Marriage proposal on a boat in Italian Riviera, Porto Venere

Marriage Proposal on a boat in Italian Riviera

If you are looking for a romantic and unforgettable way to propose to your significant other in Italy, a marriage proposal on a boat on the Italian Riviera is hard to beat.

The gorgeous coastline and crystal-clear waters of the Italian Riviera provide the most stunning backdrop for a proposal that your partner will never forget. It’s no surprise that the Italian Riviera is right up there at the top of the list of the best places to propose in Italy.

View of Portovenere, Italian Riviera

A Dreamy Marriage Proposal on a Boat in Italian Riviera

Cinque Terre and beyond

Located in the region of Liguria, the Italian Riviera boasts some of the most breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. The coastline is dotted with charming fishing villages, stunning beaches, and crystal-clear waters. Cinque Terre is one of the most popular destinations along the Italian Riviera, and for good reason, but there are plenty of other places to explore along the coast.

A romantic proposal in Portovenere

When Wayne contacted us to help him capture and plan a surprise proposal for Sheere during their vacation in the Cinque Terre area, he told us how important it was for him to make it really special.

She is a Proposal Planner in Australia and of course, he was extremely committed to making sure that every single detail was “perfect” for her.
His biggest dream was to make her happy and treat her to a day she’ll remember forever.

Coming from abroad for the first time on Italian Riviera, he wanted to propose in a romantic and secluded spot but didn’t know where to start his search and asked for our help as local proposal photographers to plan everything down to the last details.

Couple kissing in front of Portovenere after he proposed on a boat in Italian Riviera

What we planned for Wayne’s intimate proposal in the Italian Riviera

  • A private sunset cruise from La Spezia (the main city near Cinque Terre, which they chose as their base to explore the area easily)
  • A welcome Spritz (the most famous Italian Aperitivo) to be waiting for them on board
  • Handwritten love notes in Italian, with English translation on the back (of course, the last note was the all-important one: “Mi vuoi sposare?” or “Will you marry me?“)
  • One of the most scenic spots along the coast for the proposal (in front of Porto Venere)
  • Tour of the three islands (Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto) to discover caves and the most beautiful and unspoiled locations along the coast that can be reached by boat only
  • The best Prosecco to celebrate (ah, la Dolce Vita!)
  • Their favorite songs playing
  • An engagement photo session in Porto Venere
  • A romantic dinner in the restaurant with the best view over Porto Venere

She said YES in the Italian Riviera

As the boat cruised along the coast, we pointed out the best spots for photos and stopped at one of the most scenic spots in front of Porto Venere for the big moment. After the proposal, we popped open a bottle of the best Prosecco to celebrate and played their favorite songs to let the party begin!

A Romantic Engagement Session in Porto Venere

After the proposal, we took the couple to Porto Venere for their engagement session. Porto Venere is a picturesque fishing village located on the Gulf of Poets, just a few minutes away from Cinque Terre, and it is known for its colorful houses and stunning sea views. It’s the perfect place for a romantic photoshoot.

We walked around the village, taking photos of the couple among dramatic cliffs and charming corners. The warm glow of the sunset provided the perfect lighting for the photos.

The quintessential Italian Proposal

Now, imagine this… A romantic private boat cruise along the stunning Italian Riviera, bubbles, some good music to dance to and have fun while waiting for the sunset, celebrating Love and living la Dolce Vita.

Could you think of something better to ask the love of your life to grow old with you?

Couple on a boat at sunset after a marriage proposal in Portovenere, Italian Riviera

Marriage Proposal on a boat in Italian Riviera

If you’re planning a marriage proposal on the Italian Riviera, or anywhere else in Italy, we would love to be a part of your special moment. As local proposal photographers, we can help you plan the perfect proposal and capture it on camera, so you can cherish the memories forever.

Contact us today to start planning your proposal photoshoot in Italy!

Are you looking for helpful tips to start planning your Cinque Terre proposals? Check out our full guide on Cinque Terre proposals.

We also wrote another guide with tips and inspiration if you want to know more about planning a Cinque Terre boat proposal. Don’t miss it!



We’re a husband & wife photography team based in Cinque Terre, Italy.

Here’s the deal: we’re not your average “proposal photographers”, we’re here to help you create a proposal straight out of an Italian movie.

And guess what? We’re not just there to take amazing photos. We’re your local guides and biggest supporters too, making sure every moment is filled with joy, connection, and that unmistakable Italian Way of embracing life to the fullest.

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So grateful to have found Sara & Ale! Not only did they offer the best advice for my marriage proposal, but they helped put all the plans in place! Going above and beyond made everything so stress-free, especially as we’re from the other side of the world!

I felt so relaxed, knowing that I was in great hands.

We had so much fun with them the whole time, and the photos they took are insane! It was like having great friends with us to celebrate with!

My partner and I still can’t believe how lucky we are to have worked with these two legends.
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We will be forever grateful to Sara and Ale! They are the most beautiful and kind hearted people and so incredibly talented! I have forever dreamt about my proposal, but never dreamt anything remotely as incredible as what they captured and created.
The photos they captured during our proposal (that they also helped plan!) are out of this world amazing!
These two are the ultimate dream team and were delightful to be around celebrating our special moment. Words cannot express how grateful I am.

Planning a Surprise Proposal in Italian Riviera and need support?


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And, when you book your proposal photography session with us, we’re more than happy to provide guidance and support to help you plan your dream proposal in Cinque Terre.

So, relax and let us guide you through this exciting journey of proposing in Cinque Terre.

We’re here to make it a truly memorable and magical experience for you and your partner… Consider us your trusted partners throughout the journey!

Marriage proposal in a village of Italian Riviera

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