Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of being part of countless couples’ most intimate and joyous moments in Northern Michigan’s most stunning landscapes. This past weekend was no exception, as I had the honor of photographing three beautiful proposals. Northern Michigan offers an array of locations that make each proposal unique and memorable. Here are some inspirational ideas for planning your perfect proposal in this beautiful region.



Top Locations for a Memorable Proposal

Sleeping Bear Dunes:

    • Why It’s Special: The expansive sand dunes and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan provide a dramatic and picturesque backdrop.
    • Tips: Consider proposing at sunset to capture the stunning colors and serene atmosphere. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive offers several overlooks perfect for a private moment.



Old Mission Peninsula:

    • Why It’s Special: Known for its rolling vineyards and charming lighthouses, this area combines natural beauty with a touch of historical charm.
    • Tips: Propose at the Mission Point Lighthouse, where the views of the water are spectacular. A picnic at one of the local wineries can add a romantic touch to your day.



Empire Bluff Trail:

    • Why It’s Special: This trail offers a relatively easy hike with a rewarding view of Lake Michigan from the bluff.
    • Tips: The overlook at the end of the trail is an ideal spot for a proposal. Plan a morning hike to enjoy the tranquility and soft lighting.



Torch Lake:

    • Why It’s Special: Known for its crystal-clear, turquoise waters, Torch Lake is often compared to the Caribbean.
    • Tips: Rent a boat and propose on the water for a unique and private experience. The sandbar at the south end of the lake is a popular spot for a fun, celebratory atmosphere.



Inspiration for Your Proposal

  • Personal Touches: Incorporate elements that are meaningful to your relationship. This could be a favorite song playing in the background, a location where you shared a special memory, or a surprise element like a hidden note or personalized props.
  • Capture the Moment: Hire a professional photographer to discreetly capture the proposal. Having these memories documented will allow you to relive the moment and share it with loved ones.
  • Celebrate Afterwards: Plan a celebration to follow the proposal. This could be a private dinner, a picnic with champagne, or a small gathering with close friends and family.



Reaching the milestone of 100 proposals is a testament to the countless love stories I’ve been honored to document in Northern Michigan. Each proposal is unique, filled with emotion and joy, and I am grateful to be a part of these special moments. If you’re planning a proposal and want to ensure it’s unforgettable, Northern Michigan offers a variety of stunning locations and opportunities to make your moment truly special.

Contact me today to plan your proposal adventure.

Josh Hartman – Traverse City Proposal Photographer