I recently photographed a gorgeous holiday season wedding proposal at Rockefeller Center. The couple came from North Carolina, for a first visit to New York City. It was a memorable week to say the least!
Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day are beautiful times for a romantic wedding proposal in New York City, as the city is bright and colorful. Popping the question is always memorable, but using a professional engagement and wedding photographer can take the day to the next level. As you start planning your proposal, keep these tips in mind to make the experience special.
A Guide to New York Holiday Proposals
1. Choose a Meaningful Location
New York City is full of unique options for a beautiful and memorable proposal any time of year. Still, the decorations and glittering lights create an even more magical experience during the holidays. The most popular times of year to propose are the weeks of Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day. Some unique proposal locations include Central Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Brooklyn Waterfront, and Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.
However, don’t be afraid to get creative and propose in a place that’s meaningful to both of you. Perhaps you’d like to stay closer to home and avoid crowds? Hence, you may choose to propose in your local park, or on your Brooklyn stoop. After nearly two years of spending more time at home, for example, proposing on your roof, at your neighborhood outdoor cafe, or on your stoop might be the most meaningful location.
2. Consider Timing
The time of day you propose is crucial to privacy and lighting for photos. Some places in NYC, like Central Park or Rockefeller Center, tend to be crowded. If you’re comfortable having strangers around to witness the proposal, the timing may not be an issue. However, for a quieter experience, you may need to do some research and be flexible. Your engagement photographer can help you plan, making suggestions that account for both crowds and the best lighting for the photos.
3. Dress Appropriately
It can be a challenge to subtly encourage your partner to dress up for the engagement without spilling the beans, so it can be helpful to plan the proposal around another event. Proposing before a dinner or party, for example, can ensure your partner is wearing something they will be happy to see in the photos for years to come. Ask your engagement photographer for ideas.
Get help planning the perfect New York holiday proposal from Karen Wise Photography. This wedding, family, and engagement photographer has been named one of the top wedding photographers in the world by American PHOTO magazine. Her work has been featured in publications worldwide, and her experience will ensure you have gorgeous images of this milestone occasion.