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Beach Proposal Session: Mckenzie & Tori

Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer

Mckenzie and Tori met at a monthly queer women’s dance party in Washington, DC in March 2012. Tori is a bass player and Mckenzie is a singer, so they connected over music and had an amazing time playing together in a rock band for the next year and a half before finally starting to date.

Once together, they talked a lot about their future – marriage, kids, their future home – but they always skipped over the getting engaged part. Mckenzie decided it was time to act, so she got some advice from Tori’s sister and brother-in-law and got planning.
Shortly after the two started dating, they went on a trip to San Francisco. It was there that they truly fell in love. It was their special place, so Mckenzie knew she would propose there, but couldn’t figure out how to get Tori there without raising suspicion.
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
A month or so before the proposal, the two booked flights to Oregon to see Mckenzie’s family, but she changed the flights to San Francisco instead. The day the flight came, Mckenzie was so nervous. She was able to get Tori to Oakland without suspicion, then she revealed the surprise that they would stay in San Francisco for the day.
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer

They spent a lovely day having lunch at one of the best taco places in town, shopping around the Mission District and relaxing in the sun at Dolores Park. Later that evening, they headed to dinner via Golden Gate Park and ended up at Ocean Beach. That was when Tori knew something was up. They walked around on the beach collecting rocks and shells for a bit while they both tried not to act super-nervous.

Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer

Their photographer, Danielle, was on the beach catching candids and Tori had no idea she was there. Danielle’s cue to know that Mckenzie was about to propose was when they compared their seashell findings, but there were basically no shells on the beach that day! Tori thought it was pretty weird that Mckenzie was so insistent that they find shells, but she was full of hopeful anticipation, so she just went with it and channeled her nerves and excitement into the task. Mckenzie was very grateful.

Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
When they compared findings, Mckenzie placed the ring under the stack of shells in her hand. When she got to the bottom of the stack she said, “Okay, I have one more” and opened up her hands with the ring sitting there. She asked Tori to marry here and of course, Tori said “Yes!” Danielle captured the moment beautifully. Everything was perfect.
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
Once Danielle joined them, they proceeded to enjoy a whole engagement photo shoot right after their proposal. Danielle kept them calm and relaxed. Afterwards, Tori and Mckenzie has a sushi dinner and soaked up the joy of the day.
Danielle in San Francisco for Flytographer
The next morning the two flew to Oregon on a “way-too-early” flight, and were able to announce their engagement to Mckenzie’s family in person. A week later they received their engagement photos and put them up on Facebook to share with everyone. They were very grateful to have such a special memento of their day.

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Photography and Proposal Planning: Flytographer 

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