Colorado Proposal Photographer | Larke and Taylor | Estes Park Engagement

Larke and Taylor | Rocky Mountain National Park Proposal and Engagement

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Savannah Chandler Photography | Estes Park Engagement Photographer

Larke contacted me about photographing her and her boyfriend in Estes Park on their vacation to Colorado. They travel often, getting photographs taken during all of their travels. This trip was with her boyfriend, Taylor’s, grandfather to Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is a place where he grew up coming to, and continued to bring his family to because he loved the surrounding beauty. I was incredibly excited to spend time with Larke, Taylor, and his Grandfather.

About two days after I spoke with Larke, I received and email from Taylor. He was planning on proposing during our time together!! We talked about logistics, and how to make sure that Larke had no clue what was going to happen.

On August 20, right before the sun started to come up over the horizon, I met Larke and Taylor at the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a fabulous location, and is easily accessible for nearly all physical levels. There’s a specific rock that I love, that overlooks the Forest Canyon and the Never Summer mountain range. I told Larke and Taylor for the alpenglow of sunrise, that would be the best spot.

I knew Taylor was going to take a knee shortly. He had also arranged for Larke’s parents to fly out to Colorado, and walk out to the spot where we were about 10 minutes after we got there. I knew that they were coming, and as soon as he saw them in the background he was going to propose.

We heard a car pull up, and I knew that it was “Go Time”. I told Larke and Taylor to look at me for a photo, and then to “Look Behind Me”. At that point, Taylor dropped to his knee and totally surprised Larke. I think that she was so in shock at that exact moment, she didn’t notice that her parents were there until after he stood up and pointed them out. It was truly a great moment to be a part of, and I’m so happy that all of their family was there as well to celebrate.

As the sun started coming up, we spent some time photographing the now engaged couple 😃. We got quite the amazing Colorado sky that morning. The oranges and pinks really were out all morning for sunrise. And for being at nearly 12,000 feet, it really was fairly warm. You know, around 45-50•.

We concluded our time at Sprague Lake, up on the other side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Another fantastic location for portraits, I love how majestic Hallett Peak looks in the background booming up behind the lake.

Thank you for inviting me to celebrate what became your engagement. It was a great morning and one that I know I’ll always have fond memories of. I hope that Louisiana is fantastic, and that the two of you are much warmer than we are here in Colorado today 😜

Cheers –

Locations are all within Rocky Mountain National Park
Second Shooter: Amanda M.

Savannah Chandler Photography | Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide

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

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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.