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After a year spent doing take-out, staying home and growing closer to your partner, you’re ready to pop the question this summer with a gorgeous outdoor location where you can really set up decorations and spread out the party. Restaurants are too full right now and honestly with parking and showing up

If you’re planning on proposing to your partner in crime and want an intimate outdoor location -I’ve brainstormed and polled my local vendor group and put together a few ideas.

**Some locations might have a session fee but I feel this is part of the privilege for having more privacy and the ability to set up some decor beforehand.**

These proposal location ideas are a mix of restaurants, wedding venues, resorts and nature areas. After shooting over 20 weddings in 2 years I consider myself an expert and hope this guide helps narrow down your location search.

Contigo Ranch Fredricksburg

photo courtesy of Contigo Ranch

Way out west, on the way to the cute town of Fredricksburg (another awesome place to propose) is a beautiful ranch getaway perfect for a “let’s escape the news” retreat. They have 3 locations dedicated for weddings which are perfect for setting up your surprise – rose petals, candles, all the romantic details that win brownie points forever.

http://contigoranchfredericksburg.com/

Driskill Hotel

The front entrance of the Driskill is such a romantic and dramatic place for photos.

The Driskill has officially launched their private proposal package and I am so excited to be a founding partner. Proposing at the Driskill is so magical and historically Texan. It’s easy to get dressed up and equally easy to say you’re having a staycation there.

It’s a $250 photo fee for a 2 hour proposal anywhere in the hotel.

You’ll have access to their entire hotel including the balcony upstairs which is covered but open air. If you wanted to reserve a specific place and have it decorated a certain way (and trust me, you will want this it’s just an extra $250. I always recommend hotels and resorts for private proposals because of the support staff you’ll receive, and the Driskill is a uniquely Austin experience. (plus it’s definitely haunted.)

https://driskillhotel.com

Laguna Gloria

If you’ve read my How to Propose at Laguna Gloria article, you’ve probably seen my work at here. At this point, after 8-10 proposals there, I practically live there. They should let me set up a cot inside the Villa with all the sessions I do there. Anyways- While they are now open to the public without reservations, you still need to pay the a photo session fee on their website before we go. (about $100). Reservations should be made for 1-2 hours before sunset for softest light.

The Temple of Love is the most romantic spot, but it is kind of tucked into the end of the pathway and can bottleneck if others are walking by.

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Morning proposals are guaranteed to have little foot traffic at the Temple of Love
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Evenings are easier to convince your partner with, but choose your date wisely.

Wildflower Center

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Blake & Ally and their wildflower center proposal
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There are a few nooks like this one where we can take photos after. The WFC is gorgeous even in the rain.

If you choose to have your proposal at the Wildflower Center, we will have to observe their “open to the public” hours of 9-5pm which are great in the winter when the sun sets early.

However, if you’re considering the Spring, Summer, or even early Fall, you need to reserve an after hours photography session of $250 for 2 hours. 2 hours is plenty of time to capture your proposal and a few photos after.

Since there are plenty of places to explore and hide, you can even have your family there for the surprise after.

The main gardens are seasonal, and may not have a lot of color during the winter but the back Family Gardens are cactus green year round. I highly recommend the Wildflower Center for a pretty, casual, and fun Central Austin proposal.

Sekrit Theater

Sekrit Theater is a must for a private, romantic, unique proposal. Secret Theater is a hidden glass greenhouse in East Austin that feels absolutely special and unlike anywhere else in Austin. It’s in the backyard of a cool house and has plenty of locations for photos not including the greenhouse itself. I recommend this as it will be 100% completely private if you book and pay for the proposal session fee on their site.

Beware of the lighting though! There are only very dim chandeliers inside the greenhouse itself so if you’re choosing an after dark time slot, BRING LIGHTS. String lights, candles in glass, rose petals all make it super special for your partner. With the proposal appointment you can have your family/friends come to help with the set up and break down.

Book your DIY Proposal here: https://sekrittheater.setmore.com/bookappointment

Justin and Darien couldn’t keep their hands off each other at their nighttime proposal at Sekrit theater.

BOOK YOURSELF A PRO PHOTOGRAPHER

I have been shooting proposals alongside my wedding business since 2014 and consider myself an expert problem solver when it comes to creative proposal ideas.

If you’re like “yeah let’s do this thing!” and you want to hire me for your proposal…I answer tons of questions about how to propose, what to expect, and more about what’s included with my services on my Austin Proposal Photographer page. Most weekdays are available with enough notice. Saturdays and Sundays require at least 14 days’ notice.