Arisa and Dickson | Washington, DC Proposal | Spanish Steps

Romantic wedding proposal on the Spanish Steps in DC | Washington DC Wedding Photographer

When Dickson contacted me about photographing his proposal to Arisa, I was so excited to be in on the surprise! He had the perfect day planned for her - they had friends visiting from out of town so Dickson was able to schedule activities without Arisa realizing anything special was going on. He even had a friend take her out to get her nails done so they'd be camera-ready when the time came.

The plan was for the group to take a walk with their adorable pup Chu, checking out a nearby park and then heading to the Spanish Steps in the Kalorama neighborhood of DC. I was hiding behind some trees at the bottom of the steps, waiting for them to arrive! Dickson texted me when they were close so I knew when to be ready. That's the nice thing about having other people in on the proposal plans - they could keep Arisa distracted while Dickson was secretly texting me!

Arisa was caught completely off guard, and her genuine surprise and happiness is so evident in the photos. I loved getting to witness this special moment!

Spanish Steps | Washington, DC
Spanish Steps | Washington, DC
Spanish Steps | Washington, DC
Spanish Steps | Washington, DC

I just love the expressions on Arisa's face when Dickson got down on one knee and popped the question!

Proposal Photography | Washington, DC | Megan Rei Photography
Engagement ring on a black-eyed susan | Megan Rei Photography

This one with her hand over her mouth is one of my favorites. That reaction is priceless!

Surprise wedding proposal at the Spanish Steps | DC Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
Wedding Proposal Photography | District of Columbia

After she said yes, Arisa realized her good friend Mimi was down at the bottom of the steps watching the whole time. It was so fun that they had some of their closest friends nearby to see this big moment!

So much happiness after surprise proposal | Photojournalistic DC Photographer
Friends celebrate after wedding proposal in Washington, DC
Friends celebrate after wedding proposal in Washington, DC
Happy moments after surprise proposal | Candid DC Photographer
Happy moments after surprise proposal | Candid DC Photographer
Engagement photos with their dog

Awww little Chu was so cute. Just wanted to follow his mama and papa up the steps!

Engaged couple walking up the Spanish Steps with their Yorkie
Candid Engagement Photography | Washington DC Wedding Photographer

So much sparkle - I love this engagement ring!

Diamond solitaire engagement ring | Northern Virginia Engagement Photographer
Smiling, recently engaged couple at the fountain on the Spanish Steps in DC | Megan Rei Photography
Photojournalistic engagement photography in DC
Holding hands after wedding proposal at the Spanish Steps
Classic engagement photo in Washington, DC

Guys, dips are hard.  Everybody struggles with them, and I get to watch and laugh from behind my camera. It's awesome.

Engaged couple laughing | Candid DC Photographer
Engaged couple laughing | Candid DC Photographer
Happy couple after their wedding proposal in Washington, DC | Megan Rei Photography

Nailed it. Just took a couple tries!

Happy couple after their wedding proposal in Washington, DC | Megan Rei Photography

Chu's face is so perfect in this one! Dickson and Arisa look pretty cute too.

Recently engaged couple with their dog | Washington DC Proposal Photography
Documentary engagement photography on the Spanish Steps in DC
Yorkshire terrier kisses
Laughter after the wedding proposal | Photojournalistic Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

Thanks for letting me be a part of your proposal story!