Back in March, I photographed a cherry blossom engagement session in Washington, DC at the Tidal Basin just before everything shut down due to concerns over Coronavirus. And for the past three plus months, we’ve pretty much been quarantining ever since — rarely going out except to visit the grocery store and for the occasional post office trip. As Virignia and DC have slowly moved into Phase Two, I’ve been anxiously looking forward to capturing some of the engagement sessions that I had on the books for the summer, starting with Ellen and Jack. We had planned to photograph their session in DC at some of the iconic monuments, but with several shut downs still in place, that was no longer an option. Ellen floated the idea of Annapolis, a place special to her family where they visit often, and I was excited to explore somewhere new while getting to know this sweet couple.
Ellen and Jack met 12+ (!!!) years ago, when they were just in middle school! They met through Jack’s cousin and started off as friends, but begin dating as they got a bit older. Upon graduation, Jack ended up at Boston while Ellen headed south to Tulane, so they dated long distance until they ended up back in DC for work. It was this past October when Jack, with the help of Ellen’s family, organized a surprise proposal complete with “Marry Me?” pumpkins to tie in the season! They both said the celebrations continued all weekend and it’s still one of their best memories together from over the years.
I’m looking forward to celebrating with Jack, Ellen and their families at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC! As I told them when we wrapped up their session… no matter when it ends up being, it will have been well worth the wait!