Engaged, Proposal

Sunset Surprise Proposal | Ed & Mena | Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur, California

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Big Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez Photography

With each proposal we capture, embarks a new journey. We strive to make each unique, and swoon the bride-to-be with something she had only dreamed of. Ed and I talked for months leading up to their vacation time in Big Sur and the excitement kept building. Saturday we loaded the truck, grabbed a few of our friends, and headed down the Big Sur coast. The beach was packed, the parking lot full, there may have been a moment of sheer panic, but we were determined to do whatever it took to make this an epic evening for Ed and Mena. Finally, what felt like heavens gate opened, and we were allowed in. We quickly found the area we felt would be perfect for what Ed had in store for his future fiance, and we began to set up this elaborate surprise.

We synchronized watches, grabbed our walkie talkies (yes, we really do this!), and took our positions along the beach. We were a team of five, and spread all across the beach, waiting. They were spotted! Our hearts were pounding, hands a little shaky, this is one of the most nerve-racking parts of the job, but we LOVE it! Next thing we knew, Ed was pouring out his heart, Mena gasped as her hand covered her mouth, and watched Ed get down on one knee. It was absolutely breathtaking! Everyone on the beach stood to their feet at cheered. It was a day none of us will ever forget.

Thank you Ed and Mena for allowing us to capture this monumental moment in your lives and we can’t wait for your Michigan wedding!

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Look at that smile! Right then we knew our surprise was a success! Big Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez Photography

Once the big moment had happened, Ed walked Mena to her awaiting surprise.Big Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez Photography

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Look at that view! Once the champagne had been toasted, kisses were shared, we headed to the beach for sunset portraits. Big Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez PhotographyBig Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez Photography

You can only find this magical light in Big Sur.
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Congratulations you two!Big Sur Beach Proposal | Laura Hernandez Photography

Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this proposal together…

Venue: Pfeiffer State Beach
Rentals & Event Decor: Voltage Visuals
Florist: Floral Design by Reina
Cake: Room for Dessert
Styling: Laura Hernandez Photography
Photographer: Laura Hernandez Photography

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  1. Lauren says:

    What a magical set of memories you captured! And all the details of the of the dinner?! LOVE!

  2. Lauren Swann says:

    These are stunning, Laura!! I’d love it if you would blog the process of shooting this proposal (with your team) some time!! 🙂

  3. Mark Eric says:

    Ok- this is just epic. Pfeiffer beach is one of my favorite locations! It’s hard to find, but so worth it. Perfect.

  4. Damaris Mia says:

    Beautiful! Love love love the setting!

  5. Ann says:

    I say yes to this gorgeous proposal. Girls your work is seriously romantic and pretty!

  6. Shiang-ling says:

    Ohhh these are so gorgeous and make me want to get re engaged haha theses are seriously beautiful!

  7. Whitney Coudray says:

    So dreamy! I just love the table set up at the end too!

  8. I LOVE all the close-up shots. Where were you hiding when they walked up? You did a great job not intruding and capturing everything as it unfolded.

  9. Simi says:

    Perfection – These are such incredible shots. I am a sucker for a great sunset plus You made me wanna pack a bag and head to Big Sur 🙂

  10. This is so awesome!! I have yet to do a surprise engagement, but I love how planned out you make it for something that is so unpredictable!! I love how you managed to find the perfect shot and take the perfect pictures!!