We have always wanted to either photograph a wedding or an engagement session on the 4th of July. So when the opportunity arouse to document a surprise proposal on America's birthday we jumped at the chance.
The future bride and groom met while they were both at the University at Southern Mississippi and fell in love.
After graduation and applying for medical school the groom to be wanted to propose to his girlfriend before leaving. With the help of their families he bought her the perfect engagement ring and came to D.C. where she was vacationing with her family for her sister's 18th birthday.
He and his family chose the United Unions building in downtown D.C. which provided a perfect view of the National Mall as a backdrop for their subsequent engagement session.
We were in place with our cameras waiting for him to bring her to up to a room off to the side of the rooftop and pop the question. As he got down on one knee and asked her to become his wife we captured their emotions on film.
After they had shared the news of their engagement with their families we stepped outside onto the surrounding balcony where the fireworks were about to start. As the sky lit up in vibrant greens, reds, yellows and blues we took a few more images of the future Mr and Mrs.