Marriage proposals are so much fun to photograph. I get to hide out or pose as a tourist so I can capture candid images of the magical moment. I just photographed Matt’s proposal to Michelle at the beautiful Chateau Saint Jean in Kenwood, California – in the heart of wine country.
Matt made an elaborate plan for a trip to St Jean to go wine tasting. He had arranged for a private patio to be staged with flower petals – and a photographer – that’s me!
I was hiding in the shadows so I could photograph the whole thing. Michelle started doing the cutest happy dance when she realized what was happening.
Needless to say, she said YES! And she LOVES the ring 🙂
Chateau St Jean is really a beautiful property so we strolled around and photographed the freshly engaged couple all over the winery.
What an honor to photograph this incredibly sweet couple. Congratulations, guys!!
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.
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.
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!
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)
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?