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


Erik & Maria's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Johnny in New York City for Flytographer


Viliam & Lucia's Proposal Story in Barcelona

How did you meet?

Salsa dancing

What is your love story?

From the first moment i laid my eyes on Lucia I felt in love with her. Great dancer, beautiful smile and wonderful personality. We both love dancing and traveling … and after few weeks we realized we had something a lot stronger than just a friendship. We both know we are meant for each other until the end of times…

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Barcelona was always a dream city for Lucia. Top destination to visit. So we booked a flight and packed our bags. I already had a plan to propose to her back in my mind. Before we left Slovakia, I got in contact with Ramon and Sonia through Flytographer. He helped me with the right location, time and many other details. Looking back, I appreciate more and more the decision to choose Flytographer for our special moment. We love the pictures!

What is your proposal story?

After talking with Ramon via video call we agreed the Park Guell would be the right place for proposal. We agreed to meet in the evening in the Park, so that the sun light is perfect. During the day I told Lucia I have a surprise for her – that I arranged a pro photographer to take pictures of us in the Park Guell. She didn’t believe me  So you can imagine her first surprise when I introduced her to Ramon. He took a few pictures of us before we got to the “agreed location”. I was a bit nervous, taking out the ring from my back pocket, getting down on my knee, telling Lucia how I love her. Then I asked her the question and she said YES! We hugged and kissed. Now we both enjoy looking at the pictures Ramon took. They are beautiful. Great memory. That moment is captured forever.

Proposed in Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: Parc Guell

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Andrew & Maddy's Proposal Story in Palma de Mallorca

How did you meet?

On a night out she managed to pick me up.

What is your love story?

Once you have spent 7 years with someone, every time you look at them you know you couldn’t imagine your life with anyone else.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We have been there many times on holiday and her family have a house there so it’s always been a special place.

What is your proposal story?

It was a secret where she didn’t know anything was going to happen, managed to take her to the spot of the photographer without her having a clue what was about to happen.

Proposed in Palma de Mallorca in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Emma in Palma de Mallorca for Flytographer


Caleb & Lea's Proposal Story in Santorini

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

When her left lung collapsed twice from a spontaneous pneumothorax in 2016 and she was hospitalized for weeks. I couldn't imagine life without her and knew then and there that this is the person I want to dedicate my life and love to.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She loves Greece and has been looking forward to going there for as long as I've known her. The country is so beautiful and romantic, I could think of no location more perfect!

What is your proposal story?

I booked for 6:30 PM without realizing that we would quickly adapt to the local schedule for μεσημέρι (mesiméri) so we had just woken up from a delicious lunch infused coma looking exactly like we had done just that. I woke us up with what I now realize is the lame excuse of visiting an art gallery for a vague event they were having and it was really important we get there on time. It's difficult to stress that as a priority when all you want to do is go back to sleep! On the way there I started to get nervous and totally forgot the exact series of actions I was supposed to take after spotting our photographer and sort of winged it which he VERY graciously adapted to (Thank you Stathis!!!). Of course I forgot what I had planned to say to her in that moment as well but I just spoke from the heart and told her how grateful I was to have had these years and experiences we have shared together and that I'd like to continue for our lifetimes. Our photographer captured the moment PERFECTLY and I couldn't be happier with the photos. It's huge to have that moment captured to remember for the rest of our lives. We look back on the pictures we have taken during our travels often and it's priceless to be able to see and remember this particular one with such details.

Best tip for proposing in Santorini

Book early! The evening is very busy, you want your photographer to be able to focus on what they do best and the effort of navigating crowds and timing shots between fellow tourists walking through interferes with that. Any time during the day is beautiful here, not just near sunset!

