Bianca and Joe’s Surprise Marriage Proposal in Dumbo, Brooklyn

guy proposes to his girlfriend at pebble beach in dumbo brooklyn at the east river with brooklyn bridge and downtown manhattan skyline in the background

When Joe approached me to help with planning his proposal during his trip to New York City I was thrilled to help him with putting everything together. He and Bianca were flying in from Michigan for less than 24 hours which meant this trip would be all about their engagement and we had to make it super special. First we determined the best possible location. I knew that Joe wanted to capture this moment in an area that just screamed NYC and I kept that top of mind before we ultimately agreed that doing the proposal in Dumbo Brooklyn will be a great choice.

From a photographer’s perspective my thought process when choosing a location is always to ask myself what area of NYC provides great scenery but is also not super crowded so as to minimize risk of other people getting into the shot during the few seconds the proposal happens. This is less of a concern with regular engagement sessions since we can set up certain shots whereas capturing the real and raw emotions and the reaction of your partner is not something that can be duplicated. After several suggestions we both agreed on doing the proposal in Dumbo, Brooklyn by the East River with the entire NYC skyline view in the background along with the Brooklyn Bridge. A classic choice!


Marriage proposal in Dumbo Brooklyn New York City on Pebble beach by the east river with the brooklyn bridge in the background

engagement session with couple looking at each other smiling with brooklyn bridge and the freedom tower in the background

couple holding hands and walking on the grass covered in snow with nyc skyline in the background with brooklyn bridge and downtown manhattan

The beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, Brooklyn can get very crowded in the Summer time but Joe and Bianca’s surprise proposal was in mid December – Did you know this is the most popular month of the year to get engaged?

man holding his girlfriends hand and pulling her while they walk along a snowy hill in dumbo brooklyn

couple hold each other and laugh with winter foliage surrounding them

couple hold hands while they walk along the beach in dumbo brooklyn surrounded by rocks with mos

couple walk along the shore of the east river in dumbo brooklyn and they look at each other laughing

close up shot of couple holding hands and engagement ring visible

photo from the back while couple hold each other and walk along the shore of the east river in dumbo brooklyn

couple holds each other close and smiles at each other while standing on the beach by the east river shore in nyc

couple sits on boulders surrounding the shore of the east river with the brooklyn bridge in the background

close up of couple sitting together on rocks in dumbo brooklyn holding each other

joe holds his girlfriend bianca during their engagement session in dumbo brooklyn

couple stands in front of brooklyn bridge and the east river

couple hold each other and rub noses together while leaning against fence in dumbo with brooklyn bridge in the background

After the proposal we walked around the area of Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo capturing some amazing memories for Joe and Bianca. When we finished up in Dumbo, we hopped on the East River Ferry and then headed to Central Park for even more variety. Click here to check out part two of Bianca and Joe’s engagement session in Central Park!

Are you planning your own proposal and are looking for tips on planning a proposal in Dumbo Brooklyn? Check out this blog post I put together with 6 things you need to consider when planning a proposal in NYC and of course feel free to contact me to start planning!

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