Maddie & Danny are the perfect SHP couple! They are fun, playful and madly in love. They love the outdoors, are adventurous, have a great eye for details and are of course, dog lovers! I met Maddie in a coffee shop in Boulder months ago and our conversation flowed with ease. We talked about their wedding plans and what they liked to do in their free time. The first time I met Danny was actually, here at their engagement session. He was attentive to Maddie and their little fury guy, Dexter and such a gentleman. We of course had an amazing evening with the prettiest lighting and really got to know one another. They brought some fun props to their session allowing their personalities to shine. They lit up my camera and were pros by the end of our session. I cannot wait to photography the two of them again!
I asked the couple to share their engagement story and give some advice to future couples planning their wedding and this is what they had to say!
How he asked:
The first thing you need to know is Danny and I have been together since the beginning of college, and needless to say there are almost no surprises or secretes between us. We have survived our college years together. We moved out to Colorado together. We have adventured together.
After an great day of skiing at Copper Mountain, we found our self in delightful conversation of the years ahead of us while heading back to our home in Boulder, CO. Once back, we took a slight detour up Flagstaff to enjoy a view of the city we love when it all happened. That was the day we decided to go from best friends to lifetime companions. Despite the fact that I knew he was up to something, the moment was still incredibly sweet and one we will never forget.
Advice to future couples!
1 – The wedding business is a (relatively) small world. Don’t be afraid to ask for a vendor recommendation from your current list of contacts. We actually found Sarah as a recommended photographer from our venue, Lone Hawk Farm. Not only do we love her photography style, but she is a delight to work with. Sarah did a wonderful job of making us feel totally comfortable during our engagement photoshoot. On top of that, the fact that she know Lone Hawk so well, makes me confident that we will get another round of fantastic shots on our big day.
2 – Don’t be afraid to ask for and/or accept help. I know when we first started this process we felt like we didn’t want to burden our friends and families with our wedding to-do list. As it turns out, they are excited to help and you will be glad to have some extra hands and opinions.
3 – Getting ready for you engagement shoot? Dress for your style. We spent a good bit of time sweating over what to wear for our engagement shoot. Do we need to be dressier? Should I be wearing a statement necklace with this outfit? But at the end of the day these are you photos to cherish. These are a snapshot of who you are/were during this particular chapter, and you should embrace that. Also BRING PROPS! They are a fun way to bring out your personality and put your own unique touch on this new tradition. Danny and I picked up that vintage red bike back in college. There were so many reasons not to bring it along, and believe me we almost didn’t, but some of our favorite shots have old Frank the Schwinn in them.
4 – Wedding planning can be stressful and difficult, so find a way to make it fun. We would treat ourselves to a nice dinner or hit one of our favorite dessert spots after a productive day!
Happy wedding planning and best of luck!!
Maddie, Danny, and Dexter
Until their September wedding at Lone Hawk Farm, enjoy Maddie & Danny’s engagement photos!