The mystery couple whose engagement in Yosemite National Park was captured in a photo shared across the web as the photographer sought to identify them said they had no idea their private moment was seen across the globe, but they feel it makes their relationship all the more magical.
Charlie Vo had actually already proposed to Melissa Ngo in front of family and friends in Alhambra, where they reside. But on Oct. 6, Vo had planned a more intimate version of the milestone at the national park's picturesque Taft Point.
"People will do anything for love, and I'm afraid of heights," Vo said. "So being on that cliff was terrifying, but I overcame it for her."
But plans for an private moment changed after the moment was spotted by freelance photographer Matt Dippel, who happened to be waiting to snap a picture of a friend on the lookout.
"I already had my setting all ready to go and I just pointed my camera at them and snapped away," Dippel said.
But before he could make his way to the couple, they were gone. So Dippel turned to social media for help.
"idk who these two are," he posted, "but I hope this finds them."
The image has since been share more than 170,000 times.
"We didn't know that the photographer, Matt, was looking for us like that," Vo told KTLA.
Ngo marveled at the attention they'd garnered. "There are tons of articles all over the internet, and they're all about trying to find us," she said.
Once the photo made its way to the pair, Vo messaged Dippel, ending the weekslong search.
Although the couple's friends had also captured their own photos of the proposal, they said Dippel's picture is priceless.
"I think that makes it a lot more special, the fact that everyone was trying to help us find him and get this photo for us," Ngo said.
The bride-to-be said she's grateful so many strangers cared enough to seek them out, and they've connected with well-wishers from as far away as the Netherlands.
"People were like, 'This is so inspiring. True love really does exist,' and 'Hopefully I get to find someone that can give me this epic proposal.' "
The couple is planning to wed next April.