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Post Ranch Inn Surprise Proposal | Ryan & Jenna

She said yes!

Ryan and Jenna’s Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal was SUCH a fun morning adventure session in Big Sur. A top favorite for sure as a local Big Sur photographer! Jenna had a PRICELESS reaction when Ryan got down on one knee, and once she noticed I was there too! She was all, “Are you here for us?!” and I was like, “No, I’m here for the next couple!” 😉

popping the question at Post Ranch Inn for couple's surprise proposal by film photographer AGS Photo Art
woman throwing her head back and smiling as her now-fiancé proposes to her at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur

These two have been together for a few years and have gone through a lot together. Jenna means the world to Ryan and Ryan means the world to Jenna. They even have the same birthdays! I loved taking them to all my favorite spots along the coast as a local Big Sur photographer. Read on for all the smiles!

ecstatic couple portrait in Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn is a really beautiful, ranch-style boutique Carmel resort for Ryan and Jenna’s Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal. It’s set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific and 1.6 miles from the Henry Miller Memorial Library. I love the elegance, comfort and privacy it offers with panoramic ocean and mountain views. Perfect for coming back to after an emotional high like Ryan and Jenna’s Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal!

Big Sur surprise proposal overlooking the water
man down on one knee popping the question to his now fiancée by film photographer AGS Photo Art
ecstatic proposal scene overlooking the hills, valleys, and oceans by film photographer AGS Photo Art

How Did You Know They Were The One?

“From the moment I met Jenna, I knew she was special. We met at Fort Mason park in SF at a friend of a friends birthday party. I love most how deeply she cares for others (including me). Her laugh/snort is contagious 🙂 After spending time living with her over the past year, it solidified just how happy I am with her in my life. We love hiking, traveling, skiing, watching the sunset, going on walks, and just being active together in general (surfing, soccer, running, etc.). I decided I wanted to propose sometime ago in late spring (March/April) and started looking for a ring. Now, here we are!” – Ryan

black and white landscape photo of a Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal with a very happy ending by film photographer AGS Photo Art
Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal session by the water in Big Sur
happiest woman looking at her engagement ring with her fiancé holding her close by film photographer AGS Photo Art
Big Sur proposal portrait of couple smiling at the camera during their Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal with the sun shining overhead
black and white portrait of the couple embracing and smiling at the camera during their Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal

Ryan’s master plan for his Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal was to arrive with Jenna at a pull off spot, walk down a trail, and propose with an epic background. There’s nothing like a cliffside trail that has the coastline and ocean in the background. The platinum ring he picked out for her is GORGEOUS! I love the platinum band and tapered baguettes, and that EMERALD! He knew this would definitely be really emotional for her so I wanted to give them some distance after the proposal so the two of them could soak in all of the sentiments in the moment.

portrait of couple sharing a big hug after their Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal
portrait of couple in Big Sur sharing a kiss after their Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal
views of Big Sur in black and white with the couple out of focus in the foreground at their Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal

Looking for a local Big Sur photographer? I’d love to capture your special occasion whether it’s a Post Ranch Inn surprise proposal, an adventure engagement session on the coast, an intimate wedding in your backyard, etc. Contact me here!

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