Top 25 Most Romantic Marriage Proposals

If you are thinking of romantic ways to propose, the best thing you can do is have a proposal idea and plan it well. These top 25 most romantic marriage proposals will do just that. They are some of most creative, romantic and loving ways to propose to the one you love.

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Joi and Nicole share an intimate moment after she says ‘Yes’ to the surprise marriage proposal.

Proposing marriage is one of the most important things you will do in your life. Because of that, how you do it should match your personality as well as how special you want it to be. Whether you are looking for proposal ideas for men, proposal ideas at home or memorable proposal ideas, these top 25 have at least one for you.

One of the most romantic ways to propose is a destination or a well planned engagement proposal getaway. Going away together is incredibly romantic. And choosing an exotic destination such as the Riviera Maya, can make even a simplest marriage proposal absolutely breathtaking. An added bonus is that all your activities will just seem like part of the vacation. So if you plan a fancy dinner, spa day, or beach picnic, your partner will not immediately assume you are planning to propose.

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Yes, she said yes…. Just look at her hand!

To help get you started on the perfect marriage proposal, we have created this Ultimate Engagement Guide. It is complete with 25 of the most romantic ways to propose. We have also included a planning schedule, as well as extra tips to help you make your special ways to propose the best it can be. These marriage proposal ideas are guaranteed to make your loved one say yes.

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Make your engagement day even more unforgettable with some unique proposal ideas

Remember, I have photographed many marriage proposals in the Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Akumal area If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me as I would be thrilled to help out any way I can. Most of all, I would be very happy to answer any inquires you may have.

Enjoy these engagement proposal ideas:

25 Romantic Ways to Propose

The way you propose should be focused on you and your partner’s tastes and personality; make it a meaningful experience by tailoring it to what they like and dislike. Remember, the story of your marriage proposal will be told for years to come. With that in mind, have a look at some of my favorite engagement ideas and most romantic ways to propose below.

1. Propose on the Beach

A Beach wedding engagement is an incredibly romantic way to propose.

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I will make you appear as though you are on a secluded island.. I love how Angie and Johnny’s love is captured here with nothing in sight but the deep blue ocean.

Tip: Find a Secluded Location Without The Effort
Many people think they have to find a secluded beach in order to propose. However, the many weddings I have photographed and experience has taught me that it is not always the case. Whenever you hire me to photograph your special marriage proposal, I will use some seasoned photography techniques. Doing so will allow me to make sure that the photographs show you both as the only two people on the beach! The beautiful ocean, and the intimate feeling of being the only two in the world, is the perfect scene to begin your lives together. Have a look at the these intimate feeling photographs of Angie and Johnny’s beach wedding engagement.

Planning Considerations: beach, ask a tour guide, find good location

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The beach and romance are the perfect combination to bring lovers together.

2. Have a Surprise Performance – Hire a Band

Live music can add a sentimental element to your marriage proposal. If you two already have a song, it can end up pulling on the heartstrings even more.

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Eugenio succeeded in giving his fiance a surprise with this mariachi band.

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The mariachi was just another part of this beautifully planned marriage proposal.

There’s plenty of musicians and mariachi bands for hire in Cancun. You can hire one for a surprise performance of your partner’s favorite love song – or any love song for that matter. You can do so on the beach or at dinner for your marriage proposal.

Planning Considerations: music, plan ahead

3. Rent Your own Private Boat or Yacht

One of the most romantic ways to propose, is by either renting a boat or a yacht to do so. While this may be a bit too expensive for some, you can always hire a boat in the Riviera Maya area. (Contact me if you need help with this). We were lucky enough to see this happen when Joi did it for Nicole recently. We had the privilege to be there to capture it the entire beautiful and romantic moment. In fact, their romantic engagement turned out so well, that their story resulted in being featured on HowSheAsked.com. I was the photographer for this beautiful Cancun engagement. You can see Nicole’s surprise and excitement in every photograph.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, adventure, reservations

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I love Joi’s expression as Nicole puts on the ring. And when you are ready to propose, I will be there to capture it all for you both.

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This is a moment none of us will forget. Nicole’s expression was priceless. It was very heartwarming for me to be there and capture it all.

4. Surprise Her with Family

Are you planning on taking a trip with her friends and family? If so, then consider involving them in the planning process. They can even help with the actual marriage proposal, or the she-said-yes after party. Keep in mind that I only recommend this if you know you can trust them with the secret though — After all, you don’t want your carefully planned matrimonial proposal to be ruined due to a chatty family member.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, travel & accommodation arrangements

5. Create a Romantic Scavenger Hunt

Send her on a scavenger hunt that ends with a romantic proposal. This is considered one of the top most creative proposal ideas around. Start with a clue at your hotel, and then lead your fiance-to-be through a tour of the hotel grounds. You can also do so around the beach, or even just inside your room. Include small gifts, flowers, or personalized notes with each clue along the way. This will help to stir up special memories that you two have created during your entire relationship.

Photography Considerations: I love this idea! I have helped couples capture beautiful moments of their fiance searching through the resort grounds, them laughing and playing and eventually capturing her surprised expression when she finds the ring box and a rush of emotion comes over her face.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, gifts, flowers

6. Go Out On The Town

Does she love to go out and dance? Take her dancing, and ask the DJ to dedicate a song to her before you propose on the dance floor.

