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How to Plan a Flawless Surprise Proposal | Indianapolis Photographers

This lovely lady got off her flight after a long trip away to find the one she loves there waiting for her—down on one knee! As Indianapolis photographers, we recently had the privilege of photographing a marriage proposal at Indianapolis International Airport! And the best part was, the soon-to-be bride had no idea! It was a beautiful surprise, making her excitement even more special! The authenticity and emotions photographed so incredibly that we wanted to share some other creative surprise proposal ideas for Indianapolis couples.

5 Extraordinary Surprise Proposal Ideas for Indianapolis Couples

Hot Air Balloon

What’s more romantic than proposing at 3,000 feet over the Indy skyline? Imagine getting down on one knee with breathtaking views below. The photos will be stunning! Don’t forget to bring champagne and glasses for a celebration toast afterward! Midwest Balloon Rides and Indy Hot Air are two of the several hot air balloon companies in the Indianapolis area. Be sure to book soon, as spots fill up quickly! 

Gondola Ride

Find yourself in Venice, Italy, right here in Indianapolis! Imagine proposing on a gondola ride down the Central Canal. Your partner will think it’s a romantic date night, then give them an even sweeter surprise when you pull out that iconic velvet box! Book with The Old World Gondoliers for a fun and adventurous proposal. 

Note: Gondola rides only run from May through September to avoid cold weather.

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Feel like royalty on your way to the ball! A horse-drawn carriage ride makes for a memorable surprise proposal in Indianapolis. You both can get dressed up for date night and then celebrate with champagne (or hot chocolate for a cozy winter proposal). It will be a real-life fairytale! Book with Yellow Rose Carriages for an unforgettable evening!

Helicopter Tour

If a hot air balloon is not be your cup of tea, try an enclosed helicopter tour over the twinkling city instead. Treat your soon-to-be fiancé to a helicopter tour proposal! Nothing is more romantic than a surprise proposal among the clouds. Tour 2 Sky and Indianapolis Helicopter Tours are two companies that can help you pull off a sky-high proposal! 

Beach Picnic

Want romantic beach photos without traveling cross-country? Let the Indiana Dunes paint your creative proposal backdrop on the sun-kissed shores of Lake Michigan. For the best lighting, you will want to go just before sunset—take advantage of the “golden hour” for post-proposal engagement photos! (Don’t forget to check the weather before heading to the dunes.) Feel free to bring a picnic blanket and basket of culinary treats for celebration photos afterward! 

How to Plan Your Surprise Proposal in Indianapolis

Once you have decided on a creative Indianapolis proposal idea, there are a few things you will need to do to ensure everything goes smoothly. As your Indianapolis photographers, we’ll ensure you have all the boxes checked so your proposal is flawless!

Book your photographer in advance.

This is where we come in! Not only do we love filming and photographing surprise proposals, we’re here to help you plan and pull it off, too. We offer signature Proposal Packages just for that. We can also help with lighting, timing & logistics, props, outfits, locations, and more! Get in touch to save your date since spring and summer proposals book fast!

Select a date (and raincheck date).

You may need to reserve or book your locations or vendors for your surprise proposal. Set your date in advance so we can be sure all the parts are in place. If you have an outdoor proposal, check the weather about a week before and have an alternate date planned in case of bad weather. 

Secure the ring.

It may sound silly, but don’t forget the ring! You’ll have a lot on your mind, and it’s not unheard of for the person proposing to forget the ring! An engagement ring shows your commitment to your partner. It is a symbol of your love that will last a lifetime. Be sure to put it in a safe place so you don’t lose it and they don’t find it! For example, if you propose near the river or lake, you may not want to put the ring in your pocket because it could tragically fall in!  

Get excited.

Your marriage proposal is one of the most important days of your lives as a couple—a new beginning! Try not to stress too much over the details, and enjoy the moment. Preparations are helpful! But it’s ok to let the moment unfold organically when the time comes. As they say, if you stumble on the script, just “speak from the heart.”

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Surprise proposals are some of our favorite occasions to photograph. There is so much joy and raw emotion in this one incredible moment. Each proposal is different, but you can rest assured we will help you plan every detail and offer full coverage of the event from beginning to end. We can’t wait to help you plan and celebrate your anticipated engagement! We would be honored to be your Indianapolis photographers. Get in touch with us here.

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