A Seal Beach Proposal | Alex & Minoo

“I don’t believe in magic,” the young boy said. The old man smiled. “You will when you see her.” ~ Atticus

Bathed in the golden light of a California sunset and serenaded by the waves, Alex walked his love down a brick path, knelt down on a knee, took her hand and asked for her forever. With a rose in one hand and a ring on another, she reached up, tenderly touched his face and vowed to be his. Hand and hand they embarked down the journey from girlfriend and boyfriend to future husband and wife.

This moment was truly priceless in so many ways. The first being I had no plans to actually document it, rather I was packing up from a family session at the idillic Seal Beach, when I happened to glance over my shoulder to see a man on one knee. This, along with their formal attire and the rose in her hand, made me instantly think proposal. To chance upon a proposal is on a lot of photographer’s bucket lists so I quietly positioned myself to document it all.

Little did I know that I was actually the answer to a hope and a prayer! As I congratulated the couple and made plans to get their images to them, I learned from Alex that he had tried unsuccessfully to get a friend to come out to document his proposal. He left this sweet note on my Facebook a few days later:

“Just a real quick aside to my proposal… I did not plan a photographer. But there was a quick thinking one nearby when I proposed and she came up to us afterwards and said she couldn’t help but start clicking. I did not hear the camera, but Minoo did… There’s even more back story… I was in communication with a friend all day trying to figure out if they could come by and snap a couple of quick photos. Long story short… I went into the proposal thinking all I would have is maybe a selfie or two. Thank you so much, Erin!!!”

I am so thrilled to provide these two wonderful love birds with the memories of their special moment. Alex and Minoo – I pray for blessings and a magical adventure as you pursue marriage. Thank you for letting me be a tiny part of your story.

-xo, Erin

a sunset proposal, man on knees, seal beach, captured grace by erin
a seal beach sunset proposal man on knee holding woman's hand, captured grace by erin
woman holding rose smiling as man proposes, seal beach, sunset, captured grace by erin
woman wipes tear off mans face after sunset proposal seal beach captured grace by erin
man and woman after proposal sunset seal beach captured grace by erin