Springtime cherry blossom surprise proposal | Washington DC proposal photography

Who doesn't love a good fairytale love story? When Joe reached out to me from Utah a few months ago about his plans to propose to Heather, one of the first things he told me was how much she loves cherry blossoms. He'd planned a trip for the two of them to DC in the midst of what we hoped would be peak bloom, but anyone who's been in DC this spring knows the weather's been rather... shall we say... capricious, and by the time their trip rolled around, the bloom forecast had been pushed back several times, but an all-too-brief warm spell the last weekend in March helped push the blossoms toward bloom, and I was so excited to meet Joe + Heather at the Smithsonian Castle's Haupt Garden the Saturday of the kite festival. 

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Joe had told Heather they were in town for a conference he needed to attend, but that she could come too! The day he planned to propose, they were supposed to have conference events to attend that night, but they'd have the day to relax and see the District, and meet up with a "friend" that Joe knew through the conference. Well, that friend was me! When Joe + Heather arrived at the garden (the magnolias were STUNNINGLY in full bloom, and the garden was packed with sightseers), we "spilled the beans" that Joe had "actually" booked a photo session to commemorate their trip to DC. Heather was surprised but totally game, and we got some lovely snaps amid the blossoms!

Washington DC proposal photography
Washington DC proposal photography

Then, when Joe and I were feeling comfortable that we'd found the right spot and the moment felt right, I explained to the couple that we were going to practice coming together and kissing for a fun photo, and that I'd "probably have them do it several times". This was the cue! When Joe was ready, on the third or fourth "practice," when Heather turned around, Joe was on one knee with the beautiful cherry blossom-themed ring he'd commissioned. Of course, Heather said yes!

Washington DC proposal photography
Washington DC proposal photography

Once Heather said yes, these two didn't stop glowing all afternoon! As we left the garden, Heather spied the carousel on the National Mall, and we decided a celebratory carousel ride was in order.

Washington DC proposal photography
Washington DC proposal photography

From there, we headed to the Tidal Basin, where the blooms were starting to peek out, and ultimately, Scott Circle (my favorite neighborhood cherry blossom spot) where the blossoms were already fully out in all their glory. Being in the presence of two people glowing with such incredible love and happiness was truly a treat. I love a good proposal, and Joe's was top-notch! They're back in Utah now, but congratulations and many happy returns!

Washington DC proposal photography
Washington DC proposal photography
Washington DC proposal photography
Washington DC proposal photography