Proposed in Santorini in June

Photo Shoot Location: Oia Village

Stathis and Christina in Santorini for Flytographer


Scott's Proposal Story in New York City

Proposed in New York City in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Cesar & Mairenn's Proposal Story in Barcelona

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

There really wasn’t an exact moment that I knew she was the one. Through your relationship we have just gotten along so well, she has always been there for me in times of struggle and in times of happiness and I realized that at the end of the day the one person I want by my side is her. She keeps me motivated to become a better person everyday and just shows how much she loves me with little things every day.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Barcelona is a beautiful place, the building and atmosphere there are one that I love. With all the beautiful buildings and cathedrals around it is just a perfect place to get some amazing proposal pictures.

What is your proposal story?

I told Mairenn that we had a vacation photoshoot at 8am, she wasn’t too thrilled about the time of the shoot but we still made it. We met up with Ramon and the photoshoot started like no other, took a few pictures and then he said he secret phrase. “This lighting looks amazing” that’s when I looked her right in the eyes and gave my shirt proposal speech before dropping on one knee and asking Mairenn to marry me. Of course she said YES!! After we all collected our tears we continued our photoshoot and got some beautiful pictures. Overall this experience will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Thank you Ramon!

Proposed in Barcelona in June

Photo Shoot Location: The Gothic Quarter

Ramon and Sonia in Barcelona for Flytographer


Neil & Arpita's Proposal Story in New York City

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Arpita and I both met in our second year of college. From being study buddy’s to hanging out everyday, we learned a lot of each other. Four years had passed just like that in school and library’s. We even then started traveling with each other. Arpita was the one to fill all my imperfections. It was like, she knew everything about me and I knew everything about her. From there on, our love story grew and I knew I had found my soulmate.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Arpita had always wanted to visit NYC and in particular the Brooklyn Bridge. It was an easy place for me.

Proposed in New York City in May

Photo Shoot Location: Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO

Anna in New York City for Flytographer


Sarah & Nitesh's Proposal Story in Florence

How did you meet?

Coffee Meets Bagel

Proposed in Florence in June

Ellie in Florence for Flytographer


Garrett & Ariel's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

Proposed in Paris in June

Photo Shoot Location: Louvre Grounds & Tuileries Garden

Leo in Paris for Flytographer


Abby & Rachael's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

School

What made you choose this proposal destination?

When thinking about where to propose to Rachael I knew I wanted it to be Paris. This city is the city of love and it didn’t let us down.

Proposed in Paris in June

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Olga in Paris for Flytographer


Damian & Aurela's Proposal Story in Tulum

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

Started dating at 19 and survived many hardships, including being trapped in an apartment through COVID in a new city with no friends or family. She's always stuck by my side and been the best support. 5 years into our relationship, we are different people than when we started but there's no one I'd rather spend my life with.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I was unfamiliar with Mexico before this so we asked our photographer for suggestions. She chose the most beautiful and romantic spot - Cenote Cristalino

What is your proposal story?

Told her to be ready in the morning for a 'birthday surprise', showed up to the cenote and pretended we were going for a birthday/vacation photoshoot. Started the shoot and once I was given the signal from our photographer, I got down on my knee and popped the question. Completed our shoot and spent the rest of the morning hanging out in the cenotes and swimming. This was a great way to relax and enjoy the big moment.

Best tip for proposing in Tulum

Listen to your photographer - they know best.

Proposed in Tulum in May

Photo Shoot Location: Akumal

Tati in Tulum for Flytographer


Andres & Fanny's Proposal Story in Tuscany

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

Seven years ago my brother went to college out of state, and started dating. A girl who had grown up no more than 10 minutes from our house that he had never met. One day she happened to be contacted by a friend from Home who is in town and wanted to get together. Upon hanging out, my brother found out that our parents were both from the same two towns in Venezuela, and to make things even crazier, we had lived in the same city for the last 20 years, and have never cross paths up until that point. Once they connected us, things were hopeless to work out any other way. The rest is history.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I had always been in love with Tuscany and it’s Rollinghills and vineyards. I loved how natural and rustic it felt, and knew that it would be an absolute dream to have that special moment and such an amazing place.

