October 26th, 2013
Sarah and Nat met coaching middle school girls’ volleyball. They were both teaching in the Cherry Creek School District at separate middle schools. Sarah had been asked to step in at the last minute to help coach and this was Nat’s first season coaching. The game was at the school where Sarah taught, Horizon. Nat sauntered in wearing bright orange pants, a yellow button down, and a teal tie. She immediately found him charming and said so to the referee, who was also a security guard at Horizon. The game began and it became very apparent that Nat had never coached volleyball. Sarah helped guide his girls while her girls dominated the game. Sarah’s team won and while she helped clean up the gym, the referee approached Nat. She asked him for his phone number because one of the coaches wanted it. Nat didn’t know which coach was getting his phone number, but he handed it over in the hopes that it was Sarah. It was!
Nat hatched his proposal plan with a good friend who owns The Denver Beer Company, a local brewery. The DBC was tapping a milk stout, Sarah’s favorite, the Friday before her birthday. Nat casually mentioned it to Sarah and they decided to go. A friend was supposed to pick Sarah up but she was running late so she called Nat to tell him and he immediately dispatched his brother, Alex, to pick her up, which she found odd, but didn’t really think too much about it. Alex and Sarah finally arrived and before she could even sit down, the owner asked if she would help pull off the sign covering up the beer’s name on the menu board. Again, she remembers thinking this was odd, but willingly participated. Nat quieted everyone down and, with the entire brewery watching her, she proceeded to stand up on a chair to pull off the sign. She realized something was up by the shocked looks on the patron’s faces. She turned to Nat and noticed he was down on one knee. Then she looked at the beer sign. It read: “Sarah, say yes.” So she looked back to Nat and said “YES.” The whole place erupted in applause as they kissed. She couldn’t have been more surprised and says she couldn’t have asked for a more memorable proposal. Sarah’s favorite part was how Nat made the day even more special by inviting their family to join them after the proposal so that they could all celebrate the start of their life together.
These two lovebirds had a darling backyard wedding ceremony at Sarah’s uncles house followed by an “open house” style reception where people could come and go as they pleased. Sarah wore beautiful jewelry from her favorite grandmother that passed away last Easter and got ready in her old room as a way to keep her close while she said her vows to Nat. After the ceremony I took them to City Park, which happened to be where they shared their first kiss, for their romantic portraits set against a beautiful fall/sunset backdrop. Then we were off to the dance party and cocktail reception at Eden restaurant where Nat and his brother, Alex, blew the guests away with their amazing swing dancing moves. It was a fantastic celebration of a beautiful love and a blast was had by all. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t shake it down on the dance floor. I did. Thank you to Sarah and Nat for including me in one of the sweetest, most genuine and special wedding celebrations that I have ever had the pleasure of documenting and being a part of. I look forward to following you both on your life adventure as a married couple!