“I sat down next to him and was giving him a hard time about wasting such amazing conditions,” remembers Whitney.“Michael admitted he didn’t know how to ski, and being from Utah and having grown up skiing, I was perplexed as to why someone who couldn’t ski would be on a ski vacation.” He quickly suggested she teach him how.“I was up for the challenge and excited to slyly show off my skills,” Whitney says. I spent every minute of that long ride boasting about my expertise.“She was instrumental—she helped me kick off the direction of not just the looks I would wear but the wedding itself, all the way up to the end.She suggested that the amazing Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events do the actual wedding, which was crucial.“Turns out he had the ring in his pocket the whole time,” says Whitney.“It was just the two of us, in the most special place to us in the world, no one around for miles. We cried and laughed the whole way down the hill.”A few days after they got engaged, Whitney and Michael took off on a trip to Italy.They started dating officially on Valentine’s Day, and a proposal came in June two years later.“In typical Michael fashion, I had no idea it was coming,” Whitney admits.
“We could not have been more in love with it, and are so happy that’s how it worked out,” says Whitney.
It was just before Christmas in 2013, and the two were on vacation in Aspen with their respective families when a mutual friend introduced them one afternoon.
The next day, that same friend and Whitney came barreling down the slopes only to find Michael having a long, leisurely lunch on what was a very optimal ski day.
“From the day after we got engaged, I went into full wedding mode—as one does—and he started making a funny Chewbacca ‘bridezilla’ noise every time I mentioned the wedding.
It turned into the joke of the trip with our family and friends. It was silly, but now it’s a special memory of that time in our lives.