dreema + jay's adventurous engagement session + surprise proposal | yosemite valley + glacier point, yosemite national park | destination elopement photographer

If you've been keeping up with my last three blog posts, you are now realizing why we have dubbed this Yosemite weekend the craziest yet! With sunrise and sunset sessions on Friday, and an all-day wedding that started at sunrise on Saturday, we were pretty excited to sleep in and chill out most of Sunday! But, after lots of sleep and coffee, we got to end our weekend with Dreema and Jay and I am so glad we did! This ended up being one of the sweetest sessions because it included a surprise proposal - it was even a surprise to me! Dreema had scheduled this engagement session with me and while we were chatting at the beginning of the session, they explained that where they're from, you don't get officially "engaged" until you go back home to your families, so she didn't have a ring on but they wanted photos in Yosemite so they booked with me. That didn't really phase me, I have taken photos of so many different couples and all that matters is their love for each other so on went the session! 

We did some photos in Yosemite Valley with the Merced River and Yosemite Falls, and then made our way up to Glacier Point for sunset. Once we got up there they asked me about doing the diving board shot, which if you'll remember from Lin + Earvin's post, I always tell couples the dangers of a particular shot, but ultimately I won't stop them and I will take photos! They really wanted to go for it, so I got in position for photos while Callen helped them get out there safely. After a few normal photos, I gave the signal that they could come back but Jay had a different plan. Much to our surprise, he pulled a box out of his pocket and got down on one knee (ON THE DIVING BOARD!!) and officially proposed to Dreema! I was in shock but kept shooting and honestly still can't believe how amazing that moment was! By the time they got back, Dreema had tears in her eyes and was so excited. It was really amazing to see Jay go out of his way to surprise her with this moment and this ring knowing how much it meant to her, even though it wasn't what they had planned. The rest of their session was super sweet, and we definitely got some photos showing off that gorgeous ring!! We are so honored to be a part of this amazing moment, and that they chose us to capture it. Well done, Jay :)

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.