Surprise Proposal in the Dolomites, Italy

Dolomites proposal in Italy

Northern Italy Engagement | Ryan + Ashley

What's more adorable than Scottish Highland cows? These two at their sweet proposal in the Dolomites of Italy! (P.S. Adorable highland cows ARE featured in this post so make sure to keep on scrolling for cuteness overload!)

It was an absolute joy and honor to photograph Ryan's surprise proposal to Ashley in the breathtaking landscapes of Northern Italy, a place I had never explored before this trip! Luckily I got there early to scope out the trails and find the perfect spot for a very important question.

Ryan placed his trust in me to plan, location scout, coordinate wardrobes, and assure him that this moment would be nothing short of epic! This heartfelt surprise proposal was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my year and I can't wait to get back to the Dolomites again one day soon!

Tips on Finding the Right Photographer

When planning your proposal in the stunning Dolomites, Italy proposal, (or any photoshoot/location!), hiring the right photographer is crucial to ensure that your special moment is captured beautifully. The right photographer will not only have the technical skills to capture stunning images but also the local knowledge and expertise to guide you to the perfect locations with optimal lighting and minimal crowds. In addition to their technical abilities, effective communication and the ability to provide additional services can greatly enhance your overall experience.

Here are some specific tips to help you find an amazing photographer!

They put in the effort

When searching for the right photographer for your surprise proposal, or any photoshop or elopement really. It is important to consider their expertise in helping you choose the best location with the least amount of traffic and optimal lighting conditions. A skilled photographer will have a deep understanding of the lighting + composition. And most likely if they're not from the area (like me) they will go out and scout and can guide you to picturesque spots that will make your proposal truly INCREDIBLE! I take into account factors such as the time of day, weather conditions, and the overall ambiance you desire for your special moment. With this knowledge and guidance, you can ensure that your proposal photos will capture the beauty of the Dolomites, or the location you choose, in the best possible way.

Communication is key

Another important tip for finding the right photographer is to ensure that they have excellent communication skills. Especially for a surprise proposal shoot like this one in the Dolomites! A good photographer should be able to understand your vision and preferences and then effectively communicate their ideas and suggestions to you. It is also beneficial if they are comfortable with using several communication tools as this allows for easy and convenient planning. Especially if you are long distance preparing for your proposal. Clear and prompt communication with your photographer will help ensure that your expectations are met and that you can collaborate smoothly throughout the process.

Collaboration on the details

One more important tip for finding a great photographer is to look for someone who can assist you with additional services such as wardrobe planning, ideas on how to propose, and prompts during the photoshoot. A photographer who goes the extra mile to help you with these aspects can greatly enhance your overall experience and ensure that every detail is taken care of. They can provide valuable insights and suggestions on what to wear for the proposal, offer creative ideas on how to make the moment even more special, and provide prompts or guidance during the shoot to capture authentic and heartfelt moments. Finding a photographer who offers these additional services can make your Dolomites proposal truly unforgettable.

Unique extras

And lastly, find a photographer who offers fun extras like me! From BTS cell phone footage, film and adding on Super 8 film video, all in addition to an online gallery full of high-quality digital images! If you're planning a summer elopement my husband is available for hire as an officiant/assistant for the day! We absolutely love to show up to serve our clients together as a team. And believe me, it's so great to have an extra hand for support carrying bags and supporting you on your day as a friend! Luckily for this Dolomites, Italy proposal I had my photographer friend come alongside as my assistant for the day!

Kind words from my clients:

"Corey made our proposal the best day that could it have ever been. She zoomed with my fiancé so many times over the prior months, sent him step by step instructions, helped him coordinate outfits, and put him at ease on the big day. I usually feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera and she made me feel so beautiful and allowed me to stay present and focus on the special moment. We had a Aperol spritz with her after and enjoyed her company and her speedy sneak peeks! She was so generous with the photos she sent us. Corey, we can’t thank you enough and for capturing our magical moments. You made me cry with how beautiful they were. Bravo bravo bravo!" - Ashley + Ryan

Dolomites Italy Engagement Photographer

Are you looking to hire a photographer for your Dolomites, Italy proposal or engaegment? More than a photographer, my goal is to photograph your genuine moments honestly and artistically. Photography is so much more than just taking pictures - it's about creating a comfortable and fun environment where you can truly be yourselves. With a lifetime of experience behind the lens, I have developed a keen eye for detail and a passion for capturing the beauty in every moment.

I take the time to get to know you as a couple so that I can tell your story in the most authentic way possible.

From film to digital, I love incorporating different mediums to create a truly artistic and honest representation of your love. So if you're looking for a photographer who will make you feel like a million bucks and capture the magic of your relationship, I'm your woman!

Contact me to book your Dolomites, Italy proposal, engagement or elopement!

film photograph of dolomites

Elope in the Dolomites!

Imagine saying your vows against a backdrop of towering, jagged peaks that change color with the shifting sunlight. The Dolomites offer a surreal blend of lush green meadows, pristine lakes, and dramatic, rocky spires that seem to touch the heavens. Whether you're dreaming of a snow-covered winter wonderland or a lush, vibrant summer landscape, the Dolomites offer a breathtaking setting for your love story.


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