Philip and Sara met in 2012, when Philip took Sara to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill (a country-kitsch restaurant in Stapleton) and a Colorado Rapids soccer game for their first date. Philip was shocked when Sara agreed to go on a second date, and not long after that, the two became nearly inseparable.
Back then, Sara was still living in Fort Morgan and drove over an hour each way to spend time with Philip. They spent a lot of their time perusing the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, discovering and finding their favorite exhibits at the museum. When they went to the Western Stock Show & Rodeo, Sara drew on her experience living on a farm and helped explain all of the agriculture equipment and livestock to Phil. Together, they explored the best food that Denver and Boulder had to offer. Sara took Philip to craft brewers all around Denver, finally breaking him of his love of Michelob Ultra.
2013 was a year of change for them both. Sara made a big decision to quit her job of 6 years and move to Denver to be closer to Phil. Being a great teacher, she quickly found a position at an elementary school in Aurora, Colorado. Meanwhile, Philip took a marketing position at an IT risk management consulting company in Louisville, Colorado. Despite the challenges of their long commutes and jobs being on different sides of the Denver Metro Area, the two of them continued to spend a lot of time together.
Sara suggested that the two of them should go up to Estes Park for Memorial Day Weekend. Little did she know that Philip was simultaneously planning to propose that exact weekend in Estes Park! The big day quickly approached and they got an early start on the day. During the two-hour drive up, Philip was a nervous wreck. Not good since he was the one driving on the windy mountain roads!
Once they finally got to Rocky Mountain National Park, they carefully meandered their way around Bear Lake, which was still packed with snow and slick ice. As they approached a small clearing that overlooked the lake, Philip set up his camera to “take a picture of the two of them”, but in reality putting the camera in video mode. As Sara posed for the camera, Philip got down on one knee and asked her the most important question of his life: “Sara, will you marry me?”