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


Jemond & Kendall's Proposal Story in Fort Worth

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

I first met Kendall at a Halloween party in 2015. Our friends knew each other so they introduced us and we became good friends at that point. Texting everyday and FaceTime. In 2016 I asked her to by girlfriend and she said yes. We have had 5 amazing years since then.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

The water Gardens is where we had our first date so I wanted to recreate that memory.

What is your proposal story?

I proposed at the water gardens in Fort Worth I was walking around with Kendall for a while and then we decided to go in the middle the photographer and I already worked out all the details so once we are down in the middle photographer asked if we would like a picture and that was my cue to purpose

Proposed in Fort Worth in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ilona in Fort Worth for Flytographer


James's Proposal Story in San Diego

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in San Diego in September

Photo Shoot Location: Coronado Island Beach

Martina M. in San Diego for Flytographer


Jacoba & Peter's Proposal Story in Cape Town

How did you meet?

Met him on the plane ✈️ flying from Luxemburg.

What is your love story?

We met and in those days no e-mails, so a lot of letter writing, loved his letters, after two years I returned to Cape Town from the USA and three months later we got married, just celebrated our 40th anniversary. W

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We both love the waterfront.

What is your proposal story?

To be together until death us apart, through sickness and health.

Best tip for proposing in Cape Town

Watch the weather, always prepared to change the venue at any time.

Proposed in Cape Town in September

Photo Shoot Location: Cape Town Waterfront & Attractions

Nadine in Cape Town for Flytographer


Baraka & Jamie's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Local Restaurant

What is your love story?

We met at a bar and chatted a bit, I had to leave early so we exchanged numbers and texted over a week . Planned a date at the same restaurant we met at. I arrived early, the second she sat down, we talked and laughed like we’d known each other our whole lives . Before the night was over , the peace in my heart was all the evidence I needed. We connected on every level imaginable. It is truly a case of spirits and souls being separated by the physical we just knew. Everything came naturally , the conversation , the smiles , the touches. We’ve been inseparable since that night in October and my heart is better of for it .

What made you choose this proposal destination?

When we first met over dinner, I asked Jamie what were some things in life she would like to do before she died. She said travel ( go to Japan ), watch whales swim and start a family. I initially bought tickets for Japan but they never opened up boarders due to the pandemic. I always knew I wanted to give her all of her wishes and let’s just say, Paris was the next best thing.

What is your proposal story?

Lol well it took some doing. I planned the trip successfully without her knowledge and successfully got her all the way to the boarding gate on the even of our proposal without her having any idea where we were going. The rest as they say is history. A few good people helped plan the photo shoot. My darling nice Brianna being one of them. Her friend Jannelle helped to prepare her for a trip without disclosing the destination and Krystal was amazing in suggesting the location and I just had to show up and knock out of of the park , 28 days of rehearsing the perfect knee and hand hold.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

Do it. Maybe during cooler months , but do it.

Proposed in Paris in September

Photo Shoot Location: Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower

Krystal in Paris for Flytographer


Daniel & Giovanna's Proposal Story in Portland, Maine

How did you meet?

Bumble

What is your love story?

The night of our first date was the best night I had in years and I knew I couldn’t be without her. Many people don’t believe in love at first sight and I didn’t either. But then I met her and at that point my only purpose was to make her happy and keep her in my life.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We are currently trying to visit all the national parks so Maine was next on our list. Giovanna is absolutely in love with Portland so I figured that’s the spot.

What is your proposal story?

Our day was filled with laughs, exploring, great food and drinks. And ended with me proposing to the love of my life.

Best tip for proposing in Portland, Maine

Hire Laura for your shoot!! Watch the weather and just go with it. Follow your gut feeling and all will fall into place

Proposed in Portland, Maine in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Laura in Portland, Maine for Flytographer


Hitesh & Maria's Proposal Story in Maui

How did you meet?

Hiking

What is your love story?

We met a sunrise hike of a volcano mountain in Bali. We reunited in Chicago where we got to spend more time together and ultimately spend the entire pandemic under one roof. After several months we decided to commit to each other and get a new place together.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

The volcano Mountain in Maui is similar to the one where we first met in bali so I went for it

What is your proposal story?

