4 reasons to have your suprise marriage proposal in Venice

would-be husband proposes during surprise engagement photo session in venice
Unique backgrounds and intense romanticism: these are the additives Venice offers to your proposal…a special mix for success!

If you have already decided to propose to your sweetheart, you just need to find the ideal place.

Of course you can choose a place that is closely related to your love story, making the most of the sweet memories you attached to it. On the other hand, you might go for a special place, one you are not so familiar with. You might prefer a stunning destination, to enhance the surprise effect for your future wife and make her enthralled by the whole situation.

As a professional engagement proposal photographer I experienced plenty of times that Venice works wonders to this purpose. Why?

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Surprise engagement proposal in venice: the peak of a very romantic lovestory

couple hugging during surprise engagement photo service in Venice
A view at the lagoon and down on his knees: this made Mason’s girlfriend cry from the first second on!

Most of the couples that get engaged in Venice have great love stories behind and before them.

Emily’s and Mason’s story is among the most charming ones I had the chance to hear. They met in their middle school times and started dating during their high school years.
When the day of their 10th anniversary was approaching, Mason prepared a gorgeous surprise for his beloved. He gave her a framed map of the world and pins to put on the places they would visit together with the promise to add their first pin very soon.

couple on watertaxi during surprise engagement photo session in Venice
On the very same day the couple treated themselves with  a water taxi drive to San Giorgio Island.

A few days later he asked her to pack her bags without revealing their destination. When she discovered they were heading to Venice she was overjoyed! They soon experienced  the city’s beauty and romantic atmosphere.

gentleman delivers his proposal during surprise engagement photo service
The gorgeous view on the lagoon was Mason’s ally for a very romantic surprise wedding proposal

On October 17, Mason offered her sweetheart a water taxi tour which had them land on the marvellous San Giorgio Island. There, with the enchanting background of the lagoon and San Marco Square, he delivered his wedding proposal. He took her hand, whispered sweet swords and Emily started to cry even before he fell down on his knees and asked her to marry him. They soon forgot the words they said at that time but will keep great souvenirs of the moment.

couple walk during engagement photo walk in Venice
After the proposal, the couple carelessly walked along the lagoon enjoying the mild Sun of October Italian days and their hearts’ excitement

Indeed, to make his proposal unforgettable, Mason had hired a professional surprise proposal photographer. The passionate couple portraits of their engagement photo service capture their intense feelings, overjoyed excitement and confidence in the future for years to come.

couple kissing during wedding proposal photo service
As sunset time the couple’s love was shining at its peak!

After the proposal they enjoyed a walk along the lagoon, almost ‘enlightened’ by their happiness and the Italian October’s Sun. The photographer made the most of the walk  to portray with his pictures  their love at its peak while they went on kissing, hugging, looking at the ring and at their bright future together.

A lovely story which is still going on and will keep further sweet surprises for this passionate couple.

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In springtime some blossoming flowers might add a colorful touch to couple photo shotings.

Venice is not that much a “green city”. Apart from the big public park “Giardini di Sant’Elena” in the Castello district, its green areas are mostly closed in private courtyards. Therefore, it is not easy to see green spots in the city.

Nevertheless, plants, flowers and trees are not completely absent and they might be used as interesting elements when shooting photo portraits in Venice.

Green elements might work as original frames in photo portraits in Venice

For instance, when I am hired as a photographer for wedding, engagement and honeymoon services, I often enjoy letting the couples playing with some of these green elements which add a touch of color and natural feeling to the shots.

Green elements are rare but useful elements in photo services in Venice

In springtime I also have the chance to shoot  a couple next to blooming flowers  which, needless to say, add to the photo portrait’s romantic flavor. My favorite ally in this challenge is the wisteria: Venice has many secret corners where you can see wisteria trees “pouring” down their lilac flowers like colorful bunch of grapes….just come to Venice for a photo portrait and I will show them to you!


For other examples of couple photo portraits in Venice see my website.

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Arcades are interesting elements for photo portraits in Venice

Everyone knows that Venice is an ideal setting for photo shooting, especially for couples’ photo portraits.

This is obviously due to the city’s highly romantic atmosphere, the light effects created by water and its typical architectural elements such as bridges, narrow streets (called “calli” by Venetian people) along the channels and squares (“campi” in venetian dialect),

Needless to say I make the most of these elements on my shots when I work as a portrait photographer, especially in the case of honeymoon, wedding or engagement photo services.

A typical Venetian architectural element which is often ignored, or at least undervalued, by may photographer is the arcade (which is called “sottoportego” in Venetian dialect). Venice is full of small or big short or long arcades, which in most cases were built to offer a shelter from rain to passers-by.

couples hugging under an arcade are fine subjects for photo portraits in Venice

I used arcades several times during my photo shootings in Venice and found out they gave me a lot of setting possibilities, which were much appreciated by the couples I had to shoot.

In many cases I asked the couples to hide or kiss, or even to run towards each other under the arcade and they had a lot of fun!

couples might play and even jump under a Venetian arcade

I have my personal favourite arcades in Venice…let’s meet in Venice to show you them!

I even let the couples run under an arcade in Venice!
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