Surprise proposals are SO incredible, and my dear friend Leo was looking for a unique marriage proposal idea for his lovely Saroya! He wanted it to be like a fairy tale, and it was!!!
Hearst Castle is set in a gorgeous hilltop location with sweeping panoramic views over the rolling Central Coast hills of California and Pacific Ocean. Buy tickets to any tour here! I captured Leo’s marriage proposal with a telephoto lens and he and Saroya have some beautiful, emotional photos to treasure for years to come. The tours are always fascinating with knowledgeable guides and as many tours as I’ve been on it’s never the same ~ I learn something new every time! I love touring Hearst Castle!
Saroya was darling and I feel SO HAPPY for Leo, because whatever he said was perfect and Saroya had a beautiful and emotional response! It’s such a thrill to capture such loving moments in gorgeous settings.
Hiring a photographer to capture your surprise proposal (if you ask me) is THE BEST decision you can make!!! A few weeks after each one, most couples email me saying how much they cherish their photos, and how amazing it is to re-live that moment and see the joy between them.
It’s so fun for me to connect with the person planning it, and to help map out an exact location with great views that’s private and uniquely special to them. Then pretending I’m a tourist just taking photos of the ocean or wildlife, while they stroll along, waiting for the big moment, is really exhilarating. I LOVE being a surprise proposal photographer! Capturing authentic reactions and beautiful engagement photos which exude such joy is the BEST!!!!
This blog post features another beautiful example of true love between Pooja + Devesh!
Doug was singing in the rain after his surprise proposal to Samantha up in Big Sur this winter! And her pink rain boots were so awesome! They were on vacation driving from SF to LA and arranged with me to meet at Sand Dollar Beach across from Plasket Creek Campgrounds in Big Sur. Then the weather decided to up it’s game!!!
We were not afraid.
I am still so impressed that they departed Carmel at 7:30am to make our 9am proposal time! I was walking the grassy fields adjacent the parking lot with my clear umbrella at 8:55am, looking like a tourist, and sure enough, right at 9am they strolled by both snuggling underneath a big navy and white umbrella.
Samantha’s pure joy and excitement with Doug’s surprise proposal will make anyone elated for them, and I feel so happy for their connection. Their engagement shoot and fun photos after in the intermittent rain were adorable.