Summer Love: Zach & Kelly’s Arapahoe Bend Engagement, Complete with the World’s Cutest Blue Heeler!

Summer has been on WARP speed over here, and I’m pretty sure I’m feeling how my planning AAP Brides are feeling…so much to get done in a short time! I have to take the time to share a long overdue post on Zach & Kelly, as their engagement session was so much fun and they are so wonderful together. Here we go!

How They Met

When Kelly told me how they met, I absolutely had to crack up…especially as a wedding photographer. They met during Dollar Drafts in Old Town, Fort Collins…after Zach had crashed a wedding! (Insert tears from laughter here, because I’ve at SO many weddings and never actually seen this!) Well, they hit it off and Kelly told me she knew he was the one from the 1st date when he said, “I like Captain America and I hate Trump.” and shared he had rescued his cat from behind the liquor store. No matter your Avengers or political stance, you have to agree that’s a pretty great way to succinctly and awesomely share yourself! These two were an officially committed couple within a month, and it’s been a fun ride since then.

How He Proposed

Zach nailed this, especially in the sentimental department…he re-created one of their early dates of an impromptu drive up to the cameron pass area. He brought Dexter, their INCREDIBLE blue heeler (I have one, I might be a little breed biased), and popped the question in the sweetness of being just the 3 of them. He knew Kelly and how important it was to get a lab grown diamond for her as she is educated on the diamond industry and labor issues abroad. It’s a gorgeous ring, I’ll just say that now!

How They Found Me

Kelly and I actually met last year…when she was a bridesmaid in wedding I was shooting for her friend, Amber! Amber and her crew got ready at Zach & Kelly’s apartment and I remember seeing the gift basket Kelly put together for her and thinking, “She is someone who cares for people with a wonderfully open heart.” Well, when I got an email from Kelly in the spring, I was over the moon to be the one that she and Zach chose.

They chose green, nature, and Dog inclusive for their session which we did at Arapahoe Bend Nature Reserve in Fort Collins. The reserve is great for the water and beautiful green grass that fills the landscape.

Kelly & Zach, I truly loved ever minute of hanging out with you for our session…and I can’t wait for October 6th!!!!

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