A marriage proposal is something that happens once in your lifetime, so you have to make it special! With so many beautiful landscapes in California, it can be overwhelming to pick the perfect place for such an important moment, but Sean had no doubt. It had to be Tunnel View! This epic spot is unreal at sunrise, and I want to share this amazing Yosemite proposal story with you guys!
Sean found us on Instagram and he reached out to us with a perfect proposal plan! He and Kel are wedding photographers in Utah, and they had done a wedding in Yosemite before and fell in love with the Park. So to propose to her, he told her they were hired to shoot a couple’s engagement session at sunrise and guess who that couple was? Yes, us!
We got up at 2:45 am, drove to Yosemite, and met with them. We chatted for a little bit and went to a more quiet spot. Stephan and I told them we were “changing our shoes” and that’s when we grabbed our cameras! He got on one knee and she said YES! She had absolutely no idea that this was his plan all along. He even had to tell her “put your camera away, you’re not working today”, lol!
Once we watched that first light hitting the mountains, we drove down to the Valley and spent the morning taking their engagement pictures. We love sunset sessions but Yosemite in the morning is also very special. There’s hardly anyone there, it’s so calm, and you feel like you’re the only people in the Park. Waking up early has its perks.
Check out their gallery + video below and all the amazing spots we got to shoot at!
Due to COVID-19, the park was closed for nearly 3 months, but Yosemite is now open (as of June 11th)! Yosemite is requiring visitors to purchase online reservations before your visit, and you can get your reservation HERE.
Things to know:
- Reservations are valid for 7 days from the date you choose
- If you’re staying at a hotel or cabin inside the Park, or if you have campground reservations, you won’t need to book your entrance online
- Reservations for August will open on July 1st at 7 am, and so it goes for every month until the park “goes back to normal”
To take care of their employees and visitors, Yosemite is limiting the number of visitors this year. We managed to get a reservation for the second day that the park was open, a Friday, and it was very empty and pleasant. 2020 might actually be the perfect year to visit Yosemite!
If you need help planning your proposal or elopement, CONTACT US, we would love that!
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