Surprise proposal by the lake in Snowdonia

Ellen & Erin's Snowdonia Proposal Story

Cadair Idris (or Cader Idris is it's known locally) is Snowdon's southern twin. There are a few different routes up, but The Minfordd Path is generally regarded as one of the best and it's easily accessible from Dôl Idris Car Park which is where this proposal story starts - in the car park at the bottom of Cadair Idris…

Ellen contacted me a few weeks before asking about my Secret Proposal Photography, she explained they were heading up the mountain and she planned to propose to her girlfriend either at the top or on the shores of Llyn Cau - a glacial lake 350 meters up the mountain surrounded by 400-meter high mountain walls.

Luckily for me, Ellen chose the lake because I am not quite as fit as I thought I was! But I loved every minute of it and as soon as I stop aching, I'd happily do it all over again 😉

As far as Erin knew, they were just having a weekend away. She had no idea what Ellen had planned, or that I was there to secretly photograph them. In fact, they walked right past me a couple of time, at one point we even exchanged niceties while I was catching my breath 😂

Once at the lake I knew it was go time. I kept my distance but was on high alert. As soon as Ellen had popped the question, I knew I could get a little closer to ensure I got the moment. It was such a perfect proposal, the views were absolutely stunning, there was no-one else around and she said YES! 😍

Massive congratulations to Ellen & Erin. And a special thank you to Ellen for involving me in your proposal story!

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Surprise proposals are quickly becoming one of my favourite things to photograph. They're exciting, unique and incredibly personal. It's a story that you'll remember for the rest of your life, and one that will get told many times over - so for me to be a part of that is really cool.

Man on one knee proposing to his partner in Fletch Moss Botanical gardens, Manchester

What a perfect day Sunday turned out to be! 😍 Alex first got in touch a few weeks ago asking about my Surprise Proposal Photography. After a few emails we had agreed a time and place, the route he would take around the Botanical Gardens and the rough spot he planned to ask Safina to marry him. He even went to the gardens earlier that week to check it out.

However, Sunday's sunshine arrived a day early, fortunately for my Anglesey Wedding 😉 but not so much for Alex! We decided to go with it and hope the rain held off…

I arrived before Alex & Safina and waited for them to pass me on the tree-lined path. I then subtly followed them around the park, occasionally taking the lead and stopping to photograph the trees or flowers or puddles 😉

Eventually, we ended up at The Rockery in Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens. This was the spot. Things were about to get real now…

As you can see from the photos, Safina was very surprised but totally over the moon too! 😁

Alex, thank you for choosing me to photograph your proposal and massive congratulations to you both!

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surprise proposal on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

Newly engaged couple kissing

This is a marriage proposal story that's fit for Hollywood! Craig contacted me a while ago asking about my surprise proposal photography. He explained that he planned to fly from America, to ask his girlfriend to marry him on Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn). The whole thing was a surprise and he wanted me to secretly photograph the moment he asked Megan to marry him. Obviously, I was well up for it.

I know Llanddwyn Island & Newborough Beach pretty well now, as I've already photographed one wedding and another proposal there - although the last one was much wetter! I sent a few location suggestions to Craig and we discussed tactics. We agreed to meet in the car park, then go for a wander to choose the perfect spot.

Megan's parents were in on it too, they were going to be in charge of getting Megan to the right place at the right time. I had assumed that Megan was Welsh and over here visiting her parents, but I was wrong. Craig was flying halfway around the world to surprise his girlfriend with a ring, while she was on holiday, with her parents! This was going to be a holiday to remember.

I'd joked in my initial reply that his proposal was like something out of a movie. But the level of planning and organisation really does make this worthy of the big screen. Especially as Craig was going to be spending the next week travelling around Wales & Ireland with them too.

Once Craig had chosen the perfect spot all we had to do was wait... For almost 2 hours we waited. And it was worth every minute of it.

Megan's face says it all when she first sees Craig and her reaction after the proposal is priceless. She was still shaking 10 minutes later!

Craig was hoping to have the lighthouse to himself, however, that wasn't to be. Although I think a few cheers, claps and shouts of congratulations from strangers made it even more special.

