer a helping hand wherever she can. She is very knowledgeable from locations to take pictures to making us feel comfortable in directions to pose. We have nothing but good things to say. We definitely reccomend Savannah Chandler!"

Click HERE to see Ashley and Aaron's Estes Park, Colorado Wedding Day!

Review from Katie and Brad

Savannah was so great and managed to make us (two awkward people) feel super comfortable and thrilled about wedding photos. :) She saved our day with her flexibility and the pictures were better than we could've ever hoped for! Highly recommend!

Check out Katie and Brad's Boulder, Colorado Wedding Day HERE

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer

Photographing in the Rocky Mountain Region, Including: Keystone, Aspen, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Twin Lakes, Leadville, Silverton, Telluride, Durango, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Larkspur, Steamboat, San Luis, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Winter Park, Granby, and the Spanish Peaks.