It was the summer of 2009, and Shaylee Watkins was heading to Anchorage, Alaska for her summer job working for Princess Tours. Unknown to her, it was there she would meet her future husband, Brian Perry.
When Shaylee and Brian first met, the two connected immediately when they discovered they were both from the same state of Utah. What was more surprising to the two was that they have been growing up side by side in cities that were 10 minutes apart, never meeting one another until they arrived in Alaska, over 3,000 miles away from home.
We never actually dated the five months we were here last summer, but remained best friends the whole time," said Shaylee. The two didn't start dating until they returned to Utah in the fall where they shared their first kiss and have been dating ever since.
This summer Shaylee returned to work for Princess Tours while Brian stayed in Utah in his new career as a production engineer. Brian was able to take some vacation time and flew to Alaska to visit her. Being the romantic he is, Shaylee had a feeling that during Brian's visit, he might propose to her since it was here in Alaska when they first formally met.
Brian did in fact propose during his trip, although, Shaylee never expected it to occur where it did.
On the afternoon of June 7th, Shaylee and Brian took a flightseeing tour with K2 Aviation. Having enjoyed their K2 Aviation flightseeing tour last year for work with Princess Tours, the two decided to fly again since the last flight was incredibly breathtaking.
"I truly feel so blessed to have had such an amazing experience. It enhanced everything so much to be up in the air staring at huge mountains right next to me and crystal blue glacier pools below. It's so beautiful up there; it takes you away from everything else and you just focus on the majesty of it all," Shaylee said.
K2 Aviation's pilot Jeff Babcock landed the de Havilland Otter on Ruth Glacier. Amazed by Alaska's spectacular scenery, Shaylee ran excitedly around Ruth Glacier to capture its surrounding beauty of the granite peaks. Meanwhile, Brian was talking to the pilot and then called Shaylee over to the K2 Aviation plane to have their picture taken.
Once Jeff announced that he was recording, Brian, a little nervous, got down on one knee into the soft white snow of Ruth Glacier. The moment Shaylee had been anticipating for the last few days had arrived. Surrounded by the snow covered towering mountains of the Alaska Range, Brian Perry asked Miss Shaylee Watkins to marry him, and she of course, said YES!
Brian and Shaylee: The Proposal
I'm so glad that Brian and I get to look back at it years from now; it will most definitely be a big highlight of all the things we've done together. I'll definitely always remember K2 Aviation, Suzanne Rust, and of course Pilot Jeff. Without them, it would have never happened the way it did!"
Thank you, Shaylee and Brian, for letting K2 Aviation be part of your memories! Congratulations on your engagement!
And like how all fairytales end, they lived happily ever after.