10+ Awesome Marriage Proposal Ideas in California

Today we take love to the West where the skies are golden and the waters clear, where every marriage proposal takes place in front of a breathtaking backdrop. These California coast proposals highlight all of the magic found out there, from the mountaintops to the sandy beaches. Read on to hear HowHeAsked’s picks for the best marriage proposal ideas in California:

California Coast Proposal

This California coast proposal has all the makings for a peaceful and romantic moment. Take your girl on a quiet walk down the beach and surprise her as the soft afternoon light makes this memory really shine.

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Marriage Proposal Ideas in California Photos by: Cami at Cami Jane Photography

Surprise Beach Proposal

Turn a family day of fun at the beach into an afternoon you’ll never forget. Cute sunglasses? Check. Adorable bathing suits? Check. Family surrounding you and ready to celebrate? Check and check, in this Surprise Beach Proposal.

Beach_ProposalPhotos by Nathan Hutchcraft

Message in a Bottle

This one will take a lot of coordinating and you’ll need the cooperation of some of her best friends. Create a message in a bottle with a poem inside that leads her to the dock where you’ll be waiting, ring in hand. Example here: Message In a Bottle Marriage Proposal.

Marriage Proposal Ideas in CaliforniaPhotos and Video by Jenna Joseph Photography

Hiking Proposal at Big Sur

So you’re the outdoorsy type? Pop the question at the height of your climb and make sure to have a photographer hidden a distance away, like this Hiking Proposal at Big Sur.

Big_Sur_Hiking_ProposalPhotos by Laura Hernandez Photography

Cliffside Proposal

For that spectacular view without the workout clothes and shoes, take her to a cliffside beach. The smiles say it all in this cliffside proposal video.

Cliffside_Proposal in CaliforniaPhotos by Dylan Razo

Barbershop Quartet Beach Proposal

Get the guys together in matching outfits and propose to the tune of something sweet. Guaranteed tears of happiness: Barbershop Quartet Beach Proposal

Barbershop_Quartet_Beach_ProposalPhotos by Tyler Branch Photo

La Jolla Proposal

Nothing says romance like a private proposal with the waves crashing around you. Perfection.

La_Jolla_ProposalPhotos by Jenna Joseph Photography

San Francisco Bay Marriage Proposal

A simple proposal at it’s finest. She’s rocking that topknot and that killer smile. See this San Francisco Marriage proposal.

San_Francisco_BayPhotos by JC Page Photographers

Big Bear Mountain

Save the moment for a winter camping trip and ask her for her hand on a snowy day.  Matching plaid shirts not required (though it was super cute in this Big Bear Mountain Proposal)

Big Bear Mountain

Red Rock Canyon

This photo makes my heart stop. What better way to say yesRed Rock Canyon Marriage Proposal

Red_Rock_CanyonPhotos by Chelsea Nicole Photography


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