She Said “YES!” Your Perfect Marriage Proposal Recipe for Success

March 7, 2024

Marriage Proposal Hilton Head Island, Lisa Staff Photography

Hey there lovebirds! If you’re gearing up to pop the big question in the dreamy locales of Hilton Head, Savannah, or Charleston, first off, congratulations! You’re about to embark on one of life’s most magical moments. And if you want to capture every heart-fluttering second of it, you’re in the right place. As your friendly neighborhood wedding and proposal photographer extraordinaire, me and my team are here to spill the beans on how to make your proposal photoshoot a picture-perfect success.

And as we dive in and give you a few great tips, can I just say what one of my favorite things about proposals is, especially Maddie’s?

Well, I’m going to tell you anyways. It’s never, ever the same thing twice. NEVER!

There is the shock. The crying. The screaming. Yep. Screaming. The disbelief. The joy. The absolute and incredible joy. The laughter. The understanding. The wonder. The “who else knows” that brings about the story telling. All of the above. And then some. And then it gets played on repeat in a loop, like Maddie here, where every couple of minutes she is overwhelmed again.

YEP! This is the good stuff.

And the first step (which we are throwing in for free) is obviously securing me and my team as your co-conspirators in helping to plan all of the details from start to finish and work out all of the “logistics” for you so that you can prepare yourself for the “YES!” heard around the world.

And the fabulous couple that I am sharing with you today said “Yes!” in Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA.

1. Location Scouting Galore

Picture this: You, your beloved, and a breathtaking backdrop straight out of a fairy tale. That’s what location scouting is all about! Whether you’re envisioning a sunset beach proposal or a historic cobblestone street affair, we’ll work together to find the spot that speaks to your love story. With our local expertise in Hilton Head, Savannah, and Charleston, we’ve got the inside scoop on all the hidden gems and Insta-worthy spots. So sit back, relax, and let’s find the perfect setting to say “I do” to forever.

2. Timing is Everything

When it comes to proposal photography, timing is everything. We’ll chat about the best time of day to capture that golden hour glow or the twinkling lights of the city skyline. Plus, we’ll help you craft a foolproof plan to ensure your proposal goes off without a hitch. From coordinating with vendors to orchestrating the perfect surprise, consider us your proposal planning partner-in-crime.

3. Nail Down the Details

From outfit coordination to ring placement, it’s the little details that make a proposal truly unforgettable. Together, we’ll brainstorm ideas to personalize your photoshoot and make it uniquely yours. Whether you want to incorporate meaningful props or enlist furry friends as part of the surprise, we’re here to turn your vision into reality.

A few things to consider that me and my team can assist with because it takes a village to make this happen when you have to keep it a secret and can’t openly plan in front of her. That leaves us to do a little “behind the scenes”.

  • Would she prefer it to be quiet and intimate and just the two of you or a whole gang or anywhere in between. This could mean family members, or close friends. This could involve them as an alibi and distraction to get her somewhere or to do something that helps in the “plan”.
  • Are family members and friends going to show up after
  • How about a “walk through” a day before it actually “goes down” so that you know exactly what to expect and where to be, how to position yourself and her and where we will be covertly hiding and incognito ready to capture it all?
  • How about a “talk through”? And, no, that doesn’t mean that you have to tell us the sweet nothings but it does help for us to suggest a few things to slow it down in the moment and make it last. Because, honestly, time speeds up when you are about to propose and why not slow down this beautiful moment?
  • If you can’t make it to a “walk through” because you don’t live in the area, are traveling or can’t make up a legit excuse to be away from her we can map it out and talk it through
  • Day of logistics. Do you want any flowers, champagne, a picnic or signage? We can coordinate that because it will be a little suspicious with you walking around with a “Will You Marry Me?” sign.

4. Communication is Key

They say communication is the secret to a happy relationship, and the same goes for your photographer! Don’t be shy about sharing your vision, preferences, and any must-have shots you have in mind. Whether you prefer candid snaps or posed portraits, I’ll tailor my approach to suit your style and preferences. After all, this is your moment, and we’re here to make sure it’s captured exactly how you imagined.

5. Relax and Enjoy the Moment

Last but not least, remember to take a deep breath and soak in every precious moment. With our team behind the lens, you can rest assured that your proposal photoshoot is in capable hands. We’ll be there to capture those raw emotions, stolen glances, and joyful tears so you can relive the magic for years to come. So go ahead, focus on popping the question, and leave the rest to us!

Planning a proposal can be a whirlwind of emotions, but with the right photographer by your side, it’s sure to be a breeze. So let’s chat, brainstorm, and turn your proposal dreams into reality. After all, love is in the air, and we’re here to capture every sweet second of it. Cheers to love, laughter, and happily ever after!

Feel free to reach out to ask me any questions.  I love sharing any and all tips and insider information on planning your best wedding day. And you can take a peek at some more fun weddings  here, here and here.


We’ve banded together a team of enthusiastic, creatives that were born with a camera in their hand and relentless talent for  capturing those fleeting, iconic, life-changing moments. We guarantee that no matter what your thoughts are about having your “picture taken” this will be a funtastic experience like no other. We are definitely the coolest “creeping stalkers” that you will ever come across. Because along with incredible and adept nerdy photographer skills, we made sure that ninja-like stalking skills was at the top tier of our skill set. 

CAPTURING A LIFE WELL LOVED! At Lisa Staff Photography our geographical reach of photography spans Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Savannah (Georgia), Charleston (SC), Atlanta GA, Sea Island GA, Jacksonville FL, Columbia, SC and Charlotte NC. We’re a little anti-cliché in our operations because we’re intentional about what we create. Creating iconic moments in a heart-felt manner is our specialty. Nothing is more satisfying than capturing iconic people living a heartfelt life. Our secret sauce is our ability to lock in the magical beauty of simplicity and authenticity of every photographic opportunity.

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