Point Bonita Lighthouse Sausalito Marriage Proposal – Whitney and Ryan

Ryan proposed to Whitney on the Point Bonita Lighthouse suspension bridge at dawn! She had NO idea that it was about to happen and absolutely didn’t expect the entire family to appear seconds later.

It was a perfect daybreak with no wind and the most amazing views in the bay area. Of course, she said YES!

Ryan, Whitney and both of their families live in Texas. However, Ryan wanted to do something really special so he created an intricate plan to pop the question during their vacation in California.

They are both very close with their families and Ryan wanted the families to be part of proposal surprise. This took a great deal of planning and coordination including travel for about 30 family members, an access permit from the California Parks Department, and a photographer and park ranger who were in on it as well.

The park ranger told Whitney that the photographer (me) was there to document their tour for a brochure they were producing. This allowed me to interact with them and photography them as the tour progressed.

We were all in awe at how beautiful this place was and the weather was perfect. There were a lot fo great opportunities to photograph them as we went along. However, Whitney kept dodging my camera and hiding behind Ryan!

I so wanted to direct them so I could get the best shot but I had to wait…

Along the tour we saw a deer and her baby watching us. We also saw a lone coyote on his morning patrol.

We got to the lighthouse bridge just as the sun was about to break over the Marin Headlands hills next to the Golden Gate Bridge. I thought that maybe Ryan would propose right then… but he wanted to wait a little longer until the families had caught up with us.

Ryan took Whitney onto the suspension bridge that leads to the lighthouse and gathered his courage…

With tears in her eyes, Whitney said “YES!”

He then pointed out that their family was all there and she was completely blown away. She had no idea!

After the excitement of greeting everyone right there on the bridge, I was able to get a few shots of the newly engaged couple in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

Congratulations, Whitney & Ryan!

Marriage Proposal Photos – San Francisco Embarcadero Cupid’s Span

David surprised Shareen with a ring and a photographer under Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. I was posing as a tourist and captured their San Francisco marriage proposal. Jim Vetter Photography has been doing a lot of proposal lately 🙂

She said yes!

Letting it soak in…

The posey couple shot…

Showing off the ring!

A congratulatory treat from Epic Roast House on our drink break after sunset.

City view silhouette.

Rock star portrait.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Marriage Proposal in the rain – Rose and Michael

The surprise marriage proposal of Rose and Michael on a misty day in St. Helena, California at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. They flew in from the east coast for a getaway which turned out to be more than Rose expected! After their planned wine tasting, Michael took Rose outside and proposed in the rain. Congratulations, Rose & Michael! 

The moment of truth...
The moment of truth…
Celebratory hug...
Celebratory hug…
Letting it sink in...
Letting it sink in…
Enjoying the view...
Enjoying the view…
Remembering why they came here...
Remembering why they came here…
Getting their shoes REALLY muddy!
Getting their shoes REALLY muddy!

Muir Beach Marriage Proposal Photos – Elizabeth and Andy

Andy and Elizabeth travelled to San Francisco all the way from Miami for a weekend getaway. Andy surprised her by proposing at Muir Beach. He arranged for me to be there to covertly capture the moment. (she said yes)

Still ecstatic...
Still ecstatic…
The moment when Elizabeth realized why they were here
The moment when Elizabeth realized why they were here
Feeling lucky...
Feeling lucky…
Gotta run!
Gotta run!
Gotta move...
Gotta move…
Looking cool...
Looking cool…
Feeling good...
Feeling good…
Stone-face awesome portrait.
Stone-face awesome portrait.
Enjoying the amazing Muir Beach fog
Enjoying the amazing Muir Beach fog

Marriage Proposal Photos at Kirby Cove in Marin Headlands of San Francisco

I’ve been wanting to photograph a marriage proposal and recently had the opportunity when groom-to-be Sri asked me if I could secretly photograph his proposal to his girlfriend Ashwini.

Sri had his friends go to the beach at Kirby Cove and setup a little white tent with pillows and fruit where he would get down on one knee and present the ring. As you can see from the photos, she was genuinely surprised and certainly said “YES!”

Don’t you just love the expression on Ashwini’s face when she realized what was really happening?

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Congratulations, Ashwini and Sri!!