I love a good wedding proposal in Washington DC area story, especially when they involve a secret photographer waiting in the background to capture it all! One of those smart grooms-to-be is Brian who, with the help of local photographer {astrid} photography, planned a surprise proposal for Emily in Old Town Alexandria. While Emily and Brian walked around the park with their adorable pup, Astrid approached them pretending to be a dog photographer asking to snap a few shots. We’ll let Astrid tell you the rest…

Brian had been emailing me for weeks trying to come up with a good plan to surprise Emily. So the morning of the proposal, I was walking around this little park area of Old Town Alexandria pretending to take pictures of the water. When they walked up, I eagerly started playing with their dog, explaining to Emily that I was actually a dog photographer and asked if she would mind if I took a few photographs.

I kept chatting along with her (barely making eye contact with Brian since I was paranoid) and started shooting. First up close, then I backed up further and further away (which Brian knew that meant he was in a good lighting location and could do it anytime) until I saw him get down on one knee. Of course she was completely surprised and I loved the reaction we caught on camera!


Congratulations Emily and Brian!

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Photo Credits: {astrid} photography

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