A Rocky Mountain engagement is the perfect thing for lively and outdoorsy couples like Samantha and Matthew. We love seeing their passion and tenderness for one another shine through these images with the Rocky Mountains (making the perfect backdrop. In addition to their stunning location, Samantha and Matthew both bring their personal sense of style to their engagement shoot with some amazing outfits and we love the look of love as they cant keep their eyes off of each other.
Thank you to Benjamin Clifford Photography for these beautiful shots!
The story from the future bride
Matthew & I first met when he was living with my sister & brother-in-law. At the time, he was just a cute older guy, and I was just Brittany’s little sister. Fast forward to 2 years later, Matthew & I were at the same New Years party where we shared our first kiss. After seeing each other randomly throughout the next few weeks, I received a text message saying, “Hey this is Matt, Anthony gave me your number”. Since then, we have been pretty much inseparable.
After only 3 months of “officially” dating, we unknowingly moved in together. I think the moment we realized, I was moving my cat in with us a couple months later. We spent our first summer together learning how to fly fish in the urban areas, mastering the skills of carp fishing, camping in the desert/forests, and starting to annoy each other.
The following spring we made the decision to make the move to Colorado, Matt was in the dumps over hating his job and feeling stuck, while I was starting to gain more and more clients with my photography business. I also knew that if I didn’t go with Matt, there was a chance that we wouldn’t have made it through a long distance relationship. After a few weeks of contemplating, I made the decision that I was also up for the adventure and experience that Colorado would give us.
That summer Matt left a few months earlier than me so that he could get everything ready for me to arrive. While he was in Colorado without me, it was getting closer and closer for me to say goodbye to everyone. At the same time, I was spending the last few moments with my grandma, Matt was having the time of his life. He found his dream job, being a tree climber, made lots of new fishing friends, and finally felt free. He wasn’t working a 9-5 stuck inside, he was outdoors 98% of the time working and fishing.
About a month later, it was time to head to Colorado, my nephew still not born, my niece getting cuter and cuter every day, and my family telling me not to go. It definitely did not make leaving easy, but it has been so worth it. My photography business may not be where I had hoped it to be, and to be honest I barely know my niece or nephew as much as I had hoped either, it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. We are both on a career path that we see ourselves for years to come. Matt is with a company that he can go pretty far in, and I am with a company that is continuously helping me grow as well!
Matt & I have been happier then we have ever been, we are spending our weekends in the rocky mountains fishing for beautiful trout. We discovered one of our favorite places, called Deckers. The weekend after I caught my first trout on the fly there, we spent the day reeling in one trout after the other, soaking up the sun and having the time of our lives. When it was time to pack up and head home, and being the butthead that I am, I was picking on Matt for not proposing yet. Little did I know, that I was about to get what I’ve always wanted. As I was changing out of my waders and putting my shoes on, Matt said, “Hey Babe”. and while I was turning around to see what he wanted, I saw him going down on one knee, nervously saying, “Will you marry me?” I was too shocked to cry, all I could say was yes!! We immediately called our families to tell them the big news. Soon we will be tying the knot in front of all of our loved ones, on a day that fits us, Earth Day.
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Benjamin Clifford Photography