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YES I love capturing the exact moment she said YES! I also love helping you with ideas! Don't know where to start, check out my Surprise Proposal Guide: 


Proposal Photography in Minneapolis

There is so many romantic ways to propose, and one of the best ways to make it special for your spouse is by capturing the moment with photos. As a romantic, doing Surprise Proposal photography in Minneapolis, St Paul and all over Minnesota is one of my all time favorite!  There is such a high emotion and joy! Photographing this unique moment is a wonderful way to save it and make it a gift for your soon to be spouse!


Before we get planning let’s do a Quick Surprise Proposal Checklist of all the things you need for a successful proposal:

  1. You and your partner
  2. Photographer (me!)
  3. A ring
  4. A Special Spot (See below for ideas)
  5. Bubbly (Optional)
Couple candid moments after their surprise proposal in Minneapolis

The happy moments after the surprise proposal

Where to propose in Minneapolis or St Paul

If you are just starting to make plans, I am happy to help you sharing my favorite spots to propose!  There are many ways to propose, and many location ideas that I can provide based on your own inspiration. Let’s start with the best popular locations to do a Surprise proposal in Minneapolis and Minnesota!

When finding a location to propose you will want to make it something that is special, meaningful or stunning! Some couples look for a stunning backdrop while others choose for a more secluded spot. It truly depends on your personalities and what your favorite person might like!

1. Stone Arch Bridge Surprise Proposal

If you want to have a postcard photo of your favorite skyline! The best Surprise Proposal Photography will always be this image of the city. This bridge is gorgeous all year, in the summer nights or in snowy December nights!

Night proposal at Minneapolis stone arch bridge

Stone arch bridge Night proposal

2. Lyndale Rose Garden

Proposing during a trip to the Rose garden in the summer is perfect to sneak out to the gorgeous Lyndale Rose Garden and get on one knee when she least expects it!

The best is that there is a cute fountain in the center of the garden that is a great location for this.

Man proposing in Rose Gardens in Minneapolis

 3. Minnehaha Falls

The falls are in the middle of the city and are GORGEOUS! This popular location is really a wonderful spot to do a surprise proposal.

proposal photography at Minnehaha falls

4. Split Rock Lighthouse in The Northshore

This iconic park is a wonderful spot for something special! Proposing at the North Shore is a wonderful idea for outdoor lovers.

Proposal Photography in Minnesota

5. Como Zoo Conservatory

Thinking of a gorgeous garden ?  The Como Zoo Conservatory is great all year for a proposal. They rent out the space for a half an hour just for you!  Is a wonderful choice for the Winter !

6. Rice Park in December

Here is my favorite park to catch in December: Rice Park with all the twinkle lights. Is incredibly magical to be there!

7. At the Lake

One of our 10 000 lakes in Minnesota will be a great backdrop for this moment!

Let’s get to brainstorming! I will help you find your perfect location!

Surprise Proposal Ideas

Besides a location list like the above (but a lot more private!) I would love to help you with more Surprise Proposal Ideas to make your Engagement completely special and unique to you two!

1. Have some private music

A violinist or a trio will create such a different atmosphere!  My two favorite in the Twin Cities are:

  • Boom Island String Quartet
  • Arioso Strings
 Make sure to ask for music samples and the repertoire. some musicians are able to add specific songs !
Surprise Proposal Music at Sunset

2. Rent a venue

If you would like to make it a memorable night, rent a venue that you can decorate and go out with your partner!  We work together to help you choose a venue that fits your plans the best!

3. Bring a sign

The Marry Me signs are such a cute addition to your proposal!

What are the reasons to Hire a Professional Proposal Photographer?

We would love to tell the story of this amazing moment! You can count on our experience and creative eye to document the moment beautifully and organically, capturing all of the joy, the tears, the laughs and the kisses of your surprise proposal.

1. Help in the Planning

We will help you choose the best spot for planning, the best time for the proposal to happen and even a plan B !

2. The “Professional” part  

We  will have pro equipment that is fast and can endure the weather elements. We can also anticipate for the best angle and coach you on this as well! ( We will also anticipate any photobombs)

3. Keep it private

If you are more of a private couple and want to keep this moment to just you two without friends and family, but still want to share the news, is a great idea to have us capture it to share it later.

4. Memories

You are so swept up in the proposal that will be so precious to have some visual aid to remember how it felt!

5. Announcements!

The gorgeous photos will be a great way to share your news with family and friends, as well as make it into cute announcements for social media or save the date cards!

What’s the difference between an Engagement Photographer and a Proposal Photographer?

The Proposal Photographer will be there to help you capture the actual moment when you propose to your partner,  the proposal photos will be more candid and documentary! An Engagement photographer plans a set time for a portrait session with you!

Frequently asked Questions:

Should we bring family members to my proposal? 

Absolutely! We can hide them in a bush – I have done many proposals where family is in town visiting for the proposal and it adds such a wonderful element to the celebration of an already wonderful moment!

Will you help me find a location?

Yes, my signature package includes help with location and itinerary, as well as many proposal tips to make sure your proposal is amazing!!

What if I have a crazy proposal idea?

I am in!! If you want to propose in a zip line , after a helicopter ride or in the top of Palisade Head. Let’s do it!

Will you help me setup decorations ?

Yes! We work with a wonderful planner and decorator if you would like to setup something stunning and unique!

Can my friends help setup decorations?

Absolutely, if you decide you want your friends or family to help and then just have me show up to be your proposal photographer, I can absolutely do that as well!

newly engaged couple celebrating with family

Minnesota Proposal Photographer Packages



All custom packages include:

most popular package is $895

The moment it really starts to get fun: The one where you propose to your future spouse! There are so many emotions : joy, shock, tears! Photographing this unique moment is a wonderful way to save it and make it a gift for your soon to be spouse!

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Laura captured our marriage proposal amazingly! She was very awesome to work with. So responsive and professional."



Laura was great and was truly invested in our whole story. We were so happy with our photos. they really captured us. We were continually impressed by her creativity and visual storytelling, her plans, and her preparedness.

jacqueline + anthony

Super creative and fun

Laura was so wonderful as the photographer for our wedding. She made us both feel so comfortable and made everything feel as natural as possible. Laura is super creative and fun to be around. She made my wedding day better and hiring her was the best decision I made for my wedding day - besides saying I do to my groom!


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