At Spruce Mountain Ranch, we love hearing all the stories of romantic proposals behind the beautiful weddings we host! To celebrate the biggest engagement season of the year and to encourage those who are waiting for someone to “pop” the question, we asked our happy couples to send us submissions of their proposal stories. We received so many wonderful submissions that we will be doing a three-part “Spruce Mountain Ranch Proposal Stories” series! We at Spruce Mountain hope that you enjoy reading these heart-warming love stories as much as we did!
Our first story was submitted by Jessica Hawthorne of Haxtun, Colorado:
“Nick and Jessica had traveled out to Jessica’s hometown Haxtun, CO for the weekend to move their cows to cornstalks for the wintertime. All day Saturday was spent building fence, moving water, and moving cows. Sunday morning, bright and early, Nick was wide-awake and ready to go check on the cows. Jessica was certain they were all still accounted for, so she tried to convince him they could sleep in. However, they headed out on the four-wheeler 15 minutes after waking up, donning their matching scotch caps and insulated coveralls.
When they arrived at the cornfield, Nick suggested they get off of the four-wheeler and walk for a bit to find the cows. Jessica grumbled, but she went along with it. Meanwhile, Jessica’s Dad Ben (who knew nothing about Nick’s plans that morning) pulled up on the dirt bike and started checking fence. Jessica remembers Nick being oddly concerned that her Dad had followed them, but she was happy for the excuse to not have to check the fences.
After walking hand-in-hand for about a mile, the couple came upon the cows, all standing in a perfect row as if they had been waiting for them.
Once the coast was clear and Jessica’s Dad had left for home, Nick dropped down on one knee and pulled out a hand-written letter. It is a good thing Nick had it all written down in a note, because the only thing Jessica remembers of that moment were her happy tears, laughter, and feeling overjoyed to finally get to say “Yes!” She shares that ‘Our cows are our witnesses!’”
~ Nick Lemmel and Jessica Hawthorne will be getting married at Spruce Mountain Ranch on November 8, 2014. This is almost exactly one year after Nick proposed on November 10, 2013.
Our second proposal story was sent to us by Jaclyn Ackerman:
July 31, 2013-
Top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris:
“I was that girl that was proposed to on the top of the Eiffel Tower. I’d seen a girlfriend towing a blindfolded boyfriend to a romantic sunset at the top, and I’d seen a man down on his knee proposing to his future wife. After all, it is the city of love, right? But, tonight, it would be me! July 31st was our big Paris day, and of course, in more ways than one!
We started off the morning with some long Louvre hours. Next, [we visited] those floor-to-ceiling Saint Chapelle stained glass windows (which have always been a favorite!). We had seen the Notre Dame glowing the night before, but went to see the inside today (another favorite!). We stopped for lunch and a much-needed Nutella crepe break in the Latin Quarter (I should just stop saying “another favorite.” This whole city is a favorite!). Then we walked past the Notre Dame to the Pont de l’Archeveche, better known as the Love Lock Bridge. I surprised [my fiancé] when I pulled out a small heart lock; I’d had it engraved in San Diego and it had been shoved in a corner of my purse since then. We found the perfect spot, clipped it on, tossed the key in the Seine, and headed off to the Eiffel Tower. I took us to the usual spot, the Trocadero—[where we took] lots of pictures, and Nigerian Eiffel Tower salesmen. We waited in line, rode the elevator up to the middle floor, and got off. Once we had finished exploring the level, we were eager to head to the top! We got off at the top, looked at the flags and distances to other countries, and made our way to the outside deck! Chris and I got separated in the hoards of people, so I just pointed out landmarks to myself and waited till the crowd cleared a bit.
I had made my way to him, just as he was saying he wanted this lady to take our picture. So I quickly scooted to my spot by his side, situated my self, and smiled. He starts talking and turning me towards him… I kept smiling for the lady with camera and telling him to stop moving. He keeps pestering me, and I keep telling him to stand still and smile. Then he takes his backpack off and kneels down, so I finally turn to look at him. AH! As I’m writing this more than a year later, I can’t remember what he even said, but I stuck my left hand out and gladly said yes! Only later did I learn he had separated himself from me earlier and went to find an English speaker in the mass of people. He filled her in on his secret. So turns out, she wasn’t taking a picture– she was recording it!
We finished our Eiffel Tower evening and went back to the hotel. As you can imagine, the next bit of time was spent calling everyone back home (all of which were already aware of the question of the day!).”
Jaclyn Ackerman and Chris Shea will celebrate their special day at Spruce Mountain on June 21st, 2015.
Our 3rd and final story for the first part of our proposal story blog was submitted by Madeline McBride:
“My fiancé Matt and I have been together for almost 10 years, and have always had a “thing” with penguins. We have a stuffed penguin named Hubert, love the movie “Happy Feet,” have a World Wildlife foundation adopted penguin, and just love the fact that penguins are mates for life. We currently live in Denver, CO. However, we are originally from Texas. We were in Dallas, TX for my best friend’s baby shower the weekend after Valentine’s Day, and she mentioned that she really wanted to go to the Dallas Zoo on Sunday before we left, because it was supposed to be a beautiful day. I thought this was an odd request from her, but I was all up for it since I love the zoo and animals.
Sunday morning we got up, made breakfast, and then headed to the zoo. It just happened to be “Penguin Day” at the zoo, which made it even more exciting. After walking by a couple of the exhibits, one of the educational animal handlers at the zoo approached us. She explained that the zoo was considering offering an up-close experience with the animals to zoo-goers for an additional cost, but before they started marketing this and going forward, they wanted to see if customers thought it was a good experience and worth the money. We were all for getting to spend some one-on-one time with some of the animals, and followed her with excitement.
One-by-one she brought out interesting animals from their crates and taught us fun facts, while letting us pet and hold them. After seeing a chinchilla and 35-year-old Texas owl, she brought out Sid, the African black-footed penguin. At that same moment, I felt my fiancé’s hand on my lower back turning me around, and I caught a glimpse of something shiny tied around Sid’s neck. My fiancé was then down on one knee and proposed. I was shocked and ecstatic. We then got to hang out with Sid and the other animals…. it was AWESOME!
After leaving the zoo, we headed to a restaurant, only to find our parents and close friends had driven to Dallas to surprise me and celebrate with us. After all of the excitement, we boarded our plane to head back to Denver engaged. It was a whirlwind of emotions, and now I am so excited to marry my best friend and penguin for life.”
Madeline McBride and Matt Comneck will tie the knot on May 5th, 2015 at Spruce Mountain Ranch!
A warm, Spruce Mountain Ranch thanks to our brides~ Jessica Hawthorne, Jaclyn Ackerman, and Madeline McBride! Thank you for sharing your proposal stories with us! We look forward to the honor of hosting your weddings!