This Engagement Photo Went Viral — Because No One Knows Who's In It

"Alright Internet I need your help... I took this photo and would love for them to find it."

Most couples aren't lucky enough to have a photographer just happen to snap the perfect shot of their engagement while waiting to take a picture of their friend, but on October 6 at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, one couple was. 


The only problem? No one seems to know who they are.

Matthew Dippel, a freelance photographer who reportedly photographed the mystery couple, posted a breathtaking picture of a man down on knee proposing to a woman on the tip of Taft Point to Facebook and Instagram on October 17. "Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two," he captioned the Facebook post. "... I took this photo and would love for them to find it."

Taft Point is "really popular for engagements, proposals, weddings." Besides the couple he photographed, "There were at least three or four different brides and grooms up there doing their post-wedding photos, so it's definitely not an uncommon thing to see up there," Dippel told CNN. 

He also told the publication that the couple hugged and looked happy after the surprise proposal, so he figured it went well. Though the couple appears far away from the camera's vantage point, Dippel said it was only a two-minute walk. "I ran over to that point after I took the photo to try to figure out who they were," he explained. "And I asked maybe 20 or 25 people, and no one came forward."

So Dippel turned to the Internet for help identifying the couple and putting them in touch. While some on social media have expressed skepticism, commenting that the picture looks photoshop and/or is just a publicity stunt for Dippel, more than 15,000 people have shared the picture since he posted it on October 17. "I've gotten a lot of people trying to help me find out who they are," he said. "Honestly, the internet has done a lot of digging to try to find out who they are."

Multiple people have sent him several photos of possible candidates, but a match has yet to be found. In the meantime, Dippel told the publication, "I'm probably just going to make them a really big print of it, so they [the mystery couple] can have it. I just want to find them and deliver the photo to them because it's a really cool photo, and it's a special moment for them."

In the Facebook post, Dippel left contact information in the form of his Instagram handle @gorgeouscornchip so that anyone with potential information about the couple can send him a direct message on that platform. 

UPDATE: Dippel found the mystery couple on October 27. "Everyone meet, Charlie (Vo) and his fiance Melissa the happy happy couple that was out on the point in my Taft Point Proposal," he wrote in an update to his original Facebook post. "In short, I captured the second proposal, the more special and official one in Charlie's words." 

In a FaceTime interview with Michigan-based TV station WOOD, Vo explained that he actually first proposed to Melissa in Utah this past February. The couple were surrounded by family for that first proposal, according to FOX17, so Vo wanted to do a "more personal" proposal as well. That, he says, is why he planned the now-famous proposal when the Los Angeles-based couple went hiking in Yosemite, WOOD reported. 

"I stumbled across our picture being posted and I was like 'holy crap that's us,'" Vo told FOX17. "I read the caption and then I tracked down Matt and I reached out to him. But we were totally unaware of this entire thing. It was so shocking." 

A Plus has reached out to Matthew Dippel for comment. 


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