Photographer Finally Finds Mystery Couple Featured in Viral Yosemite Proposal Picture

taft pointTaft Point at Yosemite National Park. (Credit: Shutterstock)

A photographer’s 10-day search on social media has finally ended in a picture-perfect way. On October 17, photographer Matthew Dippel posted a photo of a couple’s romantic proposal taking place on an overlook in Yosemite National Park.

The gorgeous snapshot taken by Dippel featured a couple mid-proposal with a man dropping to one knee while his fiancée looked down. The breathtaking scenic backdrop of Taft Point portrayed a secondary starring role as the sweeping romantic gesture took place.

There was, however, one glaring issue: Dippel didn’t know the identities of the lovebirds.

“Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them,” he tweeted. “I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018.”

The tweet sparked a massive viral search online. After 10 days of remaining a mystery on line, the couple finally realized they were the subjects featured in the image.

UPDATE: I FOUND THEM,” Dippel tweeted on October 27. “Everyone meet, Charlie Bear and his fiancé Melissa 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!”


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In an interview with ABC News, Bear said he was scanning Instagram when he found the image that looked remarkably familiar.

“Basically we went on a hike at Taft and I decided to surprise Melissa with a second proposal, for personal [and] meaningful reasons,” he said. “Since Melissa and I love to travel and hike and the outdoors, I wanted to give her an epic proposal photo and that’s how it came about.”

The image has since been shared over 165,000 times. “It us!” Bear wrote Sunday on Instagram. “Huge thank you once again to Matthew for capturing this special moment and taking the time to track us down. Also, a big thanks to all of the media outlets and inter-webs for spreading the word and all of the positive well wishes. Success!”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.