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.


Andrew & Kelsey's Proposal Story in Washington DC

How did you meet?

We met 9/1/2018 at one of my favorite local taverns, Mt Look Out Tavern. After a day of watching the opening week of college football with 10 of my closest friends a beautiful blonde sitting behind me caught my eye. That night we ended up talking for 4 hours without a drink, long enough to sober up so I could focus on our conversation. We ended up hitting it off and I dropped her at home that night.

What is your love story?

I knew she was the one since the moment we met that night. The following morning after meeting I was talking to my roommate, catching up as normal. My phone buzzed with a notification, it was a dating app Hinge notifying me. I picked up my phone to look at the notification and I was SHOCKED. The Hinge team had notified me as they normally do from time to time stating "we think you two should meet" and provides a picture of the person. The woman pictured in the notification was my future fiancee, Kelsey. The beautiful blonde I had met just the night before. I took it as a sign and the rest has been history as we've grown and made memories exploring, traveling and learning together.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

The beautiful setting of Washington D.C. monuments, cherry blossoms, magnolias and parks.

What is your proposal story?

I had been communicating with Flytographer for nearly two months in advance of the big day. I had completed hours of research of where I was going to pop the big question because I had never traveled to Washington D.C. previously. I used google my maps to mark and plan all sorts of pins all over the city. My original plan was to propose at the Tidal Basin during the cherry blossom festival on the steps near the JFK memorial. Unfortunately the Tidal Basin was extremely busy and was closed for parking, only allowing a select number of people by foot to experience them. Luckily enough, we were still able to experience the blossoms ourselves. I used an e-bike tour on Friday to help get my bearings of the city and how far things were apart and came across this beautiful park; Enid A Haupt garden. The pink and white magnolias were in peak bloom there as well and the back drop of the castle was stunning. We arrived there Saturday evening 3/27/2021 at 5:30 pm where Carol was sneakily waiting set up for us. We walked to the center of the fountain and I used the code sign, which was taking a selfie with my phone. I put the phone in my pocked and dropped to one knee and asked the love of my life to marry me, in which she said yes!

Best tip for proposing in Washington DC

Use an bike/e-bike tour if you've never been to DC to get a feeling of how far things are apart for timing purposes, rides, walking etc. Use google my maps to plan it out. Use google maps to utilize street views if need. use Instagram/Facebook to see other photos you might like etc. All in all, you get what you put in and if you put effort into planning the occasion you will be rewarded.

Proposed in Washington DC in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Carol in Washington DC for Flytographer


Kenneth & Kimm's Proposal Story in Miami

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

We met our senior year in college at SUNY Fredonia. She is form long island and I am from Buffalo. We found a neutral space to call home in NJ and are now engaged!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Beautiful and memorable destination.

What is your proposal story?

Surprised her at Indian beach state park next to a beautiful lifeguard stand with the water in the background. It was perfect.

Best tip for proposing in Miami

Do it and use Cheryl.

Proposed in Miami in March

Photo Shoot Location: Indian Beach Park

Cheryl in Miami for Flytographer


Dillon & Shania's Proposal Story in Jackson Hole

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

I knew she was ‘the one’ for a little while as we had the same dreams, ambitions, and interests. I would say it was a culmination of joy, experiences, and love that defined her as ‘the one’ for me. It wasn’t until 5 years in that I finally decided to pop the question as everything in life for us was going perfectly.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We had visited Grand Teton National Park the summer prior and absolutely loved the stunning views and wildlife. Both of us love to enjoy camping, the outdoors, and western lifestyle so the Moulton barn seemed like the perfect place to propose.

What is your proposal story?

On our big day, I planned for us to snowshoe out to the Moulton Barns at Sunrise. I would be meeting our flytographer, Madison out there for a surprise engagement. When we woke up that morning it was -15 degrees! So it took a little convincing to get my then girlfriend to want to go. Little did she know what was in store. On the way out there the skies were crystal clear as the moon set behind the Tetons. We arrived and snowshoed in to the barns as the skies got lighter. At the barns, our flytographer was there and asked if we would like a picture taken with my phone. We both got in place to take a picture and that is when Madison gave me the cue to propose. I got down on one knee, and she said yes! The background was perfect as the sun rose on the tips of the Tetons and a foggy barn sat behind us. Madison captured everything we wanted and then more as we took some photos after the proposal. It was a day we will never forget and we have beautiful photos to capture the moment.

