Surprise Proposal ı National Treasury ı Washington, DC
Surprise Proposals are just so exciting!
It's hard not to love a surprise proposal. And, it would have been even harder not to love this one!
We received an email about one week before this proposal was to take place. It was our favorite kind of email - super excited, tons of really thoughtful planning, and very romantic. The goal was to recreate the couple's first date. They had dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill before heading to a concert at DAR Constitution Hall. The plan was perfect; we met in advance, discussed the surprise and how it would unfold - we had it down pat!
Now, if you've been following our blogs for any length of time - or any wedding vendor's blogs, you'll know that nothing really ever goes as planned - and this was certainly no exception! We arrived early and grabbed a seat on a bench in front of the US Department of Treasury. So far, so good! After a few minutes, we were approached by the secret service. Ok, small bump, but not unanticipated - hanging out near the White House with a fairly sizable bag (surprise proposals require a variety of lenses and other equipment so we can be incognito during the process) and looking back and forth while trying not to be noticed as you watch for the couple to approach (because it is a surprise, after all) -- you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know why the whole secret service issue had already been accounted for. We are based in Washington, DC, and this isn't our first rodeo.
We did not anticipate, however, that there would be a bomb threat. Someone had left a bag about 20 feet from us, right in the middle of Lafayette Square. The area was being locked down and our surprise proposal was only minutes away. We shot off a fast text and called an audible, which included a drink at Old Ebbitt Grill and a fast phone call from the restroom to discuss back-up plans if Lafayette Square remained closed for the duration of the evening. As if proposing isn't stressful enough!
Eventually, the secret service allowed everyone back in and the proposal was flawless (if not with a little bit of extra nervousness) and she was beyond thrilled with the custom engagement ring that had been designed for her. Hooray!
Afterward, we headed to a surprise engagement party with the couple and then to a suite at The Willard Hotel. Pollyanna Events had created some beautiful signage and decorated the room - it was just stunning! Champagne, flowers everywhere - the romance was palpable! We'd expect nothing less from Pollyanna Events, though!
We couldn't be happier for this pair and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for them! Congratulations! We wish you two all the best!
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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!
So, keep reading to get to know us better. If you like what you read and like what you see, please reach out to us. We look forward to meeting you!
xo, Sara + Katie
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