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Love is in the air and this couple is oblivious to everyone else… except each other.

Since knowing what to say when you propose is very important, you can take the time to have your thoughts already written out. If you are bold enough, you can even have them read some of your thoughts or feelings out loud. Or you can see if they let you do it yourself.

There are many places you can go. But in order to make things less difficult, ask the Concierge of your hotel to help you choose a good spot. Remember to do this prior to arriving or as soon as you arrive. If you have time, it would be wise to visit their suggestions on your own one evening. Just make sure your partner doesn’t suspect anything.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, evening marriage proposal

7. Propose Overlooking the Ocean

The Riviera Maya offers plenty of chances to rent a scooter, tandem bicycle, or Vespa. Take your partner out on a day trip and surprise them with a marriage proposal while overlooking the ocean.

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That heart pounding and breathtaking moment when the man of your dreams gets on one knee to propose in a magical beach setting.

The islands off the coast, such as Isla Mujeres or Cozumel, are surrounded by gorgeous bluffs with amazing views of the ocean. The drive down the coast from Playa del Carmen to Tulum also has numerous idyllic beaches and views overlooking the deep blue of the Caribbean Ocean. Contact me and I can help you set up a beautiful beach wedding engagement day trip.

Photography considerations: Have your photographer capture the two of you riding on a scooter up a cliff road. You can have the ocean in the background and the two of you smiling and enjoying the day together.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure

8. Have an Engagement Photography Session

This is one of the best ways to get some amazing proposals photos.

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Joy and happiness are captured in this beautiful and romantic marriage proposal moment.

Tell your partner that you have hired a photographer for a couples photo session, then surprise her with a marriage proposal. The priceless look on her face will be captured forever. In addition, you will also have some great photos to share.

Photography Considerations: Discuss with your photographer possible locations for the photo session. Some locations have great spots to help you naturally create a wonderful surprise proposal moment. For example, if there is a small pier off the beach, your partner could be standing on the pier as you jump off, look up to him or her and propose.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, photo session, reservations required

9. Propose with a Romantic Beach Picnic

If you are in the Caribbean, there is no better way to enjoy your vacation than by declaring your love with a beach wedding engagement. Pack a picnic and make your marriage proposal over champagne and strawberries.

Planning Considerations: beach, food

10. Propose Under the Stars

Does she love stargazing? Go to the beach with a blanket, some candles, and wine. The night sky filled with stars is a dramatic backdrop for a dreamy marriage proposal. If you are staying at a beach resort, you can suggest going for a walk after dinner and find a nice quiet spot to propose. And if you both are a little daring, then maybe you can take a clandestine dip afterwards to celebrate your beach wedding engagement.

Planning Considerations: beach, adventure, evening marriage proposal

11. Write a Message in a Bottle

Want another one of the most unique proposal ideas around? Then send your proposal for marriage to your fiance in a message in a bottle. Write out your marriage proposal on a piece of paper. Just be sure to make it look old by crumpling it, burning the edges, or rubbing it with dirt. Roll it up and place it in a bottle. Then, while you are at the beach, bury it in the sand. But be certain to keep it obvious enough so that he or she can find it. If not, then you may just have to find it for him or her. Whenever they pull out the message and begin reading it, be ready and break out the ring.

Tip: Always keep the ring with you, as it can be easy to lose and also be easy for your partner to discover. Make sure you never leave it out in the open or somewhere obvious for them to find it.

Planning Considerations: beach, adventure, plan ahead.

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A genie in a bottle could never provide as much magic as a marriage proposal in a bottle.

12. Spell out Your Marriage Proposal in the Sky

If you want one of the most romantic and heart-stopping outdoor proposal ideas around, write your marriage proposal in the sky. Hire a small airplane to write out your marriage proposal with smoke, or pull a sign behind it with your question. This dramatic, super-visible, and romantic way to propose lets the whole world know that you want to spend the rest of your life together with him or her. Tell her you want to spend the day at the beach. Once you are there relaxing and enjoying the day, point up to the sky and ask her, “What do you think about these sky writers?”. There is no doubt, once she reads the message, your fiance will only say, “Yes” to you!

Planning Considerations: Plan ahead, adventure, ask a tour guide, reservation required

13. Set up a Romantic Dinner

Plan an evening out at a fancy restaurant or talk to your resort. Many of them have private areas for romantic evenings. You can also walk out your room or onto the beach, until the table is all set up. Call ahead to order champagne and extra flowers for your table. Candlelight, good food, and an intimate atmosphere is natural recipe for romance. Make it even more romantic by having a private dinner on the beach; check out how Eugenio, while at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, did it here.

Planning Considerations: Plan ahead, ask for hotel help as well as a tour guide, flowers and evening marriage proposal.