The original plan was to propose on the top where the sunrise viewing was however due to the limited passes it was not possible. The photographer suggested an alternative not too far away so we stopped there with our bikes instead.

Best tip for proposing in Maui

Whatever you do in Maui will be charming and romantic. Best place I could’ve chosen. Nothing that could’ve been better or different.

Proposed in Maui in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ali and Stevie in Maui for Flytographer


Patrick & Brianna's Proposal Story in Jackson Hole

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

We met in college, and have been together for 6 years. I knew she was the one when she was extremely supportive, loving, and understanding to me during a difficult time I went through a couple years ago.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

The amazing scenery!

What is your proposal story?

We drove from Yellowstone national park down to Jackson Hole, and I arranged for Madison to meet us at a scenic spot in front of the Grand Tetons - I got down on one knee and asked the question I’d been waiting to ask for a while!

Proposed in Jackson Hole in September

Photo Shoot Location: Outer Park Road

Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer


Chase & Ilan's Proposal Story in Budapest

How did you meet?

We met during pride in Washington, DC on Pennsylvania Avenue.

What is your love story?

When I broke my foot and Ilan's apartment flooded, we were forced to cohabitate after only two months of dating. After surviving that at such an early stage, we knew anything was possible.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Ilan was there on an exhcange-type program and I couldn't pass up the opportunity in such a beautiful city.

What is your proposal story?

I told Ilan that we were taking Sunday to do touristy things in Budapest. Little did he know that I'd spent the day before alone hiking all of the tourist spots in town to find the perfect proposal spot. When we did sightseeing on Sunday, I had to see all of the same sights over again and pretend I hadn't. In order to get him to the location of the proposal without arousing suspicions, I told him we were touring an old church and then going to a fancy dinner. After getting off the bus at the wrong bus stop, we had to hike up the mountainside. While it was a beautiful day, I was sweating from the nerves of the proposal and Ilan was wondering why I was acting so strange. When we finally got to the proposal spot, we met our photographer who had the best story. The photographer said he had about 10 minutes before his clients showed up and wanted to get some sample shots if we were interested. The photographer offered to put my cell phone in his backpack so it wouldnt stick out of my pocket. To which I agreed, of course. But Ilan thought something was strange as I'd never agree to something like that but went along with it anyway. After getting to the location spot, we'd been asked to stand back to back. After fumbling around trying to get the ring out of my jacket pocket, I finally was ready to propose. Ilan almost turned around before I was ready because I was so nervous I couldn't get the ring out. When I was finally on one knee, Ilan turned around and to his great surprise, I asked him to marry me!

Best tip for proposing in Budapest

If you're going to do the proposal in a top tourist location, just know it might be busy. Our proposal was on the Sunday before Mother's Day and we got lucky that it wasn't very busy!

Proposed in Budapest in May

Photo Shoot Location: Fisherman's Bastion

Ihsan in Budapest for Flytographer


Aaron & Sarah's Proposal Story in Chicago

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in Chicago in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lukas in Chicago for Flytographer


Freeman & Jill's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Jill and I met in college in Montreal. After graduation, we both eventually ended up in graduate schools in New York City. I knew she was the one after just a few months of dating, but it took us almost 7 years of dating for me to pop the question.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Originally I had chosen the Little Island in NYC as the proposal destination. Our photographer wisely mentioned however that, since the location was so new, it might be busy. Instead, the day before the proposal, I chose Pier A in Battery Park. Jill and I have fond memories of watching the sunset there, and it looks out at one of our old apartments. On the way to the location, Jill mentioned that maybe, instead of stopping at Little Island as I had planned, we should stop at Pier A, the new proposal location!

What is your proposal story?

I had asked Jill what she wanted for her dream proposal, and she had mentioned that she would love her parents to be there, and for it to be a surprise. The day of, we planned on going to a new restaurant to celebrate her birthday. I suggested we bike and watch the sunset beforehand. As we set up to watch the sunset, I asked Sehee, the Flytographer, to take a photo with my phone. Sehee set positioned us, and once we were in position, I proposed. Jill's parents were a ways away, hiding, and when she put on the ring, I pointed to them and they screamed happily.

Best tip for proposing in New York City

NYC is a busy city, so don't expect that the background will be perfectly free of people--it's part of the city!

