Photographer Captures Amazing Proposal in Yosemite, Finally Finds the Couple After the Photo Goes Viral

October 30, 2018Oct 30, 2018

It's the ultimate feel-good story.

On October 16, photographer Matthew Dippel posted an amazing photo he'd taken at Taft Point in Yosemite Park. In it, a couple could be seen in the distance with the man down on one knee.

Dippel sent out a plea on social media, asking people to help him find the couple. Days later, he was losing hope that he would find the couple whose proposal moment he captured. A few days later, he announced the exciting news.

"Huge congratulations to you two. I wish I was able to meet you in person and hug you," Dippel wrote Saturday. "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!"

"I was elated to have found them," Dippel told NBC News.

On Thursday, Dippel posted on Twitter, "At this point I’m beginning to believe they have seen it and choose to remain unnamed. I will continue searching for a while, so don’t worry I’m not giving up, just not making it priority #1 anymore."

But the couple had actually seen the photo. Charlie Vo saw it on a local news agency's Instagram feed, but he waited to tell Dippel until he could verify with his fiancée, Melissa Ngo, that the photo actually showed the two of them.

"I had her double check if that was us at first," Vo told NBC News. "She was just as shocked as I was."

Dippel had photographed a second proposal by Vo, 34. He had already asked Ngo, 31, to marry him in February. But he decided that he'd take advantage of the gorgeous views—the couple loves the outdoors and hiking—to give them a more memorable proposal.

In the photo, Vo was actually giving Ngo a Ring Pop. He had already given her the real ring in February.

Vo and Ngo met in college. The two began dating about two years ago, and they plan to get married in April of next year. 

Michelle wrote on her Instagram, "Finally caught a break from our travels to share the most amazing proposal photo of @canklebreaker and I taken by the talented @gorgeouscornchip a few weekends ago during our road trip to Yosemite!"

She continued, "Soo many of you have reached out to congratulate us and wish us well, we just wanted to thank you for all the love you’ve been sending our way. We’re so excited for the next chapter of our lives and what better way to start that than have our epic proposal photo shared worldwide it now seems!"

She concluded, "We can’t thank Matt enough for all of his efforts in trying to find us! I’m still trying to comprehend all of this and half of me still doesn’t believe this actually has gone viral online! We love you all!! Now off to wedding planning!"

Vo also commented on the photo. He added, "It us! 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!"

Congratulations to the couple!