Early morning sunrise. A Rent-the-Runway dress. A couple in love. My Meridian Hill engagement session with Sarah and Josh was a dream!
Josh and Sarah have the quintessential DC romance. Roommates and the instability of working in national politics. One evening Sarah sat at home, plopped on the couch. PJs and all. Friend-of-her-roommate-Josh comes over, and Sarah is immediately turned off. He must be weird.
After a night of talking, however, Sarah is intrigued but doesn’t discuss a date. Josh, too, was intrigued. So much so that he asks the weird roommate to help him set up a date. Which he doesn’t.
Sarah and Josh pass on the street several nights later, and Josh doesn’t let the opportunity pass. He asks for Sarah’s phone number.
The romance appears short-lived. Josh receives a political job offer in California, and they decide to just have fun. Within weeks, they were falling in love.
Josh and Sarah met me at sunrise to take their Meridian Hill Engagement photos. I absolutely love this park! It’s right next to the Josephine Butler Parks Center.
Sarah and Josh’s proposal story??? OMG, amazing. Let me share it in Sarah’s words.
“In 2014, Josh and I both realized that we’d have three weeks off at the same time, so we set about planning an awesome trip. After going back on places for a while, we finally settled on Southern Africa. We booked our flights to leave right after Christmas, and set about planning an awesome vacation. We’d been sort of talking for awhile about how we knew we wanted to get married, but Josh never showed any inclination that he was thinking about a ring or any proposal. He even went so far as to tell me that he was not planning to propose to me while we were in Africa because he just didn’t feel comfortable traveling with a diamond. Totally fair.”
“We went home to my mom’s house for Christmas right before we left for Africa, and my mom apparently asked Josh if he wanted her diamond from her marriage to my dad (they’re separated now) to propose to me. Josh came to me and asked if I would be comfortable wearing that diamond even though they were now divorced. After talking about it, and realizing that even though they were separated, my mother’s old engagement ring was still an important part of my life story, and after talking to my dad and hearing about all of the work he put into picking out the ring, I decided that I would be so happy to wear it. Even after we got the ring, Josh continued to emphasize that he was not going to propose in Africa, so I really really shouldn’t be getting my hopes up.”
“When we got to Africa, we first went to Kruger National Park, and went on safaris daily and stayed at this beautiful huts along the river where we could watch crocodiles and hippos float by. Josh apparently kept looking for the right place to propose, and I ruined the first night he was planning to propose by freaking out over a gigantic moth that hit me in the head. The next leg of our trip after Kruger was Victoria Falls. We saw Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwe and the Zambia side. The night before we went to the Zimbabwe side of the Falls, I told Josh that I really wished he had proposed to me in Africa, even with a fake ring, because this was just too perfect of a place. I’m sure he was laughing in his head because he had totally fooled me. The next day, we were walking around the park in Zimbabwe and he kept trying to figure out where the most beautiful view in the park was. Finally, we settled on what he thought was the best view and asked a family to take a picture of us.”
“Earlier that morning, he had asked me if I had wanted to wear makeup (answer: no, I did not bring make up to Africa) or wear a dress (answer: no, we were hiking up a waterfall, why would I wear a dress). So when he asked me to take off my backpack for this picture, I thought he was just being super weird. So I turn to smile for the camera and I see that Josh is off to the side fumbling with something, and I turned to him to tell him to hurry up so we could let the family keep going on their hike…”
“When I turned, I found him down on one knee holding up my mother’s ring. I was in so much shock and kept saying “oh my god my mothers ring, how did you get it in Africa” and finally got to the “yes yes yes” part I think before Josh even asked. Josh, who knows nothing about rings and was extremely nervous, kept trying to put the ring on my right pointer finger. Eventually he got the right finger and turned to see a whole crowd of people who had watched the proposal and were so excited for us.”
Everything the perfect proposal could ever be. Thoughtful, personal and once in a lifetime!
Josh and Sarah will be married this December at the Mt. Washington Mill- Dye House, which I am fairly sure will become one of my favorite places to shoot! More from their wedding soon!!