On October 6th, freelance photographer Matthew Dippel was taking photos of his friend against Yosemite National Park’s dramatic cliffs, when he noticed a couple in the distance in the midst of a proposal. Now, the photographer is on the hunt for their identity.
He was waiting for his friend to appear on the 3,500-foot drop ledge known as Taft Point, but the couple stepped out first. “I had everything all ready to go on my camera,” he told BBC News, “so I just had to snap away…I was just in the right place at the right time.” He also noted that there were no other photographers present to capture the moment. Once he had finished his photoshoot, Dippel hurried to find the couple and show them the picture, but they were gone.
Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Rdzy0QqFbY
— Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 17, 2018
Dippel posted the photo online in an effort to identify the newly-engaged couple. No one has come forward yet, but the picture has received hundreds of thousands of likes. “I just genuinely wanted to find out who the people were to deliver this photo to them,” Dippel said, “because I think it’s a super special moment that they could hold on to.” And it seems his strategy paid off. The photo was liked nearly 13,000 times on Instagram, shared over 20,000 times on Facebook, and now the mystery couple has been identified.
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UPDATE: I FOUND THEM. Everyone meet, @canklebreaker and @helloomelissa the happy happy couple that was out on the point in my Taft Point Proposal. In short, I captured the second proposal, the more special and official one in Charlie’s words. Huge congratulations to you two. I wish I was able to meet you in person and hug you. I’m glad I finally found you to share this special moment with you, thanks for being so awesome, maybe one day we will finally meet in person!
When browsing a local news station’s Instagram feed, Charlie Bear saw the picture and realized it featured him and Melissa Ngo, his now-fiancée. Apparently, it was Bear’s second proposal to Melissa. The first took place back in February to please her impatient 82-year-old grandmother. The Taft Point proposal was meant to surprise Melissa “for more personal/meaningful reasons,” he told ABC News. “Since Melissa and I love to travel and hike and the outdoors I wanted to give her an epic proposal.”
Bear reached out to Dippel to identify himself, thus solving the mystery. The couple’s wedding is scheduled for April 2019.
Although Taft Point looks very high, it’s actually easy to reach. According to the park’s website, it’s only a 2.2 mile round trip from Glacier Park Road, where you can park your car. The spot has proven to be an incredibly popular Instagram backdrop for engagement and weddings shoots, but it’s also recently been the scene of a tragic accident when a couple of travel bloggers fell to their deaths.
H/T: BBC News
This article has been updated on October 31st, 2018.