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Surprise Napa Proposal

A surprise proposal in Napa has been on my bucket list for a long time now. I could not have been more thrilled to have a part in such a special day such as this. When I first heard from Aleq, he inquired through my Facebook Fan Page page asking about me photographing his proposal to Kaitlyn in the coming weeks. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was a legitimate inquiry because his profile said he was from Tennessee! So, I did a little more research, asked a few more questions, and everything was set! When Aleq told me that he would be proposing at the Domaine Carneros in Napa I became so overwhelmed with excitement! It’s BEAUTIFUL!

My oldest daughter joined me for the trip to Napa. I didn’t want to go alone – I mean, who goes to a winery ALONE for champagne tasting? Oh, and not to mention, this was my very FIRST tasting – ever. We were seated on a table adjacent to where Aleq and Kaitlyn would be seated, but I soon realized that my view would be restricted by other guests. We saw another open table and quickly moved over, which allowed me to secretly watch them. I felt like such a paparazzi!!! There were several times where Kaitlyn looked right at us, but I knew she had no idea who I was. Later she told me that she was looking at what we had ordered because it looked really good (and it was!). As we sat and enjoyed our sparkling wine and charcuterie plate, our server kept us apprised as to when the sweet couple would be finished. At one point, Aleq texted me (how he did this without her knowing – I have no idea), but he let me know that he would not be proposing at the table because he was sure that Kaitlyn wouldn’t want so much attention on her since they were literally surrounded by people. he let me know that they would be taking a walk around the building where it would offer some privacy.

Surprise Napa Proposal - Domaine Carneros

As soon as they were finished and walked away, I noticed that they started down the main stairs  and not towards the other side of the building. So we got up from our table and slowly started to follow. They took a few pictures alone the stairs; of course when they stopped we had to stop, so we immediately took out our cell phones to look busy taking photos like everyone else. Aleq and Kaitlyn went a little further down the stairs and a couple offered to take their photo for them (my thought was ‘Oh no, he might think that is his photographer!’ hahaha! He then texted me (again – no idea how he did this without her knowing) asking where I was. I responded quickly letting him know I was right behind them and was watching.

Then, the moment finally came. Aleq dropped down to one knee and asked his sweetheart for her hand in marriage.

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You can read about Aleq’s perspective of the day over on How He Asked !

Are you planning on secretly proposing to your girlfriend and want to have that special moment documented? Get in touch with me with the details of your day, and I would be happy to send you more information on how you can book me for your surprise proposal! I can’t wait to hear about it!

xo Jana

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Mike & Nicole | Tilden Botanical Gardens Engagement Session

Tilden Botanical Gardens Engagement Session

Berkeley I was expecting partly sunny skies and was so excited to meet Mike and Nicole for their engagement session! As soon as I came around the bend and was approaching my exit to the Tilden Botanical Gardens, the weather took a huge turn and I was shocked to see all the fog and drizzle hitting my windshield. I admit, my heart sank a bit. It was a long drive for me, and I was determined this was going to be a gorgeous engagement session, and was not about to let the weather put a ‘damper’ on things (see what I did there). Thankfully, when I parked at the gardens, most of the fog surrounding the area was actually not within the gardens! YAY! I was totally okay with cloudy skies (just no rain please!) I love the botanical gardens – there are breathtaking views and so much to explore here. It’s the perfect place to snuggle with your loved one and take in all the scenery. Mike and Nicole were the perfect snugglers. Their love is genuine and beautiful, and I am so honored to be able to capture that for them to cherish. Some of my favorites of the afternoon…perfect light, dreamy fog – it’s all good. I can’t wait to go back to the Botanical Gardens.

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Mike & Nicole ~ Thank you for having me document just a little bit of your love story. You two make my heart swoon. Happy Wedding planning! xo Jana

Jana Melinda Photography is a Portrait and Wedding Photographer located in Vacaville, CA and serves all of Northern California. If you are interested in an engagement session, wedding, or portraits, please use my contact form above or send me a direct email to tell me all about your story and what you envision for your portraits. I look forward to meeting you! <3


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  • Kim Chan - These are beautiful!! I’ve always wanted to shoot here too and now I want to even more. Those skinny trees are awesome too. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • janamelinda - Thank you Kim! You MUST go there! We didn’t even cover the entire park. It’s so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn - Oh my goodness! This is so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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