So, we met Katie and Devin last year, when Katie contacted me for a session swap. They live in Wisconsin, but love Monterey and knew they’d be back. Katie surprised Devin with Concours d’Elegance tickets for this year, and they had been eagerly awaiting their trip here. We ended up offering our house for them to stay for almost two weeks, since the entire city fills up so quick, they couldn’t find a hotel room!
I kept telling Austin, before they arrived, to ask Devin via text if he was planning to propose. They’ve been together for almost 5 years and everyone knew it would be anytime now! The first day they were here, Devin pulled us aside and told us his plans. The jeweler ended up not having the actual ring ready, and Katie (come to find out) knew that. So she hoped for a proposal but was pretty convinced it wouldn’t happen because of that. Little did she know, Devin had arranged a temporary ring (the same ring, just not customized, sized properly, or rose gold like her actual ring is) so he could still pop the question and she could still gush over the gorgeousness of the ring they chose together. Our original plan was to wait until our trip to Yosemite (one of our last plans while they visited), but Devin couldn’t wait that long. Our next plan was to visit McWay Falls, and hike to a waterfall trail that seemed to be just perfect for the proposal. We would tell Katie we were doing another session swap (something we’ve been talking about for weeks during this trip, was getting tons of photos) to ensure everyone was dressed really well, and hopefully she’d think nothing of it. Well, the day finally came and we got dressed up, and traveled down Big Sur. Once we got to McWay Falls, it was completely closed off from the Soberanes Fire. We were devastated, but determined. We kept driving south, looking for Sand Dollar beach, another beach I’ve seen online but never been to. After about an hour of driving (finding more locations closed, and feeling somewhat discouraged) we finally came across Limekiln State Park. We knew it was a gorgeous park, but didn’t know quite how lucky we had gotten. The light was going away fast, as we were about an hour and a half behind schedule. We ended up basically running the 1+ mile hike to the falls (Katie wondering why I was so excited, the whole way) and we finally got them there. I suggested we photograph them first, since the light was moving so quickly, and she went for it. She suggested climbing up on a rock in front of the falls… this was it! Austin and I were beside ourselves with excitement, Devin was pretty nervous, but Katie had no idea.
After being convinced it wasn’t a joke, Katie said yes, of course! Their happiness was the sweetest thing to witness & I seriously cannot wait for these two (new best friends) to move to Monterey in a few months!!!