Happy Holidays! A Christmas Proposal in Vienna, VA
Congratulations to Dan and Ellie!
Dan and Ellie are friends of Katie from George Mason University, where Katie received her degree in Photography. So, when Dan thought about hiring a photographer to capture his proposal, she immediately came to mind. But, as much as Katie wanted to photograph the special moment, they both knew that seeing Katie with a camera would take the element of surprise away. So, Katie passed along my contact info and I set up a call with Dan.
The plan was for me to be outside the historic part of the Vienna Presbyterian Church after their weekly service. I was going to be “photographing the church” and Dan was going to stop and ask me to take a picture with his phone. I would distract Ellie by asking her questions about the history of the church (or something … I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of gal when acting natural. Anything else would be … unnatural. lol) while Dan got the engagement ring (Ellie’s grandmother’s ring) out of his pocket and got down on one knee.
So, I arrived at the church and quickly grabbed a seat on a ledge to wait for the couple to turn the corner and start the plan. I snapped a few photographs of the church and surrounding area because it was really cute and it was a gorgeous day. I noticed a large group starting to form next to me who seemed to be discussing something about a surprise and organizing where to stand. Clearly, this was the families of the couple. I introduced myself. They’d been given instructions to hide until Dan got down on one knee. Their energy was SO over-the-moon excited that I knew there was no way they would be able to contain themselves.
As soon as Dan and Ellie came around the corner, the family rushed forward - some tearing up, some jumping up and down, some clapping. No point in hiding for me!
Dan got down on one knee and, of course, Ellie said yes!
We stopped by the Vienna Trolley on the way back to their home for a surprise family brunch, with what looked like a mini wedding cake for them to cut - which was good practice for when they tie the knot!
Their house is adorable and has such sweet little details everywhere you look - and, obviously, I couldn't resist taking photos of them. I loved the antique holiday decor and lanterns!
We are so happy for these two to officially spend the rest of their lives together! They are both wondering and we are ecstatic that they found each other!
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Photos from the Harty, a team of lifestyle, wedding, and event photographers, was founded by Sara (Hartenstine) Alepin in 2005 after she graduated with a BA in Art Studio & Education and began working on her MFA in Photography & Digital Imaging. After years of working together, Katie Lingan officially joined the team as lead photographer in 2013.
Over the years, we've learned a lot from capturing - and being a part of - all types of special moments, especially weddings. One thing that has really stuck with us: it's not only important that you love our images - you must also love your photographer. You will spend more time with us on your wedding day than anyone else. So, it's important that you enjoy being around us on your big day!
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xo, Sara + Katie
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