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A California Coastline In N Out Surprise Proposal | Steve & Anh

a Carmel by the Sea, California In N Out Surprise Proposal where the couple loops their arms around each other's and eats In N Out by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Steve and Anh’s surprise proposal on the coastline had an awesome California staple in it, that is, In-N-Out! Photographing this joyous occasion was such a delight for me as a local Carmel by the Sea proposal photographer. These newly engaged lovers currently live in Chicago and love going on once-in-a-lifetime adventures. They headed west for a romantic coastline drive that- unknown to Anh, a California girl at heart- was all planned to end with Steve getting on one knee! Read on for this classic California coastline In-N-Out surprise proposal!

surprise proposal on a beach in Carmel California
surprise proposal on a beach in Carmel California
couple walking down the beach, hand in hand and smiling at each other
soft focus portrait of the couple overlooking the waves at Carmel by the Sea

Sweet Words From Steve

“She always supports me, challenges me to be the best I can be, keeps me from being lazy. We could spend every day together doing anything and everything we like and not get sick of one another. She works so hard to be good at what she does and to show people she cares. I love how she challenges me intellectually, I’ve never had that in a relationship, and I absolutely love that.” – Steve

black and white portrait of the couple embracing at the beach

I could listen to my couples talk about their lover all day! These two will have both graduated with their Masters in Nursing by August 18th and then begin working as nurses in the following month. Nursing is no easy career. I have nothing but respect for Steve and Anh. Way to go, you two! I’m so honored to have been able to photograph even one of your momentous occasions!

the couple embraces in a narrow pathway surrounded by greenery
a couple hand in hand exploring a rock formation at a Carmel by the Sea beach with reddish gray waves rolling in the background under a foggy sky by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Surprise Proposal Plans

a landscape portrait of Carmel by the Sea beach under a light gray sky with soft blue and foamy white waves washing up on the shore by film photographer AGS Photo Art
The woman clutches her fiancé's arm as they smile into each other's eyes, their noses nearly touching. A closeup photo of white roses in the woman's arms as she smells them and smiles
A surprise proposal with champagne flutes and white roses at Carmel by the Sea; the couple shares a kiss and embrace by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Steve is one man with a plan- he reached out to me MONTHS in advance to make sure this day was perfect. His original scenario was him proposing after he and Anh landed from SKYDIVING! While that didn’t pan out, we’re all still so overjoyed with the results. (Although, if anyone is interested in proposing to your special someone after skydiving, let me know!)

a white picnic blanket set up on the sand at the foot of a flowery hill with iced champagne by film photographer AGS Photo Art
the couple kneeling down on their white picnic blanket on the California Coastline for their In N Out Surprise Proposal, the man is beginning to open the bottle of champagne while the woman watches him smiling
a California Coastline In N Out Surprise Proposal where the woman opens the white box on a picnic blanket to find In N Out burgers and fries, her fiancé watches her surprised reaction happily

The next best thing involved getting the lovely Kaitlin from Pocketful Of Plans on the team. She and Steve hatched the masterplan of having In-N-Out be delivered to the Carmel by the Sea Beach for a picnic. This was such a custom-tailored proposal! Steve really had his eye on details he knew Anh would love. He knew she missed her home state of California and those criss-cross In-N-Out palm trees. And of course, champagne is always the perfect cherry on top!

Surprise Proposal session details of a vase filled with white roses, a box tied up with a striped ribbon, and a bucket of ice and champagne. The woman holds her champagne flute in surprise as her fiancé smiles at her reaction
the couple enjoying their In N Out Surprise Proposal with a kiss and clinking their champagne flutes together, the woman's ring is featured in a soft focus by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Up & Down The Big Sur Coastline

Our next stop was exploring the Big Sur coastline, which then led us to another Carmel by the Sea beach. Steve and Anh’s session happened to take place during all the fires in California, but thankfully, the air quality was much than we expected. Not to mention, the fogginess really added something special to their photos!

couple hand in hand exploring the rocks at Carmel by the Sea as the waves crash nearby by film photographer AGS Photo Art
couple embracing each other in front of a tall rock structure
Carmel engagement with in-n-out burger

I’m so happy and honored to have been Steve and Anh’s local Carmel by the Sea photographer for their California coastline In-N-Out surprise proposal! Everything was so custom-tailored for this couple and I love helping these plans come to fruition. If you’re planning a Carmel by the Sea or Big Sur proposal, I’m your gal! Contact me here.

a wooden ring box on the pebbly sand for the California Coastline In N Out Surprise Proposal with the words "wherever you are is my home, my only home" engraved into it
an opened engagement ring box for this California Coastline In N Out Surprise Proposal revealing a round cut diamond ring by film photographer AGS Photo Art
side by side photos of a vase full of white roses and their green leaves next to a box of In N Out burgers and fries, and then a couple portrait with the man and woman in each other's arms smiling at the camera by film photographer AGS Photo Art

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