GSS Featured Engagement :: Nicole & Ryan’s Snowy Utah Engagement Session :: Rebekah Westover Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  We have a special treat for you today.  Although most of the country is experiencing the beginning of Spring and the warmer weather it brings- The Rockies and our northern and eastern states are still getting some of that beautiful white powder.  With that said, we have an amazing snowy engagement session to feature today from Rebekah of Rebekah Westover PhotographyRebekah Westover Photography is a Utah based wedding photographer.

Nicole and Ryan are to be married on December 10, 2011 in San Diego.  Nicole was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Ryan meet?  Ryan and I met 8 years ago at my family beach house in Laguna Beach, CA. We had a little trailer there right on the beach in a little place that my great-grandmother had bought when my grandma was a girl. It was a magical quaint little part of Laguna that had been around for ages. Ryan was a lifeguard and conveniently enough, one of my cousin’s friends. I come from a family of all boys so it wasn’t until a year later that I was given the OK to date him… I guess being raised among the guys they feel like they have to check and double check credentials…especially if it’s one of their friends! We were 17 then and we really didn’t know what to expect…for all we knew, it was a summer romance.

How long did you date before the proposal OR How long have you been together?  We have been together for 8 years and have survived the distance, school and our jobs. Ryan graduated from the University of Irvine with an emphasis in Social Ecology and I graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in English and a single subject Teaching Credential- A far cry from what we both do today! Ryan is a Marine Safety Officer for the City of Laguna Beach and I am a Drywall Subcontractor in San Diego.

Have you set a date yet?  We’re getting married 12-10-11.

Have you picked your venue?  If so, what made you choose this location?  We’ve decided to get married in San Diego at the Immaculata which is located on my old college campus-USD. We would frequent the church often when I went to school there and I am so excited that the priest who will be marrying us was my priest ever since I was a young girl. Nothing can be more special than having someone you know well marry you. Our families are extremely important in our lives and we want more than anything, to have a celebration of family and friends. We’ve been together for long enough to know our commitment and love for one another is so great and   we want the focus to be on what got us to this point and honor our families and friends. That being said, we’re going to have our reception at my families home in La Jolla. We’re getting married in December because we thought it seemed more cozy and would set the mood for our cabin-y family celebration…much like Christmas feels!

How did Ryan propose?  Ryan proposed while we were Heli-skiing at the Canyons with the Park City Powder Birds in Utah.   On Dec 24, 2010 we went up in the helicopter with my family and Ryan. It was an amazingly clear day and we had such great runs. On the third run my family skied down one by one leaving us to be the last two. (Each person goes separately just in case there’s avalanche danger). I was up next and just as I was asking the guide if I could go, I saw Ryan pull something from his jacket. Immediately he popped the question because I think he feared I might Ski away! It was amazing and our guide got our photos on camera! I was so surprised and it was the perfect engagement for us and most importantly, it was on Ryan’s terms. :) 

Besides getting engaged, what is your favorite memory as a couple?  My Dad has always included me in all of the things that one might consider “guys trips” from hunting to fishing to heliskiing. I love to try new things and get out and explore. I think Ryan figured that my mind would be focused on the adrenaline of the situation that I’d never consider him proposing (you have to remember we’d been dating 8 years… I ALWAYS expected it). I had even planned a trip to climb Mt. Whitney, a 14,000 elevation climb just because I thought it might inspire him. It was only after 35 miles and 14,000 feet that he had to explain we were not getting engaged just yet. I think I cried all the way down because it was then that I realized I had climbed the highest peak in CA and had blisters on my feet and hadn’t gone to the bathroom in days for no apparent reason other than I was a big dreamer! But he knew what I was up to… This is hands down one of our favorite memories too as we both laugh about it to this day. Just the fact that he still wanted to marry me after this was amazing!

What made you choose to do a snowy engagement session vs. a San Diego beach session?  Since we were engaged in Utah, we debated for some time about getting married there. Everything is amazingly beautiful and each winter we love to go and ski as often as we can! Eventually, we decided it was best to stay close to home so that more of our family could come celebrate with us, BUT we weren’t willing to give up on Utah altogether…we wanted pictures to capture where our fond memories continue. The beaches of California are nice, but they don’t capture the fun that we have in the snow and it seemed all the more fitting since our engagement was there and our wedding in December. Again, we love the cabin atmosphere and the fun  of winter!

What made you choose Rebekah as your photographer?  After looking for a bit, we found Rebekah and feel in love with her style and the way she captures truly happy and fun moments. We aren’t too much of a serious couple and we wanted to feel as if we were enjoying each other’s company and she was capturing the moments for us- that’s what we got and we’re so happy that we have these to forever remember this part of our lives. All of these moments and feelings are something that we will reminisce about again and again and it’s so nice to have a photographer like Rebekah to make them timeless.

Nicole was sweet enough to send us a couple of shots from the actual proposal too!  So cool!!! LOVE it!

Thank you so much, Rebekah, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and her blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Nicole, for taking your time to answer our questions and sharing your proposal pictures with us!  We hope your wedding is everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you and Ryan a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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  1. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing. I’m a huge fan of Rebekah Westover – she’s so talented! I’m loving the colors of the E-sesh too, and of course the snow. So cute!

    xx Sharon @

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