REAL PROPOSAL | Brit + Brady | “The sun was setting over Keystone, and my best friend asked me to marry him while we were at the top of the Frenchman ski run.”

I’ve sort of been waiting for the right moment to share this proposal story with you… and I think I’ve found it.  I mean, what better time to share this story of love than now, given the fact that today’s couple just got married!

After hearing her story, aside from that overwhelmed-by-emotion feeling I always get at the moment I begin reading about a proposal, I ended up feeling a pretty strong bond with Brit.  Why?  Because she and I share two very similar experiences when it comes to 1) snow, and sliding on top of it whilst strapped to a device and, 2) our moms calling to “check in” at the most inopportune-to-keeping-a-secret moments of all time.  Here, I’ll explain:

1) Brit, when hooking into my bindings, I look for a flat spot, too.  My snowboard has a mind of its own, and if I choose to set up on so much as a 4 degree incline, the board – and I – will take off down the mountain, much in the way our Lab/Shepard took off down the street every day, with my brother hanging on by the leash when we were young.  I get that I’m heavier than the board, and so it seems impossible – but that’s the very reason it’s so scary!

2) Fortunately, my Mom didn’t call during the proposal, but she definitely did call on a certain very important, very top secret occasion quite recently.  (My entire family reads this blog, and right now, my entire family is laughing hysterically because they’re remembering what she did.  … Don’t fret; I will expand upon this one day very soon for all of you.  It’s sort of the biggest thing ever.  ANYWHO!  Ok, now that I’ve teased the bejeezus out of you and you officially hate my guts, let’s continue…)

Many of you may recognize the name of our bride today.  But for those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Brit is the one and only Landlocked Bride!  And she’s just as fun and adorable as her blog title.  Also, she’s gorgeous.  So there’s that, too. :)

But that’s not why I love her today; I love her today because she’s organized.  She numbered her proposal shots moment by moment in the proposal process and, for that, I salute her.  She made my job easy.  (Thanks Brit!)  And, because I think her titles are adoraballs, I am including them immediately above their respective images.  ‘Cause that’s just how I roll (as my father would say.  No, I’m not kidding).  Ok, without further adieu…

I present to you, the story of Brit and Brady…

Take it away, Brit!

Last January, we had planned a trip to Colorado for some skiing and to visit some friends of ours. We were both pining for a visit to the Rockies, but Brady had a hidden agenda for this trip – a proposal! His initial plan was to propose on the first night while we were out snow tubing. Our flight arrived a bit late, so after driving from DEN to Keystone, a delicious Mexican dinner and countless hours of catching up, we never made it out to go snow tubing.

He had to come up with “Plan B” – to propose on Saturday while we were on the slopes. Unfortunately, I took a pretty big spill mid-day and was not feeling up to par (side note: Always wear a helmet on the slopes – it’s what saved me from getting a concussion).

To an improvised Plan C he went.

On Sunday, I decided to take a half-day snowboarding refresher course in the morning. It had been nearly four years since I had last been on the slopes, so I was not game for hurting myself again on Day 2. After dropping me off, Brady shared the news with our friends that he was going to propose. They spent the first half of the day skiing/snowboarding and scoping out the perfect spot for him to pop the question.

Mid-afternoon, we all took the Keystone Gondola up to the summit to enjoy some lunch. On the way up, my Mom had called to “check in”. Really, she was calling to see what was up. Brady had told my parents he was going to propose on Friday, so she was getting antsy as to why I had not called her yet with the news. Obviously I was still oblivious to what was going to happen later that day.

{1: Before Proposal…}

After lunch, we all headed back out for our last run of the day. My friend Amanda (who also happens to be a bridesmaid) managed to get my camera from me by offering to get some action shots of me snowboarding down the mountain. By this point, I was still completely clueless, so I offered her my camera so she could snap some photos (all of the photos I had taken up to this point did not have me in them).

