Photographer finds couple from proposal picture

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids photographer who snapped a stunning image of a proposal at Yosemite National Park says he has found the happy couple.

They are Charlie Vo and fiancee Melissa.

Matthew Dippel took the photo Oct. 6 while hiking with a friend in the national park in California. It shows a man down on one knee on Taft Point, holding his fiancee’s hand.

When he got the shot, Dippel had no idea who the two people were. So he turned to social media and then the media to find them.

It worked. In a Saturday Facebook post, Dippel said Vo told him it was the couple’s second and “official” proposal.

Speaking to 24 Hour News 8 via FaceTime Saturday evening, Vo said he and Melissa originally got engaged in Utah in February.

But Vo wanted to do something more special for Melissa. He planned a second proposal for while they were hiking, which is something they often do together.

He said he first spotted an article on Dippel’s photo from a local news station in Los Angeles, where he and Melissa live. When they googled it, they found a slew more.

“I was in shock, really. I just told him (Dippel), ‘I can’t believe you took that picture of us and it turned out great,'” Vo said. “I was just shocked to find him like that and that he took such a great photo of us.”

Dippel offered his congratulations to the couple.

“I’m glad I finally found you to share this special moment with you,” he wrote online.

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