What is your proposal story?

I lied to my fiancé about having a dinner reservation that we absolutely could not miss and pretended to get lost in the Rollinghills of Tuscany. In actuality, I was meeting with my flytographer at our pre-designated meeting spot. I asked my fiancé to turn around so I could take a picture of her (the secret signal my photographer and I had agreed on) and when she turned around, popped the question.

Best tip for proposing in Tuscany

Make sure you research all of the locations. There are so many perfect ones.

Proposed in Tuscany in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Emma in Tuscany for Flytographer


Eric & Melvi's Proposal Story in Maui

How did you meet?

Work

What is your love story?

We fell in love working in the same hospital. At first, it was quirky things like fighting over bananas and cookies. Eventually we realized how much we shared in common and began gazing at each other across the room. Finally I asked her out and the rest was history.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I wanted somewhere exotic and far from home. As the ideal combination of mountains, palm trees, and beaches, Maui was the perfect choice.

What is your proposal story?

I chose the “fly on the wall” approach with my photographer Rojeena. Unfortunately the high tide washed away our selected location, but Rojeena offered an alternative location a few minutes away down the beach, which worked perfectly. I coordinated the change in plans during dinner with my to-be-fiancé, where she questioned my strange mood and constant bathroom breaks. Fortunately she still didn’t predict the proposal and we got the perfect surprised look on our first photo at the beach. She remembered to say “yes” a few minutes after I asked.

Proposed in Maui in June

Photo Shoot Location: Ulua Beach (South Shore)

Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer


Carmen & Katie's Proposal Story in Lake Como

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

We first met when I was in 9th grade and Katie was in 11th grade, she needed a date to the prom and my sister who is best friends with Katie volunteered me as her little brother to go to prom with Katie. Since then I got to know Katie and we ended up staying in touch and then eventually started to date. We dated through high-school, college and through Katie’s medical school. We made a long distance relationship work for many years. After 11 years of knowing each other and dating for 10 years it was time to ask the big question!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Katie’s grandfather always told her about the trips he made to Italy for work and that Lake Como was one of his favorite destinations in the world. We took our trip to France, Monaco, Switzerland and Italy that was rescheduled due to Covid. We were supposed to go in the trip for Katie’s medical school graduation. Instead we went two years later! I knew with Katie’s desire to go to Lake Como I could make it possible to propose there and capture the moment through Flytographer!

What is your proposal story?

Katie and I took a tour that started in Como and went to Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the tour came back to Bellagio and then finished back in Como. In Bellagio I told our tour guide and Katie that we were going to stay in Bellagio. I took Katie to Villa Melzi which was suggested by Ylenia & Lorenzo. After lunch and drinks on the lake side in the village of Bellagio, Katie and I took the short walk to the entrance of Villa Melzi where Ylenia & Lorenzo we’re waiting for us and blended in and acted like any other visitor of the Villa. After looking over the lake with Katie, I grabbed her hands told her I was lucky to meet her how much we have accomplished in life, how much I loved her, and told her I wanted to make this a lifetime and asked her if she would marry me! It was so nerve wrecking and I felt like a blur! But Ylenia & Lorenzo we’re there every step of the way and captured the special moment!

Best tip for proposing in Lake Como

A lot of the traveling in Lake Como is by water taxi. Know the water taxi schedule ahead of time and give yourself extra time! Early is on time and on time is late! With Como being a tourist hot spot, finding a car taxi service is very hard!

Proposed in Lake Como in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lorenzo and Ylenia in Lake Como for Flytographer


Neal & Ektaa's Proposal Story in Rome

How did you meet?

Hinge

What is your love story?

We matched on Hinge and she made the first move. We met at the height of the pandemic, but after we finally met in person it took off. Our conversations always felt like we had known each other for years and after going on multiple domestic trips together, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were itching to get an international trip in after travel restrictions started lightening up and Rome was on both of our lists so we quickly booked a flight. She always said that good things happened to her when she travels so I thought there was no better way to continue that streak.

