Proposal | Sapphire Point Overlook | September
Proposal Before the Weddings
We love Sapphire Point, we love fall, and we love the weekends but the combo of all three at Sapphire point normally does not include the word seclusion May through September. For Patrick and Camille it seemed more about getting the ring than the surprise. From the photos it seemed that there was still a ton of emotion and joy in getting engaged so in the end it is really more about what is happening in that moment than anything. Before they got down there we were able to clear out a number of people that were hanging out – so thankful! This made for a bride with her bridesmaids taking a seat to watch things go down. It was their wedding day so seeing a proposal was likely a little inspirational. It was a clear YES with lots of joy. If you are wondering we did have two photographers there and as you can see the light was not ideal to get that angle.
This did not really dampen the joy but after the proposal we were confronted about taking photos at the location because of a ‘reservation’ . . . in 33 minutes. We were being told we needed to leave because they had a wedding there and that their reservation paper said that it was reserved for them. Knowing the time and that there was a wedding every two hours for the remainder of the day in an attempt to be courteous we advised that the reservation does not reserve anything and that you cannot restrict public land from public use. If their wedding was occurring at that point we would understand them needing to let us know it was about to happen but nothing was occurring. In the comedy of things they called the Ranger about us likely giving no context because the Ranger had nothing to say to us other than ‘have a nice day’ when I recited a summarized version of the below text to him. We share this longer tangent because almost everyone we talk to seems to think that ‘reservations’ means it is exclusive use. Some proposal guys have reserved it not knowing all it does is prevent two weddings from occurring at the same time. Save your money unless you are trying to prevent a wedding from occurring during the time you are proposing. Here is the text on the Ranger website:
“THE USE OF SAPPHIRE POINT UNDER YOUR PERMIT IS NOT EXCLUSIVE. You may NOT close off any areas to public use. You should keep the walkway toward the rear of the overlook and the area along the northwest wall unobstructed so hikers may pass by without disturbing your ceremony. The public is allowed to enter the overlook during a ceremony unimpeded. However, people will generally turn around once they realize a wedding ceremony is taking place.” And what is on the Reservation Site: “This is a non-exclusive day-use area, able to accommodate up to 35 people for small events such as wedding ceremonies. Although the site may be reserved, all visitors have access to the site. . . Site must remain open to all users at all times.”
You can see more proposals here and read about how we do proposals on our engagement proposals page. If you like what you see here and are considering using this location here are some of the other shoots we have done at Sapphire Point.