An Aspen proposal with a happy ending |

An Aspen proposal with a happy ending

Bethany Leeson
Special to The Aspen Times

Aspen residents Bethany Leeson and Edward Verrills announce their plans to wed in August 2015 in Aspen.

The bride is the daughter of Janet and Peter Leeson, of Morristown, New Jersey. She works at BJ Adams and Co.

The groom works at Aspen Skiing Co. and is the son of Paul Verrills and Susan Verrills, who live in Australia.

The couple met as ski (her) and snowboard (him) instructors living across the hall from each other in employee housing in Snowmass Village in December 2010, Leeson being from northern New Jersey and Verrills being from Brisbane, Australia.

After almost four years of dating (long distance included), Edi decided it was time to make it official. He had told her he was visiting friends in Denver while she thought she was attending a “going-away party” for her good friend.

Bethany had a girls night where they were getting ready, drinking some wine and talking about frivolous things when around 8:10 p.m., an Aspen police officer knocked on the door and asked if she would come with him.

She, of course, went (while secretly terrified) and told the girls she would meet them in town. Upon their drive into Aspen, the policeman stopped at Paepcke Park and told her, “I know I am a cop, but I am lying. … I need you to come with me.” Her stomach dropped and for some reason she knew Edi was up to something. She was guided to a candlelit pathway that led to the park’s gazebo. She passed some Aspen Music School students who were hired to play one of her favorite songs while Edi waited for her inside the gazebo, where he was on one knee displaying a ring with her father’s mother’s diamond as the center stone.

After she accepted his proposal, good friends of theirs set off fireworks Edi had purchased in Denver (while he secretly picked up her family from Denver International Airport and drove them back to Aspen). She was in shock, tears down her face and wanting to celebrate this exciting moment with the ones she loves.

They then went to meet up with their friends in town for champagne, only to see her family was there, as well. They were in town for the next nine days to celebrate with them. They are locals who fell in love with each other and Aspen itself. Hoping to plan a wedding in town, Edi had to get permission from the city of Aspen, Aspen Parks and the fire marshal to make this proposal happen. The couple are over the moon and wanting to share their exciting news!