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Intimate and romantic atmosphere makes your marriage proposal unforgettable

14. Plan a Scenic Horseback Riding Excursion

If your partner loves horses or is interested in riding one, this is a way to make your beach wedding engagement fairy-tale perfect. Depending on what they like, you can set up a short or long ride. Talk to the tour operator about your marriage proposal idea. Perhaps they may be able to suggest a nice, secluded area along the trail for you to stop and propose. You can also choose a beach ride or a jungle trip.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure

15. Pamper Yourselves with a Couple’s Spa Day

Get a couple’s massage at a day spa with the works—candlelight, low music, and total relaxation. Once you both feel spoiled, indulge her even more by asking for her hand in marriage. Many resorts have spa services available, so be sure to talk to the concierge and reserve ahead of time. Ask if they have private couple rooms and your romantic marriage proposal is well on its way.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, reservations required

Spa Massage

Pamper each other with a very relaxing and stress relieving spa. This will end up making your romantic days and nights even better afterwards.

16. Pamper Her Before You Propose

If she loves having her hair, makeup, and nails done, send her out for an all-day makeover. You can join her, too

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What better way to set up your marriage proposal than by pampering her beforehand?

She’ll feel like a queen and will be looking her best when you propose afterwards. You can wait for her in the lobby as she finishes, and when she comes out you can lead her to a nearby beach or garden spot to propose. Or, you can be waiting nearby, and arrange for someone from the hotel to pick her up from the spa. This way, they can bring him or her to where you are waiting to propose. As we mentioned above, many resorts have spa services available. Just be sure to contact the concierge and reserve one before you go.

Photography Considerations: If you decide to do this, then please let me know. I have extensive experience in knowing how to capture the day’s events. This way, we can create a wonderful photo collection of everything that took place. The photos will capture all the wonderful moments leading up to you proposing and your partner’s surprise expression.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help.

17. Write Your Marriage Proposal in the Sand

When it comes to simple proposal ideas, writing romantic proposals in the sand may be one of them.

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A message in the sand may eventually be erased by the water, but your partner will remember it forever.

However, it is still very amorous and something that will get your heartfelt message across. This can be revealed to her in a number of ways. You can walk along the beach and discover it together. Or, if your room opens up to the beach, you can write it in the sand outside your windows. Just open the curtains and then lead her to the extra-special view.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, beach

18. Propose at an Elegant Hacienda

Haciendas create a naturally beautiful setting for a romantic marriage proposal. These historical and elegant pieces of old-world architecture are rich in culture and romance.

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I love being able to capture the essence of love in the smiles emanating from this couple

Their Eden-like design included a beautiful pool in the center of its colorful walls. They are also often filled with plants and flowers as well. Engagement and wedding photos look amazing against the backdrop of bright colors, charming architecture, and plant life.

Have a look at this breathtaking Santa Rosa Hacienda which Gio and Goran used for their wedding.

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Haciendas are not just the perfect spots for weddings. They will also deliver amazing engagement photographs.

Contact me if you need help finding the best hacienda for the perfect wedding proposals locations, I will gladly assist you in any way that I can to help you set it up.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, ask a tour guide

19. Fireworks Display

Organize fireworks to be set off at a certain time make the show the backdrop to your romantic marriage proposal.

Couple and fireworks celebration.

Fireworks at the beach or in the background, provide the perfect setting for a proposal.

I can connect you with several party planners and venues. That way, they can help you set up this dazzling engagement surprise.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure, evening marriage proposal

20. Plan an Adventurous Riviera Maya Engagement

Set up a private adventure tour just for the two of you, and then propose along the way. Go for a pretty hike, try a zipline, explore a cenote or rent ATV’s. You can also try an underground river walk, go spelunking, cave diving, or check out some awe-inspiring ruins, such as Chichén Itzá. This is a great opportunity to have clever ways to propose in an unforgettable, unique location.

Be sure to book ahead, and when you do, talk with your tour operator and explain that you want to use this adventure as an opportunity to propose. Ask them for their suggestions and help–many would love to help you make this a one-of-a-kind experience.

Photography Considerations: For example, if you choose an underground river walk, they can tell you about the hauntingly beautiful and picturesque areas. Your tour guide can shine a light and illuminate the two of you as I take photos of the incredible journey and your creative marriage proposal.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure

21. Propose in Your Hotel Room

If you have a hotel room in Cancun, that can be the perfect place for an intimate romantic proposal.

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Feelings could never be captured in a photo. But the kiss that made those feelings come alive can.

You can arrange to have the room set up with candles, flowers, and champagne while the two of you are away at dinner. If not, you can do it yourself while you she’s at the beach, shopping, or exercising.

Planning Considerations: Hotel help, flowers, plan ahead

22. Wake Her Up with a Marriage Proposal

Slip the ring on her finger while she’s sleeping. Have fruit, flowers, or champagne near the bedside and then gently wake her up to one of the most special mornings of her life. Talk to the hotel concierge before you go, so that they can help by securing and delivering fruit, flowers, and champagne for your engagement surprise.

