Sunrise National Mall Engagement Session in Washington, D.C

4 AM, May 5, 2018, Washington DC. I woke up to a radar of complete red over the entire city. I was in DC for only a few hours, and I was heading to photograph one of the most special sessions to date, the engagement of Nicole and Michael. Nothing was going to stop us, though. Umbrellas in hand, we headed out for their National Mall engagement session. What did we find? Clear skies with sunrise. Not a soul in sight. We had the entire mall to ourselves to celebrate the love that Nicole and Michael have for each other. This was one of the most amazing sessions I have ever done and I’m so thankful to have had the SWEETEST couple!!

I first met Nicole during the wedding of her brother, Drew, and her new sister-in-law, Jacqueline, in January of 2017. I was photographing their wedding and Nicole was a bridesmaid. She was so sweet and fun. Little did I know, Michael was also there! When I opened up my weddings to other states, Nicole immediately emailed and said that she had just gotten engaged and wanted to become part of the family. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to get to know them better and be a part of their day!

National Mall Engagement Session

Nicole and Michael met on the dating app Hinge. After talking for a little on the app and via text, they went on their first date to a local coffee bar in downtown Arlington, Virginia. They realized they both loved spending time together and never wanted to stop.

Michael was finally ready to propose after three years of dating. He planned a whole day together, after asking permission from her parents. After a day of breakfast in bed, decorating the Christmas tree, a couples massage, a gift basket of goodies for Nicole, and spending time with some friends, Michael suggested they go to Saturday night Mass. As a devout Catholic, Nicole couldn’t say no! He proposed on their walk over to Mass, on the beautiful snowy trail!

Michael did extensive research on purchasing the ring including research online. He knew she liked more simple designs (no halos), and had some help from a friend. She loves the diamond shape, which makes it a little unique, but still classic. She’s still obsessed!

Nicole and Michael will be getting married on September 1, 2018 in Northern Virginia. Enjoy a peek at our National Mall engagement session featuring the Constitution Gardens, Smithsonian Gardens, and Jefferson Memorial!

PS: Nicole’s Constitution Gardens dress is from Rent the Runway! If you want a stylish piece for your session that won’t break the bank and you can return it when you are done, click here for $30 off your order!

Washington DC Engagement Session

National Mall Engagement Session

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