Courtney and Robert

Marfa, Texas



Photography | Nikk Nguyen Photo | @nikknguyenphoto

Venue | Lost Horse Saloon | @lost_horse_saloon_marfa

Men’s Attire | Geno Suits You | @genosuitsyou

From the Photographer

A wedding proposal is one of life’s most memorable moments…

As a wedding photographer, I hear all kinds of proposal stories – from grand gestures to romantic dinners; majestic getaways to being surrounded by friends and family. However, there is something so special about the proposals that take place in the comfort of the home or, in this case, cozied up in a hotel room.


A special proposal with a mothers’ engagement ring…

Courtney and Robert had just arrived in Canada. Robert had planned a special dinner to pop the question but, unfortunately, Courtney was sick, so they stayed back at the hotel and ordered room service. Robert decided that he just couldn’t wait any longer to propose. He began to read a personal mission statement that he wrote. He asked her, “Do you know what’s missing from this?” She responded, “Me?!” and as she looked up, he pulled a handmade leather case from his pocket with the words ‘Will you marry me?’ carved into it. “YES!” Courtney crawled across the bed in tears and disbelief as she gazed upon her mothers’ engagement ring that her father originally proposed with. “It was such a special and surreal moment – one I will never forget,” Courtney said.

A rustic, desert engagement shoot in Marfa, Texas

I shot Courtney and Rob’s engagement photos in the desert in Marfa, Texas at the Lost Horse Saloon and Hombres Burgers. I had so much fun capturing their love on camera. The rustic, desert location was so unique and they OWNED the photo session with their smiles, smoldering model faces, and a wardrobe change that was just epic! I asked them what makes their relationship so special and they both agreed that it was their willingness to work through anything that comes their way. Courtney and Robert are looking forward to experiencing their wedding day together and planning every detail in a way that represents their relationship and connection. I’m so excited for these two and their journey ahead!


Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

We both have mutual friends, but we ended up meeting at a haunted house on halloween night.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

What makes our relationship special is our willingness to work through anything that comes our way. We always stay in the solution. My favorite thing about Robert is that he always strives to be the best version of himself, every day and with that our bond is unbreakable.

Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

I was sick with the flu and we had just arrived in Canada. Robert had planned a special dinner for us to go to that night so he could pop the question, but since I was sick- we ended up just ordering room service so I could rest. As we’re eating room service in bed and watching movies, he decided that he couldn’t wait any longer. He laid next to me in bed and asked if watching TV and eating room service in bed was my favorite past time, which it absolutely is, and that just set the stage for what happened next. He read me a personal mission statement of his that he wrote and asked me, what was missing from this statement? When I finally guessed, that it was ME who was missing from his mission statement, I look up and he pulls out a handmade leather case out of his pocket (which he made himself) with the words, “Will you marry me?” carved into it. I crawl across the bed, in disbelief and in tears. I say, YES before I even open the case. Inside was my mothers engagement ring that my dad had originally proposed to her with. It was such a special and surreal moment- one I will never forget.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We are so excited to experience our day together, every detail of our wedding represents us and our connection. We look forward to sharing our vows with each other and to officially become husband and wife.