Michael's Proposal to Anastasia at The Chanler

Michael’s Proposal to Anastasia at The Chanler

Michael's Proposal to Anastasia at The Chanler

Michael’s Proposal to Anastasia at The Chanler

Photographing a surprise proposal in a hotel room at  The Chanler

When Michael contacted me to photograph his proposal at The Chanler hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, I thought it would be straightforward. But his plan was to propose in a hotel room, not on the property. I was initially uncomfortable with this idea, but I became more confident as we discussed it further.

Michael had booked the Martha’s Vineyard Ocean Villa, which had a deck with stunning views of Easton’s Beach and Cliff Walk. We looked at photos of the room on the hotel’s website, and Michael wanted to recreate that backdrop for his proposal.

I was worried about the lighting. If it was a sunny night, the deck and courtyard would be dark, while the beach would be bright. I knew that I couldn’t use HDR photography, so I hoped for an overcast night.

Michael explained that the only way to access the room was through the courtyard. He planned to meet me in the room, collect Anastasia, and walk her through the courtyard. I would then shoot from inside the room as soon as they arrived on the deck.

I was only partially confident that I would get a great shot, but I was optimistic about the surprise plan.

On the day of the proposal, the weather was overcast, perfect for my needs. I texted Michael when I left for the hotel, and he met me in the lobby to take me to the room. The hotel staff would meet Anastasia and bring her to the room.

Michael decorated the deck with rose petals and candles while I hid behind the bed to wait for Anastasia. I heard the courtyard door open, and I knew she was here.

Micheal didn’t delay the proposal, knowing that Anastasia would figure it out when she saw the rose petals. I didn’t have a great view from my hiding spot, but I stood up with my camera when I saw Anastasia face Michael.

I captured the rose petal-lined proposal, including the spectacular view, as we hoped.

A sure sign that a proposal was a surprise is when you hear the words, “My nails!” Anastasia had a nail and hair appointment three days after the proposal.

Well done, Michael!

About The Chanler

The Chanler at Cliff Walk: A Luxurious Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island

The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a luxury hotel located on the famed Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Originally built in 1873 as a summer home for New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler and his wife, Margaret Astor Ward, the mansion was transformed into a hotel in 2003.

The Chanler offers guests a unique blend of contemporary serenity and Gilded Age elegance. The hotel’s 20 guest rooms and villas are individually decorated in a variety of historical periods, from the seaside serenity of the Nantucket Ocean Villa to the quaint colonial charm of the Williamsburg Room. All rooms feature custom linens and upholstery, as well as distinguished designs that reflect Newport’s rich history.

In addition to its luxurious accommodations, The Chanler also offers a number of amenities, including:

  • Complimentary house car service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A heated outdoor pool
  • A fitness center
  • A spa
  • A fine-dining restaurant, Cara, which offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and an open kitchen featuring a custom-crafted French Bonnet cooking suite

The Chanler’s location on Cliff Walk makes it an ideal base for exploring Newport’s many historic mansions and other attractions. The hotel is also within walking distance of downtown Newport, where guests can find a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Overall, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a unique and luxurious hotel that offers guests a chance to experience Newport’s rich history and culture in style.

If you would like to learn more about surprise proposal photoshoots, pop-over to the Proposal/Engagement web page for details on pricing and lots of information for planning the perfect surprise proposal.


After photographing many, many, surprise proposals…

Never do anything different. A behaviour change will give the game away!

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