In May, Phoenix, Arizona may be hot, but the dessert is vividly green and stunning, as showcased by Carly Monson Photography is this heartfelt engagement shoot.

Meredith and Ryan’s love story is unconventional: the couple didn’t meet through friends, or at school, but in Vegas. They discovered that both were from the East Coast, and decided to continue to reconnect during vacations. When Ryan took a long drive to see Meredith, they agreed to move in together across the country, in Arizona.

Papago Park proved the perfect opportunity for Ryan’s proposal. The active couple went on a hike, where Ryan surprised Meredith.

And their love was celebrated in fantastic color, fully embracing the lush scenery around them. For their first look, Ryan opted for a floral button up dress shirt and light wash gray jeans, while Meredith wore a matching floral tank top and her hair freely flowing in the wind.

The couple’s second look also incorporated color, while adhering to a casual and romantic feel. Ryan’s tucked white shirt and jeans with a statement belt buckle gave off a Western vibe. Meredith’s ivory blouse had a boho feel, with a quirky multicolored skirt for pops of color. Black wedges finished the look.

But the most captivating look of all? Meredith and Ryan smiling as they hold hands in the sunlight, surrounded by open desert landscape.

Photographer: Carly Monson Photography//