Planning a Surprise Marriage Proposal in Barcelona: Where, When and How?
Very often I receive an email from a guy (or even a friend of the guy, or a relative) who is traveling to Barcelona with his girlfriend/boyfriend and is planning to propose to her. Yeah!, if you are reading this you are probably one of them! Catchya! ! And, most of the times, you are completely lost… Where to do it? When to do it? How to do it?
Even if you have been in Barcelona before, it’s not easy to find a place and a time, and the way to do it, because IT’S SECRET.
The main recommendation I wish to give to you is: TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. 🙂
So if you read the following excerpts from the emails some clients sent me, you won’t feel that lost and alone… Well, maybe lost (still), but not alone! Haha!
“I am traveling to Barcelona from Miami, fl, USA in September. I want to book a photographer for my proposal. This will be a surprise for my girlfriend so I want to make sure it is somewhere nice and the pictures come out great.”
“My brother, Sumit (cc’ed in this email) is planning on proposing to his girlfriend while we are in Barcelona.”
“I would like to surprise her with an engagement proposal at Hotel Ohla in Barcelona! My plan is to bring her to the hotel for dinner and propose on the terrace/rooftop. I wanted to work with a photographer who can take some photos of us before/during/after the proposal.”
“I wanted to start a discussion about what the best idea would be for me to propose to my girlfriend while we are on holiday in Barcelona.“
“What I’m telling her is that I’ve planned a surprise – she always complains I take terrible pictures of her (true), so for our anniversary I will surprise her with a professional photography session in Barcelona. Somewhere in the midst of this I plan to pull out an engagement ring”
“Ryan is proposing in Park Guell in front of the crosses. Ryan would like you to photograph the proposal, if possible, and then take photos in the park of them. The proposal is a surprise, of course.”
“My name is Jag and I am flying to Barcelona for 3 days to propose to my long term girlfriend. She has no idea why I’m taking her abroad other than just for a holiday. I was hoping to capture the moment I propose to her, with all the surprise, emotion and joy that will hopefully follow.”
That’s why I’m writing this: to explain THE OPTIONS YOU HAVE WHEN ORGANIZING A SURPRISE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IN BARCELONA AND YOU WANT A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT.
Planning the Logistics for a Surprise Marriage Proposal in Barcelona
There are a few ways to do it:
FIRST WAY: “SHE DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING”. She doesn’t know you hired me as a photographer. So you are at the spot we agreed at one particular time and suddenly you propose to her and I , that happens to be there (haha!) take photos of the moment.
Option A: JUST THE SURPRISE PROPOSAL. You tell her I took photos during the proposal. We say “hey” and then I leave.
Option B. SURPRISE PROPOSAL + PHOTO SHOOT. You pretend I wasn’t there. The photos you will receive after a few days will be a huge surprise.
Option C. PHOTO SHOOT + SURPRISE PROPOSAL AT MY SIGNAL. You tell her I was taking photos of the proposal, and after that we do a photo shoot of 1, 2 or 3 hours.
SECOND WAY: “SHE ONLY KNOWS WE ARE DOING A PHOTO SHOOT”. And at some point during the photo session, when I find a great place I make you a signal and then, by surprise, you propose there. This is the best way we get the best photos of the surprise proposal, because I have all under control: light, background & people around.
Where to propose in Barcelona
Some guys know exactly where to propose and some other have no idea. As a photographer aiming for the best photos, I wish for a place with a “CLEAN” background, with no people, not too much information, with NICE LIGHT, and a background that remains to BARCELONA.
Many people asks for Park Guell. This park it used to be really crowded, but now the entrance is controled (you have to buy a ticket for a certain hour), so it’s not a bad option, although there’s many people anyway. As I sayd before, here the trick is to wait for my signal, and trust me.
To me, the best options would be the beach in front W Barcelona Hotel, the Bunkers of Carmel or the Laberint d’Horta.
When to propose in Barcelona
The best time to propose it vary all over the year, since the light (sunset and sunrise) changes every day. Once we have settled a date for the proposal, I’ll suggest you the best time to propose.
Here you can see some examples of surprise proposals I photographed in Barcelona: