Surprise proposal in Paris, France


Proposing to your loved one is the most exciting and beautiful moment in life

So you’ve decided you wanted to marry your lover and pop the question? How exciting! Here are all my tips for an unforgettable surprise proposal in Paris, France.

Paris being the city of Love and the most romantic place on Earth, it’s a popular proposal location. Once you’ve planned your trip to Paris with your partner, you need to choose the perfect moment to get down on one knee… The Eiffel Tower view is one of the most requested obviously, as it’s an iconic Paris landmark. The love locks bridge used to be quite popular too, but it’s not as picturesque now that all the locks have been taken away. Of course, you could propose anywhere in the city, like on top of the Eiffel Tower or the Montparnasse Tower, by the Louvre pyramid, on the famous Alexander III bridge, by Notre Dame Cathedral, in the Tuileries Gardens, the Luxembourg Gardens or even in the Versailles Gardens.

Choosing your perfect proposal spot in Paris

The Eiffel Tower being quite a tall monument, it can be seen from various places, offering a large choice for a marriage proposal spots. The most common one is Trocadero plaza or fountains, pictured below. As a result, it gets busy throughout the day so early morning is my go to time. Though Paris is not the sunniest, when there’s a beautiful sunrise, it’s just a magical moment…

Surprise proposal in Paris, France
Eiffel Tower surprise proposal at sunrise
Followed by an engagement session in Paris
Surprise proposal in Paris, France
Marriage proposal at Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Another very nice Eiffel Tower view is Bir Hakeim bridge, located over the Seine river. It's also popular so it can be crowded. In case of bad weather, it's also a great backup plan since the pedestrian path is covered. Because in Paris, you never really know... but I always do my best to be flexible and reschedule in case of bad weather.

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Surprise proposal on Bir Hakeim Bridge in Paris

The Seine river runs accross the city and along several monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. Some beautiful locations for engagement photos!

Surprise proposal in Paris, France
Proposal on the late "love locks bridge" now bare of all the locks but still a beautiful view over the Seine river

Marie is fantastic! Living in Chicago, I wanted to propose to my girlfriend in Paris and thought it would be a great idea to have the moment photographed. While researching, I came across Marie. Communication and planning was fantastic. On the day of the proposal, Marie was a pleasure to work with and follow up on photos was timely. Best of all the photos turned out wonderful. Thank you Marie for making our day special! Sarah and John

John M.

Some couples have a special story they share with a specific location... check out this proposal by the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris! For big Disney fans, there's no better place to pop the question.

Surprise proposal in Paris, France
Proposal at Disneyland Paris

An engagement photo session in Paris following your proposal

Following your surprise proposal, I like to do engagement photos around Paris to celebrate the big news. It's a once in a lifetime moment that should be captured and remembered forever...

Surprise proposal in Paris, France
Surprise proposal by the Eiffel Tower followed by an engagement session in the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre Museum

For anyone on the fence about proposing abroad in Paris and finding the right photographer for the job, look no further. I spent a couple of weeks researching photographers and emailing them back and forth and from the second I communicated with Marie, I knew she would be my pick. Not only are her packages the fairest I’ve seen, the entire process of working with Marie was an absolute pleasure and put me at ease for such a big occasion. She’s quick to respond to emails and has a great deal of knowledge of where, when, and how to propose. On the day of the surprise, she was there, blending in and taking pictures. Her ability to capture that special moment, undetected, blew me away and the quality of the photos really made me glad I went through the process of hiring her for this job. The hour we spent with her after the big surprise was the most fun I’ve had taking pictures (which is something I really dislike). Seeing her smile as she captures a great shot of you and your fiancé translates into you smiling for every photo and enjoying the moment because you see that she truly enjoys what she does. Thank you Marie for a lifetime of memories!!

Nick R.

Now fiancés, this photo session will allow you to take precious pictures that will commemorate this special day. You will also enjoy a romantic moment together in beautiful Paris, just the two of you, to celebrate your love.

Engagement photo session in Paris
Marriage proposal at Palais Royal in Paris

Other beautiful places to propose in France

Of course, Paris is not the only beautiful place where you could have an unforgettable surprise proposal. In such a beautiful country that is France, there are many options to consider: the Loire Valley castles, Normandy, the French Riviera, and Provence, where I am also based. I was lucky to capture this beautiful proposal below in the vines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I love to make each marriage proposal unique to each couple. Can you imagine proposing in the middle of the lavender fields in Sault or Valensole or in the most exquisite village of the Luberon: Gordes? That's totally possible!

I would love to hear more about your desires for your surprise proposal plans. Just drop me a note here and tell me everything about you and your loved one! I'll give you tips on, for example: where and when to propose, how to keep your secret safe and make it a lifelong memory... And if you want to treat yourselves to an amazing engagement dinner after your proposal, here are 12 amazing restaurants to check out!

Proposal in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Provence

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin with Marie. I decided I wanted to do a surprise proposal in Paris, I am from Chicago, and had no idea where to begin. After looking around for photographers Marie seemed like a perfect fit and I am glad I found her because she was able to capture the greatest moment of our lives. She helped me in so many ways, I was struggling with a sunrise setting because it is not easy to convince your fiance to be to wake up at 6:00 am on vacation and to wear a dress. Marie came to the rescue, she gave me some tips on what to say to convince my gf to wake up that early. In the end the photos were as amazing as the experience. Marie was quick to respond in emails, great at communication and gave wonderful guidance during the photoshoot. If I went back in time and had to do it all over again I would contact Marie the second I knew I wanted a photographer in Paris.

Camil M.