Red Butte Garden Proposal

August 3, 2022

See this heartwarming, surprise Red Butte Garden proposal orchestrated by Alex for Tori. It’s a golden-hour tale of meticulous planning and blooming romance.

Choosing the Perfect Backdrop

When Alex reached out for assistance in planning a surprise proposal, we collectively decided that Red Butte Garden offered the perfect canvas. Set against the backdrop of Mount Olympus and the Wasatch mountains, the native plant exhibit provided a picturesque setting for a golden hour proposal.

Coordination for a Flawless Proposal Execution

Through topographic maps, photos from my archive, and several phone calls, I meticulously coordinated with Alex to ensure the evening unfolded flawlessly. With the native plant exhibit as our stage, the proposal was set to be a moment to remember.

Capturing the Golden Moment for a Red Butte Garden Proposal

As the sun bathed the garden in a golden glow, Alex popped the question. Concealed in plain sight, my wife and I, armed with cameras instead of sandwiches, sprang into action. The blooming flowers in the foreground, alongside the majestic mountains, formed a breathtaking backdrop.

Champagne Celebration and Exploring the Garden’s Beauty

A chilled bottle of champagne added a touch of celebration after Tori said yes. The evening continued with a stroll around the garden, capturing the magic of the moment against the scenic beauty of Red Butte Garden.

As a garden member, I guided them to hidden gems like the oak tunnel and the fragrance garden. These locations provided the perfect backdrop for intimate portraits, and Alex and Tori cherished the photos so much that they decided to forgo a separate engagement session.

From Proposal to Wedding

Two years later, I had the privilege of photographing Alex and Tori’s wedding at Alta’s Rustler Lodge. Documenting their love story from proposal to marriage is a true honor.

Planning Your Summer Proposal

Envisioning your own summer proposal? Let me assist you in planning a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Salt Lake City or the mountains. Create memories that will last a lifetime.


In the heart of Red Butte Garden, Alex and Tori’s love blossomed amidst blooming flowers, golden hours, and breathtaking landscapes—a proposal that marked the beginning of their beautiful journey.


We'll capture honest photos and fleeting moments that bring you back to remember exactly how it felt—the joy, the jitters, the crazy party, the wild love.