This was a top secret operation! I was so happy to get an email from the groom-to-be’s sister, Natalie, asking if I was up for shooting a surprise proposal for her brother, Jon. He was visiting the West Coast and wanting to propose to his girlfriend, Kristen, on this scout trip before they moved back to Los Angeles.

Um, yeah.

It was a particularly cloudy day along the coast at El Matador State Beach. This, by the way, is one of my favorite beach spots to shoot. [favorites being this summer sunset engagement session or this enchanting sunrise maternity shoot] Natalie, her husband and parents set an elaborate and romantic display of roses in a heart, complete with tiki lights and their initials in rose petals.

We were on watch as they came down and headed up the beach towards the arrangement. Her face when she realizes its for her is everything. She gushes and they continue down the tiki path before he gets down and pops the question as beachgoers pass in the background, snapping their own photos and smiling with glee.

She says yes and the beach goes wild.

These are my favorite. Here are some of my favorites.


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Dreamer, fond of billowy clouds, dresses that spin and sips of tea. I photograph Proposals, Weddings, Adventure Elopements and Portraits in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and all over. Would love to create something together!

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