Hi, we're Hunter and Sarah, a husband-and-wife, luxury wedding photography team. We’re also educators, helping other photographers build profitable and sustainable photography businesses.
Over the years, Sarah and I have had the joy of photographing more than 25 surprise proposals as we watched young men ask a single question that would change the course of their lives. Between that and my own experience of proposing to Sarah, we’ve learned a lot! I certainly wish I had all this information before I got down on one knee!
But now it’s our turn to pass along our experience and wisdom to every guy out there wondering to himself, “How do I propose to my girlfriend?” Every week throughout this Spring, we’ve posted an updated version of this 2018 blog series. It’s mostly written as a note directly from me, Hunter, to all the guys out there who are exactly where I was back in 2016: head over heels in love with a girl, with absolutely no plan on how to ask her to be yours! Sarah even chimed in with some of her input to the ladies who think the big question might be coming soon!
Well, well, well, here we are! The final post in this series! Last week, we talked about the most important part of the entire process, the proposal itself! This week we’re rounding things off with a few thoughts on how to turn a ten-minute-long proposal into a weekend-long celebration!
Although the day you propose will be a one-of-a-kind memory no matter what, we’ve had many of our HSP couples turn their proposal into a full out-of-town weekend event! We know that our couples have loved the extended time away from their normal lives, and it can even preempt the proposal by making the weekend a romantic getaway from the very start!
We know not everyone will make a weekend out of their proposal, but at the very least, take some time out of your busy lives to spend one meal celebrating together. If you can spend 48 hours celebrating, even better!
While we certainly won’t claim to be experts on all things Charlottesville, here are just a few of our favorites in each category as you plan a weekend getaway here in town. We’ve focused mainly on the downtown area since that’s where we live and what we know best! We’ve also arranged each category (roughly) from least to most expensive for your convenience. If you think we left somewhere out, just let us know!
If you aren’t planning on proposing in Charlottesville, but have been reading this blog for all it’s more widely-applicable advice, hopefully this will help you think through all that there is to do and see (and eat) in whatever town you’ll be proposing in!
We hope that this list has given you some great ideas for how to spend a weekend in Charlottesville! Like you read about in Part 3, the proposal itself is only a small part of what could be an incredible day, and now that day will just be part of an unforgettable weekend!
We also hope that this entire series, “A Guy’s Guide to Proposing Well”, has given you some extra confidence and some great ideas when it comes to asking the biggest question you’ll ever ask! We sincerely hope that the proposal goes smoothly, and that we’ve helped you create incredible memories that last a lifetime. As always, if you have any questions about anything, think we missed something, or want help planning your own proposal, please drop us a line at any time!
Hunter + Sarah