Hey it’s Meghan and I would absolutely LOVE to be your Boston proposal photographer! I am so excited that you have found love and are ready to take the next step with your best friend. That is so exciting and I couldn’t be happier that you have found “the one”. If you’ve got proposing on the brain- I am here to help!
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STEP 1: WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU PROPOSE IN BOSTON
First things first you want to casually have “the talk” to make sure you are both on the same page about marriage and your future together. The last thing I want is for you to propose and get a “no” as an answer. Luckily that has never happened to me before when I’m photographing a couple, but it’s always good to get the green light from your partner before you start proposal planning.
Go ring shopping together or find out what they like. Be sure to get their ring size, save receipts, and get insurance on the ring as well. To find out their preferences you can enlist family members to ask or if they have a Pinterest board of saved ring images they love have them send it your way.
Ask them if they want their proposal to be private or more public. If you know your partner doesn’t like being the center of attention then it’s best to avoid proposing publicly with a grand gesture (that means jumbotron proposals in front of a large crowd would be a no-go).
Ask them hypothetically: if you were to propose would they want to just celebrate with the two of you or do they want to celebrate with family and friends present afterwards?
Pick a proposal date that is unique and not when another big event is happening for them or for someone else (someone’s wedding day, their birthday, your anniversary, major holidays- unless they love a specific holiday)
STEP 2: PROPOSAL PLANNING TIPS AFTER YOU’VE BOOKED ME
We chat about your proposal location! Select a spot that is sentimental to the two of you for the actual proposal or spend time in that location before or after your proposal. Examples: where you asked them out, where you had your first date, where you had your first kiss, where you first said I love you, where you had one of your favorite memories, a bucketlist location you two always wanted to go, your favorite date spot, favorite beach, favorite hike or the first place you met. If you don’t have a specific spot in mind then any of these epic locations below provide great proposal backdrops.
If your significant other is one to get manicures have a friend or sibling take them out to get their nails done 1-2 days before proposal day.
Email me a photo of what the two of you look like so on proposal day I can keep an eye out for you.
EXCUSES TO GET YOUR PARTNER TO DRESS UP ON PROPOSAL DAY (WITHOUT GIVING IT AWAY)
I want you two looking your best on proposal day so here are some ways to ensure that your sweetheart dresses nicely without blatantly asking them to dress up for no reason. These excuses below typically do the trick so you don’t have to convince your significant other to change out of their beach clothes half way through the day.
Say you want to have a date night and go out for a romantic dinner.
Your family or friends are in town and they want to meet for dinner.
If work events is something you’ve brought your partner to ask them to come to a work event (like a work cocktail party) with you and let them know the dress code
You’ve got tickets to a theatre show.
BOSTON PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHER TOP TIP: PURCHASE A SLIM RING BOX
The ring boxes they give you with your engagement ring are big and bulky so if you are worried about your partner seeing it in your back pocket or jacket pocket then purchase one of these slim ring boxes. Problem solved!
THE BOX SOCK – BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTION
CLIFTON – LUXURY OPTION
A BOSTON PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST SPOTS TO PROPOSE IN BOSTON
BOSTON HARBOURWALK’S FAN PIER PARK IN THE SEAPORT DISTRICT FOR AN EPIC SKYLINE VIEW (LIGHTING IS BEST AT SUNSET)
BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN WITH THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AND SWAN BOATS IN THE BACK (BEST AT SUNRISE FOR LIGHTING & AVOIDING THE CROWDS)
PIERS PARK OR LOPRESTI PARK IN EAST BOSTON FOR ANOTHER SKYLINE SPOT (LIGHTING IS BEST AT SUNSET)
WANT TO ELEVIATE ALL STRESS? HIRE A PROPOSAL PLANNER
Companies like these specialize in planning epic proposals!
Jasmine Rose Events
Brilliant Event Planning
La Jolie Bride
STEP 3: PROPOSAL DAY TIPS
Share your location with me and text me when you are on your way to the spot.
Text me what both of you are wearing & what color so I can easily spot you in the area.
You take a selfie which is my cue that you are about to pop the question. When you propose stay on your knee for your sweetheart’s entire reaction so I can take photos from multiple angles.
You two just take in the moment for as long as you want! I won’t interrupt at all and wait for you to wave me over when you want me to formally introduce myself.
STEP 4: THE POST PROPOSAL CELEBRATION
Depending on the package you’ve booked we will use the remaining time in your 30 or 60 minute package to take engagement photos.
Celebrate by going out to drinks after, taking a sunset cruise, or grabbing dinner. Recently some of my couples have gone to Contessa (near the Public Garden) Toscano (near Beacon Hill), and the Envoy Hotel Lookout Rooftop Bar (near Fan Pier Park). Other recommendations include the French restaurant Coquette and SRV .
Call your family and friends and share the good news before you post on social media.
HIRE ONE OF BOSTON’S LUXURY PICNIC COMPANIES
You could also hire a luxury picnic set up in one of your favorite spots: New England Pop Up Parties , Grazing Cape Cod, La Jolie Bride, Let’s Picnic Boston, Picnic Boston, Hola Picnic Boston, Boston Picnic Company , Picnic Please Boston
BONUS: BEST SPOTS TO PROPOSE ON CAPE COD
The Knob in Woods Hole
Chatham Lighthouse Beach
Any of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches
HIRE ME TO BE YOUR BOSTON PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHER
I would absolutely love to capture this special moment for you and be your Boston proposal photographer! Proposals take place Monday-Thursday (I photograph weddings Friday, Saturday, and Sundays typically) in the two hour window after sunrise or within two hours of sunset. Shoot me a message here to see if I’m available.