One tip for anyone getting ready to propose to the love of their life – hire a photographer to capture the surprise moment! We absolute love being able to have a behind the scenes look at Wasi and Farheen’s DC wedding proposal from Akbar Sayed Photography. Here is a look at what went into capturing such a special, yet secret, moment from the DC wedding photographer himself!

“Wasi contacted me and explained that he wanted the moment that he proposed to his love captured. Wasi is from Toronto and Farheen is from Bangladesh and would be in DC for a cousin’s wedding and it just so happened that he was coming down for a friend’s graduation at the same time. Not being a local, he relied on me to come up with a plan of action that would set the stage for a iconic DC proposal.  He told me ahead of time that he planned to take her out for a picnic and then wanted to end the day with the proposal.  I immediately thought that he should have his picnic on the Washington Monument lawn followed by a proposal with the Monument as the backdrop.”

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“In a effort to not tip Farheen off, I made sure to look as touristy as possible and also brought a long range zoom lens along.  Even with the zoom lens, I needed to get closer so I had to improvise a bit.  I found a couple of sisters who were taking pictures on the lawn, so  I told them Wasi’s proposal plan and that I needed to get closer.  As soon as they found out about the surprise proposal plan they were more than happy to help. As they made their way down past the reflecting pool I was on the other side of the water. Once again, some strangers were happy to help disguise me! On a side note, aside from the actual proposal the willingness of people to help was one of my favorite takeaways of the day.  Once Wasi and Farheen made their way to the pre-planned spot, Wasi got down on one knee, proposed with a beautiful ring from Tiffany’s and the rest is history!

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