Planning Considerations: hotel help, flowers

23. Surprise Her with Room Service

Order champagne, dessert, and flowers from room service and arrange to have the box holding the ring hidden under one of the silver platters. If your room has a nice patio or terrace, you can set up your romantic meal outside with beautiful views. As a bonus, I can be carefully positioned near your patio to capture the moment when she discovers the ring and you make your marriage proposal. Remember to talk to your concierge and photographer ahead of time to set it up and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, flowers

24. Hide the Ring in a Gift Basket

Create or buy a fancy gift basket filled with things like dark chocolate, fruit, and wine and hide the ring and its box among the treats. Say it is a gift from the hotel, and as she digs in, she’ll find the ring. Again, call ahead and talk with your hotel to see if they offer gift baskets or if they can help you make one.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help

25. See if Your Hotel Offers Romantic Engagement Packages

Many hotels can help set up a romantic wedding proposal surprise for you by organizing dinner on the beach.

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You can also write a message in sand. Nothing is more romantic than a beautiful proposal message written in the sand!
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You can also add thoughtful touches like flowers and music.
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This tiny box contains an object that will change the lives of two lucky people forever.

Have a look at Cyrise and Aman’s stunning beach wedding engagement at Sandos Cancun Resort for some ideas
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Plan ahead with the organizer from your hotel of choice. This will guarantee a memorable proposal you will both never forget.

26. Propose When the Time is Right

Proposing to your loved one should be done when the time is right. One of the best moments to do this is while you’re on a beautiful vacation together. Just remember to keep the ring with you at all times until you feel the right moment arise. Once you feel it within you, get on one knee and ask the magical question.

Planning Considerations: have the ring, trust yourself and your instincts.

Best times to Propose

When it comes to the best times to propose, the time of the year you choose to so depends on you. It is also best done for when you are ready. However, if you want an ideal beach wedding engagement, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Time of Day

If you want excellent mood lighting for your romantic proposal, the best time of the day to do is in the morning. Or at least one or two hours before sunset. This is even more important for those that want unforgettable and magnificent photos for the occasion.

That’s because these are the times when the light is the most soft and romantic. In addition, if you want to capture a sunset or beach wedding proposal, you should start a couple hours before sunset. This is a tip about timing which many people don’t realize until it’s too late. By doing so, you will have time to take amazing sunset engagement photos. Check out how Joi and Nicole absolutely glow in the setting sun here

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The natural light of the sunset gives this photo a glam

Time of Year

Have a look at my in-depth Ultimate Weather Guide for Your Cancun Wedding , which describes the weather in the Riviera Maya for all seasons and all events.

How to Plan Your Surprise Engagement

Step 1: Have the Ring

When it comes to surprise marriage proposals, it is important to present your partner with something special when you do so. An engagement ring is ideal, but another piece of jewelry can also work. This tradition holds so much symbolism that it would be a shame to ignore it. If you would rather pick out an engagement ring together with your fiance, you can also “rent” a ring from a jeweler. Many allow their customers to use a proposal ring. This way, you can present a beautiful ring when you propose, and later, you can share the experience of finding the perfect engagement ring together. This can also work if you simply don’t want to risk taking your ring on vacation. This option allows you to either rent or buy a ring and use it as a symbolic ring when you make your marriage proposal.

Step 2: Plan the Details of your Marriage Proposal

Don’t wait until you arrive at your beach destination to plan the specifics of your propose engagement. You will have an easier time if you do the research ahead of time to find the perfect locations. Be sure to give yourself more time than you think you may need. We recommend making reservations at least 3-4 months in advance. In the event that you are going to have it done during the busy season, then you should do so even longer ahead. While this may require a little bit more effort to plan your romantic marriage proposal from afar, it will be well worth it. After all, if you both arrive at your destination, and you begin running around secretly making plans, your partner will be able to tell that something is going on.

Tip: Make it Easy, Take Advantage of the Concierge
Make your planning a little easier by taking advantage of the services that your hotel staff offers. Not only has the staff been trained to assist with these types of requests, they also have hands-on experience with a variety of creative proposal ideas.

If you need help coming up with ideas, let our top 25 Romantic Ways to Propose ideas above inspire you. Do you plan to propose in your hotel room or a at a romantic dinner? If so, then talk with the hotel concierge to make dinner reservations. It could turn out that he or she may recommend the best beach spot for a sunset marriage proposal. If you start getting overwhelmed, just keep it simple. Remember, you are already on vacation in a gorgeous location, and because of that, it’s hard to beat a beach wedding engagement.

Tip: Say It With Flowers
One small detail that can make a huge difference – remember to add flowers if you can. Everyone loves receiving fresh flowers, and they definitely set the mood for a romantic marriage proposal. Your selection can be anything from a simple bouquet to large exotic arrangements. Whatever you choose, will ultimately have a positive impact. Your hotel concierge can help you find a florist that fits your needs.

Step 3: Photograph It: Capture the Moment Forever

The moments of your romantic ideas to propose are something you want to be captured beautifully. I help couples make this memorable occasion go smoothly. At the same time, I make sure I end up capturing all the special details. For example, the look on their faces when when they realize what is happening, is a moment not to be forgotten. The best part about is that you can use the photos for wedding announcements. You can also use them as a surprise wedding-day gift and as meaningful memorabilia that you will treasure for a lifetime. I have worked on several surprise marriage proposals with photos that you can see here.

My experience in being part of so many beautiful weddings and engagement proposal ideas, has taught me to know what may or may not work. Plus, once my team and I hear your ideas, we can even help you make them a reality so your dream proposal can come true. If you feel overwhelmed or concerned, do not worry – I do this everyday and can help you create a very special memorable event. Just contact me, tell me your ideas and we will set it up.

