Rocky Mountain Lake Canoe Proposal
Ryan & Jordan’s Canoe Proposal in the Rocky Mountains
If you haven’t yet read our about page, Jordan and I are the owners behind Tailored Fit Photography. We are also beyond blessed to have several incredible first and second photographers on our team – and so when I started planning my proposal, they were the first people I talked to! Photographing proposals and engagements is something I’ve done quite a bit, but it was totally different doing it from the other side :)
Planning the proposal I wanted to do something that was absolutely awesome – My original plans included everything from hot air balloon rides to confetti canons – needless to say I wanted to make it AWESOME. But in the midst of my crazy ambitions, Jordan mentioned one day that she didn’t want an over the top proposal or something cheesy or in front of a bunch of people….
.. Back to the drawing board.
So my real challenge began: What do you do if you want your proposal to be meaningful and significant and awesome, WITHOUT doing anything cheesy or over the top?
Jordan is a nature and mountain lover, and so I knew the best thing I could do is incorporate was she loves into it somehow. I knew she grew up going to the lake with her Mum and her brother and adventuring in their old canoe, plus we love to adventure together, so I could pass it off casually enough without tipping her off – Bingo.
A canoe proposal in the midst of a remote mountain lake was absolutely perfect. I knew my neighbour had a canoe in their backyard and they agreed to lend it to me for the big event. The night before I picked up the canoe and some other goodies and arranged for our two photographers Levi & Dustin to drive the canoe and gear out ahead of time to the lake, and have it setup for when Jordan and I arrived.
After setting up the canoe proposal, they hid in the bushes so that they could capture this rocky mountain destination proposal as it unfolded.
Finding the perfect spot was tricky – it needed to be awesome, but not so far away she would get suspicious. I wound up settling on Echo Lake for the emerald water and high mountains. Talk about an incredible proposal location. I told Jordan we were going to tour a few wineries so she was expecting a drive and dressed up before we left.
Planning a proposal is tricky. Every wedding proposal has things that come up differently than you planned. In my case, it was the fact that our photographers couldn’t find the google map pin I selected as the meeting spot! (Note to self: When planning a wedding proposal in a remote area, ensure you have adequate cell coverage!) I told Jordan we were going to swing by a cool spot on the lake en route to our winery tour. But when I got there and found out our photographers hadn’t yet arrived or set up, I had to do some quick thinking!
Fortunately Jordan knows I’m directionally challenged sometimes, and so when I told her I must have missed it and doubled back to buy some more time she bought it readily enough. By the third pass she was a little suspicious, but luckily they had arrived and setup the canoe for the proposal :)
The rest, as they say is history! I’ll let the photos tell the story – they do it much better than I could. And hey, if you need any canoe proposal advice, I now have first hand experience!
Canoe Proposal in the Forest
How We Met…
Ryan and I met in Sydney, Australia. Each of us were studying music and media at Hillsong Church, Ryan is from Canada and I’m from America. We first met at a mutual friend’s place, going over a new media business possibility — we caught each other’s eyes but that wasn’t when the spark really hit…
February came and went and come March, we were each volunteering at an incredible women’s conference, Colour Conference at Hillsong Church. We ran into each other a few times, were able to talk a bit more and that sent Ryan on a search to get my contact info and ask me out to coffee (which funny enough, we’re fully tea people at heart). We hung out the next Friday with some good friends, on Good Friday, and it was still to this day, one of the best days we’ve ever had together. After taking a drive across the Great Northern Road in Sydney, we gazed at the sunset over the most beautiful beach I had ever seen, went to the incredible Glow Worm tunnels in Lithgow Sydney, and followed it all up with delicious American style burgers for dinner…it was nothing less than amazing from there on out!
Needless to say, we were positive shortly into dating that, this was it! We’re best friends and passionate about each other and loving each other the way God would have us to, or at least trying our best, every moment of every day.
We finished our studies in Australia and headed home(s) to meet the families! America was a blast with my family, and then came, Canada, our new home and future. The day came quickly, because we had already began to plan our wedding with our families blessings before coming to Northern America! Once we were here, Ryan asked my dad for his blessing, then 2 days into our Canada trip he popped the question!
How He Asked…
He told me we were going to a super nice restaurant for lunch and also stop at a cool spot along the way. So, we each got dressed up, luckily I had even done my nails the night before! He drove to Echo Lake in BC, Canada. He found the lookout he had prepared everything in and he led me down a little path through the trees down to the water.
There he had the sweetest canoe that was beautiful and green like the lake, an old trunk and picnic basket nestled perfectly in the canoe floor. I knew at that moment what was going on and couldn’t stop smiling! He helped me in and we floated out to the water, as we were floating he pulled out a note he had ready to read to me, and then said he had one last question he has to ask me, “will you marry me?”….Soaking in the moment I said “of course I will, yes!”
Then I saw his two cousins sneaking around on the bank capturing the whole thing, we took some more photos on the lake, and then jumped in the car to go on an engagement photoshoot! It was finally our turn (as this is what we do for a living!). After we finished that, we looked through his old family trunk that he had packed with tons of beautiful gifts, a lovely bottle of wine, and my favourite, pumpkin pie! We then went on to our next adventure! We drove to another stunningly gorgeous mountainous lake, and spent the day with it all to ourselves on a little pebble beach with our picnic and some Okanagan apple and peach ciders to cool us down in the breezy summer air.
It was perfect.
I ventured out with my friend Jess in Australia, hoping and praying to find my perfect ring that day! I wanted something different than the regular silver wedding rings. I love nature, I love the forrest, and I love vintage things. So in my search, I wanted something that reflected those things the most, and simplicity. The very first store I walked into, Michael Hill, it caught my eye, and once I tried it on, that was it! We ventured to all the other stores we could find just to make sure but nothing compared to the very first one, so that was my choice!
Thats it! Our Rocky Mountain Canoe Wedding Proposal!
We hope you enjoyed the photos of this canoe wedding proposal in the forest as much as we did photographing it. There is no doubt – canoe wedding proposals are REALLY COOL. Wedding proposals in the forest make for some awesome proposal photography, lots of variety and awesome proposal photo ideas. For more engagement and proposal photography ideas check out our blog!
If you’re planning a wedding proposal we would LOVE to photograph it! Wedding proposal photography is one of the most incredible ways to capture the day and share it with family and friends. Definitely make sure your proposal gets photographed. Contact us today for proposal photos and to book your engagement session :)
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