Seeking 'mystery couple' from beach proposal

Editor's Note: The following is a letter written to the Coastline Pilot by Mission Viejo resident Barryn Vaughn. She and her family were at Aliso Creek Beach around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 taking pictures and enjoying the day. Later, they noticed what appears to be a young man proposing to his girlfriend in the background of some of the photos. Vaughn is hoping to find out who this mystery couple is so she can surprise them with candid photos of their special moment. If you have any information, please pass it along to


There was an amazing moment captured by accident as we (my daughter Jessica, her husband and my granddaughter, Makena) spent the day at Aliso Creek Beach Jan. 22.

Jessica had brought along with her a digital camera and was busily shooting photos throughout our beach walk. It wasn't until she got home and was able to look at the pictures blown up on her computer that she realized what she had accidentally captured as Makena was simply trying to climb up on the rocks and sit next to her grandpa.

About 10 minutes before the three photos were taken, I had observed a young couple and thought to myself, "Aren't they a cute couple? They're kissing and in love."

Of course, Grandpa and Makena were supposed to be the focus of the shots, but now I guess it's pretty obvious that a marriage proposal was in the making and the three sequential photos tell the whole story.

What's that they say? A picture is worth a thousand words! Well, here's three.

Sadly, we have no idea at all who or where this couple is and or where they might be now, but I'm sure they're probably somewhere in the beginning processes of planning their beachfront wedding!

I would simply like to find and surprise the couple with the photo of what hopefully will be a lifelong commitment.

BARRYN VAUGHN is a Mission Viejo resident.

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