Ryan & Ashley

And when you speak, angels sing from above
Everyday words seem to turn into love songs

Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be la vie en rose.

It’s only fitting that I open with these romantic lyrics from La Vie en Rose, because these are the words to the song that played from the music box as Ryan proposed to Ashley earlier this year. Ryan had the music box engraved with the coordinates from where they met so many years ago on the top of the box. He surprised her with the gift near the Poudre River and shocked Ashley as he got down on one knee to ask her to spend the rest of their lives together.

We revisited this spot to photograph Ryan and Ashley’s engagement photos and the fall colors and cool air simply enhanced the tender moments they shared there together.


One of my favorite parts of engagement photos is how genuinely the appreciation, romance, friendship, and joy just flow between the two people. While the relationship may be seasoned, this phase of life is so new and fresh and sharing it together is such a special time.  Ryan and Ashley were no different and their excitement over one another was evident. There was no lack of laughter and sweet little kisses as we spent a few hours together documenting this time in their lives.


I asked Ashley to share some of their story with me, in hopes that I could get to know them and their love story more fully. Of all the things she told me, this is what I can’t stop thinking:

“After what we calculated to be around 25,000 miles of traveling, or exactly one full trip around the circumference of the earth, we finally landed in the same state.”

These two have gone to great lengths to love and serve one another well. My prayer and hope for you, Ryan and Ashley, as you build your lives together, is that you’ll never forget the love you had when you first started. The love you had when you made that trip around the world,  just to know one another more deeply.


Christopher McLaughlin