We at Spruce Mountain Ranch are kicking off the New Year of 2015 the right way—with our 3rd and final edition of our “Spruce Mountain Ranch Proposal Stories Blog.” We know that you’ll enjoy these final heartwarming stories as much as we did!
Story #7 ~
*This story was submitted by Rebecca Fox’s Fiancé, Owen:
“We had been planning this day for about 2 months. I had met Sara, the photographer who would help me surprise Becca and capture the moment, at Red Rocks to go over location, direction, sunlight, and what clothes I would be wearing so Becca could spot me. The planning helped calm my nerves a bit because we had mapped out to almost the minute where I needed to be. We even had a back up location depending on sunlight that day.
About a week before I was going to propose, it was the hardest-kept secret in the world. Almost all our family and friends knew that this wouldn’t be a normal Red Rocks workout, but everyone did an amazing job of keeping it from Becca.
On the day of the proposal, I think I drove about 40 mph on 470 towards Red Rocks because I did not want to mess up our time line. Once we arrived, I could barely speak. Becca was asking why we parked where we did, and why I needed to run with a backpack on, to which I didn’t have the greatest responses. Once I saw Sara, I knew it was on. We started jogging around the stands, but my heart was racing for other reasons. I wasn’t sure which place to propose because it was a little overcast and I couldn’t remember which location she wanted.
I decided to go to the top where we originally had planned. Becca was confused why I had to take a break in the middle of the stands as I was fumbling through my camelback looking for the ring. Right as she looked away I grabbed her by the hand and got down on one knee.
She looked a bit confused at first, but once people started cheering and I began the little speech I had prepared, she realized what was going on. I was so glad Sara was able to capture such an important moment for Becca and I. I introduced her to Sara afterwards and we began taking pictures around Red Rocks. Becca had no idea there was another surprise waiting.
After Sara left, I stalled as best I could by pretending I left my water bottle behind, and then tying my shoes really slow. As we walked down to the bottom of the hill, I tried to stay on her left side so she would not see the tent of people waiting for us until we walked down the hill.
I will never forget the sound of all our friends and family cheering for us as we walked down the hill. This was one of the happiest moments of my life and I was so happy to be able to give this memory to my future wife.”
* Rebecca Fox and Owen Foley tie the knot at Spruce Mountain Ranch on September 12th, 2015! *
Story #8 ~
*This next story was submitted by bride Sara Snyder:
“For Christmas, Patrick got me a gift certificate to Burke Williams for a massage and a manicure and said that my best friend, Katie, was getting the same thing from her husband, so we were going to have a girls’ day at the spa. This is when I first became suspicious that he might propose because I never get my nails done. Patrick had also told me that we would be going to dinner after the spa, so he said that he would pick me up at 7 and that I should wear a dress. A couple weeks later, Katie and I have our spa day and I tell her that I think Patrick is going to propose that night. She says, “Really? You think he would propose on a Sunday? You guys wouldn’t have any time to celebrate!” I thought this was a good point, and figured I was just over-thinking the whole situation.
Patrick comes to pick me up for dinner that night, and he is dressed to the nines with even a handkerchief in his coat pocket and cuff links! He wouldn’t tell me where we were going to dinner, so of course I ask a million questions, but he gives me no hints. We end up having dinner at the Pelican Hill Resort, which is an amazing hotel in Newport Beach, CA overlooking the ocean. Patrick and I had a lovely dinner, with great conversation as always. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. He was acting completely normal. We finished dinner, but before we left, I went to the bathroom and took my purse with me, which I never do, but I had to text Katie. I told her that I totally over analyzed the situation, he didn’t propose, and we were about to head home. Patrick and I get back in the car and he says that we should quickly check out the rest of the resort and maybe grab a drink. We drive to another part of the resort, get out and start walking. He’s telling me what a cool place this is and that we should stay here sometime. We start walking by rooms and we stop in front of one and he says, “You know what? We are actually staying here tonight.” My first response is, “What? What about work tomorrow?!” He informs me that he’s been in contact with my boss and that I have the next day off. Then I ask him about my dog Zoe. He says that he left a key under my mat and that Katie has dognapped her for the evening. We walk into this amazing room, there is music playing, a fire burning in the fireplace, candles everywhere and chilled champagne. Patrick says, “Lets have some champagne,” and we walk over to the table where it is chilling. Well, apparently the hotel thought he was going to propose before we got in the room because they had left a card on the table that said, “To the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Haedtler.” When Patrick sees the card, he laughs and says, “Well I guess the cat is out of the bag!” He sits me down, gives me a card and a book that he has made filled with pictures of many adventures we’ve had over the last two years. The last picture in the book was a picture of a ring box. I look over at him and he is down on one knee proposing. And of course I said yes!
