Scenic Proposals Where The Background Stole The Show

We’re not sure what’s better here: the pure joy and love shared by these lovebirds at the moment of their proposals, or the breathtaking scenic views that serve as the backdrops for them.

Smooth Sailing From The Pacific Northwest

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“The journey through love and life together hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but we persevered. At this time in our lives, our love for each other is overflowing, in part because of all the love and support we have received from our family and friends.”

The Pacific Northwest made for the ideal spot to start their journey: it has volcanoes, a beautiful coastline with the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Rocky Mountains on the east.

The Adventure Of A Lifetime In Alaska

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“We met while attending military school. As time went on, we couldn’t help our feelings for each other. Then as the school came to an end, he found out he was being stationed in Alaska and we geared up for the adventure of a lifetime…”⁠

Alaska is famous for its wildlife, including salmon, moose, caribou, bears, whales…you name it! However, it makes a great spot for love with its scenic glaciers, mountains, and lakes and rivers!

Paris: The City Of Love

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“We always joke that when we travel, we only have pictures of each other separately. So, when we went to Paris, Kentan told me that he had a teammate close by that would meet us to take our picture….”

Paris is not only known as the city of love, but also as the city of lights because it was one of the first European cities to adopt street lights. It definitely shined love on this couple!

A Stride Towards Forever…In Heels In Colorado

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“Coy told me that we were going to meet our friends at this nice restaurant overlooking Breckenridge. Naturally, I got cute and decided to wear heels. Coy didn’t stop me. Little did I know, the ‘trail’ leading to the ‘restaurant’ was a good half a mile long. “

Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains. It’s known for its ski resort, Gold Rush history, and Victorian former mining town. It’s also known for its beautiful white snow!

He Put A Spell On Her At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

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“Once the gates opened, Steven grabbed my hand and said we should look at the castle before the place got too packed. Little did I know, as we hurried through Hosgsmeade, there was an even better surprise waiting on the bridge overlooking Hogwarts….”

Love is magic, and so is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Parks & Resorts in Florida, so this proposal is only fitting

Worth The Climb Of The Soldier’s Pass Trail

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“We climbed up into a cave in the side of the rocks and I was freaking out! I’m terrified of heights and I kept saying how scary it was, when all of a sudden Tristan said, ‘Does this make it worth it?'”

Between the chill desert vibe of this trail, the iconic red rocks, and stunning formations leading the way to hidden coves and secret caves, how can you not feel romantic?

A Magical Surprise At Walt Disney World

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“We had just gone through TSA at the airport and Jacob had STILL not given me any clue where we were going. When we landed and were a few steps off of the plane, he pulled me to the side and said, ‘You’re in Orlando, Florida. We’re going to Magic Kingdom!!!'”

This dream destination has been just as magical for adults as for children since it opened its doors in 1971. It covers over 25,000 acres and is filled with four theme parks, two water parks, and 27 themed hotels to surely keep the excitement going post-proposal.

A Gothic Dream In Palisades Park

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“After we had been together for some time, I proposed to Ashley. I didn’t make it magical & I was a nervous wreck. I felt like she deserved more and I knew I wanted to re-propose to her….”

No better spot for a second try at creating magic than the hidden castles in New Jersey that almost no one knows about. Lambert Castle for example is open to the public as a museum with period rooms, art, and historic artifacts.

A Winter Wonderland Scene At Aspen Mountain

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“Zack totally threw me off making it seem like I was the one to plan it. I reached out to Becca to see if we could schedule a shoot while we’d be in the area, but little did I know Zack was already in contact with her and had planned everything out….”

Aspen is known for its ski slopes, and it has hosted World Cup finals with an elevation of 11,212 feet. That’s not too far compared to the journey of love.

A Christmas Miracle At Grouse Mountain

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“When we arrived, I wanted to get hot chocolate or go ice skating but he suggested that we check out this trail with Christmas lights. Then, I saw a beautiful vintage table with photos spilling off of it onto the snow. Above it was a ‘Marry Me?’ Then, I saw Tu smiling at me …”

The 200-meter mountain not only offers activities such as skiing, hiking, and beautiful views of Vancouver, but also romantic proposal spots!

