Proposal Ideas

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, enjoy their heartwarming love stories, and discover how their big “Will you marry me?” moment unfolded.


Benedict's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met on instagram when my beautiful fiancé randomly followed me and I said "Hey, this girl is too beautiful for me not to take my shot." So I did and here we are almost 3 years later, engaged!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Paris is Uju's favorite city in the world so it was a no brainer.

What is your proposal story?

I purposely planned a "vacation photo shoot" 3 days into our trip to try and throw my now fiancé off the trail and make think it was a birthday trip. It had rained early that morning but the sun came up perfectly for the time for our shoot and my now fiancé was swept off her feet!

Proposed in Paris in August

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Jason & Moira's Proposal Story in Amalfi

How did you meet?

Bumble

What is your love story?

Our first date was at a local bar/restaurant in Austin, Texas. I remember thinking how beautiful she looked the moment I met her for the first time. Although I was extremely nervous, our conversation flowed extremely smoothly. Fast forward several years, and we were madly in love with each other. She was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She was loved by everyone, had a caring heart, and we both made each other extremely happy. After a few years together, we brought a dog into our family - Moose. Moose brought Moira and me even closer together. Personally, seeing how caring and loving Moira was towards him made me fall even more in love with her. By this point, I knew she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We had always talked about visiting Italy. We spontaneously booked this trip a few months prior to going. Our first stop was Almafi - arguably the most beautiful coast in the world. I wanted to propose at the beginning of the trip so we could enjoy the rest of Italy as an engaged couple.

What is your proposal story?

I had booked Pasquale just days before we arrived in Italy to take photos of my surprise proposal. I told Moira I hired a tour guide to walk us through one of the villas and take some photos of us (since we're both really bad at taking photos while on vacation). We met Pasquale at Villa Rufolo and began walking around to find the perfect spot. I started to get really nervous because Moira, being the inquisitive person she is, was asking tons of questions about the history of the villa not knowing Pasquale was just a photographer. We took a few photos and then walked outside where there was a ledge overlooking the Amalfi coastline. I knew this was the spot. I gave Pasquale the hand signal to get in place. Despite rehearsing my long thought-out speech for days, I became speechless the second I turned toward her. She looked so beautiful and she had no idea this was about to be one of the most special moments of our lives. I don't even remember what I said - I just began to tear up and nearly blacked out when I went to grab the ring out of my back pocket. Needless to say, she was completely surprised and she said YES!

Best tip for proposing in Amalfi

If you choose to propose at one of the villas, beware that they may charge a fee ($150+) to have an outside photographer take your photos. Some villas also require you to book a date and time with one of their photographers. I would recommend checking this ahead of time.

Proposed in Amalfi in September

Photo Shoot Location: Amalfi Village

Pasquale and Peppe in Amalfi for Flytographer


Bradley & Alisa's Proposal Story in Vienna

How did you meet?

She moved in next door <3

Proposed in Vienna in September

Photo Shoot Location: Heldenplatz & Museumsquartier

Florentina in Vienna for Flytographer


Cameron & Veronica's Proposal Story in Zurich

How did you meet?

Hinge

What made you choose this proposal destination?

The 1st picture Veronica commented on on my Hinge profile was a picture of me in a field in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland which I took in 2019. 3 years later I knew that was the exact spot I wanted to propose in. So I looked up the exact coordinates to that location and proposed to her in that exact spot!

What is your proposal story?

I came to Switzerland with another couple that I was traveling with to add to the distraction! On the proposal day we went to Lauterbrunnen and walked down long path to get to the proposal spot where Veronika had already been waiting ready to shot our big moment! I asked my photographer, Veronika, if she could take our picture and send us what she took later and she agreed (my gf Veronica was very confused but agreed lol) when Veronika set up the shot she said “this is perfect” then I got on my knee and proposed. It was truly perfect! It was raining for most of the day that day but for the actual proposal it stopped completely! Sounds like divine intervention if you ask me! <3

Best tip for proposing in Zurich

Make sure you prepare for whatever weather will come your way the day of the shoot. Sometimes Mother Nature makes plans that you aren’t always aware of!

