Proposal season is upon us! Grand gestures, tiny boxes, and ultimate professions of love abound. Let’s be real—there is no wrong time to propose; pretty one wouldn’t complain if their S.O. gets down on one knee during the heat of summer or the rains of spring, but there’s something about the holidays—or cuffing season—that inspires significant others to give the gift of a lifetime.
Naturally, we were inspired to unearth some of the best proposal photos out there. We’ve got the epic—on the cliffs in Big Sur, the creative—a rock climbing gym alive with fairy lights and rose petals, the romantic—on a gondola in Venice of all places, the sweet—in a field surrounded by flowers shaped like a heart, the classic—in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background, and the adventurous—post-sky diving session, anyone?
Some are sweet and simple, while others are grand and elaborate—either way, it’s easy to tell the proposer went above and beyond and that the love is there.
And not only did they put undeniable thought, love, and creativity into these romantic schemes, but had the foresight to hire a photographer to capture it all? A surprise proposal takes on a whole new meaning, not only shocking with some dazzling bling and the promise of a lifetime but with the priceless touch of memorializing the moment on film.
We don’t blame you if you “unintentionally” leave this open on a browser to hint at a few ideas for your significant other (we know you did something similar when you saw these stunning engagement rings)!
Behold, some serious #proposalgoals that will hit you straight in the heart—and proof that love isn’t dead.
Cliffside in Big Sur
This cliffside Big Sur proposal just took our breath away, and so does the story that goes along with it. Every year of their relationship, Brian and Candice had a picnic atop the bluffs to celebrate where they fell in love—on their seventh anniversary, Brian made it extra special.
In Front of the Eiffel Tower
A Paris proposal with the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop? Talk about iconic.
At a Rock Climbing Gym
Maddy and Luis are an adventurous couple, so it was only fitting he proposed while rock climbing. When Maddy reached the top, friends shut off the lights and littered the ground with rose petals and string lights, turning them on to light up the gym in a romantic glow as Luis popped the question against the soundtrack of “First Day of My Life.”
A Hogwart's Proposal for Harry Potter's Fans
Can a proposal get more magical than one in front of Hogwarts!? It totally makes up for never getting your Hogwarts letter. Major props to this guy for turning his muggle girlfriend into an engaged wizard—he even had a Wizarding World employee perform the Unbreakable Vow over them. Now that’s a Harry Potter dream come true.