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Surprise Proposal in Big Sur | Jason and Katie

One of our talented associate photographers, Samantha, photographed this stunning proposal in Big Sur! Jason and Katie took a weekend trip down from San Francisco to visit Big Sur, and Jason knew this would be the perfect time to propose to Katie. It was a gorgeous sunny day at the beginning of Spring, spent with the sweetest couple! The stunning coastal views were the perfect backdrop for this sweet surprise proposal in Big Sur!

close up detail shot of an engagement ring placed on a rock, at a surprise proposal in Big Sur

Big Sur Surprise Proposal

This Big Sur surprise proposal couldn’t have happened on a better day, it was sunny with a slight breeze, and there was almost no one on the trail. Jason and Katie were an absolute dream to photograph, and they are the most kind, genuine and wholesome couple. They are both from San Francisco and work in real estate. Jason chose Big Sur because last year they had been traveling a lot for weddings, and this was a little getaway just for them since they are so close by. Big Sur now has a special place in their hearts, being the place that they got engaged!

photo of an engagement ring, close up of woman's hands draped over her fiancee's shoulders at a surprise proposal in Big Sur

What do you love most about your partner?

She is kind, funny, intelligent, thoughtful, generous, sporty, and beautiful! She has a very quick and witty sense of humor.

photo of newly engaged couple embracing in a hug with the big Sur coastline behind them, at a surprise proposal in Big Sur

How did you two meet?

We went to high school together but didn’t know each other until we moved to San Francisco in 2016 and were connected by a mutual friend. We immediately became best friends and then started dating a few years later!

When did you know they were THE one?

As soon as we started to become more than friends!

Photo of man proposing to his girlfriend in Big Sur

Tell us about the ring!

It is a round solitaire on a gold band with platinum prongs from La Bijouterie in San Francisco.

Are you planning a surprise proposal in Big Sur?

Are you planning a surprise proposal? Let me help you plan and photograph it! Contact me here!

Ring – La Bijouterie

Where they stayed – Bernardus Lodge

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