The next day he says that we should go back to my place and straighten up a bit because we are going to have company over and then go out to dinner. I ask who is coming over, but of course he won’t tell me. By the time we get home and clean a little bit, I am starving. I’m begging that we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant for a taco, and he keeps telling me that we’ll go in a few minutes. I can’t understand why we just can’t go, but then there is a knock on my door, I answer it and my dad is standing there! Patrick had flown him out from Colorado so he could join us in celebration. I am super close to my dad, so this was a great surprise. I think I screamed so loud that my neighbors were probably wondering what was going on. That night we went out to a lovely dinner and when we got there, Katie (who had been in on the whole proposal, was there with her husband to help us celebrate). I told her that she deserved an Academy Award for her award-winning performance!
I couldn’t have dreamed for a more perfect proposal. Patrick thought of every little detail, and this is something that always brings a smile to face when I think back to that night. We can’t wait for our wedding in May at Spruce Mountain!”
* Sara Snyder and Patrick Haedtler say “I do” at the ranch on May 31st, 2015! *
Story #9 ~
*The last story from our proposal series was sent in by bride Allison Schoenberger:
“I am a 3rd grade teacher in Houston, Texas, but I was born and raised in Colorado. Taylor, my fiancé, is an engineer in the oil industry, and was leaving to go back to the rig on May 27th. Everyone knew what was in the works (except for me) and this is what took place:
On May 26th, my coworkers asked if I wanted to get my nails done at lunch that day, and I said no (dumb mistake)! After school, I called my mom disappointed that Taylor was “simply not proposing” because he was going to leave town the next day, and I would be leaving for summer break before he came back from the oil rig. She sympathized with me and told me that, “it would happen eventually.” Little did I know she was well aware of the upcoming proposal, and was planning to fly to Texas the next morning to celebrate what was about to happen!
On May 27th, Taylor had told me he had to go into the office early to prepare before he left town. I was getting ready for what I had been told was “teacher picture day.” It was pouring rain outside, and I was worried about the drive to school through a busy, construction-filled road. I randomly texted Taylor telling him I wouldn’t be able to curl my hair for picture day because I didn’t want to be late and was bummed. He retorted with, “You have time to curl your a hair!” This was an odd response for him, as it would be for any man, considering he wouldn’t even see me all day, but I brushed it off. After I was all ready, I ran to my car, already half-soaked from the rain, and drove to my school. Once I arrived, I was greeted by my principal who rushed me into my classroom, helped me throw down my bag, and led me to the garden where we would take the pictures. I felt awful for being so late and making her rush. All of the third grade teachers walked out to the garden (which was partially covered) and started to line up for the pictures. All the teachers were dressed up and looked great (and I was thankful I had listened to Taylor earlier and managed to curl my hair!). My principal positioned me in the middle, and just as the photographer got ready to take the picture, I saw Taylor out of the corner of my eye and I completely lost it! He looked so handsome and nervous and excited all in one. He walked up to me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. When presenting the ring, I could barely see it out through the tears of joy. Let’s just say my emotions matched the weather! I gleefully said “yes,” and hugged and kissed him! He did such a great job planning the proposal and all the details- and we got it all on camera! I was ecstatic! It was truly the happiest moment of my life, and I was so thankful to have so many wonderful people around us to witness it! ……..AND my principal got a substitute teacher for me for the remainder of the day so I could celebrate my engagement with my fiancé!
* Allison Schoenberger and Taylor Saathoff get married on July 12th, 2015 at Spruce Mountain Ranch! *