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


Bryant & Heidi's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

When we first met, I was getting ready to move on to my next military assignment. Because of that, we decided to just be friends... At first at least. After spending time building our friendship, we both realized the feelings that we had for each other and the commitment to each other that we had already started to make. Despite the long distance (international) nature of our relationship, we felt so strongly about each other and our partnership together that we jumped in wholeheartedly. Our love has continued to grow despite the physical miles between us. Our hashtag is #NoMatterWhere, because we know that no matter where we are, together or individually, our love for each other will only continue to grow through our hard work, communication, and dedication to each other.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We both desperately needed a vacation! We wanted to go somewhere neither of had ever been. That plus warm weather and beautiful beaches made Hawaii a must. Once the vacation was planned, I knew it would be a perfect location for the big question.

What is your proposal story?

Step 1 was making sure we were dressed for the occasion. So I planned two nights where we had nice dinner reservations. After picking one of these nights for the planned proposal, my photographer, Daniella, was instrumental in helping to plan the time and location. On the way to dinner, we stopped at Ala Moana Beach Park to take our own pictures (on the advice of our photographer). Our first date, kiss, and I Love You were all on the beach, so I knew I wanted to our proposal to also be on the beach. As we were walking on the beach, I stopped and asked her to dance. I put an earphone in one ear and the other in hers and we shared a wonderful dance on the beach. After our dance, as I held her close, I told her how much I loved her. I tried to say more, but my nervousness got the best of me and none of the planned words I had actually made it out of my mouth! I eventually told her how much I loved her, how much I loved us, and how much I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. At that point, I dropped to a knee and asked her to marry me... AND SHE SAID YES! We are so excited to spend the rest of our lives together and are so grateful to Daniella and Flytographer for being there to capture these beautiful memories.

Best tip for proposing in Honolulu

The island is bigger than you think! It can take a long drive or Uber ride to get to a different part of the island, so plan accordingly. Some beaches are crowded and some are sparse and some are empty. It can also be very windy!!

Proposed in Honolulu in December

Photo Shoot Location: Ala Moana Beach Park (South Shore)

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Tony & Kate's Proposal Story in Miami

How did you meet?

Hinge

Proposed in Miami in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Daniel in Miami for Flytographer


Peter & Erin's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

Sports

Proposed in New York City in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


James & Carley Hummel's Proposal Story in Jackson Hole

How did you meet?

Bumble

What is your love story?

You know they are the one when they make even the hard times easy.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Jackson Hole has always been a family destination for Carley and her family. It also helps that it is the most beautiful place on earth.

What is your proposal story?

We got engaged at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. Carley's grandfather was a big supporter of the museum in Jackson, Carley graduated with a degree in art from Mizzou, and our first date was to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City. So proposing to Carley at the musuem in Jackson was a no brainer.

Best tip for proposing in Jackson Hole

If you pick Jackson Hole you have already nailed it. You can't go wrong.

Proposed in Jackson Hole in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer


Jeremy & Estefania's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

Sports

What is your love story?

We met at a run club in Ottawa Canada

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We always loved New York and have both ran NYC marathon and just love the city and Central Park

Proposed in New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Joey & Caroline's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

Work

What is your love story?

I was building a few buildings out of town for an oil company, and she came to run the kitchen I had just constructed for them. We crossed paths through work and that evolved, and by the time I was wrapping up the project, she was moving back to my home city with me! I always knew she was special and that I wanted to marry her, and I knew she felt the same. So then I was just waiting for the right opportunity to pop the question!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She went to culinary school in New York and some of our friends had invited us to tag along for a trip up there with them. I knew she loved the city and wanted to make it something special, so with the help of our photographer and her friends I was able to surprise her with a proposal in front of a beautiful bridge in central park.

What is your proposal story?

We went out to lunch and I could barely eat I was so nervous, then caught an Uber to central park to "meet up with friends". When we got there I told her we were a little early so we walked into the park and I led us to the Gapstow Bridge. We milled about while I waited for some of the crowd to clear out then asked if she wanted to take a picture. While she was distracted I got down on a knee and pulled out the ring I had been hiding. She was shocked and excited but she caught her breath enough to say yes!

