Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Rdzy0QqFbY— Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 17, 2018
The identity of the couple behind this magical wedding proposal has been driving social media users crazy for almost one month – but after weeks of searching, the internet has finally found the lovebirds who were perched on the mountain peak.
Michigan-based photographer Matthew Dippel had been hiking through Yosemite National Park in California on October 6th when he spotted a man proposing to a woman on top of Taft Point.
After capturing a breathtaking photo of the proposal, Dippel posted it to social media and asked his followers to help him find the couple.
As the weeks went by, Dippel started to lose hope over ever identifying the duo. Dozens of people reached out to the photographer, saying that they knew the couple – but none of the claims seemed to hold up. He assumed that the soon-to-be husband and wife had seen the photo on news outlets and chose to remain anonymous.
Finally, someone put Dippel in touch with Matthew Bear and Melissa: a couple who had time-stamped photos of their engagement on Taft Point in which they were shown wearing the same articles of clothing at the exact same time as the viral picture.
“When I officially knew that it was them, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders,” Dippel told PEOPLE. “I started jumping up and down in my basement because I had finally found them! I was so happy to get connected with them, and just to hear the gratitude in their voice was so heartwarming.”
Dippel’s followers were able to join in on the celebrations after the photographer posted his discovery to social media platforms earlier this week.
“I wish I was able to meet you in person and hug you,” Dippel wrote about the couple. “I’m glad I finally found you to share this special moment with you, thanks for being so awesome, maybe one day we will finally meet in person!”
The couple reciprocated the sentiment, with Melissa later adding on social media: “We can’t thank Matt enough for all of his efforts in trying to find us! I’m still trying to comprehend all of this and half of me still doesn’t believe this actually has gone viral online! We love you all!! Now off to wedding planning!”
Be Sure And Share The Wonderful Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Matthew Dippel