Jess + Elissa | Lesbian Proposal Ideas in California

Engagement, Proposal

When Elissa + Jess first reached out to have their engagement session I knew they were my type of people. We instantly connected and had so much fun at their consultation. Jess told me all about her proposal to Elissa in Utah. It was such an intimate lesbian proposal in the middle of the Utah mountains. While we were planning their engagement session, Elissa privately messaged me about her own proposal to Jess during our session. Scroll down to see the sweetest + rainy proposal!

Two women embracing in front of mountain

We planned to go out to Three Rivers, which is just below Sequoia National Park. The forecast was rain for the day, but Elissa + Jess were troopers and still wanted to move forward with their session! Some couples + photographers are afraid of having their session or wedding in the rain, but let me tell you, it can still produce amazing photos! Although, it did rain a lot harder than we expected, it still was an unforgettable engagement + proposal!





From Jess + Elissa!


Tell me about your first date?

Well, Jess made me wait two months for our first date – also, early days in the pandemic so I think my future mother in law played a role there too. When we finally set a date, we made pizza from scratch, listened to vinyl, drank craft beer and got lost in conversation until about 1am.




What is your favorite thing about one another?

Jess: she gives me roots, a safe place, a home and wings, to explore, create and always be better. Elissa: I love how big her heart is and she makes me a better person. She leads with love in all that she does.




Imagine you two both have the weekend off – describe your perfect weekend together:

St. George in an AirBnB with a large jacuzzi tub, many mimosas, a “bucket list” hike in Zion and some of our favorite people in our favorite place.


Right before the moment!


Jess’s favorite number is 11, so Elissa ensured that Jess’s ring had 11 diamonds!


Look at these rings!





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Meet Michelle


I specialize in inclusive wedding photography for all. I went from being engayged to being a Fresno Wedding Photographer when I couldn't find any photographers locally who held my same values.  

Fueled by equal parts coffee and passion,  I believe your story, your love, is beautiful and I can't wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come. I believe in real moments and genuine connection. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together. 

And I can't wait to get to know you!

I’m Michelle Gunn

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