What is your proposal story?

The big day was successful! I told her we had surprise event planned at the Fontana dell' Acqua so we made our way there early in the morning. Our photographer was set-up as friendly tourist and offered to take our photo. After that, I got down on one knee and ask her to be my wife and she said yes!

Best tip for proposing in Rome

Try to stay clear of popular tourist spots and do the photoshoots as early as you can to limit the amount of crowds.

Proposed in Rome in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Guido in Rome for Flytographer


Jeremy & Shannon's Proposal Story in Florence

How did you meet?

Bumble

What is your love story?

I knew Shannon was the ONE right away. We had so much fun together every time we were together, it was like it was just us in the world.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We had been planning a trip to Italy in May of 2020 and were incredibly excited about it, but had to cancel due to COVID. Our friends then planned their wedding two years later in Tuscany and we got finally got our trip back. We had always talked of Florence, and after two years of lockdown and going through so much together, it was the perfect place to propose.

What is your proposal story?

After a week in Italy with friends, we broke off on our own and took the train from Siena to Florence. The day we arrived, we immediately went to the Duomo and climbed to the top. From there, we settled into our beautiful AirBnb apartment and decided to have a "chill" night, going to see the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. We were tired and it was HOT, but we made the climb up the hill. Shannon knew something was up when we went from the perfect look out down to a more discreet area to "take a selfie", when Ellie popped up and offered to take a picture with her camera. From there, I proposed and Ellie ran a wonderful engagement shoot. We then sat on the steps of the San Miniato church, watched the sunset, drank wine, ate cheese, and tried to FaceTime friends and family with spotty service. It was amazing.

Best tip for proposing in Florence

Trust your photographer and do your best to avoid crowds.

Proposed in Florence in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ellie in Florence for Flytographer


Jack & Jack Lee & Annelise Orthey's Proposal Story in Chicago

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Jack and I met back in 2015, when we were both in high school in Minnesota. We went to different high schools, and met each other in January of our senior year before heading off to separate colleges. Jack attended Yale to play football, and Annelise attended Miami of Ohio, where we spent 4 years of long distance dating, including the year Annelise spent living across the ocean in Luxembourg. After graduating college in 2019, Jack and Annelise moved to Chicago where they got jobs and began their professional careers. In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic they moved in together, in a beautiful home in Lincoln Park, and now live in Old Town where they are surrounded by friends! While we may have met when we were 18, he is still the man I love the most in this world, and 7 years later, there is no other human being I would rather spend the rest of my life with.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

N/A

What is your proposal story?

Annelise is not an easy person to surprise. She tried to insert herself at every point in the proposal, and made it very clear how much she was looking forward to this moment. This meant that the moment had to be perfect, and that after 7 years, everything had to be magical! The day of the proposal started out like any other, with the couple going to Shore Club on Lake Michigan just before the big moment, with some friends. After lunch, the couple took a walk on the North Shore pier, which has the most surreal view of the entire Chicago city. Once on the pier, Christian, our incredible photographer, approached the couple and asked if they wanted their picture taken. This was Jack's cue to get down on one knee! After the the proposal, the couple spent some time with Christian taking beautiful pictures at the spot of the proposal, before heading to a bar in the city where their entire family surprised them by coming down from Minnesota. Surrounded by friends and family, the couple properly celebrated their proposal and their 7 years of love!

Best tip for proposing in Chicago

Make sure you have a plan for what comes after the proposal (reservations at your favorite restaurant(s) are HIGHLY encouraged) – Nobody wants to be standing around after the proposal trying to get into a restaurant that is probably already pretty crowded on a weekend. Make sure you know where you're headed next to make sure the party never stops!

Proposed in Chicago in May

Photo Shoot Location: North Avenue Beach

Christian in Chicago for Flytographer


Julio & Alexei's Proposal Story in Sorrento

How did you meet?