Proposed in New York City in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


Justin & Nicole's Proposal Story in Lake Louise

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

From high school crush to my future wife.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Bucket list location for both of us.

What is your proposal story?

Visited Lake Louise for the afternoon and the photographer met us there unknowing to my fiancé.

Best tip for proposing in Lake Louise

Pick a day early in the week and at around 5-6pm when the crowd starts to thin out.

Proposed in Lake Louise in August

Photo Shoot Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Robin in Lake Louise for Flytographer


Mary & Mary and Kevin's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Mary was traveling to St Thomas to launch her business on the islands. I am a native of the islands and was introduced to her via a friend.

What is your love story?

I met Mary in the United States Virgin Islands, St Thomas when she came to launch her business. After her shoot, that evening she came into the same club that I was in. We talked, she left and went out to the car with her driver and friend. I followed shortly. I saw her in the van, and was bold enough to come into the drivers side of the van and sit right next to her (her driver was attending to another matter). I just could not resist. She looked and me, asked if she could see my face, pulled down my mask and she kissed me, I then told her - let me show you what a real kiss is and I kissed her......she then said - you are going to fall in love with me! We then spend the next 7 weeks together, never leaving each others side. I told her I was going to marry her after 2 weeks of dating. I met Mary in April of 2021 and flew her to Paris in August, 2021 to propose.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I wanted to most romantic place in the world to propose. We have fairy tale story and I just wanted to make it special for Mary.

What is your proposal story?

I told Mary we were going to Paris to spend some time together. I told her that I had hired a photographer to capture some of our moments and wanted to her to dress the part for this special day. She had no idea that I was about to propose.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

Olga was fabulous and kept us updated on the weather. We were suppose to have the shoot on Sunday however rain was predicted. We ended up having the shoot at 7:20 am on Saturday morning which turned out to be the perfect time. No crowds, beautiful sky and breeze and the sun was at a perfect angle. Trust your photographer!

Proposed in Paris in August

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Olga in Paris for Flytographer


Kristoff & Adaiah's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

I've known Adaiah since middle school back in California. We didn't speak for almost 20 years since high school but reconnected in NYC and we knew there was something special in our connection. We both saw a family in our future and we learned we wanted to share that together, forever. True love, where despite the not-so-great days, still exist is very hard to find, and with Adaiah, I know that we can overcome all the obstacles life puts in front of us and still be in love with each other. Lastly, with the connection I also built with her 3-year-old son, I couldn't pass up the opportunity of a lifetime to ask her to be my wife.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

New York City is where we reconnected and doing it at the Top of the Rock, overlooking the Empire State building, is very hard to beat in terms of a memorable symbolism of the city.

What is your proposal story?

I wanted to surprise Adaiah as we both had a day off and typically, I always try to plan something that we've typically haven't done or experience in NYC. I told her I received free tickets from work to go up to the Top of the Rock and got a recommendation for a restaurant for lunch from a friend. I had to purchase a shoulder bag to put the ring in because there was a metal detector that we had to go through. After getting through that gauntlet, I went to the spot where Sehee, our photographer, would be the best views and got ready to start taking selfies with Adaiah. I spotted Sehee and knew per the plan we put together, had to ask Sehee to take a picture of us with my phone. Once Sehee said, "This shot is perfect," that was my cue to get on my knee and ask the question of a lifetime. Luckily she said yes and the rest of the day was history!

Best tip for proposing in New York City

There are so many options for proposing in NYC but certain things to consider are metal detectors if any for the engagement ring, covid protocols, and how crowded a place can be. I would highly recommend getting a professional photographer that's done engagement photos from the spot you want to do it at. They know what's best!

Proposed in New York City in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Sehee in New York City for Flytographer


Joseph & Emily's Proposal Story in Toronto

How did you meet?

Tinder

What is your love story?

I met Emily on Tinder right after we both finished university. We instantly had a connection as we had the exact same taste in music and TV shows. I could tell right away that I wanted to be with Emily. I joked that she was the female version of me as we had so many similarities. It turns out we spent our whole lives oblivious to the fact that we lived 10 minutes away from each other. I knew she was the one after our first trip together to Montreal. And the fact that we lived together during COVID and managed to not kill each other.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I always knew I wanted to propose at a park. I chose the Toronto Music Garden because it is one of the most beautiful parks in all of Toronto. It has so much amazing scenery and it is right on the waterfront!

