Central Park is a wonderful place for marriage proposals year round, but for this post I wanted to focus on proposing in the Spring, Summer or Fall (Winter in Central Park post to come!). Here are some of my best tips for proposing in Central Park in these seasons.
1. Propose in the late Morning
As a proposal planner and photographer who has witnessed over 13 summers in New York City, I’ve seen how crowded Central Park can get. I always recommend proposing in the late morning, so that your proposal feels more quiet and intimate. Proposing in the Central Park in the morning also gives you the most gorgeous even lighting for your skin, for beautiful proposal and engagement photos. I actually prefer it to golden hour!
2. Up the Romance factor with Rose petals and Flowers
The possibilities are endless for a beautifying your proposal. You can do an arrangement of rose petals at the spot where you propose for aded romance and spontaneity. As you walk by your partner will notice the petals not realizing they are for her. Then you will grab her hand and bring her to the petals before dropping to your knee. She will be so surprised! Don’t worry about how you are going to set things up, that’s where I come in. Me and my team will have your spot set and decorated accordingly so all you have to do is show up and propose!
3. Create ambiance with Live Music tailored to your taste and style
Another wonderful element that adds incredible ambience to your proposal is having a musician there playing your future fiancé’s favorite songs. When I first started my career, I was a photographer in the NYC music scene photographing musicians, where I befriended incredible musicians. As a self proclaimed music snob, I only use vetted, professional, full time musicians who tour with famous acts and have performed on television. There are many different ways that we can incorporate a musician into your surprise and have it be something that adds both romantic ambience and sentimental meaning to your big day. I offer acoustic singer/guitarists, saxophone players, violinists, cellists and more!
4. Have a Picnic
A picnic is another fun element to add to your proposal. Personally I’m not a fan of proposing at the picnic itself, but I think a surprise picnic is a perfect to have ready and set for you after your proposal! Enjoy sandwiches, fruit and cheese, and Champagne or any special requests of your choice while lounging in the park for your post engagement picnic.
5. Don’t forget Photos!
Surprise Proposal Photography is a must when proposing in Central Park, but after you propose it’s an opportunity for a mini engagement shoot enjoying all the park has to offer. After your surprise proposal, I will take you on a photo tour of the most photogenic spots in the part for a mini engagement portrait shoot, including lots of artistic portraits, candids and details of the ring. It’s super fun and romantic and you get a nice little tour of the park!
Feel free to send me an email and we can get started planning your Surprise Proposal in Central Park!