Elizabeth-Billy Engagement-Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces, NM, US
Taylor’d Photography beautifully captured Elizabeth-Billy Engagement-Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument in Las Cruces, NM, US. Below is a story of how this beautiful couple met and how he proposed as well as their gorgeous engagement photos. So the photos showcase this couple’s love for each other and the beauty of New Mexico.
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Billy and Liz wanted to show off the gorgeous New Mexican landscape of the Southwest and their connection to each other. The couple met in high school but didn’t start dating until the were introduced again by mutual friends years later. They enjoy exploring the Southwest on epic road trips, like the time they drove through Joshua Tree park at sunset.
Billy works with an art gallery in Austin, Texas. He had the gallery set up with photos of their adventures together and asked Liz meet him at the gallery for the opening of a new art show. When Liz walked into the gallery she was surprised to see their love story was the subject of the show. Surrounded by family and their closest friends, Billy asked Liz to be his wife, and she said YES! They will be getting married in October 2018 in a historic adobe building.
From the couple: Elizabeth-Billy Engagement-Organ Mountains
Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
Billy: We actually met in high school. Elizabeth will tell you that she had a crush on me at the time, but she was dating a friend of mine. Due to dumb “high school rules”, this meant that I could not date her, even after they broke up. Luckily, we reconnected years later though, of all places, Facebook.
What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?
Billy: Our relationship has just felt very easy the entire time. We routinely tell each other how it doesn’t at all feel as though we’ve been together as long as we have. In the past 8 years, we’ve both grown and evolved so much in tandem with our relationship. We also know each other so well and have great respect for one another.
Elizabeth: It’s crazy how it’s been 8 years! I can’t believe it. We make each other laugh; a lot. And we make an effort to encourage each other and aren’t afraid to be completely silly and ridiculous. Traveling together, just the two of us, is my favorite.
How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)
Billy: While I know this isn’t the most “romantic” answer, I don’t feel like there was one specific moment where everything magically came together and made me realize, “she’s the one.” Over the course of the last 8 years, Elizabeth has given me an infinite number of reasons to fall in love with her. While I can’t pinpoint the exact moment of realizing she was “the one”, or exactly why, at a certain point I realized that the rest of my life needed to be spent with her by my side.
Elizabeth: I feel the same way. Early on into our relationship, I remember introducing Billy to my mom. After spending very little time together, she could tell that I felt differently about him than any of my past relationships. I also don’t remember an exact moment, but I do remember knowing, “This is exactly what I want.”
Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
Billy: Oh boy. Okay. By the time I finally proposed, Elizabeth and I had been together for 7 years. With that amount of time, I knew I wanted to make it really special. I have a relationship with the pop-culture juggernaut, Mondo, located in Austin, Texas. For the past several years, I’ve photographed their expansive catalogue of products. In that time, I’ve forged very meaningful relationships with the staff, resulting in the company becoming very important to me.
A few months leading up to the proposal, I worked with their staff to use their gallery space in between shows. My plan was to hold a gallery show consisting of “art pieces” that represented memories and experiences Elizabeth and I had shared during our time together. Each piece’s title would begin with, “That time” followed by a story explaining the piece and title. This would lead to the final piece: “That time I asked you to marry me.”
I spent a couple of months sneakily buying and hiding various items for the show, getting permission from her parents and brother, and letting all of our friends and family in on my plan. The week of the proposal, Elizabeth and I had planned on going out to dinner. On the way, I told her that I needed to stop by the gallery beforehand to pick up a product that had to be shot over the weekend. This is a pretty common occurrence, so she wasn’t suspicious at all. We pulled up to the rear of the gallery and walked inside. Elizabeth was a bit concerned at first, because it was empty. I motioned for her to walk further into the space where she saw the show. We spent the next 30 minutes revisiting dozens of experiences we had shared by reading the stories and laughing at the objects I had pieced together. When we got to the final piece, Elizabeth read the title and exclaimed, “What?!” I had placed a small box on the shelf as the piece of art. I motioned for her to open it and, when she turned around, she found me on one knee. She said yes and we spent a few moments with one another, looking back at the show and wiping tears away, before I reminded her that we had to go to get to dinner. As we exited the door we came in, we were greeted by a crowd of friends and family to congratulate us; I had asked them all to sneak in behind us as we were entering the gallery.The rest of the evening was spent surrounded by friends and family who got to explore the show and learn a bit more about our relationship.
Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?
Elizabeth: We’ve both found that we’re planners. Within the first month of being engaged, we had settled on the date, venue, and photographer.
Billy: And cake. Cake tasting was overwhelming in the best way possible. We were both very excited when we first met Elise and began discussing how we envisioned the day of our wedding. That helped us with making some more specific decisions.
Elizabeth: We’re both feeling great about where we are in the planning process right now and can’t wait for October and what’s to come in the years to follow.
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