Sweet and charming Montmartre Paris surprise proposal
This was a super sweet and charming Montmartre Paris surprise proposal! I know what you’re thinking, what is Montmartre? Where is that? Is there a view of the Eiffel Tower?
Here are the answers.
Montmartre is a neighborhood in Paris, high on a hill, with a killer view over Paris and the famous Basilica de Sacre Coeur on the top of the hill (Sacred Heart Basilica). It wasn’t part of Paris in the beginning, it was its own village on the outskirts of the city and was incorporated into the city later.
Montmartre is located in the 18th district and is super cute, super charming and it’s historically where famous artists like Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec used to hang out. It’s still got a bohemian, village-y feel, even now. Due to this it’s also incredibly touristy and on a Saturday or Sunday you may have trouble walking through the narrow streets, it’s so packed with tourists, but there’s a reason for that. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris and one of the most authentic neighborhoods when you think of Paris from a bygone era.
Yes, there are distant views of the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, you can take photographs, but not for surprise proposals. But that’s not why clients select Montmartre for their surprise proposal in Paris, they’re looking for a neighborhood that’s charming and fun and different.
As a Paris surprise proposal photographer, I meet so many amazing couples, and I’d say 99% of them want to propose near the Eiffel Tower. It’s absolutely mandatory. The Eiffel Tower means romance to them, it means Paris. But if you’re looking for something unique, something charming, something quaint, then the Montmartre neighborhood may be for you.
Robert and his lovely girlfriend Amanda have been together eight years. They live in New York City and have known each other since they were young. This was their very first trip together to Paris, and Robert wanted it to be very special. Especially since this is the city he chose for his surprise proposal to Amanda.
Many people ask me curiously, what is a surprise proposal? Does that mean they don’t know? A surprise proposal for Americans is something we Americans grew up with in our culture. It’s the time when a man or woman want to ask their significant other, for their hand in marriage. It’s traditionally done with the man or woman getting on one knee, asking if the other person will marry them, and then an engagement ring is presented. But the other person doesn’t know? That’s right, the other person doesn’t know their loved one is going to propose marriage. Okay, so maybe at some time they think it may happen, even in Paris, but they don’t know when and they don’t know where. But the other person suspects, don’t they? No, they don’t. Most people don’t walk around thinking, He’s going to ask me to marry him in Paris today, I know this.
Robert decided that he’d use my tour guide scenario in Montmartre, a scenario that works like a charm. What’s a scenario? Don’t the couple just show up and you’re hiding somewhere with a telephoto lens to get a photo of him on one knee?
Sure, if you’re alone in the mountains of Colorado, but not in Paris. Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and there are tourists out visiting the city 24/7/ The chances someone is going to walk in front of you when you’re on one knee proposing is high, and then your whole surprise proposal in photos is ruined. Therefore, we have to have scenarios in Paris so the moment isn’t missed. In Montmartre, the best way is the tour guide scenario.
I used to be a professional tour guide in Los Angeles at Warner Bros Studios. I gave three tours a day of the studio backlot and sound stages to visitors from all over the world. I know my stuff. Robert told Amanda they’d be taking a tour of Montmartre, and that’s exactly what I intended to do. Their Uber dropped them off at the famous La Maison Rose restaurant, a pink restaurant in Montmartre. Amanda was really friendly and so was Robert, and I told them about the history of La Maison Rose and the street. We walked down the street and I shared a few more fun facts, when Robert asked if I’d take their photo, and he chose a really pretty green door where there were less people walking by to do so.
Amanda didn’t see it coming at all. Before she knew it, Robert was down on one knee. She was shocked, and it took her a while to realize what had happened. It was a magic moment and it’s always thrilling for me to witness the happiness between two people. I never tire of it. After the proposal, we spent a bit more time roaming around Montmartre, I created some engagement photographs and tried to really capture the essence and joy Robert and Amanda were feeling in Montmartre. Aren’t they cute?
I can only hope I have the good fortune to photograph them again someday, but for now I wish them incredible amounts of happiness and joy!
If you’re thinking of a cool and non-Eiffel Tower surprise proposal in Paris, Montmartre may be what you dream of. It’s loaded full of interesting shops and cafés, and has the best view of all of Paris. Check out Paris surprise proposal packages here. See you in Paris!