Surprise Engagement

Wedding proposal in a hot air balloon

Surprise marriage proposal of Emily and Greg in a hotel air balloon near Gstaad, Switzerland

Surprise Engagement

I have photographed several surprise wedding engagements. Every photo shoot was different!

The weather can be a problem. It is difficult to forecast because of the mountains. The clouds might be covering the mountains. The sun could be in the wrong place. Normally it is possible to change the day for better weather. The sun can be a problem. It can be directly over the mountain peaks. We have to choose the best times.

Your Partner. Although this is a surprise wedding proposal, your partner will want to look their best for the pictures. Women afterwards had wished they had done their make-up and hair.
Perhaps you can plan to go to lunch or an evening meal afterwards. A picnic by the lake. Here are some ideas:

♥ I am unknown to your girlfriend. I keep my distance until it is time for you to propose. Unfortunately, I have no control over the situation. Your girlfriend’s face might be in the sunshine. There could be people walking past in the background etc. Suggest to your girlfriend that you ask me to take a picture of you both with your camera. I can position you both better with the sun and mountains in the background.

♥ Couples photo shoot. Ask your girlfriend to marry you during a photo shoot. We can visit one or more locations. You can give me a signal when you are ready to propose marriage.

Perhaps you can use one othe pictures for “save the date” cards.

Keeping in contact on the day. Check for e-mails before leaving the hotel. I do not have an Internet connection on my mobile phone. I will give you my telephone number. We can send each other SMS messages if we are delayed.

Locations. By the lake or with the mountains in the background. Several locations are closed during the low season. Please check out my website for some ideas →

Below are some packages to give you an idea of the prices. I will have to give you a price. Payment on the day in Swiss Francs.

Proposal 1

We meet somewhere in Interlaken. I am unknown to your girlfriend. You propose marriage and I take the pictures.
Afterwards, you can introduce me to your fiancé. We can take some pictures of you both and the ring. I can also take some pictures with your mobile phone to to message your friends with the happy news!

30 minutes for CHF. 180.- (This is the amount you pay. No hidden costs.)

Location in Interlaken or by Thun lake. You travel with the bus to the location where we can meet.

I will also have to work on the pictures in post production. You can download them afterwards. More information below.

The viewing platform on the Harder Kulm is a popular place but not open during the winter months.

We can also meet elsewhere like Mürren. However there are extra travel costs (cable car, train, etc.). The Allmendhubel is not available during the low season.

Proposal 2

You propose marriage to your girlfriend during a photo shoot. We will visit 2 different locations using my car (mountain and lake). About 3 hours with the travel between locations.
CHF. 300.- (This is the amount you pay. No hidden costs.) Includes post prodiction and web galley. More information below.

More information

Post Production (Editing) (included in the price above).
I shoot in raw format on Nikon D850 and D810 cameras. I will deliver your images in JPG format. Size: 3500 pixels.
There is some work after the photo shoot in post production. I will have to adjust the brightness and contrast on every image.
Perhaps some extra work in Photoshop to remove objects.

Web Gallery (included in the price above).
The files will be available for download from your web gallery at no extra cost to you or your family. Normally it takes 6 – 8 hours.

Payment on the day of the photo shoot. Swiss Francs. No deposit required. There are no hidden costs like sales tax, etc.
I will not send you a contract. We can agree everything by e-mail. Cancellation up to 12 hours before the event.

There are no restrictions on how you use the pictures. There will be no watermarks on the images. Remember to give me the credit as photographer.
You might like to share your experience on this website based in New York:
I will be able to use a few pictures on my website and social media if it is okay with you.