Well after a week of no blogging, I am swinging right back into action with a fun little engagement session shot at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Mel & Ted’s DC engagement session is an extra special feature for me – because they are actually two of my very good friends! They were in my wedding and I am overjoyed that I get to be in theirs next June in Virginia Beach!!
When Rich Kessler told me he was doing an enagement session giveaway, I instantly sent the link to Mel – her and Ted’s love story is SO cute and her ring is SO unique (just wait until you see it). I was PUMPED when they won the giveaway and even more pumped when Rich submitted it to me for featuring, via Two Bright Lights.
Shooting engagements in the DC museums (especially in the summer) can be tricky, as there are usually tourists EVERY WHERE, but thanks to Mel, they got to get into the museum a little before the public and capture some seriously awesome shots! Check them out below – it’s good to be back Romancers ;)
Mel & Ted’s Washington DC Engagement at the Air & Space Museum
How they met:
Ted and I met freshman year of college because we were both Flyhalfs on the men’s and women’s rugby teams. We didn’t reach the “more than friends” stage until after college at a beer festival — the beer gave us a bit of liquid courage to admit that we both had crushes on each other all through college. Unfortunately our timing was awful. I had just accepted a job and would be moving to DC in a few weeks. I was absolutely crushed to lose what I had wanted for four years.
On the night before I moved, Ted surprised me and told me he was going to move to DC for me. When I asked him why, he jokingly told me it’s because I “always give him my leftovers.” To this day, food is still the way to his heart.
Ted found a job in DC a month later, and the rest, as they say, is history. Five years later, we still can’t believe it took us four years of college and a beer festival to realize we were meant to be together. But, some things are worth the wait.
Click inside for the rest of Mel & Ted’s DC engagement - including the proposal story!
The proposal story, from Mel:
“My fiance showcased his sneaky side in his proposal to me. For a few weeks he took me ring “browsing,” but he knew deep down that I had my heart set on this vintage, ocean-inspired “wave ring” I found online. Over Thanksgiving, he let me know that he was taking me to his father’s jeweler because they made a mold of the ring. I fell in love with it and he agreed to purchase it right then and there. Unfortunately, the jeweler goofed and let him know, right in front of me, that it’d be ready in 2-3 weeks. Talk about ruining the surprise! So, a few weeks later he asked the jeweler to send him a fake email stating that the ring would be delayed until January and he forwarded it to me. I, of course, got super upset.
The night before we left to go visit my family for Christmas, I walked into our condo after a hard day’s work and there were rose petals everywhere with a dozen roses and numbered cards leading to our bedroom. Each card listed a reason why he loves me, which was very “us” since we’re constantly asking each other ”why do you love me?”. I finally got to the twelfth rose and card on our bed, which stated that he can’t imagine spending his life without me, and he came out from the bathroom to propose. Apparently he had been hiding in there for a long time thinking I’d get home earlier! We celebrated with champagne, our favorite Thai takeout, and showing off the ring to my family the next day. It was perfect and I was totally surprised!”
Congratulations Mel & Ted! Thank you so much for sharing your adorable love story & proposal with us! I cannot wait to stand by your sides next June and celebrate your wedding with you both! A special thanks again to Rich Kessler Photography for sharing these images with us!