If you have yet to pop the question to your beloved, give some consideration to hiring a Washington, DC photographer to document the moment for you. The idea of having a third person present at such a significant step in your relationship might seem odd to you, of course. We certainly do understand if you prefer to propose in private. However, if you are comfortable with having someone else around at that moment, it can be well worth it. Photos of you proposing and images of your future spouse accepting will help you relive those happy memories forever and ever.
For our part, we love it when our wedding and engagement clients book us for surprise proposal photos. It gives us a chance as DC wedding photographers who specialize in moments to create epic photography for you. Surprise proposals produce such a meaningful gamut of emotions that every second gives another chance to deliver something spectacular on film to you.
The opportunity to create starts with the moment when you and your future spouse arrive at the location. Anticipation hangs thick in the air, even though your beloved generally has no idea what is about to happen.
That gives way to surprise. When you go down on one knee and pull out the ring, your intended usually lets out a shout. Then comes an outpouring of love and affection. The two of you embrace, and “I love you’s” are exchanged. One or both of you will almost certainly shed some tears of joy.
Every single one of the emotions that you and your future spouse experience during those few minutes will be beautiful. For that reason, your Washington, DC wedding photographer must be a flurry of activity as the scene plays out. We have to capture your intended’s look of puzzlement when they arrive at the location you have set up. Then the photographer needs to get in position to photograph you making the proposal. At the same time, we need to take a picture of your beloved reacting to that. Then we need to get images of both of you as you hug. At times like that, we are especially glad to be a husband-and-wife team of DC wedding photographers. Working together is particularly advantageous during surprise proposals, because we can quite easily cover the entire proceedings.
We photographed this particular proposal at the United Unions Building in downtown Washington. It is one of DC’s hidden gems when it comes to wedding and engagement photography. Because the edifice is just a few blocks from the National Mall, it has an unparalleled view of that icon of the Nation’s Capital. From the roof, one gets an unobstructed look at the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, the United Unions Building is not typically used as a wedding venue. In this specific case, the father of the future groom was able to use the building’s event space thanks to his work contacts.
Prior to popping the question, the groom-to-be to be spent considerable time setting up one of the venue’s private rooms. He decorated the entire space with pictures of their family members. Below each image was a handwritten note to the bride-to-be from the persons depicted in the photo. It was one of the sweetest preludes to a proposal that we had ever scene.
The future bride clearly thought so as well. Her initial reaction as she entered the room was befuddlement. But that instantly turned to delight as she saw what her fiancé had arranged for her. We caught on film her eyes lighting up when she realized what it all meant and what was coming next. We also photographed the moment when her man asked her to become his wife. Then we got this shot, which was one of our favorites from the event. It was the moment just after the bride-to-be said, “yes.” It was when she leapt into her future husband’s arms and started to cry tears of happiness. He kissed her on the cheek, adding another layer of tenderness to the image. We clicked our shutters and immortalized the moment forever.
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