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Calla Lily Valley Proposal | Big Sur Photographer | Brandon & Aryn

Big Sur’s Calla Lilly Valley is a wonderful spot to photograph proposals! I was thrilled when Brandon reached out to me so I could shoot his surprise proposal to his darling, Aryn. I already knew a Calla Lily Valley proposal was going to be beautiful!

couple embracing with the beach and mountains in the background in Big Sur

I’d previously photographed his brother, Jacob’s proposal to his love, Maddy, as well. Connections like these just make the experience more dreamy and personal. I adore getting to know my couples and their loved ones! (The only thing that could make it all even better? A dog!)

Calla Lily Valley Proposa with their dog in Big Sur
man on one knee, woman kissing her fiance, holding hands along coastline
couple kissing in a valley of calla lilies after surprise proposal with a bridge in the grass near beach of Big Sur

How They Met

“We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party summer into freshman year of high school (2007). We have been together for 9+ years, since February 2011.” – Brandon

I think it’s the sweetest and most profound thing to know from the get-go on that you’re going to spend the rest of your life with a person. Their long-standing foundation in their relationship made everything feel so timeless and romantic. Nine years is already a long time to know someone, and there’s only more to come! It’s exciting, don’t you think? All these years together, and you still have even more to come to make wonderful memories.

couple in each other's arms in a field of calla lilies photographed by AGS Photo Art

Not only are Brandon and Aryn wonderful love birds, but they’re also early birds too! Their proposal started bright and early at 8 in the morning in Big Sur’s Calla Lily Valley where they would be going on hikes after Brandon popped the question. Now usually, the Calla Lily Valley is rather cloudy and foggy, but we got such gorgeous lighting for the shoot. Everything was just PERFECT!

couple embracing with a focus on the hands and ring

The Proposal

“We like hikes, beaches and wandering trails with our dog so when Aryn suggested a day trip to Big Sur, I thought it was a perfect opportunity.” – Brandon

Love always makes perfect opportunities spring right up! Isn’t their height difference precious? Brandon really went the extra miles for Aryn with his proposal having had her beautiful emerald ring prepared since March- isn’t it so striking? She was so surprised and overjoyed she didn’t even notice me photographing the whole thing! (Blending into the background is part of the job too!) The candid emotion and hiking clothes for the day made it all feel so natural and wholesome, perfectly planned but completely organic.

couple kissing with their dog looking at the camera, foggy green mountains of Big Sur proposal
couple looking into each other's eyes after surprise proposal in Big Sur
rocky beachside cliffs with couple embracing Calla Lilly Proposal

From The Valley To The Beach

After the Calla Lilies, we moved the shoot to the shore. These shots just warm my heart with them playing with their dog and having the time of their lives together! Who says a family can’t be lovers and their dog?

couple posing on the beach and playing with their dog
couple walking down the beach with their dog
couple posing with their dog on the beach
couple kissing their dog on the beach

This is a secret by yours truly, but after we said our goodbyes and I started to leave, I turned around and caught Brandon spinning Aryn around in a hug- both of them SO over the moon with today- I just couldn’t help but smile. It was delightful to be a part of their story. These two, having been together for so long, have already had their fill of talks about a romantic, local wedding, and I can’t wait for the rest of their plans to unfold. I’m confident that every minute will be worth the wait!

couple kissing on the beach
couple in each other's arms
couple standing on the beach, holding each other in their arms
close up of a couple's hands with a ring, hugging on the beach
couple in each other's arms, ring above a dog's pawprint in the sand

Want to surprise your lover with the proposal? I would love to photograph every precious moment! Contact me here

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  1. Flora says:

    What a beautiful surprise proposal in Big Sur!!! Love it.

  2. Alexis says:

    Wow! This Big Sur proposal looks stunning! Are you currently taking more clients?

  3. Summer Ycasas says:

    Wow!! What a beautiful session! I would love to have my proposal at Big Sur!

    • We can make that happen! lol I help plan all of my surprise proposal to help ease stress and to make sure it’s as close to perfect as possible. Please reach out when you’re ready!

  4. Rachel says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous couple and a beautiful setting. And their dog is so cute! I love that you get to know your couples so closely. Well done!

  5. Kristin says:

    So cute! Love the casual vibe of this Big Sur proposal.

  6. Kate says:

    Big Sur is the perfect place. These photos are absolutely stunning + really capture the magic. Good to know for when I need a photographer! Thank you!

  7. Christopher says:

    What a beautiful couple and location! It must have been exciting sneaking around waiting for the proposal to take these photos. I definitely would get noticed.

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