Photographer tracks down couple after capturing North Myrtle Beach oceanfront engagement

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A photographer was able to track down a couple after she captured their North Myrtle Beach oceanfront engagement Tuesday.

Andrew Gunnels and Braylin Gillespie are from Anderson, South Carolina. The were visiting the area for a yearly family vacation for the week, and Gunnels thought it would be the perfect time to propose.

“I was nervous,” Gunnels said. “I had the whole thing planned and knew what I was going to say, but man, I got down on that one knee and it left my head. I don’t know what I was talking about, but thankfully she said yes.”

In a Facebook post, Christa Walsh Photography said she was waiting for clients at about 7:20 p.m. near 59th Avenue North when she noticed the couple getting engaged.

“I was getting ready for just a usual family session,” Walsh said. “I’m there basically every night during the summer, so I was just getting my settings right on my camera.”

She said she didn’t have time to swap to her zoom lens, but edited out 30 people from the beach and wanted to give them the photos, but before she could walk over to them her clients got to the pier and the newly engaged couple walked the opposite direction.

“I was like, I’m just going to post these and see what happens and it just blew up from there,” she said.

As of Wednesday evening, the post had more than half a million views and more than one thousand shares.

The post eventually made its way to Gunnel’s stepdads newsfeed.

“It’s just crazy how small the world really is,” Gunnels said. 

After connecting with the couple and sharing the photos she took of the proposal, Walsh offered the couple a last-minute engagement shoot before their vacation ended.

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