Proposed in Zurich in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Veronika in Zurich for Flytographer


Sean & Ellianne's Proposal Story in Maui

How did you meet?

Bumble

What is your love story?

It just worked

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Beautiful setting

What is your proposal story?

Surprise proposal

Best tip for proposing in Maui

Find a quiet beach

Proposed in Maui in September

Photo Shoot Location: Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore)

Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer


Sukreet & Rashi's Proposal Story in Las Vegas

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Feel the love

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Heartfelt

Best tip for proposing in Las Vegas

In front of the Bellagio fountains

Proposed in Las Vegas in September

Photo Shoot Location: Bellagio Fountain

Sheila in Las Vegas for Flytographer


Austin & Ruby's Proposal Story in Cancun

What is your love story?

Proposed in Cancun in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Claudia in Cancun for Flytographer


George & Taylor's Proposal Story in Sedona

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in Sedona in September

Photo Shoot Location: Bell Rock Vortex

Terri in Sedona for Flytographer


Aaron & Katherine's Proposal Story in Kona

How did you meet?

Work

Proposed in Kona in September

Photo Shoot Location: Old Kona Airport

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Nicholas & Kayla's Proposal Story in Laguna Beach

How did you meet?

Tinder

What is your love story?

Kayla and I had been dating for 5 1/2 years. We matched on tinder 7 years ago when I was 23 and Kayla was 19. We started dating when she got back from studying abroad in 2017. We were long-distance for 4 years since she was in college and then moved back home after. We finally moved in together in march of 2021. Kayla is the most compassionate, generous, and lovely soul I know. She makes me laugh and I feel like the happiest person in the world with her. I've known for a long time that she was the one; I just wanted to wait so the proposal would be perfect

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Kayla went out to California with her friends last year and went to Treasure Island Beach a few times. She would call me from there and tell me how magical this beach was and how beautiful it was!

What is your proposal story?

We were on vacation and I surprised her with a hotel in laguna beach and told her she needed to dress up and be ready by a certain time. From there we went in an uber to treasure island beach where I proposed to her at sunset. I had a photographer and a videographer capture the moment.

Best tip for proposing in Laguna Beach

Make sure you check the tide

Proposed in Laguna Beach in September

Photo Shoot Location: Treasure Island Park

Candace in Laguna Beach for Flytographer


SEAN & Asha's Proposal Story in Kona

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

We met at a funeral introduced by my brother who went to school with my partner.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Florida lottery getaway romantic destination.

What is your proposal story?

Surprise photo shoot for engagement. We dressed up for sunset pictures by a gazebo on the beach waterfront. But had the ring and song on standby. Then after romantic dance, popped the million dollar question!

Best tip for proposing in Kona

Just make sure not a rainy day!

Proposed in Kona in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Adriana in Kona for Flytographer


Arman & Kayla's Proposal Story in Amalfi

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

Proposed in Amalfi in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Andrea in Amalfi for Flytographer


Sam & Sasha's Proposal Story in Lake Como

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

I met Sasha in college in Raleigh, NC. I knew she was the one pretty early on but I knew she needed some convincing on my end (I was put into the friend zone for a bit). Im not sure how I knew she was the one, I just did. There wasn't a specific moment, just kind of woke up one day and said "I'm going to marry this girl."

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We both love to travel, especially internationally! I knew I wanted to make the proposal a big deal and do it abroad because I wanted to be different from everyone else's proposal. We had always discussed going to Italy for vacation soon, might as well make this the place for our proposal?

What is your proposal story?

Our photographer, Ylenia (from flytographer) really helped me in the planning process. Based on her profile I picked an area that l like best where she had some of the best pictures (in my opinion). So after reaching out, we worked on logistics of proposing in Varenna at Villa Monastero and how to get there. We took the public ferry to get there, which was quick and also provided a very scenic route of the area. Once arriving at Villa Monastero, the proposal happened very quickly. And then we took pictures in the gardens for about 45 minutes before hoping on the private boat (wonderful suggestion from Ylenia) to take more pictures for about an hour. We were dropped off in Bellagio at Villa Serbelloni where we had dinner reservations and enjoyed a nice dinner before heading back to Como where our hotel was.