Best tip for proposing in Jackson Hole

If looking at proposing in Jackson Hole, make sure to keep in mind routes and weather as some areas will be closed to access in vehicle. The winter for us was a cold one but it worked out perfect as there was not any other people in the background as it is a slower tourist time.

Proposed in Jackson Hole in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer


Andrew & Kristina's Proposal Story in Jackson Hole

How did you meet?

Duke's. Bar in Soulard, St. Louis.

What is your love story?

She was in town from Atlanta visiting her parents in St. Louis. I just happened to be living there. We met, exchanged numbers, and couldn't stop talking to each other for over a year. After getting sick of the long distance and bi-monthly traveling, we decided to make a move that made sense for both of us and came to Chicago. That made it pretty clear to both of us that we were serious.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We love to ski and snowboard. Jackson Hole was the perfect location to get stunning mountain views, get engaged, and celebrate with good food, drinks, and skiing afterwards.

What is your proposal story?

Madison made great suggestions on potential proposal locations.

Proposed in Jackson Hole in March

Photo Shoot Location: Grand Teton National Park

Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer


Connor's Proposal Story in Lake Louise

What is your love story?

We met when we were 18 years old!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We have moved out East now but the Rocky Mountains is where we grew up so it is home for us!

Proposed in Lake Louise in December

Photo Shoot Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Robin in Lake Louise for Flytographer


David's Proposal Story in Charleston

What is your love story?

Kath and I met while on a travel tour through Eastern Europe in 2016. I'm American and she is Canadian, and we bonded over similar life experiences and the thirst for global adventures (I've been to 42 countries and she's been to 41!). It wasn't until months later when she agreed to meet up again, that we embarked on what would be a years-long transborder courtship that included dozens of flights back and forth, and many overseas adventures together. When the pandemic hit in 2020 and we were cut off by a closed border for over three months, it really forced us to decide where we wanted to take our relationship. Through 2 years of long distance and flying back and forth every weekend, a global pandemic that brought the world to its knees resulting in borders being closed indefinitely, and flights being decimated left, right and center, constant jabs of helplessness when all you want to do is be next to each other, and 95 days in literal isolation with no sense of certainty as to when you can see each other again, there hasn't been a doubt in my mind that she is my forever partner.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were originally booked to fly to Cabo and I had plans to propose on the beach during the week after Christmas. Due to the increasing travel restrictions and public health warnings, we ended up cancelling that trip and I quickly re-planned to propose on the beach at home in Charleston. Isle of Palms has been our favorite place in the area to watch the sunset, so it was my first choice for a proposal location. After a cancelled flight caused us to push the shoot out by a week however, I decided that I just couldn't wait and went ahead and proposed on Christmas morning in my living room. The Flytographer shoot became an engagement shoot, and we couldn't be happier with the results.

What is your proposal story?

After cancelling my original plans to propose in Cabo and also my back-up plan to propose on the beach in Charleston (#2020, am I right?), I ultimately got down on my knee on Christmas morning after we had opened presents. I set up my camera and pretended to take photos on a timer, when in reality it was taking a video to record the whole event. We were both still in our pajamas, and it just felt like the right timing after all the cancellations, travel restrictions, closed borders, and other hurdles we'd had to overcome last year. In the end, it was all about us being together in the moment and not about where we were or what we were wearing.

Proposed in Charleston in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kate in Charleston for Flytographer


Brandy's Proposal Story in Flagstaff

What is your love story?

Marisela and I met on Match.com in 2012. I knew I met the person I wanted to be with for the rest of my life after our first “live” date. She is an amazing person, she loves freely, is driven to succeed at anything and everything and makes me the most happiest person alive. I can be myself around her. After 9 years together, I decided to do a surprise proposal and it went absolutely perfectly.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We had a trip planned to Flagstaff but after viewing Terri’s photos and knowing she is also a tour guide convinced me to change locations to the Grand Canyon. I’m glad I did! We did a small hike in the afternoon and then had the photo shoot right at sunset. It was amazing!

What is your proposal story?

