A Surprise Washington, D.C. Proposal

Stephen & Clare

A few months back I took a short weekend trip to D.C. to visit my wonderful friends, Molly and Joe (and to take their engagement photos ;-)). While there, I had the pleasure of meeting many of their friends, including Stephen and Clare, two fabulous and fascinating humans with whom you just can’t help but enjoy spending time and chatting.

Well, a few weeks back, I received an email from Stephen letting me know that he was getting ready to propose to Clare and wondering if I might be able to make the trip up to D.C. to document their proposal story.

UMM. WOULD I EVER?!??

So we scheduled a phone chat so that I could hear more about his plan and their love story.

And guys.

It’s so good.

Their Story

When Stephen and Clare met, Stephen immediately knew that this girl was pretty spectacular (and she is!) Not only was she gorgeous, she was fascinating and smart and funny and all the things everyone is always looking for in a life partner.

Well, during their conversation, Clare recommended a book to Stephen. And he was so infatuated, he vaguely-kinda-sorta-remembered the book title. So off he went to purchase the book he *thought* she recommended to him.

“Everything I Never Told You”.

Fast forward to later that night when Stephen (who immediately bought the book) began reading it so that he could call Clare and tell her how much he loved her recommendation.

Except…he got to the end of the first chapter and realized it was definitely not the right book. Oops!

Instead, Stephen used his error as an excuse to get in touch with Clare that night(!) and find out the name of the *real* book she recommended. And to start his courtship ;-).

The Proposal

Now fast forward to their proposal. Stephen wanted to propose in a location that meant a lot to him and Clare. A place they often stop to peruse. A place where he may or may not have purchased the wrong book which helped to catapult these two cutie pies into their beautiful love story.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords :).

So on Friday evening after work, the two headed to Dupont Circle for a drink, a stroll, and a quick stop in at their favorite book shop.

And with me trying my best to blend in with my surroundings (aka cars and a giant tree), Stephen proposed to Clare, hiding her engagement ring right at the end of the first chapter inside his very own copy of “Everything I Never Told You”, in the front window of Kramerbooks & Afterwords with many adoring fans cheering them along from outside.

And, of course, she said, “Yes!”

Stephen and Clare, I absolutely ADORE your love story. You are both such sweethearts and care so deeply for one another. I am so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to witness and preserve the beginning of this new chapter of your lives together.

Wishing you all the best as you continue on your own path towards “happily ever after” <3.

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