Best tip for proposing in Lake Como

There is not a bad view on that lake. It is truly gorgeous. Any advice that I can give is to book with Ylenia and Lorenzo, they will help with any needs that you have as far as planning and ensure that they provide exemplary photos in a timely and professional manner.

Proposed in Lake Como in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lorenzo and Ylenia in Lake Como for Flytographer


Gregory & John's Proposal Story in Santorini

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

John and I met at a mutual friend's party that neither of us were planning to be at. We had our first date the following weekend and I started letting my friends know that this was the guy I was going to marry.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I had been to Santorini previously and knew right away that if I was lucky enough to find the one, proposing at the top of the caldera would be a magical moment in our lives.

What is your proposal story?

I arranged a photo shoot through Flytographer. They set me up with Ioannis, a very experienced photographer in Santorini. We communicated by email about setting up the proposal experience during one of the shots. John was completely surprised and we were able to capture the moment perfectly!

Proposed in Santorini in September

Photo Shoot Location: Imerovigli Village

Ioannis in Santorini for Flytographer


Scott & Justone's Proposal Story in Brussels

How did you meet?

Tinder

Proposed in Brussels in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Sophie in Brussels for Flytographer


Brandon & Julia's Proposal Story in Phoenix

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Julia was the first person I met at Creighton University and developed a great friendship. Fast forward a few years, I was living in Chicago and traveled back to Omaha for my sister's undergraduate graduation. It just so happened that Julia was also celebrating her doctorate graduation that same weekend where we bumped into each other at a bar. From the point, we started texting and talking more until we decided to make it official! We always knew we were "the one" for each other and throughout the years, our mothers would always say: "well, what about Julia/Brandon?" I guess our mothers were both right - it was meant to be!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Desert Botanical Garden is such a beautiful place. It was the perfect destination that would allow for my family to hide while also being able to see the proposal happen.

What is your proposal story?

I chose the weekend of Julia's parent's wedding anniversary so that we could tell her that they wanted to go to the Desert Botanical Garden for "Christmas photos." This way, I knew she would be dressed up, have her nails done, etc. Long story short, this allowed me to help her pick out the dress (that matched my outfit) so that we would look great in the photos!

Best tip for proposing in Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden! There are endless backdrops & locations within the garden that will result in beautiful pictures.

Proposed in Phoenix in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Katherine in Phoenix for Flytographer


Nicholas & Brianna's Proposal Story in Santorini

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

High school sweet hearts!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Santorini is the island of love!

What is your proposal story?

Woke up early to watch the beautiful Santorini sunrise in Oia.

Best tip for proposing in Santorini

Understand lighting, tourist spots. Kris, our photographer, knew this and was able to make appropriate recommendations to maximize our special moment.

Proposed in Santorini in August

Photo Shoot Location: Oia Village

Kris in Santorini for Flytographer


Cameron & Shannon's Proposal Story in Sintra

How did you meet?

Bumble

What is your love story?

We met when I was traveling for work and after 2 dates, we just knew we were the people we also wanted to hang out with. From then on even with work travel she was the most important thing in my life! Plus if you can work next to someone for 2 years of COVID and still love them, they have to be the one right?

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She’d always talked about wanting to see Europe together and with so many cool palaces in Portugal I figured what could possibly be more romantic than that!

What is your proposal story?

Pretty hard to keep a secret when you’re making someone get dressed up at 5 am but somehow myself and Ana (our photographer) managed to pull off the surprise and capture her genuine look of shock and awe as the sun came up. Don’t ask what I said though because I totally blacked out from nerves.

Best tip for proposing in Sintra

Getting there early was perfect, not only was the proposal private, the following photoshoot was great because noone was around town so we were pretty much uninterrupted!

Proposed in Sintra in August

Photo Shoot Location: Downtown Sintra

Ana Lucia in Sintra for Flytographer


Ryan & Rebecca's Proposal Story in Chicago

How did you meet?

Plenty of Fish

What is your love story?

