Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Okay, subzero temps in our neck of the woods (we're talking highs in the negative digits here!) once again has us dreaming of summer. Sarah and Chris' surprise proposal that led to their Carmel-By-The-Sea engagement shoot is precisely what we need. Carmel-By-The-Sea also looks like a place we all need to visit!  The rolling waves, silky sand, and the overall ambiance of their photo shoot also inspires a dreamy color palette for our Summer 2019 Color Trends. Plus we love the details from Chris and the photographer on how this perfect surprise proposal went down.

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Coastal is a color palette aptly named for its blues and twilight sun tones that capture the essence and magic of an approaching summer evening. This cool-meets-warm color combo paints a picture-perfect backdrop for Sarah and Chris' Carmel-By-The-Sea engagement session ... and would be so pretty for a beachy summer wedding! 

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

From the groom-to-be: 

"... The morning of the proposal, our typical Carmel morning routine is to throw on exercise gear, grab coffee and take our dog Heidi to the beach then return home and get ready for the day. This day I suggested that we got ready for wine tasting so that we could go into town grab coffee, take Heidi to the beach for a walk and then go straight into town and have a fun day. Luckily this suggestion landed without any suspicion, and we got ready for the day and headed into town. Once we got to the beach I remember trying to act as normal as possible, commenting on the swell and surf conditions, playing with our dog and snapping a few photos as it was an absolute perfect spring morning."

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

"As we got closer and closer to the spot on the beach where we usually sit and relax, my heart rate sky rocketed and I could not keep the smile off my face as I knew that I was about to ask the love of my life to marry me. At this point my memory gets a big foggy, but I knelt down on one knee, looked Sarah in the eyes and told her that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, how much I Ioved her and asked her if she would marry me. Luckily for me she said yes! We embraced, both of us crying with joy and our dog Heidi running around us in circles. We spent the rest of the day enjoying Carmel, wine tasting and walking in the sun until some of our siblings and close friends met us on the beach with balloons and champagne to celebrate. Later I looked at my Fitbit heart rate data and found this : 46 minutes of fat burn heart rate stage leading up to the proposal!"

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

From the photographer:

"Chris reached out to me weeks before the proposal and we discussed how due to the nature of the event and how spontaneously she may decide to stop at a shop or want to sit down for coffee instead of just grab and go -- so he planned to share his location with me via the shared location app Find Friends on the iPhone. I followed them closely on the location map until they were in sight. To throw her off, I was far away and used a telezoom lens while pretending to be shooting landscapes as they walked by. After he proposed, we walked back to their place and got a few intimate shots of them so they can share with friends and family." 

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Carmel-By-The-Sea Engagement + Surprise Proposal

Location: Carmel Beach//Photographer: Simple Joie Photography//via Two Bright Lights

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