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Ritz Carlton | Bacara | Santa Barbara | Proposal


On the beautiful California gold coast of Santa Barbara in Goleta.


The weeks leading up to this surprise proposal were filled with texts of plan details and I looked forward to each one. The future groom was so excited and it was contagious. I've know the groom for a while as I'd photographed his family numerous times over the years and had met and photographed his soon to be fiancé recently over the holidays. So I needed a disguise! I called a good friend to discuss my options and settled on a scarf around my head, but in the end, opted for hiding in the bushes. The amazing hotel staff laid out a beautiful champagne picnic on the bluff above Gaviota beach. What a view!

We were in constant contact via group text as to the movements of the couple. And just as planned, they came walking up the path from the beach. Hidden in the brush, I was in the prefect position to capture the moment he knelt down on one knee. She said yes! Jake and Shira, I wish you a life time of happiness and many more moments of joy together.

Ritz Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara proposal engagement
Ritz Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara

The stage was set with a lovely valentines day picnic....

And as I hid in the brush waiting for the perfect moment, it happened.

SHE. SAID. YES!!!!!!!!!

Pure joy

and a few tears (me included)


Congratulations you two! You're engaged!!!














































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