A man kisses his soon to be wife on the top of the red rocks at sunset.

Your complete guide to proposing in Sedona, Arizona

The who, when, and what’s of proposing from a local adventure photographer in Sedona


Where to Propose in Sedona

The top proposal locations in Sedona are pretty much the same as the best trails to hike in the area or the best elopement locations. The three most popular locations to propose are:

When is the best time to propose at these locations?

These locations are the most popular by far due to their epic views. Devil’s Bridge is a 4-mile hike that can be shorter if you off-road part of it. I suggest my couples propose here at sunrise to avoid the large crowds and lines to take photos on the bridge; this way you get privacy and good light. Cathedral Rock is a 1-mile hike/scramble up a popular vortex spot known for its sunset cliff view. I recommend my couples propose here at sunset just because the light is incredible. Merry Go Round is reachable by a Jeep ride or tour, or you can get there by hiking 6 miles. This location is also best at sunset! If you are proposing at any of these locations, I recommend considering a weekday for even less crowds (and for sure not a holiday!)

If you are looking for a private location for your proposal in Sedona check out these options:

These locations are less crowded but also offer more options to kind of find your own quiet nook for the big moment! Many resorts also offer options for proposals that can be mostly 100% private like L’Auberge.

Or you could take a day trip from Sedona for your proposal and visit Horseshoe Bend….

Horseshoe Bend is a large tourist attraction in Page, Arizona. It is a hot spot for proposals, and for good reason! It is a romantic place to catch the sunset and take in massive rock walls of the desert. It is a short walk with big rewards. The drive from Sedona is 3 hours one way so it is a great day trip to check out Flagstaff, see Lake Powell, and end at Horseshoe popping the big question! Sunset is for sure the best time here, and again, try for a weekday!

Outside of just asking the question here are some Sedona Proposal Ideas!

  • Take a hike! As you see above, a very common way to ask the question here in Sedona is to hike to a great view and then get down on one knee!
  • Rock climb! Imagine getting to the top of a spire and asking your partner’s hand, or you could climb before or after to make for a full epic day!
  • Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise! You could propose while in the hot air balloon, before you get in, or at the end of the ride when they hand you a glass of champagne!
  • Off-road! We mentioned Merry Go Round, but there are many places to off-road here to cool locations and you can take a Jeep, a dune buggy, or other off road toy.
  • Have a picnic! You can plan to go on a picnic or surprise your partner with one! Here at Adventure & Vow we offer options where we will hike in before you and set up a full set up with food and drink, candles (if there is not a fire ban), and/or music!
  • Go wine tasting at one of the many wineries near Sedona in Cottonwood, Verde Valley, or Cornville!
  • As I mentioned above, take a day trip! Maybe Horseshoe Bend is not your cup of tea; you could look into the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Rim Country, or several other options.

**keep scrolling for more planning tips and info**

A couple watches the hot air balloons at sunrise during their proposal session.

Working with your Sedona Proposal Photographer to help you plan this special moment!

Everything I am telling you here is based on working with us at Adventure & Vow for your proposal. I cannot speak on behalf of other photographers, but I can give some good advice 🙂 Capturing this moment is so much more worth it than having a by-chance phone photo you can’t print. Hiring a photographer for your proposal can be so helpful when it comes to planning, putting the plan into action the day of, and of course preserving this moment in time to share with your friends and family. So how getting your proposal photographed work? Here at Adventure & Vow we recommend a few different ways to go about it:

  • Hire a photographer to capture the proposal as a total surprise!

Maybe the two of you already have plans for a hike or to go to dinner? You can call us (AKA your photographer!) Basically this option works by you telling me where you want to propose and already having a plan in the works with your partner to go to this location. Then I let you know what time will the BEST time to propose there based on light, crowds, and more. Then you try to get your partner there for that time. Sometimes you can get a plan together and it all goes perfect! Sometimes the timing may be different than the ideal, but that doesn’t make the moment any less perfect! If this is your plan and you want your partner to dress nice, but don’t want to spoil the surprise, the best thing to do to is have a brunch or dinner plan set for right after the hike/proposal! Then they don’t suspect anything and you don’t have to give any direction on attire.

  • Hire a photographer for a setup at the proposal location!