Once everyone had calmed down a bit, we wandered back along the opposite side of the island and down the beach. I gave them some space to process everything while I took a few wide shots of Llanddwyn Island for their holiday album.

I'd like to say a massive thank you to Craig for inviting me to photograph his proposal - it's a real honour to be involved in such a personal and momentous occasion!

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boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks his girlfriend to marry him

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A few months ago I got an email from Tom. He was going to propose to his girlfriend at the top of Mt Snowdon and wanted me to document their trip up the mountain and Naomi's reaction – as a surprise.

I was super excited for 3 reasons. Number 1, I get to photograph the moment someone actually proposes – that's super exciting.

Number 2, I haven't been up Snowdon since I was a kid and keep meaning to find the time.

And number 3, at the time we were having unseasonably warm weather, if it would just stay like that, I knew I'd get some truly epic photos.

Anyway, fast forward to the day before the secret proposal and of course, it's not just rain, it's snow and persistent sub-zero temperatures on Snowdon's summit.

So, after one or two sly messages we agreed on the new location – Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey. Tom's plan was simple, "we'll just walk until I pick a moment I guess!". My job was to stalk them, without drawing too much attention to myself and be there at the crucial moment.

Sounds easy enough, but when it's early March, chucking it down with rain and blowing a hoolie (as my Aunty Judi would say) Llanddwyn Island isn't very busy. But I think I just about go away with it 😬

I'd like to say a massive congratulations and thank you to Tom, it was an absolute honour to follow you through the woods in the rain. I had a smile on my soaking wet face all the way home! 😍

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Down on one knee in cloud 23

Down on one knee in cloud 23

So, back in December 2015, I had an idea - Secret Proposal Photography! Everyone has a wedding photographer, but hardly anyone has photos of the actual moment they propose. Even back then, I knew I loved capturing genuine reactions and what better reaction is there than the one of someone who's just been proposed to?

So I had the idea, I thought I could make it work, but I didn't really know how to spread the word... So I put out a Facebook Ad explaining my idea and hoped for the best. Within days of the ad going live Darrell got in touch! His message was simple - "Evening, I need to chat about your proposal shoots. Please mail me tomorrow if I forget. I can't speak tonight.".

We had a chat and he explained the plans for the day... Manchester Christmas Markets then Cloud 23, where he was going to pop the question!

I met with the manager of Cloud 23 in the morning, then I headed down to the markets. I got into position and waited. And waited. And waited. We'd managed to get a few secret WhatsApp messages to each other, but I was beginning to think I'd missed them coming in... It was pretty busy.

But just then, a good head and shoulders above the crowd, Darrell appeared. Phew! I followed them around the markets, across the road for a drink, then headed off to Cloud 23 to be there for their arrival.

I positioned myself out of the way, and snapped them enjoying afternoon tea. Darrell & Alice got up to have a look at the view. I knew the question was coming. He dropped to one knee and asked Alice to marry him! The bar broke out into oohs, ahhhs and rounds of applause - it was pretty special.

I sent the photos to Darrell a day or so later and got this message:

"OH MY F*CK!NG GOD - I'm in bits mate. They are f*ck!ng awesome.”

couple in Manchester Christmas markets
Couple At Manchester Christmas Markets
Taking Selfies In the Slug & Lettuce
Cloud 23 Lift
Couple looking out of Cloud 23 window
Man asking woman to marry him, cloud 23 manchester
man proposing to woman at Cloud 23
Down on one knee in cloud 23
Woman says yes to man down on one knee, cloud 23
kissing after proposal

I originally posted this blog in December 2015, (back when I used to add a watermark to my images 🙈) and totally expected to be inundated with requests to photograph people proposing. But nothing happened. Then about a year later I got a proposal enquiry, but it fell through. So I kinda gave up on the idea. However, in March of 2019, something changed. I got a booking - an actual booking for a surprise proposal on Anglesey!

And it went well, really well! But I didn't expect to get another one for another year 🙄. But I got one the very next month. By the end of 2019 I'd photographed 5 surprise marriage proposals! 😍 And already I have a few booked in for 2020 too!

So if you're thinking of popping the question follow this link for more info about my Secret Proposal Photography!

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