What is your proposal story?

I hired a picnic company to set up a beautiful picnic for Emily and I at the Toronto Music Garden. I also hired a photographer from Flytographer to capture our special moment. After Emily said yes we spent the afternoon having a photoshoot done and enjoying each other's company at our picnic.

Best tip for proposing in Toronto

The park was A LOT busier than I thought it would be. Especially since the weather was warm and COVID restrictions were recently lifted. If you are going to propose at a park in Toronto, just keep that in mind.

Proposed in Toronto in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Janice in Toronto for Flytographer


Taylor & Becca's Proposal Story in Chicago

How did you meet?

Hinge

What is your love story?

We connected on Hinge just before New Years Eve, and I decided that my buddy and I were going to crash her NYE plans. What was the worst that could happen... Unlimited food and drink? Best case scenario - we hit it off. Lucky for me, I got both! The following weekend was my birthday, and I knew she was the one when she celebrated me at midnight with 27 candles stuck into a Hawaiian role (all she could find on short notice) haha.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We have spent a ton of time wandering Lincoln Park with our dog, Teddy, and have always loved the view of the skyline that you get from Fullerton Beach; so I knew that would be the perfect spot for this moment.

What is your proposal story?

I got two of her best girl friends (the ones that were there the night we first met) to take her out for drinks at Theater on the Lake in Lincoln Park - a short distance from where I was secretly setting up with my best friend (and our dog, Teddy). On the girls' "way to dinner", they decided to walk through the park so that they could get a quick shot of the three of them with the skyline in the background. When Becca finally looked up ahead, she saw me and Teddy standing there with a set up of rose petals and champagne. She stopped in her tracks, realized this was all for her, and immediately started crying (happy tears, of course) :). Our photographer, Lukas, was there to capture her reaction and the moment she finally made it to us, where I shared some words (that neither of us remember) about how I knew she was the one before getting down one one knee and asking her to marry me.

Best tip for proposing in Chicago

Scout out your spot ahead of time, try to choose a space that's not overly crowded, and be sure your partner's friends are able to stick to a timeline if they're helping you with the surprise ;).

Proposed in Chicago in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lukas in Chicago for Flytographer


Candelario & Adamaris's Proposal Story in New York City

Proposed in New York City in July

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Armando in New York City for Flytographer


Evan & Chelsea's Proposal Story in Lake Como

How did you meet?

Bumble

Proposed in Lake Como in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Paola in Lake Como for Flytographer


Nicholas & Deanna's Proposal Story in Cabo San Lucas

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in Cabo San Lucas in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Fernanda in Cabo San Lucas for Flytographer


Adam & Allie's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

We met each other back in high school when we were just 15 and 16 years old. There wasn’t one single instance that made us know that the other person was ‘the one’, just a combination of moments over time. Life was always better when we were together.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We already had a trip planned to New York so I knew I wanted to do it there. After a quick Google search of the best places to propose in NYC I was set on Bow Bridge for the intimate setting and great background view.

What is your proposal story?

We were strolling through Central Park towards the bridge, taking pictures as we went. There was another couple taking pictures on the bridge where we wanted to be so I waited off to the side of bridge entry until it was clear. I was killing time and texting the secret photographer, Johnny, to make sure we’d be in the right spot and to see if the bridge would be clear soon. I told Allie I was Yelping nearby bunch places so she wasn’t too suspicious. After the bridge cleared we made our way across and stopped for a selfie. That was Johnny’s queue. I then dropped to a knee!

Best tip for proposing in New York City

It was pretty hot/humid (NY summer) so maybe have some tissues to keep the sweat off your forehead. I got a smaller ring box on Amazon so it would be less obvious in my pocket walking and on the subway.

Proposed in New York City in July

Photo Shoot Location: Central Park

Johnny in New York City for Flytographer


Patrick & Mackenzie's Proposal Story in Nashville

How did you meet?

Hinge

Proposed in Nashville in July

Photo Shoot Location: John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

John in Nashville for Flytographer


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