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Grandfather’s crystal rock box + stunning mountain proposal = perfect engagement setting

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Grandfather’s crystal rock box + stunning mountain proposal = perfect engagement setting

Kerry Shellborn

Brittney Pocha and Tyler Stapleton dated for six years before he popped the question on top of the Rocky Mountains on April 11, 2016.

Tyler’s grandfather has a “Rock Shop” full of equipment at his house. The Rock Shop is where he collects and cuts rocks to see what “extraordinary” treasures are inside. Years ago, he cut one rock open to find it was hallow and rimmed with crystals. “He thought it would be perfect for his grandson’s future proposal,” said Brittney. “It made a great ring box.”

When Brittney met Tyler’s grandfather seven years ago, he told her about this crystal rock ring box. He told her that he knew it would be hers one day.

Brittney’s father and brother joined her and Tyler for a day of spring snowmobiling in the mountains. “It started out as a casual day of sledding,” said Brittney. “He took me to the Rocky Mountains because I had always wanted to go riding there. It’s so beautiful once you get to the top.”

“I was actually grumpy because it was a hot day. The sleds weren’t running how they should because of the heat, and it was a challenging ride to begin with,” Brittney said. Luckily, they made it to the top, so Tyler could continue with his plan.

  On top of the world:  “Tyler took me to the Rocky Mountains because I had always wanted to go riding there. It’s so beautiful once you get to the top.”

On top of the world: “Tyler took me to the Rocky Mountains because I had always wanted to go riding there. It’s so beautiful once you get to the top.”

At the top, the couple positioned their sleds to pose for a picture. “After the picture was taken, my natural reaction was to run to have a look at it because I was blown away by how amazing it was up there,” said Brittney. Tyler caught her arm, and guided her back into position so he could pop the question. Remember the special crystal rock from Tyler’s grandfather?

“I had a lot of time to anticipate the moment,” Brittney said of their long relationship prior to the proposal. “I thought that because I had waited so long for it to come that I would be casual about it, but that wasn’t the case at all.” Amazed by the view, Tyler’s effort to include Brittney’s family in the plan, and—of course—the proposal, Brittney’s emotions went wild. “I completely lost it,” she said. “I was crying, shaking, and laughing all at once.”

  Rockin' in the rockies:  Brittney's engagement ring nestled inside a crystal coated rock hollow with the majestic rocky mountains in the background.

Rockin' in the rockies: Brittney's engagement ring nestled inside a crystal coated rock hollow with the majestic rocky mountains in the background.

The ring that Tyler chose for Brittney isn’t custom, but it definitely sparkles! The crystal rock was the perfect ring box, just as his grandfather thought it would be. Seven years after his grandfather knew Brittney would be The One, they have set a wedding date. “It was the perfect proposal in my eyes,” said Brittney. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”


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