Our friends plopped down at the top of the run to strap on their snowboards, but I opted to set up on a more flat spot so my snowboard wouldn’t take off down the mountain. Oddly enough, a few weeks prior, I had purchased new snowboard bindings, which had been giving me trouble all weekend, requiring someone to help me strap my boots into my bindings. Brady had begun to take off his skis “to help” (or so I thought).

{2: Popping the Question…}


He sat down next to me (instead of helping me with my bindings) and pulled the ring out of his coat. While all of this was happening, our friends were behind us snapping photos of the proposal, and I was extremely focused on trying to get my bindings locked. He managed to get my attention and went into a spiel about starting our lives together, most of which I don’t remember (sorry honey!).

{3: Putting the Ring on my Finger…}

{4: Kiss After the Proposal…}

I started crying and shaking a bit, but of course said, “YES!” The sun was setting over Keystone, and my best friend asked me to marry him while we were at the top of the Frenchman ski run.

{5: The Newly Engaged Couple…}

It was definitely a day I will never forget and only strengthened our love for the state of Colorado.

{6: About to Ski Down After the Proposal…}

Amazing story, Brit.  That’s definitely one hell of a great guy you’ve got there.


E-session images: Lisa Hessel Photography / Ski trip proposal images, taken with Brit’s point & shoot: Amanda Forbes

Congratulations, Brit and Brady!  So happy for the two of you!

☛ So, what do you guys think of Brady’s efforts?  Chime in, below. :)

xoxo!  – Alison

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18 comments

  1. The Realistic Nutritionist on November 9, 2010

    awww what a cute story!!! I love when I hear of proposal stories like that :)

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  2. Mia on November 9, 2010

    This is such a lovely story and Brit is such a lovely bride! And kudos to her man for rolling with the punches (; I cry on a dime over these kinds of stories so I’m bawling right now. So happy for the both of them.

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  3. Lauren on November 9, 2010

    aww, i love this. melts my heart. i wonder if guys read this blog to get good proposal ideas.

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  4. Kim @BrideGoggles on November 9, 2010

    Just beautiful!

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  5. Alicia @CharityWedding on November 9, 2010

    Awww What a sweet story!! I don’t expect anything less from these two though!

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  6. Postcards and pretties on November 9, 2010

    awww so sweet…

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  7. Aleah + Nick Valley on November 9, 2010

    So adorable! I love that Brit barely remembers what he said; in the excitement of the moment I vaguely remember what Nick said 8 years ago! :) {A}

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  8. Kris on November 9, 2010

    Such a sweet story. I wish i would have been proposed to on a mountain top – instead he got on his knee at an Applebee’s :( But that’s why I love him :)

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  9. Alexandra on November 9, 2010

    What a sweet, sweet story! :)

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  10. Tina on November 9, 2010

    This is so true – I can’t remember what my fiance said to me in that moment because I was in total shock! He can’t believe I can’t remember what he said, but I was just so surprised and swept up that I don’t even think I heard anything at all from the moment he got down on one knee!

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  11. Brancoprata on November 9, 2010

    sweet story indeed!!

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  12. Lena on November 9, 2010

    Such a perfect story (and I’m totally head over heels for their engagement photos, too)!

    Now as for your mother’s inopportune phone call-you’re killing me with the suspense!

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  13. Alison on November 10, 2010

    Ha, I know, I’m so bad. I’ll definitely be sharing that little gem of a story soon! :)

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  14. Super Burbs on November 10, 2010

    I am so in love with this love story and I love Brit. Not to mention the photos are just stunning! Congrats lovebirds!

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  15. TenThouBride on November 10, 2010

    completely lovely! jeez…your teasing has me hangin’ on to my seat here, lady…i must know the story!

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  16. Kate Holland on November 10, 2010

    aww that’s just lovely… so happy for them!! Brit’s such a sweetheart! And yeh about that teasing…..

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  17. Libby on November 10, 2010

    Very sweet. I love engagement stories…. and this one is beautiful! Congratulations to the couple!

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  18. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on November 11, 2010

    You all are too too sweet! Thank you all for the kind words!

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