Here are some Cancun engagements I’ve worked on:

Joi and Nicole’s Surprise Yacht Proposal

Nicole had a surprise marriage proposal on a yacht and Joi had no idea! She was in tears and the surprise was a success.

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“Yes, we are now engaged” is the message told by Joi as she proudly shows off her engagement ring.

We had such a fun day together, and as mentioned above, their Cancun engagement was featured in HowSheAsked.com.

You can read about their experience below as well as on Yelp:

Testimonial

“I can’t stop talking about the wonderful services and engagement photos we received from Dorota. We are very happy and pleased with all of our photos! Dorota has excellent communication. She answered all of my questions before we arrived in Cancun and kept us updated after the shoot when we returned to California. Her professionalism and kindness is what I truly appreciated. She arrived to the location on time and was ready to work. She was more than what i could have asked for.

She captured some really great shots that we didn’t even expect. With our photoshoot being on a private yacht, we weren’t able to wear our shoes but of course she captured them on the boat with the sun coming down, it was a nice touch and a nice shot added to all the other photos we took. The candid photos came out amazing and she knew exactly where to place us for good lighting. We are so happy and would for sure use her again when we return to Cancun.”

—— Joi, Photo session in Cancun

 

Valerie and Victor Dancing in the Street

Valerie and Victor wanted a fresh garden background for their Cancun engagement session, as well as some photos from around town.

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True love just makes every couple want to dance with each other.

They also wanted to capture all facets of their relationship–the fun and the romance. You can really see their personalities and love for each other in their photos.

Olga’s Romantic Seductive Beach Engagement

Here is Olga’s radiant beach wedding engagement. Her and her partner wanted a romantic couple’s session similar to a trash the dress session, we did exactly what she wanted and captured them at Cancun beach. We all loved it!

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Olga looked stunning in all of her engagement photos

Step 4: Look your best

Be sure to bring a nice set of clothes or your good suit and get a haircut. If you look your best, you will feel your best, and your confidence will shine through. Not only that, the love of your life will definitely notice and will really appreciate the effort. If you need help deciding what to wear (or what is most comfortable) for your beach wedding engagement, have a look at my article on Mexico Beach Wedding Groom Attire. I provide tips that will keep you comfortable while looking great, no matter what time of year.

Step 5: Have an Event Planner Help You

You can plan this yourself or get some help. I believe the time you spend figuring out all the details will make you appreciate it more. Your partner will be impressed and you will be so proud of yourself when you pull off this amazing feat!

If you do not have the time to figure all the details out or the event you plan is more complicated, then the help of a professional planner can help ease the burden and streamline the entire process.

I can connect you with some great event planners who will be happy to assist you. If you are interested in getting a little assistance, email me at [email protected] and I will connect you with an experienced proposal planner. For the best experience, please remember to include all your marriage proposal ideas, details, and contact information.

Key Things to Consider

Keep the Ring Out of Sight

You don’t want your special and creative proposal to be ruined by airport security nor by accidental discovery. Be sure to pack the ring properly. If you’re flying, do not carry the ring in your pocket as you will have to remove it when you walk through security, and to be safe, don’t put it in your checked luggage either. The last thing you want is your wedding engagement to be ruined because of lost baggage! What you should do is hide it in your carry on luggage, and be sure to fill your bag with unflashy items like clothing and books, not toiletries or electronics that might trigger a more thorough (and revealing) search. For extra security, consider insuring your ring before you go to protect against any loss, theft, or other mishaps.

Be Careful with Food

A hidden box among goodies or dessert is one thing, but burying a ring in a slice of cheesecake can be dangerous. Also, leaving an expensive and elegant piece of jewelry in food is not only a choking hazard, a dessert mix-up can further ruin the special surprise.

Tell as Few People as Possible

Unless your marriage proposal idea involves her friends and family, try to tell as few people as possible. They may be able to give you some tips, but the more people you tell the greater the chance of someone letting it slip and ruining the greatest surprise of her life. It will also be a joy for her to break the good news to her loved ones, so let that raw excitement and happiness be enjoyed naturally.

Speak from the heart

Think about what you are going to say, but don’t worry if you are not a natural poet. If you have a hard time finding the words, think back to the conversations you had with your friends or parents once you knew that she would be an important person in your life. Look into her eyes, tell her what you love about her, and tell her you want to spend the rest of your life with her. Resist bringing a written speech, as it can be awkward reading from a piece of paper and feel forced. Take it slow, don’t forget to breathe, and if you shed some tears, don’t worry, this moment is meant to be touching and unforgettable.

Testimonial
“We absolutely LOVED working with Dorota. Prior to our visit we set up a call with her and told her our expectations. I also shared some of my Pinterest inspiration with her. I was a little nervous hiring a photographer from another country (we live in USA) but I shouldn’t have worried at all.
On the day of the photoshoot she arrived on time (we had a little issue with our hotel but that was not her fault at all). The whole experience and the photos she took were amazing. She posed us for every shot and made us feel very comfortable.
When we got our photos back I was in love with every single one. These are some of my favorite memories and I cannot wait to treasure them forever.”
—— April Luna, Photo Session at Valentin Imperial Maya

 

My Final Thoughts

The day you propose may be just one day in the rest of your lives. Whatever you decide, I know it will be special, wonderful and perfect for the two of you! And I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

engagement ring on a rose - marriage proposals

A flower and a ring… will you marry me? Is the message that it brings!