This is still a surprise in a way, but as soon as they see the setup the surprise is usually over. This is a little more involved than selecting a location and just making sure to be there at the same time. A great example of this is a recent proposal we shot where we hiked in prior to the couple and set up a blanket with a basket of fruit and pastries with champagne, orange juice, and string lights so the person proposing could easily spot the setup. Their sunrise picnic was set up right where all of the hot air balloons take off in Sedona for a great morning start before they headed to brunch and more hiking in Sedona. This could be an option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert! Other things that could be set up in Sedona are banners, music, lights, or flower petals as long as it is a location that is not super windy and all petals get picked up after the event.

  • Hire a photographer to do a couples session and then propose during the session!

This method is great if you are okay with there not being a huge element of surprise or if your partner will think nothing of doing a couples session together! Maybe you have been wanting to do pictures together for a while, or maybe it’s an anniversary, or maybe you’ve planned to go to Sedona for a long time and you can play the “no big deal, I booked us a couples session” card. If photos are a totally normal part of your relationship, like how Annie and John that I photographed at Cathedral Rock do couples sessions all the time with photographers back in their hometown, then they wont blink an eye! If you are going about it this way I suggest popping the question at the end of the session because at this point you are both comfortable with me (the photographer) and being in front of the camera. Also, they’re less likely to suspect anything if you do it at the very end. If you are feeling really nervous, I recommend proposing at the start of the session so you can both enjoy it!

Once you decide which way you want to go about getting the proposal photographed, leave the rest up to me to help you plan, navigate, and make sure everything goes perfect!

What to wear for your proposal photos in Sedona!

If you have any control over what you and your partner will be wearing for this big moment, here are some outfit tips! If you have no control don’t worry about it, this moment is about you two and your love, not about what you are wearing.

  • Casual

    Sedona is mostly red rocks and juniper trees so colors like black, teal, tan, white, blush, navy, dark green, and burgundy all look great! If you are dressing casual, try to avoid any loud patterns or things with big bold words on them. No matter what, you’ll be able to control what you wear, so think solid, natural tones for your outfit. Avoid wearing a hat unless its a toboggan (beanie) so I don’t lose your face to shadows when taking photos.

  • Dressy

    If you are planning to propose while on a couples session, or for some reason you plan to dress dressy for this moment, there are a few things you want to consider. If you are are a fella, make sure your pants aren’t too tight! Yes, this is a thing, I have seen someone rip their pants front-to-back, make sure you can get on one knee easily! If you are hiking to the location in your dressy clothes, make sure you can easily move around and make sure to still wear hiking shoes!!! You can always change into a different shoe once you are at the location if desired 🙂 The same colors apply here as the casual attire.

Sedona Proposal Packages

Ready to do the thing?! We are here for you and can’t wait to help bring your plans alive and capture this special moment for you to get to relive the rest of your lifetime together. Below are our package options!

Adventure and Vow is available for proposal bookings around their elopement schedule. During the Fall to Spring we are available in Arizona + Southern Utah. Our proposal start at $1000 and go up depending on location, planning needed and how much time is needed.

A portrait of a sedona photographer smiling at the camera on a summer day.

Hey there! I am your all-in gal ready to help you plan and document your proposal!

Here at Adventure & Vow we believe adventure is a lifestyle and something two people can be deeply rooted in shaping their relationship and life. We are here to capture all moments of your relationship from dating, proposal, engagement to elopement! I am in your all-in planner, Bill is the all-in carry whatever you want up a mountain, spire, etc. We are about it. When it comes to photography here we believe it’s the most beautiful way to truly capture who you two are as a couple and preserve moments in time that tell your story throughout your life. If you have a dream we will make it happen, just reach out and let the planning begin!

A women covers her face as she gets proposed to.
A couples hands showcasing the engagement ring.

16 Responses

  1. This is an AWESOME resource for proposal information in Sedona!! You clearly have lots of knowledge in this region so any couple would be lucky to have you capture their proposal!!

  2. This is such a useful guide to photography and proposal locations in Sedona. I had no idea there was wine tasting nearby, and I think the fact that you have a picnic add-on to any proposal is just going above and beyond – so thoughtful!

  3. It’s so cool you get to capture all these proposals in Sedona! An awesome place–and this is awesome advice. Go you!!!

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