Tofino is not only a perfect destination for a wedding; seeing up to 600 marriages a year, but it probably gets about triple as many engagements. Wind swept beaches and lush green rain forests are the perfect setting for romance and Paul wasn’t wasting anymore time after eight years of being with his beautiful Elizabeth. So, he contacted a photographer that knew the area and they went to work to plan the perfect proposal.
Paul decided on a breathtaking spot surrounded by crashing waves at Cox Bay. He also made dinner reservations at Long Beach Lodge so they could enjoy a delicious meal on the beach afterwards. The stage was set, Elizabeth had no idea and Paul got down on bended knee and presented a beautiful ring to Elizabeth. It was perfect. The sound of crashing waves, birds flying over head, a salty fresh mist, and then the sky opened up and gorgeous sun rays filtered through the clouds, bringing warmth and certainty to their commitment.
Photography by Marnie Recker Photography
8 things to consider when planning the perfect proposal.
1. Know the location.
Chances are that you may already have a special beach or spot on the coast that you want to do the proposal. But it’s sometimes a great idea to have a local help you decide on the best spot. Local wedding coordinators and photographers are great people to contact.
2. Know the tides.
This become especially important in the winter time when high tide can mean that there is no beach to propose on. In which case, you will want to find higher ground with a great view.
3. Have a backup plan.
It rains in Tofino. Rain, hail, and gail force winds happen and you need to know what the next best location is. Sometimes, you might have to call off the outdoor proposal. It’s important that you are both comfortable and there are plenty of beautiful restaurants with awesome views that make for great proposal settings. The ring in a wine glass as you sit around a roaring fire overlooking the storm or the ring with a special desert prepared by a top chef. Backup plans can be just as incredible.
4. Have an after plan.
You will want to do something fun after! You’ll have lots to celebrate and talk about. Make reservations at a great restaurant or book a trip to the hot springs.
5. If you are staying for a few days, propose on the first day.
This way you are not thinking about it the whole trip and give you plenty to celebrate during the trip.
6. Speak from the heart.
It’s good to plan a little of what you are going to say, but in the moment, really speak from your heart. Tell her what you love about her and why you want to spend the rest of your life with her. Share with her your favourite memories of your relationship together and share what you see your future life to be like.
7. Get Creative.
A proposal can be as simple as getting down on bended knee surrounded by the powerful nature of Tofino. But how about, a message in a bottle washed up on the beach or hire a scenic helicopter ride and have it written in the sand below. There’s no limits to what you can do!
8. Breath. Relax. You got this!
If you are nervous, fidgeting, thinking about the ring in your pocket, or worrying that she will say no, she will start to get suspicious. It’s going to be difficult to be totally calm and collected, but you need to keep your cool or she will know. You’ve put in the work to plan this, so don’t worry. Just breath, relax and have fun!