If you have any questions or need some basic advice, contact me I will be happy to help.
I have assisted many couples to make this a fun, exciting and memorable moment in their lives. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear how you met and what you want to plan for you special sweetheart.

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These moments are often filled with loveliness and anticipation, and you will always be happy that you had a photographer to capture these moments forever. I tell this to all my brides and we have an amazingly fun time together.

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Dana looks radiant and relaxed during her Getting Dressed. Again the natural light really enhances her beauty.

Take a look at how radiant and relaxed Dana is in her Getting Ready session at the Riu Palace, or how stunning Marilyn looks in her Now Sapphire Cancun wedding photos with her lovely bridesmaids.

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Marilyn gets a little help from her bridesmaids

Be Almost Ready

Many brides think the purpose of a Getting Ready Photo session is to document the entire process, but this is only partially true. Your photographer arrives to capture the final moments of your Getting Ready session. I will artistically photograph your beautiful wedding ring, your veil, shoes and your dress hanging elegantly on the door.

In order for your photographer to capture these spontaneous, tender moments before the ceremony, you will want to give yourself time. Have your hair and makeup done before the Getting Ready session, and later, we will take wonderful photos of the final touches to your hair and makeup.

bride getting ready applying makeup

The lighting and the reflections gives Marilyn a dramatic effect

The moment you put on your dress and become a beautiful bride is a very special, singular moment. When I arrive, I will take photographs of you putting on your dress, sharing special glances with your bridesmaids, sisters, or mother, as they help you button your gown, put on your shoes, or adjust your veil. I will also capture the intimate and emotional moments when you first see yourself, or when your father first sees you beautifully dressed as a bride.

Make Sure the Room is Clean

You may not have thought of this, but you will be so happy if you are aware of this little detail. Be sure to keep the room where you will be getting ready as uncluttered as possible—hide bulky suitcases in the closet, throw away any garbage, hang up extraneous clothes, and have the bed made.

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I want all the brides I work with to enjoy their wedding day, so I will tell you what I tell them: give this job to one of your bridesmaids. To be make it even easier, you can also request housekeeping to your room in the morning. Viola!

A clean room also provides the perfect backdrop for photos of your dress and shoes. Look at this gorgeous photo of Marilyn’s dress hanging from her canopied bed.  The colors of the crisply made bed allowed for an exquisitely toned and balanced shot, which would have looked differently had the bed been a mess.

simple wedding dress hanging

Clean and crisply made bed will tone and balance the photograph. This allows the dress to be the focal point and look elegant and beautiful.

Keep the Best Room for the Bride

Once, I went to a wedding where the groom was given a glamorous master suite with ocean views, large patio doors, and a grand terrace. Meanwhile, the bride had a small room in the back of the resort, with minimal natural light and almost no patio. Obviously, while they were going to be together in the master suite for their wedding night and the days following, the time spent getting ready was in those separate, contrasting rooms.  It was then I decided I needed to make sure to tell all my brides to stay in the nicer, bigger room.

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Look for rooms with nice natural lighting and open spaces for the bride

Why, you ask? Because of the Getting Ready photo session!  Your room sets the scene for the ritual of getting ready for your wedding, and it is important that the setting complements the beauty of this time.  You are going to look gorgeous in your getting ready photos, and you will look even better if you’re not in a cramped room.

Another tip I like to tell my brides is to be sure they get the room with the best view and plenty of natural light. Spacious rooms with large windows or skylights are ideal, as the illumination will help your photographer take some stunning shots of you, your gown, and your friends. Even better if the room’s windows open up to amazing destination wedding views—the breath-taking backdrop will translate beautifully in your getting ready photos. Look how the bright, natural lighting and pretty view highlights the beauty of Dana and her bridesmaids this timeless, Getting Ready photograph

bride smiling with bridesmaids getting ready

Natural lighting a nice balcony highlights the beauty of Dana and her bridesmaids

Don’t Miss Out on Photo Opportunities

I love sharing what I have learned working as a wedding photographer in Mexico, and while these three tips are key to having a great getting ready photo session, there are plenty of other little details to consider (like what hairstyles and sun care work best for a beach wedding).

bride beautiful wedding hairstyle

Sofia looks so happy here and the beautiful grand halls of this Hacienda in the background gives this photograph an elegant classic feel.

I want to help all my brides feel relaxed while I capture the unforgettable moments of their day, and my experiences have given me plenty of tips to share. If you want to discuss how to make your getting ready photo session amazing, get in touch with me and we can talk about some of the fun ways to capture it.