Tinder

What is your love story?

We met on Tinder over 5 years ago but we always were able to connect and talk easily about anything. Knew he was the one pretty early on and couldn’t wait to propose!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were traveling to Italy and Sorrento is a beautiful town where I knew we’d get great photos.

What is your proposal story?

The big day was great! We went to dinner beforehand nearby and walked down to the pier for the proposal. My partner didn’t like what he say ahead of him and wanted to see the sunset but didn’t know that what was behind him was beautiful for photos. Finally convinced him to come back over to the docks and I proposed to him and he said YES! He was super surprised and we went immediately on a walk through the town at sunset for our photo shoot.

Best tip for proposing in Sorrento

Wish I knew how many steps were involved going up and down to the pier where I proposed. Definitely was a little out of breath. And at the docks, didn’t expect a boat to be unloading at the time of the proposal so we had some cars and bikes getting in the way at the time we were there.

Proposed in Sorrento in March

Photo Shoot Location: Sorrento Village

Pierpaolo in Sorrento for Flytographer


Andrea & Mikaela's Proposal Story in Cape Cod

How did you meet?

Social Media

What is your love story?

We were friends for awhile but never really talked. I was really going through some trials and tribulations in my life and just out of nowhere she came shining her light so bright. Her beautiful heart and kindness saved me. She has made every single day a life worth living. Mikaela has been helping me live my best life ever since.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Cape Cod has always been one of her favorite places. She has talked about the Cape ever since I’ve met her. She loves the beach and it’s beautiful scenery. It was the perfect place to propose.

What is your proposal story?

It was my birthday so I asked if we could visit the Knob in Falmouth that day. It was extremely foggy that morning but as soon as we got to the Knob in the afternoon is was completely gorgeous outside. We walked the path heading to the Knob but I wanted to take a side path to the beach. I wanted to get a selfie by the water. That’s when our flytogropher Cathie asked if we wanted her to take a picture of us with her professional camera and that she could send us the photo. We obliged and once we were in the perfect position I asked the love of my life to marry me. It was perfect!

Best tip for proposing in Cape Cod

The weather could be unpredictable.

Proposed in Cape Cod in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Cathie in Cape Cod for Flytographer


Alexandre & Rosemarie's Proposal Story in Santorini

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

I know because every time I look in her eyes, I love her even a little bit more.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I knew I wanted to propose during a vacation. The question was just when and where. When we booked our tickets to greece I knew that I had to do it there, and what better place to do it in greece than on Santorini?

What is your proposal story?

We had a wonderful day touring the island. Then it was time to hike to Imerovigli for the secret meeting with our photographer, Spyros, and the nerves started to creep in. We had a 30 minutes walk up until reaching the shoot location, which revealed to be somewhat challenging for us. The view of Santorini's caldera was just amazing however. We initially missed the photoshoot location, for which we needed to take a subtle and narrow alleyway. We eventually made it, 20 minutes later than planned, and discovered this magnificent spot that is surrounded by Santorini's beauty. A place I am going to remember for the rest of my life. We next found Spyros, who was just a unknown guy for my partner, and asked him if he would take some pictures of us. After a few shots, I kneeled down and pronounced: Rosemarie, veux-tu m'épouser? Which stands for Rosemarie, will you marry me in french. After a long and emotional silence, she said yes, like her breadth had been taken away from her. We recomposed ourselves before continuing the photoshoot. We roamed the town of Imerovigli until it was over, as fast as it started. We had so much fun. Feelings and emotion that vastly transcend words. They will stay with us forever.

Best tip for proposing in Santorini

If you climb Imerovigli be sure to have a loose schedule, because it takes more time than the GPS says if you take the route overseeing the caldera.

Proposed in Santorini in May

Photo Shoot Location: Imerovigli Village

Spyros in Santorini for Flytographer


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