Monica and Julian’s Surprise Engagement Proposal at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA
I love surprise engagement proposals and even more to have the opportunity to photograph one. From the decision to surprise his fiance, to planning the date and time of the proposal, the future groom is usually super excited when contacting me to setup an appointment. It’s such a romantic and exciting decision: to propose to the women he loves at a place where they usually hang out or go often without giving any indications of the intentions. On top of that, to hire an engagement photographer who can document and capture all the moments without being spotted. At least for the proposal part before being revealed.
Over the years I have photographed many surprise engagement proposals at different places around Bay Area: Pier 14 in San Francisco, 49ers Levi’s Stadium, Golden Bridge, Bay Bridge, Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, Stanford University in Palo Alto and many other location. Some are easy to blend into the crowd and surroundings and not to be easily recognized, some harder.
When Julio contacted me few weeks ago to set up an appointment and discuss the details of the proposal he was considering, I knew it was going be another full with emotions and excitement session. He and the girl he was in love, have known each other for 10 years and have spent the last 6 years together. Julian was considering to surprise her on the same location both used to go over the years: Shoreline Park in Mountain View. The timing and location of the session were not as easy as my previous surprise engagement sessions. The location at Shoreline Park was isolated and not so many park visitors are usually around during that time of the day.
So to make sure we both were prepared, we decided to walk the location and rehearse the events. Good idea indeed as we both found out later. I was about to take cover behind a large tree in the area and pretend to be photographing wild life until and during he proposes. After that I would approach the couple and take more candid and poses images from their engagement session. It was one of the suggestions I have for my clients in the preparation guide on my website: How To Prepare For Engagement Session
So at Friday late afternoon was the time of the session. The weather was perfect for photoshoot: partly cloudy sky shielding the harsh sunlight and the clouds filtering the light to produce nice and diffused light all around. The grass was still green and there was no wind to make hair flyaways all over the faces. It’s was a photographer’s dream location and light conditions come true.
Julian and Monica walked into the location I was expecting them and everything was according to the plan. Both were in their outdoor outfits and it seems it’s just another couple taking nature walk and enjoying the mild spring weather and spectacular view of San Francisco Bay. Julian as expected went down on his knee and asked if Monica would marry him, when she bursted into tears. A real surprise as intended. I was capturing all the emotions and moving around to capture the moments from many different angles. It was so exciting and energizing to see two souls so much in love making a step further into their relationship.
After Julian revealed my role and existence, it was time to take additional engagement photos. Shoreline Park waterfront and the view of the Santa Cruz Mountains were just the perfect scene for their images. Both excited from the proposal and about their future together were so much into their own world. Perfect way to capture their genuine emotions and create many candid images. Along the way we stopped to capture both the nature’s beauty and them standing, sitting and walking. And the best part of all: they never stopped smiling, hugging and kissing which was so telling about the love they have for each other.
Both liked very much the photos after the session so much that Julian decided to leave an Yelp review for the engagement session and Monica shared her comments on my Facebook Business page.
I am looking forward to meet the couple again in the future and photograph their wedding one day. Until then, I hope my images remind them of the love and passion they have for each other.