Best tip for proposing in New York City

It gets dark really early in the winter, like way earlier than you would expect. Also try to plan around a spot with less people. I had considered the tree at Rockefeller but after visiting it, I know that would have been real tough to pull off!

Proposed in New York City in December

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Monika in New York City for Flytographer


Berkeley & Amy's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

Amy and I have had an effortless relationship from the beginning. We met three years ago over brunch set up by some friends. We were both looking to remarry after divorces and were taking things slowly. Our chemistry was undeniable and our energy levels have matched from day one. I knew she was the one when my extended family started asking for her around family events rather than me.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I saw some dramatic proposal pics on Pinterest and on Instagram. Paris is widely known to be the most romantic city in the world. So, I wanted to treat Amy right. She had never been. So it was a twofer trip ... get engaged and see Paris.

What is your proposal story?

We flew in to Paris mid-afternoon on a Saturday. We had an engagement photo shoot all lined up for Sunday morning. (There was no surprise. With all the logisitics, we had to discuss it beforehand.) But Saturday evening we were pulled as if magnetically to the Eiffel Tower and grounds. Everyone feels it, we know. So we strolled along the grounds in the cool, dusk evening when I dropped on a knee, pulled out a ring, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. She squeeled and jumped and kissed and ultimately said 'yes'. She was ecstatic and immediately photographed her pretty hands and gorgeous ring and handsome man.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

100% you need to book a photo shoot with Krystal at Flytographer above the Eiffel Tower at Trocadero. The views are amazing and your photos will be unforgettable. Just show up and be your pretty self and Flytographer will take care of everything else. Worth every penny. And way better scene at Trocadero than down on the grounds by the Tower.

Proposed in Paris in November

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Krystal in Paris for Flytographer


SANJURAN & Anita's Proposal Story in Dubai

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in Dubai in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Gabriela in Dubai for Flytographer


Karen & Kelly's Proposal Story in Miami

How did you meet?

Social Media

Proposed in Miami in November

Photo Shoot Location: Cape Florida Lighthouse

Kristina in Miami for Flytographer


William & Maelle's Proposal Story in Amalfi Coast

How did you meet?

Common friend

What is your love story?

At first sight! Becoming a couple and living together for years only confirmed what was obvious from the very begining.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

This is a beautiful and romantic destination which told me about on several occasions. We love Italy, she really wanted to come to the Amalfi Coast for our holidays so it was an easy pick.

Best tip for proposing in Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has many great spots and picking one really depend on what you are looking for, what are you preferences in terms of landscape. Beware, while the access to the Ravello Gardens at the villa Cimbrone is included with any booking you have at the hotel, photoshooting there cost a (steep) extra (regardless of whether you are staying at the hotel) which I've been told about pretty much on the day - not the best surprise, especially if you didn't budget for it! Staying at the hotel is therefore not mandatory to photoshoot in the gardens. Also, I would highly recommend going for a stay with a swimming pool - the best spots on the Amalfi beaches can quickly be very expensive as beaches are mostly private so having a swimming pool where you are staying is definitely a big plus which your partner will thank you for! Nothing beats being able to relax in a pool with a view on the sea or the coast.

Proposed in Amalfi Coast in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Andrea in Amalfi Coast for Flytographer


Jose & Emily Figueroa's Proposal Story in Honolulu

How did you meet?

Work

What is your love story?

She’s always been very loving from the start! She treats my family like her own, we communicate every single day, she would surprise me with treats often (she loves to bake!) When it comes to birthdays and holidays she’ll go over the top and make me feel special, I’ve been the luckiest man!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Been dreaming of visiting Hawaii since forever! It was our first flight & first time on the island. I had to make it a moment we would never forget!

What is your proposal story?

It was surprise that I planned 4 months before the trip! It was tough work trying to keep it a secret without it being spoiled. I proposed our 3rd day on the island, my photographer Enzo played as if he was a tourist! She was SURPRISED and she got very emotional and started shaking, it was a SUCCESS! Can’t wait to marry my best friend!!

