I’ve planned and photographed A LOT of proposals in Austin (more than 85 🤯). It’s kinda my thing. So I created a list of my favorite proposal locations in and around Austin to help the couples I’m working with and anyone else who finds this post!
Are you looking for a quirky downtown location? Or a private, romantic spot in nature? This list will have what you’re looking for and help spark ideas of your own!
Need help planning your proposal and want awesome photos? Just ask!
I get the most requests for proposals at Mount Bonnell. It’s the most popular place to propose in Austin, by far, and I see why! I only recommend proposing here on weekdays, because it gets pretty crowded on weekends.
This view of the Pennybacker aka “360” Bridge is a classic Austin spot. It’s popularity makes it crowded though, so it’s important to consider the time of day and to find the right spot at the top of the overlook. This spot is also best on weekdays.
This hotel in west Austin has a great view of the hill country. Plus, you can eat at their restaurants afterwards, throw an afterparty in their reception hall, or spend a long weekend relaxing or golfing at the resort.
There are so many great places to propose in the Auditorium Shores (Vic Mathias Shores) area. The Skyline Theater (pictured above) has beautiful columns that frame the skyline view. The field in front of this spot has the best skyline view in Austin.
Next door to Auditorium Shores you’ll also find…
Another viewpoint of the downtown skyline, right next to the Long Center and Auditorium Shores.
Another classic park and view of downtown Austin. Super dog friendly!
Ok, it isn’t a skyline view, but this seems like a good time to suggest proposing at the capitol!
The University of Texas campus has gorgeous architecture and is a special place for lots of UT grads!
Note that several of these locations also have a downtown skyline view!
YES. The boardwalk! I seriously love proposals here. You’re right on the water, have a beautiful private view of downtown Austin, and it’s not nearly as crowded as other areas of the Town Lake trail.
McKinney Falls has beautiful streams and waterfalls. It can be crowded during certain times, so it’s important to work with your photographer and hear their advice about dates and timing.
The trail along Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake) is one of the most “Austiny” places around. There are tons of spots along the trail that would be great for a proposal.
Lake Travis is huge, and there are tons of scenic places you could propose along the shore, at a restaurant like The Oasis, or (like in the photo below) on a boat dock.
This park is about 30 miles west of Austin, but it’s worth the drive to find its beautiful rocky cliff-sides.
This is one of the most photographed places in Austin. Because of its popularity, this wall almost ALWAYS has a crowd of people waiting to take pictures with it. Proposing here in the morning will help, but if you want a private proposal, this probably isn’t the spot for you.
It’s a cute proposal spot for couples who have a quirky sense of humor. This wall is on the side of a building in East Austin, not too far from a semi-busy road, so know that the surroundings are not the most romantic, if you care about that.
This park/garden has a ton of variety and unique spots to propose, including the waterfall in the photo below. It’s well maintained and looks beautiful and green year-round. The park requires a fee of $50 to take photos there.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a beautiful park and nature preserve, and it’s usually not too crowded. It’s a wonderful place to propose, and if you want to bring a photographer along (what’s up?) they require a $100 fee and reservation, but it’s totally worth it!
If you want to guarantee a private proposal, it’s a great idea to rent a venue for an hour or two!
This hidden greenhouse is beautiful and super romantic.
I LOVE this venue. It’s one of my favorite places in town for photo sessions, and it’s also amazing for proposals. I recommend this location for guys who KNOW their girl will love a truly unique location, in an almost completely private setting, and that will make extremely cute photos.
Mattie’s is a restaurant in an old farmhouse/ early 1900’s mansion in South Austin. There are certain times of the day when the restaurant is closed but the grounds are open for photo sessions, including proposals!
The Texas hill country is known for its amazing wineries, and Duchman Family Winery is one of the best. Imagine proposing after a private wine tasting and winery tour, or while strolling through their vineyard 😍
I love love love this venue for proposals. The chapel is on top of a cliffside overlooking the hill country. Renting Chapel Dulcinea is actually FREE, but the time slots can fill up fast, because it’s a popular location for small weddings. You’ll need to contact the venue well ahead of time to check their availability.
I hope this list has your mind racing with ideas, and that the vision for your proposal is getting a bit more clear. If you’re overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, let me assure you that it’s totally normal to feel that way. When deciding on a location, the first step is think about the things you love to do together. When in doubt, keep it simple and personalized.
If you want to talk with me about your ideas and ask about proposal photography, send me a message! – Lauren