Davenport Proposal: Saying “Yes” on the California Coast

November 18, 2022

Love Stories

A coastal proposal

I loved working with Aubre and Erika this summer to capture their west coast proposal in the small beach town of Davenport, California.  

Aubre reached out to me back in July, letting me know that she is ready to propose to her fiance Erika. (Erika had already proposed to her earlier that year in New York). They had planned on coming out to the Bay Area to celebrate their friend’s wedding and take a small vacation.

Their friend got married in Livermore Valley and then these two hopped into a rental car ready to explore the beauties of California’s coastline. Throughout their trip they hit spots like Santa Cruz, Capitola making their way to Carmel and all the beautiful beach towns along the way. 

Highway 1, the Golden Coast 

One thing about Highway 1 is that it truly is the slowcoast. I’ve lived my entire life in the Bay Area, and there hasn’t been a time that I’ve gone to the coastline and felt like it was busy or packed. It’s one of those places that I feel many people try to respect to maintain it’s natural beauty. 

Davenport is a good example of that – it’s a really small town near Santa Cruz. It has a few access spots to the beach but the beauty of this town lies within the coastline and the bluffs you can walk along. Parking is limited and usually just off the side of the road, but once you find a spot and access to a trail, you truly get to experience the Golden Coast that everyone talks about. 

And honestly, nothing beats a sunset when you’re hanging out on the coast. It sets slow, there’s no building or hills for the sun to hide behind, instead it slowly creeps below the horizon, giving you every color you can imagine for a sunset. From warm oranges to cotton candy skies, literally there’s nothing like it. 

Planning a Coastal Proposal 

Before the proposal, Aubre gave me a quick call to chat about the details. The fun part about Davenport is that on the coastline, I lose all reception! If any photographers can recommend a cell service that has impeccable coverage – I am all ears. 

Because I lost reception, and there is a lot of coast in California, we went back and forth to make sure she had the exact pin drop of the location. Nothing like getting there early and panicking for 20 minutes worried that they have the wrong pin! 

They showed up right on time, walked to the location and I crept in the background. Within moments of getting there, Aubre wasted no time. She dropped down to one knee and proposed to Erika! With the sun dropping and the wind roaring, Erika said YES! 

The biggest congratulations to this lovely couple! Aubre and Erika – I wish you all the best with your wedding planning! I know you two are going to have the best celebration in Texas surrounded by all the people you love most! 

Check out their beautiful proposal and engagement along the California Coast! Also peep their rings, these two have the best freaking style!

Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.
Wedding proposal in Davenport, California. Photos by Shannon Alyse Photography.

Photos for every occasion

Here’s the thing, life is meant to be celebrated. These moments like engagements, weddings, first baby – they are important milestones that you’ll want to cherish forever. One of the best ways to keep those memories alive is to take photos! And wouldn’t it be just a little bit better if you didn’t have to stress about setting up a self timer? Make your moments more memorable by hiring a photographer!

Get in contact with me today so we can figure out a way to capture those special moments. 


PS, looking for some more beachside photo inspiration? Check out this engagement session in Davenport, California from the spring!

Hey, I'm Shannon

I'm a lifetime photographer that documents your milestones - from weddings to motherhood & all the moments in-between.

I'm based in Pleasanton, California where I live with my husband, our pup and way too many house plants.