Best tip for proposing in Honolulu

Relax, relax, and relax is key! Yes it can a very nerve wrecking moment BUT I told myself to not let my nerves get the best of me. It’s a proposal and it will be a beautiful moment! Be looking forward to starting that next chapter!!

Proposed in Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Enzo in Honolulu for Flytographer


Daniel & Mary Stewart's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Ever since we started dating she has always been down for an adventure whether it’s anything from backpacking in the mountains to picking up and moving to the city and even when situations aren’t ideal she’s always patient and loving.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She has always loved the city and everything NYC.

What is your proposal story?

Saturday morning I woke Mary up for a “brunch” and talked her into a walk through the park at 7:30am. Once we got down to the Bethesda Terrace we had the photographer as us if we wanted our photo taken. I said yes while Mary told me that it would cost money and that we shouldn’t. We took a couple photos and then the dropped down to a knee and popped the question.

Best tip for proposing in New York City

No matter what you do there will probably be a decent amount of people around so prep yourself for that.

Proposed in New York City in November

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Austin & George's Proposal Story in Bogotá

How did you meet?

Sports

What is your love story?

George and I met when we were on opposing teams in our volleyball league. After my team beat his (although he may say otherwise) we first connected at celebratory drinks after the match - we've been together ever since. I knew he was the one when we went on our first vacation together and he was able to spend the whole day in museums with me!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were in Bogota on our first international trip to renew his visa. I loved the city after a previous trip a few years ago and knew it would be the perfect time to pop the question.

What is your proposal story?

We woke up early in the morning to head up to Monserrate, a tall mountain overlooking the city. We met our Flytographer photographer at the bottom of the cable car where he pretended to be our tour guide. After exploring and taking in the views I proposed with the vista in the background. We spent the rest of the day exploring the old town and the local museums.

Best tip for proposing in Bogotá

There are so many gorgeous spots in the city to consider, but watch out for rain depending on the season! We moved the proposal to the morning to avoid the almost daily rain in the afternoon.

Proposed in Bogotá in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Juan Felipe in Bogotá for Flytographer


Rajan & Chandni's Proposal Story in Florence

How did you meet?

Work

Best tip for proposing in Florence

San Miniato church is beautiful and the pictures are stunning! It is a busy spot particularly later in the day as sun sets, but in my opinion a perfect picture for a proposal.

Proposed in Florence in November

Emma in Florence for Flytographer


Ryan & Pamela's Proposal Story in San Diego

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Pamela and I met during our college orientation, and started dating freshman year. 10+ years later, after much growth, many changes, and countless memories - here we are, finally getting engaged.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

It is one of our closest, most visited beaches living in San Diego. And while we're extremely lucky to call it a part of our regular routines, it's hard not to get taken aback by its beauty sometimes. Beach, cliffs, trails, flowers, the pier and the point in the background. Combined with sunset, it was kind of a no-brainer to do it there.

What is your proposal story?

Knowing it may be coming in the near-to-intermediate future, Pamela has been getting her nails done consistently for 6 months straight. However, doing some volunteer work last week she broke a few nails and decided not to get them done again (literally the first day or two she didn't have them perfect in months). On top of that, despite gorgeous days and sunsets all week, the weather began calling for a completely cloudy, potentially even rainy day. So I went from thinking I had the perfect plan to being committed to a cloudy/rainy Monday where she hadn't gotten her nails done. That morning, she decided she wanted to book a workout class during the time I was set to do it. And then even in the car on the way to do it, she figured out the restaurant we had made "fake plans" to be going to was closed on Mondays. Yet despite all of the hurdles and chances of ruining the surprise, I was able to surprise the one girls who has never been surprised in her life. And right as we did it, the sun cracked through the clouds and gave us one of the most incredible sunsets we've ever seen since moving here. Couldn't have been more perfect!

Best tip for proposing in San Diego

It's a great place to do it. So many stunning viewpoints either at the beaches, mountains, or trails. Pretty consistent weather, great sunsets. I'd pick your spot ahead of time, and scout it a week in advance as some of the more popular parks have outdoor activities on certain days of the week (i.e. mine had sunset yoga that took up a big part of the park so I had to plan to do it on one side of the park).

