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Dumbarton Oaks Park Engagement Photos: Virginia and Alex

April 10, 2017

I’m so thrilled to introduce you to Virginia and Alex!!! I was charmed by this couple when I read their accounts of how they met, their first date that lasted much longer than intended (as neither wanted it to end!), and Alex’s proposal. Upon meeting them at Dumbarton Oaks Park last Wednesday, I immediately found all of the wonderful things that Virginia and Alex said about one another to be completely true – save just one thing, which I didn’t get a chance to verify. According to Virginia, Alex is a remarkable pianist! In their high school days, Virginia could always count on finding Alex alone in the choir room, practicing. For years before they began dating, Virginia was always drawn towards that choir room and Alex’s music. How romantic is that?!

As for Alex’s description of Virginia in our engagement questionnaire, it absolutely melted my heart! He said she was radiant, gentle, and lighthearted, and that her smile and warmth filled a room. Isn’t that just a beautiful thing to say about a person? I must agree that Alex was entirely right! Virginia has the most wonderful smile that seems to radiate out of a true warmth of character. Her kindness even extended to Susie and me, as she thought to surprise us with flowers after the session! We may be kindred spirits, too, because she chose some of my absolute favorites – ranunculus – which I’ve been marveling over all week, as they’ve opened into the most absolutely perfect blooms I’ve ever seen!!

Virginia and Alex chose Dumbarton Oaks as a location for their engagement photos for two reasons. They wanted something casual as a point of contrast to the epic DC wedding they’ll be sharing at the National Cathedral and the Hay-Adams. In addition, something more outdoorsy referenced Alex’s surprise proposal on the top of Old Rag. On the day of their proposal, Virginia was so unsuspecting that she fell for Alex saying he was going to take a time lapse video of her sitting on the wall – as a result, he managed to capture the entire proposal on video. How great is that?

Here are a few of our favorite photos of this couple – as soon as you see their smiles, I know you’ll join me in wishing them the warmest of congratulations!!! Virginia and Alex, we cannot wait until your wedding this October!

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