Portrait, Proposal

Big Sur Proposal | Big Sur Wedding Photographer | Andy & Allison

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Big Sur Proposal | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Big Sur Proposal. Escaping the sub-freezing temperatures of Chicago for a mild mid-sixties California winter is just what they had in mind. Andy reached out to us a few weeks earlier, having grown up in California and visited Monterey before, wanted nothing more to share the beautiful California coast with Allison who had never been. Arriving in San Francisco, they made it a day trip towards Monterey, 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach, along the Carmel coastline, vising Point Lobos State Reserve, and ending up in Big Sur for sunset. Allison didn’t think the day could get any better!

Andy wanted everything to be perfect. Yellow being Allison’s favorite color and and lilies her favorite flower, we set up a surprise beach picnic with those in mind. Besides champagne we normally have a small dessert or cheese and cracker appetizer, but Andy asked us for something we had never done before. Ice cream! Allison’s favorite dessert is a cookies-n-cream ice cream sundae and chocolate chip cookies. Cookies, not problem! Ice cream that has to travel with us down the Big Sur coast and not melt during the proposal, we looked at each other as if we had met our match. Then Paul to the rescue with his dry ice idea and that was genius! The ice cream withheld the entire afternoon!

We climbed to the top of the highest overlook and got into position when we saw the car pull off the side of the road. Game time! Andy held Allison’s hand as they walked the windy path and up the small embankment. We stood atop the hill using our phones to take video of the gorgeous coastline, acting as any tourist would. They walked closer to the cliffs edge, with the surprise picnic below just out of sight, and watched the waves and flock of pelicans fly overhead. Andy turned Allison towards him, cuddling her close, and began talking to her softly. Next thing we knew he down on one knee and we could see her head nodding yes! Perfection!

As Andy pointed us out, we all hugged in a whirlwind of emotions. Allison was SO excited! We started with couples portraits with the views from high above, and then motioned we should take a few from the beach below, Allison still not knowing a champagne and ice cream sundae surprise picnic still awaited her. Once we got closer and she realized it was all for her, you could hear a shrill of excitement! As they popped the bubbly, they settled into sand as we watched from a distance. Laughter and conversation, ice cream and cookies, that is what they’ll always remember as the day that changed their lives forever. “Life is like ice cream, enjoy it before it melts.” Congratulations Allison & Andy!!!

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Florals by Floral Design by Reina | Calligraphy by The Crafting Casa

Let us help create the proposal of her dreams! View some of our past proposals to get some ideas on what we’ve done, but skies the limit! From oceanfront sunsets, valley vineyards, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, together we will curate your perfect setting! A Big Sur proposal is still an all time fav!

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