Hands down, shooting proposals is one of my favorite things to do. I love the planning, the surprise, and the excitement of that special moment. I love capturing the smiles and happy tears. And I love having northern Michigan as the backdrop for it all.

In the decade I’ve been working as a professional photographer, I’ve come up with a few favorite spots to shoot proposals. These places combine romance with a beautiful outdoor setting to create perfect memories for couples. Let’s take a look!

Proposal Couple in Lavender at Brys

In the Flowers

Lavender fields and winery views…yes please! From the sweeping deck overlooking the vines to the purple blooms in summer, Brys Estate is a photographer’s dream.

Proposal Couple at Sleeping Bear Empire Bluff

At the Dunes

What could be more beautiful than Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan? In any season, the Empire Bluff Trail is a jaw-dropper. (And, it’s perfect for couples who love the great outdoors!)

Proposal Couple Winter Lights GT Mall

Under the Winter Lights

I love capturing love and falling snow. There are dozens of places to find beautiful winter lights around town…these are at the entrance of the Grand Traverse Mall

Proposal Couple at Mari Vineyards

With a Bottle of Wine

Mari Vineyards, another stunning winery, is an Old Mission Peninsula gem that lends an old world, Italian vibe that is so, so romantic. Celebrating with a bottle of wine after the proposal is a must.

Proposal Couple on the Water

Down by the Bay

Now Blue Water Bistro, when I took these, this space was called French Valley Vineyards. But no matter the name, the bay blues and cloudless skies capture the essence of a summer proposal up north.