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Must-Have Wedding Photographs (or You’ll Never Forgive Yourself)

For most couples, hiring the right wedding photographer is very important to them, and it should be. In my experience, there is also another important decision that many couples do not give enough attention to; choosing your photo sessions. I will explain all the different photography possibilities on your wedding day so you can make an informed decision and create a memorable collection of wedding photographs that you will cherish for a lifetime!

newlyweds in cancunJustine and Ben had so much fun during their wonderful couple photos. This is just one of many photos they will cherish forever

These are the photos you will share with friends, family and eventually your kids and grandkids. I want you to have the best day of your life and have it captured!

destination wedding in cancun beach The gorgeous surroundings that Mexico offers makes for a dreamy day for every couple

I have had brides tell me they are glad I explained the different possibilities and the importance of each type of photo session, so that they could make an informed decision and get a collection of photographs they cherish forever. In this way, they do not go home and wish they had photos of the Getting Ready session or photos by the beach. Yes, it is true!

Once you choose your photographer, make sure you request a variety of photos — both portrait sessions and spontaneous photographs. When you choose me as your photographer, I capture all the biggest moments of the day, so I ensure you have swoon-worthy wedding photos to look back on.

To make sure you do not have any regrets, here are my recommendations for can’t-be-missed wedding day photography that you should consider and talk about with your photographer:

1. Getting Ready Photos

dana-vlad-cancun-wedding-1-30 Dana looks super excited while hanging out with her loved ones, getting ready for the big moment!

These intimate photos of the bride and groom getting ready in their separate hotel rooms are instant keepsakes. In the Getting Ready photos, I will capture lovely moments with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as detail shots of makeup, the bride’s dress, shoes, jewelry, wedding rings, flowers, and pre-ceremony bridal portraits … along with the groom’s dashing bow tie, the groom having a good time with his buddies, a pre-ceremony portrait of the groom, and all the other little items that add up to a unique wedding. Getting Ready photos have a “behind-the-scenes” feel to them; they are relaxed and fun.

Bride make up dramatic light The lighting from the mirror gives a dramatic vibe for Marilyn’s Getting Ready photo

Groom getting ready Andrew is getting ready and looking very sharp on his wedding day. He had style.

2. Ceremony/Reception Detail Photos

playa-del-carmen-wedding-kate-1.png Beautifully arranged details set the atmosphere for an unforgettable reception

You worked so hard planning your perfect destination wedding, and you don’t want to forget a moment of it. That’s why detail photos of the ceremony site and reception are so important. Typically, these photos are taken before the ceremony so that I can focus on all of the beautiful details before the location gets crowded. You’ll receive beautiful photos of your floral arrangements, place settings, welcome gifts, and all the other items that you added your special touch to.

beach decoration in cancun wedding A wedding direction sign can be helpful to your guests but also adds an extra level of elegance and enhances the feel of your wedding.

beach wedding reception table setting I love these types of photographs to document your setting and to show off the beauty of your wedding.

3. Ceremony Photos

Bride and groom This is a magical moment…vow exchanges and a promise of “happily ever after”.

Talk about a “must”! This is when all the emotions come out, and I work hard to capture it all — the walk down the aisle with Dad, the moment he gives his “little girl” away, the oh-so-cute procession of the flower girl and ring bearer, all the audience reactions, and the moment the couple says “I Do.” Sometimes, it’s nice to have a second photographer helping with ceremony photography, so you have plenty of photos of the couple and everyone in attendance Photographing the groom’s expression as he sees his bride for the first time and the bride walking down the aisle is always a great photograph.

Bride and groom kissing I always capture the dramatic backdrop during the ceremony. It is a moment to cherish forever.

Bride and groom celebrating Look how happy Ursula and Ben walking down the aisle. They’re ready for a new life together.

4. Couple Portrait Photos

Bride and groom beach wedding portrait Marilyn and Andrew as husband and wife. The expressions on their faces are priceless!

Bride and groom photography They are so happpy! I can see love in their eyes.

Bride and Groom next to Cancun Beach Andrew embraces Marilyn a lot during the bridal couple portrait. He’s indeed in love.

After the Ceremony photos, I think the Couple Portrait photos are the most important photographs of your day. Typically taken right after the ceremony, these photos capture your first moments as husband and wife — when you’re full of love and gratitude for one another. Plus, I capture the playfulness between the two of you! I love photographing Couple Portraits because I really see the special bond that each couple has shine through.

Tamara and Elaine All smiles for these newlyweds. I love this backdrop!

These photographs will be beautiful and timeless. I will give you direction to help you look your absolute best and so that the final photos look natural, spontaneous, and effortless. These photographs can be taken in the most gorgeous spots around the resort or beach to capture the destination wedding feel.

5. Family/Friend Portrait Photos

beachweddingyucatanmexico I love their expressions. These ladies share an emotional moment with the new bride.

These photos will become keepsakes that help you remember the loved ones who joined in to celebrate your big day. Plus, more formal portraits with family and close friends make great “thank you” gifts to send out after the wedding. These are formal family portraits with the bride and groom taken directly after the ceremony.

wedding family portrait at the beach Everyone is thrilled to be a part of this unforgettable party.

6. Bridal Portrait Photos

dana-vlad-wedding (510 of 715) Astonishing in her beautiful dress, the stairs dramatically showcase Dana’s lovely long train.

