Nick chose a Baker Beach proposal to Lexie on a foggy June summer morning in San Francisco, escaping the heat of Bakersfield for the weekend. With the original intent of proposing on the beach, Nick called an audible and chose the fort side of Baker Beach instead of the beach side, opting for the quiet and solitude of this area since there were dozens of people surprisingly enjoying this cold morning at the beach. Almost as soon as he reached into his jacket pocket, Lexie reacted by covering her mouth in excitement and anticipation, and you can tell that she was ready for this marriage proposal at Baker Beach! And when Nick eventually got down on his knee, her joyous tears came down her face as she emotionally said the easiest answer in her life – yes! It was one of the best reactions to a marriage proposal I have seen in quite a while and the anticipation of this moment seemed to overcome them both with nonstop laughter and smiles from ear to ear.
In our conversation beforehand, Nick had mentioned he unknowingly fake proposed at Disneyland (aka he unassumingly got down on his knee to tie his shoe) a few years ago and Lexie got angry at him. After the initial excitement and response calmed down at Baker Beach, Lexie revealed to me the same exact story and that her first words out of her mouth as he reached into his jacket were “You better not do Disneyland again!” Fortunately, this was the real deal and I was lucky to have been there to witness this special Baker Beach proposal! If a Disney proposal is what you had in mind, I did actually photograph a Disney proposal inspired by the movie, “Up.”
Being that they were high school sweethearts, Lexie had anticipated this day for a while and had a feeling Nick would propose around her recent graduation a week ago. Not wanting to draw attention away from her big moment, he chose this weekend trip to San Francisco to propose as a disguise for a trip to celebrate Lexie’s recent graduation. It was amazing to hear of the long list of people who knew of the surprise, including the SF local clothing store clerk who suggested a new puffy jacket to hide the engagement ring box! Everyone did their part in keeping it a secret and allowing both Nick and Lexie to fully appreciate the surprise all to themselves.