... her face lighting up when she sees you - opening a little wooden box, in a perfect spot, with an utterly jaw-dropping backdrop of Edinburgh City.
And then, enjoying the moment for a few minutes, and then you point out the photographer in the distance, who captured it all on camera. The intimate moment, her smile, her surprise and the deep emotion, in a perfect place!
Regardless if you are travelling to Scotland, or if you live here: there are so many beautiful spots in the city for popping the most important question!
I would love to be your "secret agent", the person to ask for ideas, location suggestions, timings, weather.
If you are not familiar with Edinburgh, but have seen photographs, I can give you first-hand information about the locations. I have photographed proposals on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, in Edinburgh Dean Village, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
When I planned a recent proposal for the end of December on Calton Hill, we arranged for a 12 PM proposal near the monument. John from Boston, US contacted me months before the event and he suggested Calton Hill.
I sent him aerial photographs outlining the perfect spot for him and his girlfriend and where I would be for taking photographs. We then exchanged photographs of what we look like and a few days before the big day what we would wear, so we would recognise each other.
When I arrived on Calton Hill, it had been snowing heavily and for me the whole scene was just picture perfect (for photos of this, scroll down). The groom knew that my jacket would be bright reddish-brown, so I was sticking out from the dark winter coats everyone else was wearing. He actually stood beside me and admired the view with his girlfriend and we just nodded to each other while she looked towards the city, not knowing what was about to happen.
My husband is my weather frog and to date, he has always been 100% correct with his predictions. A few days before the planned proposal, we can decide which is the best option and we can even change plans one day before.
There can be a lot of tourists in the most popular spots in Edinburgh. It's best plan your proposal for mid-morning. 9 or 10 AM is a good time. Or later in the afternoon. In summer, evenings are great too.
Quite often all you have to do is wait for a few minutes until most of the people are gone until you propose.
I planned a proposal with a US couple in Dean Village. At the exact time, when they were in the exact spot, they were suddenly surrounded by a group of about 15 tourists who all decided this was the perfect spot to take photographs.
He then made his way to Plan B location and went ahead with the proposal.
Certain parks in Edinburgh require a permission for you to go ahead, in case you want to set up anything, such as candles. Also, in the crucial moment you don't want a park warden coming over asking what you are doing.
I can help you with the locations in Edinburgh as I know where a permission is required.
Just say you have a private tour booked, and I am your tour guide. On the day, we can chat through WhatsApp or SMS.
Talk about a man who will meet you at a certain location. She will not be suspicious if she sees a lady standing around with a camera. No-one has ever noticed me.