In our fall Real Weddings special issue, we featured Anne Zuelke and Shane Dykhuis' summer camp-inspired Michigan wedding. But one thing you didn't see in the issue is that a year and a half before they exchanged I do's on the beach, Shane proposed halfway across the country in Yosemite National Park. Their engagement story, told here by Shane, is just as sweet as their Lake Michigan celebration:
"I really wanted it to be memorable, special, and a little stylish. And I knew I would incorporate Yosemite, which is one of my favorite places on earth. What I came up with was to go on a really amazing hike to a beautiful waterfall. The hike was fairly strenuous, so at the top we were going to have a picnic lunch and hang out for a few hours. That's when I had to figure out how to change into the tuxedo I packed in my backpack. Of course I was very nervous about the logistics until Anne said, 'I think I’m going to go take a nap.' Perfect! I sneaked away and changed, and I asked a few other people up there if they could photograph us—some guys even had some pretty good video equipment! Then I went over and woke her up, proposed, and we danced around on top of the mountain and celebrated."
Anne's take? "I couldn’t really believe what he was wearing! And then I looked to the right and saw these people with cameras watching us. I was just a little bit confused at first, but I realized what was going on pretty quick!"
Anne and Shane were kind enough to share some photos from both days, and we can see it ended just the way it began (proposal day on left, wedding day on right):
Congrats again, Anne and Shane!
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