On a snowy mountaintop during a romantic ski vacation, Justin Alexander Warshaw, the CEO/Creative Director of Justin Alexander, asked his girlfriend, Kelsey, to marry him.
Kelsey and Justin initially met at an event in New York City in January 2019. They did not have a first date, however, until a year later, in January 2020 following a chance encounter in Tulum, Mexico. Shortly after, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. What would stop most couples in their tracks, actually pulled Justin and Kelsey together.
“COVID-19 allowed Kelsey and I to slow down and spend quality time together in a really difficult period,” Justin said. “Normally, I am traveling five months out of the year, visiting our design rooms, trade shows and clients abroad, and attending international photo shoots. Instead, time was spent at home cooking, picking up new hobbies and working remotely. The situation grounded us both, together, and allowed our relationship to blossom.”
In the height of the pandemic, Kelsey and Justin decided to escape the city. They first traveled to Justin’s family home in upstate New York, then to Kelsey’s home-state of Georgia, and finally to South Carolina for a few months before returning home. In late November, the pair bought a house together in New Jersey and rescued a puppy named Irving – after their first date spot (an NYC cocktail bar called Dear Irving).
The sweet proposal capped off a week of skiing, romantic dinners, drinks and pampering in celebration of Kelsey's birthday. Justin commemorated the week by bringing along his Polaroid camera, and captured special moments leading up to the big surprise.
“I wanted to make the proposal special for Kelsey, so planning to pop the question in Jackson Hole with its stunning views in the background was ideal,” Justin said. “I collaborated with Kelsey’s family to design the engagement ring, plan the vacation and coordinate the proposal. We even arranged for her family to surprise her at lunch after, and then went on a snowshoeing excursion as a group. We will cherish the memories we made in Jackson Hole forever.”
Congratulations to the happy couple! Scroll on for gorgeous images of the new fiancés and check out Kelsey's stunning ring. We know one thing for sure — we can't wait to see Kelsey's wedding gown (or gowns?)! Let the designing begin...