I was so nervous for the proposal. It was a first for me. I spoke to Marisela’s parents before the proposal and consulted with my own as well. After receiving everyone’s blessings I began planning. When the day finally came I was an absolute mess. Mari kept asking me what was wrong because I was so quiet and barely ate breakfast or lunch. By the time of the actual proposal I was shaking! But our photographer Terri made the process so easy. She gave me our agreed upon cue and I gave my little speech and went down on one knee. Mari had no idea I had this planned. She is not a crier but she had tears in her eyes and it was an absolute amazing moment. The rest of the time was used to take amazing scenic photos. After our proposal and photo shoot we headed back to Flagstaff and enjoyed a fancy dinner date at Josephine’s. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Proposed in Flagstaff in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Terri in Flagstaff for Flytographer


Devin's Proposal Story in Portland, Maine

What is your love story?

Hannah and I met while working for the same non profit in California. I was assigned to be her new staff "buddy" when she first started. We have a running joke that I was never allowed to be a buddy again since I started dating mine after a few months. Lost out on many free lunches but, it was worth it!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Portland headlight is an iconic location and Maine is my fiancés home. It felt right after moving across the country with her to take our proposal photos in a place that represents our new place of residence!

What is your proposal story?

I told Hannah that we were getting New Years photos taken of us as a fun thing to do. We went to Portland Headlight and started our session with the photographer. Then the photographer presented an idea. Laura instructed us to stand back-to-back and write their 3 favorite things about each other on chalkboards, then we would turn around and reveal our signs for the other to read and enjoy. I wrote, "Will You Marry Me?" while Hannah tried to think of over things besides, "Your Butt" to write on her sign. On the rocky coast beneath the picturesque lighthouse we turned around and I held my question out to her. After a few moments, I got down on one knee and asked my best friend, "Will You Marry Me?".

Proposed in Portland, Maine in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Laura in Portland, Maine for Flytographer


Sal's Proposal Story in Tulum

What is your love story?

We met two years ago through mutual friends! I knew she was the one because we had a deep connection that I never felt before! We understood eachother so well and always laugh and cherish eachother's company. We both never had these feelings before and both knew it would last a lifetime

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We both always wanted to go to Tulum but have never been! We wanted to go somewhere that was new for both of us and that we could look back and cherish when we revisit

What is your proposal story?

The proposal went perfect! Connie found a perfect spot right behind our hotel resort, Mi Amor! so happy with the outcome!

Proposed in Tulum in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Conie in Tulum for Flytographer


Henry's Proposal Story in Grand Canyon

What is your love story?

We met through a mutual friend of ours via Softball. We both play in recreational gay softball leagues. I play in the Long Beach league, and my fiancé plays in the Los Angeles league, we were rivals. We were playing in a local softball tournament, my team against his team, and he immediately caught my eye, but I didn't get the chance to talk to him. A few months passed and our mutual friend was hanging out at my house and I asked him "Isn't this guy on your team? He's cute!" And said friend set up a secret meet and greet at a bar for a softball fundraiser and we were formally introduced to each other. We would drive to and watch each other's games for the next few months. A friend of mine posted on FB saying "Thank you Henry for taking this great picture." My fiancé asked me, "Did you take this picture?" I said yes...and little did we know that a few months before we had formally been introduced at the fundraiser, we actually met each other in Texas at a softball tournament.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We are avid travelers but due to the pandemic my plans didn't pan out the way I thought it was going to happen. My godson has been wanting to go to the Grand Canyon, and we decided to go for a weekend trip. That's when I thought to myself, now's the time and he won't expect it because it's a weekend trip, as opposed to a trip out of the country. And even though I've never been to the Grand Canyon, all the pictures I've seen are BEAUTIFUL and so romantic.

What is your proposal story?

Well, we Californians were definitely not prepared for Arizona weather, and how quickly it can turn from bright and sunny to stormy clouds. But with constant communication with our photographer, Terri, throughout the day, she kept my nerves at ease. My fiancé and I like to do a jumping picture wherever we travel, so that was the signal for Terri to know it was going to happen. Despite the 41 mph winds, the 36 degree temperature (we were wearing shorts), and that we were standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, I was still going to proceed with the plan Terri and I agreed on. We jumped, and boom, I immediately went down on one knee, and proposed! The bustling wind, the rolling clouds, and the little bits of rain, hail, and snow on our faces made it even more magical. Not to mention, three deer were standing to the side of us watching it all unfold. It was perfect!

Proposed in Grand Canyon in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Terri in Grand Canyon for Flytographer


Stanley's Proposal Story in Seoul

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Her favourite country, Korea! And, she purposely learned Korean and take the exam and super love with Korea culture!

