Surprise Proposal | Shane & Silvina | Big Sur, California

Surprise Proposal on the Beach

It started with an email. Shane wanted to propose to his girlfriend of more than 10 years, in a way Silvina would never forget. He knew Big Sur was the place where he would pledge his love forever. Surprise proposals have become one of our favorite sessions to capture! We hadn’t met Shane before the big day, but we had exchanged dozens of emails, texts, and phone calls. Everything was set! We had an elaborate romantic picnic set up along the beach, and then we climbed atop the cliffs, took positions, and waited. That is the hardest part. The moments leading up to couple arriving. This time Rachel and I were overly prepared. We had walk-talkies (Big Sur has hardly any cell reception), and were alerted when the car arrived. I was someone simply reading a novel to the sound of the waves, Rachel took her place on the opposite side with her boyfriend as a couple just enjoying the view. We saw them making their way down the narrow path… It was game time!

Here is a peak into what unfolded. The day was absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Congratulations Shane and Silvina! Happy wedding planning!

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Best. Reaction. Ever!Surprise Proposal on the Beach

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We got them thumbs up that it was official. Look at those smiles!

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We left them enjoying wine and cheese along the beach, absorbing all that had just happened.Surprise Proposal on the BeachSurprise Proposal on the Beach

And they lived happily ever after!

Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this surprise together…
Venue: Garrapata State Beach
Event Design & Production: Voltage Visuals
Rentals: Fourage Vintage Rentals
Florist: Floral Designs by Reina
Calligraphy & Signage: The Heritage Co
Dessert: Paris Bakery
Photography: Laura Hernandez Photography

  • Jenna - August 3, 2015 - 8:45 AM

    OMG sooo sweet! I love that you guys were hiding out with walkie-talkies! And the picnic setup is so romantic and lovely, great job!
    There’s a part of me that would have loved to have my husband’s proposal to me captured, but I was a sobbing mess so it’s probably for the best! Haha 😉ReplyCancel

  • Janet Gallaher - August 3, 2015 - 1:09 PM

    As the (step) grandmother of Shane, I just want to share the awesomeness of your team that brought this together. I can’t even browse through these photos without tears…and maybe that’s because at yet another surprise family/friends gathering last Saturday night that Shane had planned for his new fiancé Silvina, I have never seen these two glow as they were glowing, nor have I ever witnessed a more beautiful proposal through pictures. Thank you so much for your beautiful work. It was truly epic. It captured the true essence of a deep and committed love and beginning of a lifetime of memories.ReplyCancel

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