Where to Propose in Los Angeles

So you’ve found the love of your life and picked out the perfect engagement ring, but now you’re wondering where to propose in Los Angeles. From its picturesque beaches to its historic landmarks, there is no shortage of options here! 

Whether you’re planning an elaborate wedding proposal (like some of the large-scale, produced wedding proposals that have gone viral on social media) or a more intimate one, it is definitely worth documenting! The wedding proposal is one of the most emotional and important memories for most people. However, you might get so caught up in the moment that you forget many of the details. Having a photographer capture it all will allow you to relive the proposal for years to come. I love photographing proposals because the raw emotion is easy to capture. Of course, the surprise proposals are extra fun, but even if the person being proposed to knows it’s coming, there are always moments of disbelief and joy. 

Figuring out where to propose in Los Angeles is an important decision to make while planning how you will ask your beloved to spend the rest of your lives together. For a lot of people, their proposal location becomes a significant part of their relationship history—a place they may revisit on anniversaries, and something their kids and grandkids are likely to ask about. Picking someplace epically romantic ensures that the proposal is something to remember fondly.

Read on for my top picks for where to propose in Los Angeles:

  • Griffith Observatory

With sweeping views of the city, art deco architecture, and nearby wooded areas, Griffith Observatory is a no brainer! Plan to come during the “golden hour,” when we can use that gorgeous sunset lighting, and stay to see Los Angeles illuminate before your eyes. Check out my Griffith Observatory engagement photography.

  • Santa Monica

Los Angeles has a ton of beaches to choose from, but if you want a location that offers you both the romance of being close to the ocean as well as the fun that comes from a nostalgic boardwalk, Santa Monica is the place for you! See this Santa Monica beach engagement to see what I mean.

  • Malibu

I’ve shot many beautiful photo sessions at Malibu Beach because it is such a gorgeous spot! Sculptural rocks, plunging cliffs, and crashing waves make a dramatic backdrop for your romantic proposal.  Check out my Malibu Beach engagement photography post to see more. 

  • Palm Springs

I know this post is about where to propose in Los Angeles, but if you’re up for a bit of a drive, Palm Springs has a lot to offer. Namesake palm trees, mid-century modern architecture, resort vibes—it’s got cool written all over it! Plan a weekend getaway with your love and throw in a proposal to make it even more special. Then you’ll always have an excuse to return! My Palm Springs engagement photos can give you a sneak peak at what to expect.

  • Joshua Tree

If you two love the outdoors and exploring nature, Joshua Tree could be the perfect spot for your proposal! Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places to shoot in the greater Los Angeles area because it’s so unique and the light is always dreamy. When I’m there, I often feel like I’m on another planet because there’s no place else around quite like it. See what I mean with these Joshua Tree engagement photos and my Joshua Tree portrait photography.

It is such an honor to be invited to be a part of one of a couple’s most treasured memories. Now that you have some ideas for where to propose in Los Angeles, contact me today to discuss how I can help plan and document your proposal!

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