Proposed in San Diego in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ella in San Diego for Flytographer


Michael & Lauren Ostrom's Proposal Story in Santorini

How did you meet?

Work

Proposed in Santorini in October

Photo Shoot Location: Oia Village

Stathis and Christina in Santorini for Flytographer


Tommy & Kali's Proposal Story in Orlando

How did you meet?

Work

What is your love story?

I knew she was special the first time we met. We first worked together 6 years ago and once I moved on to another opportunity we no longer kept in touch due to a toxic relationship that I was previously in. I thought about her often the 3 years we didn’t speak and I knew there was something special about the connection we had. Once previous bad relationship ended Kali was the first person I reached out to. We’ve been together ever since and I’m so incredibly happy to have her in my life. I loved Kali since the first day I met her.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We originally had planned to go to Halloween horror nights, Universal, and Disney. I wanted to make a special weekend even better!

What is your proposal story?

I told Kali to be ready to go to a date night at 2:45pm at the CityWalk. I had a driver pick us up at 2:45 to actually take us to Leu Gardens despite Kali not knowing that. We arrived at Leu Gardens and waited for the rain to calm down. We checked in and grabbed a map and I told Kali we stopped at Leu Gardens because I wanted hero show her something. We walked through the gardens until we got to the Rose Garden. I told Kali this was what I so badly wanted to show her. Her middle name is Rose and she adores roses. We took a slow walk though the rose gardens until we got to the specific spot the photographer has instructed me to go to. I told Kali I actually had a different reason for bringing her to the Rose Garden. I told her about how much I love and adore her and how I so badly want to spend the rest of my life with her. She makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life. I grabbed the ring box out of my back pocket and got down on one knee and asked her if she will marry me. She said yes and the rest is history.

Best tip for proposing in Orlando

Follow the weather forecast closely. Even though I did and the storm still somehow came out of nowhere. Florida weather is very unpredictable.

Proposed in Orlando in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Melissa in Orlando for Flytographer


Robert & Alicia's Proposal Story in San Juan

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

We met at a picnic and and she gave me the most warming genuine hug I’d ever had. The sparks were lit!!!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I always wanted to visit Puerto Rico, and thought what better way to propose to the most beautiful woman in the world in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

What is your proposal story?

I just told her to get dressed up to go sightseeing in Old San Juan and we were going to have a fancy dinner!! Our photographer gave me a few suggestions and I felt they were perfect!!!

Proposed in San Juan in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Jafet in San Juan for Flytographer


George & CJ's Proposal Story in Rome

How did you meet?

Sports

What is your love story?

I knew very quickly CJ was the one. I was stressed from school one day and she just came next to me. She said she loved me and comforted me for a bit. After that, I wrote down that I would marry her eventually.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She is studying abroad this semester in Rome!

What is your proposal story?

She was running late the morning of and she could clearly see I was getting very anxious. After arriving to meet Guido by the Trevi fountain we took some photos and then it was time. Guide gave us some coins and we tossed them in to make a wish. I asked her what she wished for. She replied, “You know I can’t tell you!” Then I said, “Maybe I can make then come true.” After saying that, I proposed! (And she said yes, thankfully!!)

Best tip for proposing in Rome

Do it early in the morning when no one is around! There are so many amazing places where you can propose, but they can often be crowded if not done early.

Proposed in Rome in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Guido in Rome for Flytographer


Alexandria & Kelsey's Proposal Story in Boston

How did you meet?

Tinder

What is your love story?

I knew Kelsey was the one before we were even out of the “talking phase.” We clicked, and I knew I had found something that was missing from every other relationship before her.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I used to live in Boston and spent a lot of time in the Commons/Gardens, going through typical 20-something struggles, and it seemed so fitting to enter the best chapter of my life in the same place where I had wondered if I’d ever find something like this.

Best tip for proposing in Boston

Don’t plan it on Marathon Monday when the Sox are going for the division title unless you’re good dealing with lots of people around no matter where you go!

Proposed in Boston in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Meghan in Boston for Flytographer


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