@DippelMatt

Sometimes the internet is just the absolute best.


Michigan photographer Matthew Dippel was shooting in Yosemite National Park earlier this year when he happened upon a truly stunning photo op: what appeared to be a marriage proposal taking place high atop a cliff as the sun was beginning to set over Yosemite's Taft Point.

Dippel tried to find the couple to share the photo with them, but to no avail. "I ran over there to try and find them," he told ABC News, "asked maybe 20-25 individuals and came up short." That's when he turned to the internet for help.

The tweet and photo immediately went viral as internet sleuths tried to track down the lovebirds. But social media users came up short too. Several people sent Dippel potential solutions, but all turned out to be the wrong couple.

After almost three weeks, Dippel was just about to give up hope, assuming that the couple might want to stay anonymous.

And then: eureka!

But it wasn't Dippel who found the couple. The couple found him, in the unlikeliest of ways! The man proposing in the photo, Charlie Vo, was scrolling through a local news station's Instagram feed after they'd re-posted a friend's photo, when he stumbled upon the viral post of him and his fiancee. What are the odds?

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"Basically we went on a hike at Taft and I decided to surprise Melissa with a 2nd proposal, for personal/meaningful reasons," Vo told ABC News. "Since Melissa and I love to travel and hike and the outdoors I wanted to give her an epic proposal photo and that's how it came about."

Perhaps best of all, since their official proposal had already happened back in February, Charlie was giving Melissa a Ring Pop in Dippel's now famous photo. Cute!

Naturally, social media folk were elated by this story:










The wedding is in April in Malibu. No word on whether Dippel will be the photographer but, either way, this is one heck of a happy ending!

H/T NBC News, The Independent

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