Brides spend months picking out the perfect dress, shoes, and hairstyle — remember yourself looking your best (and most in love!) with a special bridal portrait session. This portrait session gives us the opportunity to capture close-up details of the dress, shoes, make-up look, and bouquet too. It’s usually best for these photos to be taken before the ceremony, after the bride is done getting ready. These breathtaking photos make a great gift to the groom (or partner) and the bride’s parents after the wedding — pick out a few of your favorites that you know they will cherish forever.

nature-backdrop-bride Andrea is so beautiful and this lush green surrounding gives her a fairy tale photo.

7. Cocktail Hour Photos

vidanta wedding The guests get a chance to loosen up!

As the Couple Portrait photos are taken after the ceremony, couples usually host a cocktail hour for guest to attend while they’re having their photos taken. It’s the first time that all of a couple’s family and loved ones get to mingle after just watching the couple say “I Do” — so emotions are running high! To capture it all, I recommend also hiring a second photographer, who can take fun, spontaneous photos of guests in a relaxed environment during the Cocktail Hour while I work with you on your portrait photos.

wedding reception guests having fun I love to capture friends and family having fun at your wedding. This will allows be remembered!

8. Reception Photos

dana-vlad-cancun-wedding-3-582 Is everyone ready?

The night doesn’t end with the ceremony! I always love to photograph the important, once-in-a-lifetime moments of the reception, like the first dance as husband and wife, the father daughter dance, the mother and son dance, cake cutting, speeches,and the  bouquet and garter toss. Consider having these photographs in your album. Plus, this is when your guests can really cut loose — you’ll love and laugh over the photos of them shaking it on the dance floor all night long!

bride and groom first dance at night Marilyn and Andrew’s first dance as husband and wife. I love the lighting! We can feel love is in the air!

bride and groom kiss and dance These two are the center of attention on the dance floor

9. Resort Location Photos

riviera-maya-playa-del-carmen-coral-beach-club-wedding-2 Postcard perfect! The breathtaking scenario foretells an unforgettable wedding

One thing I love to do is photograph sweeping shots of the ceremony location itself — you chose to have a destination wedding in Mexico so you could be married in one of the most beautiful places in the world, so you’ll want photos to remember all of the beauty by.

Grand Sunset Princess Wedding I love how this photo shows the turquoise color of the water giving a spectacular contrast to the setting. 

10. Optional Photos

“First Look” Photos

Bride and groom Gazing at each other, Ursula and Dan are such a beautiful couple in love!

Not all couples opt to have the “first look,” but it is gaining in popularity among couples willing to break tradition. The “first look” is a private moment before the ceremony where the couple meets alone and sees each other for the first time. Photos of this moment are so special because they capture the surprise, awe, and relief couples feel as they lock eyes for the last time before they become one through marriage. This session is a great option to cut through nervousness … and feel more relaxed as you head to the ceremony site together.

“Trash the Dress” Session Photos

rebekah-the-royal-playa-del-carmen-78-3 Have a little fun on the beach in your wedding gown. Take a chance on unconventional yet memorable photographs.

First and foremost, I must clarify this point: Your dress is not truly trashed during this photo session. We call it “Trash the Dress” because it may get wet and a little sandy during the photo session. Don’t worry — all it needs is a professional cleaning it will be as good as new. Some brides bring a separate dress for this session.

cancun-trash-the-dress-beach-1-130 Fun in the sun for Olga an Yelissey!

So this is for brides who have a little “rock n’ roll” in them! You’re only going to wear your wedding dress once … so after the ceremony, give it proper goodbye with a “trash the dress” session, where the couple takes a fun, splashy swim in their formal attire. I’ll be on hand to capture it all, so that you’ll end up with photos that are creative, heartfelt, and truly one of a kind. A lively, light-hearted “trash the dress” session is a great way to start a life together.

Must-Have Photos based on Your Timeline

If you are planning to hire your photographer for a certain number of hours, here is my quick summary of what you will have photographed depending on how many hours you hire your photographer for:

2hr Photo Session

A two hour photo session, will give you Ceremony and Couple portraits.

3hr Photo Session

A three hour photo session, will give you Getting ready, Ceremony and Couple portraits.

5hr Photo Session

A five hour photo session, will give you Getting ready, Ceremony session, Couple portraits, Bridal portraits, Family portraits and Reception photographs. This is a very popular package and many brides are very happy to they chose this length of time to have me at their wedding. 

6hr Photo Session

A six hour photo session, will give you Getting ready, Ceremony session, Couple portraits, Bridal portraits, Family portraits and Reception photographs. The difference here is, you get more photographs of each event and I stay longer during the reception.

8hr Photo Session (includes 2nd photographer)

A eight hour photo session is the ultimate. This option will give you Getting ready, Ceremony session, Couple portraits, Bridal portraits, Family portraits and Reception photographs and a lot of great details including beautiful location photographs, so you remember all the details of your wedding and the resort.

52 Tips to Make Your Photo Session Go from being Average to Amazing!

These are not your average tips, these are exclusive tips that brides, couples and families have told me time and time again that these tips have made them more relaxed, less stressed and better prepared. And it showed on their beautiful photos!

So Enter your details below and have amazing photographs:

Event:

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