Let The Water In New Zealand Wash Your Worries Away

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“I surprised her with a trip to New Zealand. Two days before the trip, I asked her, ‘Have you packed yet!?’ I let her worry for a minute or two, and then I gave her the tickets and let her know we were going to celebrate our anniversary…”

Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is adventure central. You’ll get your heart racing with adventure sports, exploring vineyards and historic mining towns, and bungee jumping…or just proposing to the love of your life.

Savor The Moment In Vernazza, Cinque Terre

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“We spent each day exploring new places, trying new foods, and enjoying each other’s company. We booked a photoshoot so we could savor the moments in Italy and during the shoot, Garrett asked me if he had shown me what he did to his jacket pocket…”

Vernazza is one of the five, centuries-old villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Colorful and elegant houses line the small marina with no traffic. It’s known as one of the truest “fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera and makes the ideal spot when you find your perfect fish in the sea.

Under The Sea Of Bora Bora Is Where Your Love Might Be

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“While I swam to look at the eel, Andre was on a mission to find the perfect clamshell to put the Tahitian black pearl ring in. I decided to ditch the eel and go see what Andre was up to and he saw me coming…”

Bora Bora is often thought of as the most beautiful place on Earth and the jewel of French Polynesia thanks to its white sandy beaches, clear blue water, and luxury hotels. It’s basically a romantic paradise.

The Peak Of Their Love Story On Mount Strachan

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“The top of this mountain is very special to us; not only is it where Brendan and I first met 3 years ago, but the two peaks in the background are also where my father disappeared in 2015. Once I had the ring on, Brendan said, and look…your dad got to see the whole thing.”

This hike in Vancouver rewards anyone who puts in the effort. However, it’s not for inexperienced hikers due to its steep and difficult unrouted sections, the risk of avalanches, and bears sightings. But just like love, it’s all worth it in the end.

From Sunset To Forever At Yosemite National Park

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“Bobby handed me a note. I started to read the note:⁠ ‘Carly, I did want to watch the sunrise with you this morning, but I didn’t bring you up here just for that…and as I finished reading the line ‘I’ll love you forever’, I looked right at him and…”

Yosemite National Park in California is famous for its waterfalls, deep valleys, and ancient giant sequoias. It became a national park in 1890, but 130 years later, it’s still wowing visitors, or one visitor in particular, that day…

Be Yourself Or Lose Yourself In Jackson Hole

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“Titus and I met in 2015 in high school, I ended up going out with him, and it was the most fun and comfortable date I had ever been on! We quickly realized we had a similar sense of humor, and it felt like he was the first guy that I could really be myself around….”

Jackson Hole is famous for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, considered one of the top ski destinations in the country, if not the world. They say it’s where pioneers sought new adventures, and these high school sweethearts did the same.

He Flew Right Into Her Heart In Cappadocia

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“The next 12 months were spent traveling the world together. We met one another’s families and saw a new country each month together. The culmination was a secret proposal for our 12th country in 12 months in Cappadocia, Turkey.”

Cappadocia is a beautiful region in central Turkey. It’s known for its fairy-tale scenery made of caves and remarkable rock formations. But what really makes it unique is the hundreds of hot air balloons that take over the sky at sunrise each morning.

No One Is Salty In Bonneville Salt Flats

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“After a few shutters of the camera, Matt started to get down on one knee and I immediately thought, ‘Dude, they didn’t ask us to sit! Stand back up!’ which was followed by the realization of what was happening. I put my denim jacket over my head in shock, followed by dropping to the ground and losing my cool.”

This natural feature in Utah is formed from salt and other minerals in the ground, which ends up shining white under the sun. Shining bright like their love.

A Missed Opportunity Is A Second Chance In Austria

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“We were too late to check-in and board the flight. My heart sank and Aman looked SO upset. I joined the customer service line & Aman walked off to make a few ‘family’ calls. I later found out he was frantically trying to move our proposal he had planned!”

It’s no surprise that Austria was the original destination, as it’s famous for architectural work or castles and palaces in particular. Only fitting for a fairy-tale ending.

Love Is An Uphill Battle In Colorado

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“About two months into dating, I ended up having a stroke. I have heart disease and in 2019, I had 3 unexpected heart surgeries. I think we fell in love before we knew that we did and I know now that the love we have is built on a foundation of faith that is strong and steady and sure, even when my heart doesn’t always feel like it…”

The twin lakes feel like heaven, not only for this couple, but for anyone who lays eyes on the clear blue mountain water. The area was carved by glaciers during the last ice age, creating this stunning backdrop.