Photographer Tracks Down Couple In Amazing Proposal Photo

There are some iconic photos featuring people that are impossible to track down. For a while, one photographer thought that this would be the case with a stunning image he took at Yosemite National Park.

Credit: Matthew Dippel
Credit: Matthew Dippel

A man decided a cliff edge was the perfect spot to propose to his girlfriend when Matthew Dippel, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was strolling up Taft Point at the national park. He spotted the moment and just had to get a picture of it.

As he was so far away from the couple, he was unable to find out who they were, in person, so he took to social media in a bid to track them down.

For almost a week he heard nothing back, until one day he received a message from a California man named Charlie Bear and his fiancée Melissa - turns out they were the couple from the picture.

Of course, Matthew shared his findings on Facebook - he said: "'I FOUND THEM. Everyone meet, Charlie Bear and his fiancée Melissa the happy happy couple that was out on the point in my Taft Point Proposal."

Turns out Charlie's proposal to Melissa wasn't the first one either.

Matthew continued: "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!"

Credit: Charlie Bear/Facebook
Credit: Charlie Bear/Facebook

Matthew was over the mood to finally find the couple as he shared on social media after a week of reaching out, he was beginning to lose hope.

The photo was shared more than 90,000 times on Twitter as people worldwide attempted to help Matthew on his quest.

Before Charlie and Melissa came forward Matthew tweeted: "At this point I'm beginning to believe they have seen it and choose to remain unnamed, I will continue searching for awhile, so don't worry I'm not giving up, just not making it priority #1 anymore."

But luck would have it that Charlie simply stumbled along the photo Matthew took on 6 October and realised it was him and Melissa.

He'd previously proposed to Melissa during a trip to Park City, Utah, proposing to her among the snow-capped mountains, but now has a stunning photo to document the couple's second special moment.

Featured Image Credit: Matthew Dipple/Facebook

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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