What is your proposal story?

Planned for almost 1 year, bring my fiancée to the place that discussed before, cheat her look at another side, run to my best friends which they secretly came Korea early in 2 day before, they hide at a place with prepared bouquet and rings, and I go take the things and come out with propose pose only then only cheat her look back to my side. Haha

Proposed in Seoul in September

Photo Shoot Location: Nami Island

Allen in Seoul for Flytographer


Christopher's Proposal Story in Nantucket

What is your love story?

We met in first grade and were always in each others lives, but never ran in the same group of friends. Hannah moved away when high school started, and came back for her senior year. We reconnected, fell in love, and six years later we can happily say we are engaged!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We started a new adventure by moving to Boston last year. Nantucket was one of the last places that we needed to check off on our list must visit spots in New England! Nantucket was a fabulous destination for our 6 year anniversary trip, and a fantastic way to start the rest of our adventures as an engaged and soon married couple!

What is your proposal story?

I had planned to propose to Hannah at sunset at Cisco Beach and was nervous all weekend. The day started out beautifully, and in the afternoon the clouds began to set in. I still convinced Hannah to come along to the beach, and as we were enjoying the view the sunset peaked through the clouds! I took that as my opportunity to propose and it was the best moment I could have ever asked for! :)

Proposed in Nantucket in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kayla in Nantucket for Flytographer


Alexander's Proposal Story in Punta Cana

What is your love story?

We met in nursing school and were friends for 2 years prior to dating.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

It is his home country.

What is your proposal story?

He took me onto a private beach where we can drive our cars on, pretended to take a picture with the self-timer even though he was recording a video. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Proposed in Punta Cana in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Anna in Punta Cana for Flytographer


Rick's Proposal Story in Lake Louise

What is your love story?

My husband and I have been married for 10 years! But when he proposed 11 years ago it was basically he came to my house and asked my father and we were engaged! He is Italian and I am South Asian so it was a very traditional engagement! So this year he decided he would re-propose to be since he never really go to do the whole “surprise”!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were planning on going to Italy, but with the borders closed and COVID we decided to explore our homeland Canada! And no regrets!

What is your proposal story?

Robin said a few key words and all of a sudden my husband was on his knees!

Proposed in Lake Louise in September

Photo Shoot Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Robin in Lake Louise for Flytographer


Kyle's Proposal Story in Jackson Hole

What is your love story?

We met through mutual friends at a lake trip. At first, I was a little disappointed because I assumed there was no way a girl as beautiful as Victoria would ever give a guy like me a chance. Luckily, we hit it off. Two weeks after we met, we went on a 3- day backpacking trip on the Four Pass Loop by the Maroon Bells in Aspen. On that trip, I fell head over heels for her. I knew then I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I grew up going to Jackson Hole every summer or so for hiking, camping, and fishing. Since we fell in love in the mountains, I wanted to ask her to marry me in the mountains. It is the perfect balance of luxury and adventure!

What is your proposal story?

I told Victoria we were going to a nicer restaurant to celebrate our 3-year dating anniversary; she looked stunning! We went o grab cocktails out at Dornan's, a place right outside of the mountains with spectacular views. From there, I said we were a little early for our dinner reservations, but we could drive down the road a ways to look for a good moose-sighting area. We pulled in to Schwabacher's Landing around 7:15PM (right on schedule with our photographer's recommendation to have the best lighting). We kind of wandered up on top of the hill, where we started to take selfies. A nice gentleman (Peter, our photographer) was taking nature pictures nearby and offered to take a picture on my cellphone and his camera. Right when he said "that looks perfect", I got down on one knee and asked Victoria to spend the rest of our lives together and be my wife. I was so filled with adrenaline, I'm not even sure she said yes!

Proposed in Jackson Hole in August

Photo Shoot Location: Grand Teton National Park

Peter in Jackson Hole for Flytographer


David's Proposal Story in Los Angeles

What is your love story?

We met through a friend & were good friends for awhile, as we were both dating other people. After a trip to Vegas, after both ending up single, with our mutual friend group, we instantly hit it off over pizza. Cue dancing that night & the rest is history!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

My initial choice was going to be somewhere in Italy during a big trip we had planned. That trip unfortunately couldn’t happen due to Covid-19, and after a little while I just couldn’t wait any longer to propose. I chose our local beach in Playa Del Rey for a few reasons: it’s beautiful, we have great memories there, and it was easy to plan a “random date night picnic” without causing suspicion! It ended up being even more perfect than I could’ve hoped for, and now the place we go to all the time has an even more special place in our hearts.

