As a photographer, I get quite a few inquiries to take photos of surprise proposals in Provence. It’s so much fun! I offer suggestions for romantic spots that are easy to find (to make sure I don’t miss the moment) as well as a bottle of champagne! The landscapes of this part of the world lend themselves perfectly to that dreamy, exciting moment.
Here is my list of the best spots in Provence to pop the question:
For the view:
Both of these suggestions are castle ruins. They’re perfect because they have gorgeous views while having big enough grounds to find a quiet spot away from anyone else.
Château les Baux de Provence
This Chateau crowns a medieval hilltop town. It looks out over Les Alpilles mountains and national park. The valley hasn’t changed since Roman times when olives and vines were planted here in abundance. The capital of all things olive oil, there are plenty of romantic places to go to for a special lunch or dinner to celebrate your moment.
Saint Saturnin les Apt
This spot in the upper Luberon national park requires a bit of a hike to reach the medieval fortress. Once up there, you’ll have access to views of the Luberon as well as find the ruins of a castle that spanned many centuries and it’s 11th-century chapel.
For the Architecture:
Hotel de Baumaniere
Personally, I find that the backdrop of the manor house at Baumaniere hotel in Les Baux de Provence is a magnificent backdrop. It’s also usually quiet and located next to a gorgeous restaurant. What else could you ask for?
This beautiful village showcases a distinctive style of drystone. The shutters and doors are varying shades of blue and green. The cobblestone streets are ideal if you’re looking for that idyllic European romantic flavour.
For Iconic Provence
Oh, those rows and rows of romantic violet, fragrant flowers. What could be more perfect? The problem is that the fields can be tricky for a number of reasons. If it’s a surprise, which I hope it is, you’ll definitely need someone on the ground (like me?) making sure the flowers haven’t been cut the day of the proposal. Lavander is only around about 3 weeks of the year. The flowers are cut when the flowers are blooming at their fullest. It can be tricky to coordinate if you’re planning on a big surprise unless you have someone checking for you.
Le Rocher des Singes, Gordes
This is the lookout over the gorgeous hilltop town of Gordes. It is absolutely ideal. I honestly couldn’t think of a better spot. The only tricky thing is that it’s quite popular during most of the year. If you’re not shy- this is not a problem. If you’d rather something more private, read on.
For the Playful
Sunflowers, like lavender, can be fickle things. They’re only around for a short period of time and can be tricky to track down. You’ll find many expansive fields around Arles. If you’re looking for a beautiful photo, the best would be to ask your photographer’s advice as not all sunflowers are created equal. They also, of course, follow the sun. Knowing what time of day to ask your big question is key.
For the Quiet Romantic
Personally, I’m in love with olive groves, never mind potential men that may ask for my hand in the dappled light of the groves… The rows of trees are expansive for privacy, provide beautiful lighting and are oh so Provence.
Please feel free to add your suggestions! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you’re planning on proposing in the Provence area, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.