We both share great taste in music and love going to concerts. We get each other out of our comfort zones to try new things we wouldn't do without each other. We're each other's rock!I

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She has never been to Chicago and I love the city from all my trips to Cubs games so it was kind of a no brainier. I chose the Constellation sculpture because she loves astrology and it just seemed to kind of fit.

What is your proposal story?

We had a dinner reservation at Gibsons Italia which was about a 0.5 mile walk in downtown Chicago from our hotel, so I said we should go for a walk. Along the way we walked along the river front eventually leading to the Constellation sculpture where I grabbed her hand and led her to the center of the grass, got down on a knee and asked her to spend the rest of our lives together. She said yes, and a small crowd sitting in the park applauded, it was perfect.

Best tip for proposing in Chicago

Don't go to the overly crowded touristy places like the Navy Pier, find somewhere that you guys can share an intimate moment. Also depending on the time of year and if it's outdoors keep in mind good times for natural lighting and your surroundings.

Proposed in Chicago in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Monica in Chicago for Flytographer


Jon & Anne Xin's Proposal Story in Baltimore

How did you meet?

Work

What is your love story?

She helped me plan my 24th birthday party. I had asked her before we got to the venue if she could tally on my arm each alcoholic beverage I consumed. Although I did not remember everything that happened that night, I woke up with an arm full of tallies. She pretty much followed me around the entire night ensuring I got an accurate count of how much I had to drink because she knew how important it was to me. A couple of days later, on my actual birthday, we met up again in NYC and she was the only girl to treat me to Japanese and surprise me with tempura fried ice cream. Back home in NJ, we spent hours talking on her driveway about deep topics. I’ve never met a girl who was so open, vulnerable and so easy to talk to. Over the years of being together, she has shown me how amazing of a person she is. When you’re that amazing, it’s not hard to see that this is the person I want to marry.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We lived together in Baltimore for almost 8 years. We have created many memories there. It is home. This city means a lot to us.

What is your proposal story?

We had planned on taking a trip back to Italy, and this is where I planned on proposing. I even reached out to a couple of photographers in Venice. Plans changed and we never got around to booking our trip. We ended up going to a lot of other destinations, and each one I thought about doing it there. These trips were all planned last minute and it felt too rushed. Time flew, and I realized our 12 year anniversary was coming up. I’ve had the ring in my possession for over half a year now. Although 13 is my favorite number, I did not want to wait another year. I wanted our 12 year anniversary to be very special, so I made the decision I was going to propose on that day. I found out about Flytographer from a Google search and took a leap of faith. They linked me with Elis, and we had been in constant communication planning the proposal. A few days before the planned date, Anne Xin got COVID. Luckily for me, I only had to wait an extra week because Elis was so accommodating and flexible and fit me into her busy schedule. Leading up to the revised date, I told Anne Xin that we were going to have a postponed anniversary celebration. She asked me if she should dress up, and I told her to look at the outfit I picked out for myself to help her decide on what to wear. She saw that I picked out a dress shirt (which I rarely wear) and I had also mentioned to her that I’d be taking some photos. She had some ideas in her head, but wasn’t certain on what was happening. She told me later on that she woke up that morning feeling ready to say “yes” if there was a proposal and said she would’ve been disappointed if there wasn’t one. We drove to Mt. Vernon, I popped open the trunk to sneak the ring box in my back pocket without her seeing, and walked to the location where I was going to pop the question. She said she saw Elis from a distance pointing the camera in our direction, so she had a suspicion. But it wasn't until I said “with that being said” and started getting down on one knee that it actually hit her. The proposal and photo shoot far exceeded any expectations she had and the day was “picture perfect”.

Best tip for proposing in Baltimore

Mt. Vernon was a great location for a proposal and the photos turned out amazing. Baltimore in general is a very “charming” city and I think it is a great place to get engaged. The people sitting by the flower bed minded their own business and allowed us to feel as if it was just the two of us there.

Proposed in Baltimore in August

Photo Shoot Location: Mount Vernon

Elisenda in Baltimore for Flytographer


Sam & Angelee's Proposal Story in Chicago

How did you meet?

Work

Proposed in Chicago in August

Photo Shoot Location: North Avenue Beach

Brandon in Chicago for Flytographer


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