I really, really loved this Lake Wenatchee Engagement Session. We didn’t anticipate how cold it would be, but Matt and Kelsey toughed it out with me, and I’d say it was absolutely worth it.
They met in 2012. Kelsey’s flag football team needed another player and Matt was the one to take the spot. They would see each other at lunch with co-workers, and one day, Kelsey was talking to Matt about how she needed a place to live. As it turned out, Matt had an extra room at his house and was willing to have her as a roommate! One night after about 6 months of her living at Matt’s, she got the courage to ask Matt if he had the same feelings for her as she did for him. He did.
They have spent the last few years doing SO many cool things! If you have ever seen the tv show, “Tiny House Nation” these two may look familiar to you, as they should. In 2015, they built a tiny house together! Sustainable living is something they are passionate about, and they were actually thinking about building one themselves when they saw the chance to be ON the show. They didn’t think they would actually be chosen, but low and behold, they got the call! It was a fun process, and they figured out what they would have done differently, but they were only in the tiny house for a small time until their next adventure.
Work things led Matt to head to Germany for, get this, 10 months! I wouldn’t mind living in Germany for any amount of time, and was super jealous when I found all of this out. Kelsey was able to get a leave of absence from her job and was able to spend a majority of that time in Germany with Matt. They enjoyed their time there hiking, exploring, and staring at the amazing views outside their apartment windows of Hochgrat Mountain. They would watch the lights of the gondola come on each night and they knew they wanted to go up there at some point. Kelsey was leaving soon, and knew that had to be the spot.
He had spent time hiking up the mountain in the winter time (YIKES! Winter in Germany!) which included tramping around in the snow trying to find the PERFECT location for his proposal. Saturday came around and Matt packed their supplies but wouldn’t let Kelsey know what was inside. They headed up the mountain and after a 3 hour, difficult hike, they made it to the top. The surprise in the pack was actually a picnic for the two of them! With gorgeous views of Germany and the Austrain Alps, they enjoyed their food and their conversation.
“Next, I brought out a letter I had written to her and she read it out loud. My goal was to start the “water works” and, well, you could say mission accomplished! After she did a little face fanning I thought it was time to bust out the next item in my bag of tricks, a mini bottle of champagne! Turns out, it starts to get a little chilly at over 6,000 ft with a slight wind, even in the middle of the Summer, so now I’m thinking that it is time for the grand finale. During our conversation I had reached into my bag with ninja-like subtlety and grabbed the last item. It was a lock that I had engraved with our names and date on one side and “Marry Me?” on the other!
Of course now we don’t care about the weather as we celebrate. There just so happened to be a big metal cross on the top of the mountain that we could attach our lock to (I did some scouting a few months prior). We took a couple photos at the cross and then made our way down from the summit, through a herd of cows, to the Gondola where we were going to catch a ride back down. My good vibes were nearly brought to an immediate end when we found out that they were no longer selling tickets for rides back down as the Gondola was getting ready to shut down! We sprinted up the stairs to the boarding area and paid the lift operator cash so we could catch one last car down the mountain! Talk about an epic ending to an unforgettable day!”
ADORABLE, RIGHT!?!?! I think every girl dreams about a proposal like that.
Lake Wenatchee Engagement Session
Our session was definitely an adventure in itself! I had planned on shooting on the beach at Lake Wenatchee’s south side. A few weeks prior, me and Raylee took a trip up there and it was PERFECT! A little chilly, but it was November, but the water was GLASS (don’t believe me, check it out). Well, it definitely was FAR from glass when I pulled in. I knew from the drive up to the lake that it was windy. I just didn’t realize HOW windy. It was like gale force winds, in the middle of a winter storm rolling in. I showed my dad images from the session and he told me it looked like some inlet in Alaska. He thought I went to Alaska for this session. HA! It felt pretty close to that. I knew I didn’t want these two to freeze, so we drove back into the forest a little ways to an area that I had driven past on the way to the lake and thought “wow, that light is GOOD.” Was it ever.
It was crazy, but it was barely windy, and definitely not as cold. With light like that, it’s hard to go wrong! I had a great time getting to know these two even more, and we laughed SO much. We even ran into a nice friendly mushroom-seeker man. We had a short chat with him. After our time in the trees, I asked them if they were up for TRYING to get at least a few shots on the lake. That WAS the reason we headed out there.
It was freezing. The rain was pelting us, the wind was frigid. You could see it snowing not too far up the mountain from where we were. It was blowing in, and quick. We spend maybe 5 minutes on the lake, and then wrapped things up.
Kelsey and Matt, I had SO much fun getting to know you guys! Thanks for freezing on the lake with me, laughing about psychedelic mushroom-eaters, and I hope you guys had an awesome weekend celebrating Kelsey’s birthday! 🙂 You guys are adorable.
49 shot Brenizer Method—that’s always fun. 🙂
Hence my dad saying it looked like Alaska….I’m sure I could find some Alaska inlet that looks just like this. 😛