Surprise Proposal among the Cherry Blossoms in Vienna, Virginia
What better way is there to propose than with a chrome rose ring box?
A few years ago, Ben bought two chrome rose boxes. He gave one rose to Sarah with earrings inside and saved the other; even though they hadn't been dating too long, he knew he wanted to marry her.
They met while Ben was working at the Nordstrom e-bar in Tysons and she was shopping there. Sarah paid her sister $20 to give him her number. Ben likes to tease that he "was bought." lol
Sarah attends Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, so the couple travels back and forth, but they don't mind - they're just happy when they are together!
After dating for almost four years, Ben knew that it was time and began planning this beautiful proposal for Sarah.
Ben knew he wanted to propose in a romantic, quite spot near the water. Both Sarah and Ben's families have houses on the Potomac River - one in southern Maryland, the other along the northern neck in Virginia. One day, they were looking on google maps and realized that their houses are DIRECTLY across the river from one another! How crazy/adorable is that?!
The proposal was as romantic as can be; they walked through the park, enjoying the cherry blossoms and being together. When they stopped to look at the water, Ben knew it was the right moment. He had hidden the rose in his shirt before popping the question! It took every bit of effort for him to not be obvious that he was hiding something. When Ben pulled the rose out of his pocket, Sarah immediately knew what was happening and couldn't have been happier!
It was perfect! Congratulations, Ben and Sarah! Cheers to a long, happy life together! <3
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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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