What is your proposal story?

It was amazing! I kept thinking something would go wrong, but nothing did. Our Flytographer Dipan arrived at the perfect moment and took incredible shots. The surprise pizza/champagne I asked Pizzana to bring was also perfectly on time and a huge surprise! Highly recommend Pizzana if you’ve never heard of them. In the moment of the proposal, the entire beach cheered, we couldn’t stop smiling, and after taking pictures, we spent the next couple of hours together on the beach, watching the sunset and laughing over champagne. It was the most beautiful moment of my life so far.

Proposed in Los Angeles in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Dipan in Los Angeles for Flytographer


Libario's Proposal Story in New York City

What is your love story?

She came to get a tennis lesson from me at our country club. I was moving to nyc as I was finishing my masters and she lived there. After a few dates we both connected and fell in love.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Central Park is one of the most romantic and iconic places in the world

What is your proposal story?

Our favorite bakery is Dominique ansel so i asked them to create a box saying will you marry me and another one with pastries. As she opened the box with the proposal I dropped to a knee

Proposed in New York City in July

Photo Shoot Location: Gapstow Bridge & Skyline

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


James's Proposal Story in Barcelona

What is your love story?

Meghan and I actually met using the Tinder dating app back in 2013. Our relationship started off with her drunkenly adding me into a relationship on Facebook. I woke up the next morning to the news and accepted the relationship on Facebook. The relationship was definitely not love at first sight. Over time, our love began to grow more and more.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I choose Barcelona mostly because it was at the beginning of our holiday trip and I didn't want to risk carrying her ring around Europe while we backpacked through multiple countries. I choose Parc Guell because I looked at some of the photographer's work and her pictures there looked absolutely amazing and I knew that my Fiancee would love it.

What is your proposal story?

My Fiancee and I got to the top of Parc Guell where it overlooked the city. I was attempting to take a selfie of my Fiancee and me with the city behind us and that's when Natalia (who was up there taking pictures of the sunrise) walked over and asked if we wanted her to take the picture for us. My Fiancee said sure and she snapped a few and then offered to take a few pictures with her camera and that she would email them to us later. I looked at my Fiancee and said it couldn't hurt. So we agreed to let her take a few. Natalia and I had chatted before this and came up with a keyword and when she said, "You guys look beautiful", that was my cue to propose. So I got down on one knee and made it happen. It was honestly breathtaking and my Fiancee LOVES telling that story to everyone!

Proposed in Barcelona in July

Photo Shoot Location: Parc Guell

Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Austin's Proposal Story in Palm Beach

What is your love story?

We met through a mutual friend and instantly knew it was something special.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Its a special place we’ve visited in the past

What is your proposal story?

I surprised my girlfriend with a weekend getaway to palm beach to The Breakers, her favorite resort. I proposed in the same spot we had sat at 2 years prior on the same weekend, to enjoy the view of the ocean.

Proposed in Palm Beach in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Cheryl in Palm Beach for Flytographer


Aaron's Proposal Story in Salento

What is your love story?

By a simple twist of fate, we moved to the same city on the same day. She moved to St. Paul, MN from Medellin, Colombia and I moved from Washington, D.C.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I wanted to pick a destination that neither of us had ever visited. The Cocora Valley is a magical place just outside of Salento, Colombia. It has some of the world's tallest palm trees and I thought they were a perfect metaphor of how long and beautiful our love can be with some care and effort.

What is your proposal story?

For the proposal, I arranged a ten-mile guided hike that took us across harrowing, Indiana Jones-style wood bridges, through a harmonious hummingbird sanctuary and to some of the world's tallest palm trees located in the Cocora Valley in Colombia. I had recently purchased a new camera and told my now-fiancee that we would be meeting a photographer that would give me a brief lesson on how to take the best photos of the Cocora Valley. With the trees bearing witness, we posed for some silly "lost tourist" pictures with our awesome flytographer Juan. Much to her surprise, I pulled out a watercolor postcard and proceeded to deliver the greatest marriage proposal speech in the history of the Spanish language. Sheer hyperbole and basic mispronunciations aside, she loved it and said "yes."

Proposed in Salento in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Juan A. in Salento for Flytographer


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