Chris and Catherine, minutes after getting engaged
The White House!
Last week I had one of my coolest photo shoots yet. Chris proposed to his girlfriend, Catherine, and asked me to photograph it. It was such an honor to witness that moment in their lives. If that weren’t special enough, the proposal took place in the White House Rose Garden!
Chris and Catherine have been together for five years, and they are now planning a wedding for next fall in Catherine’s hometown of Ottawa, Canada. They live in the DC area, and Chris has a friend who works in the White House. The three of us got a private tour of the White House, including the Oval Office, Cabinet room, and Rose Garden. It was thrilling to be standing in such important locations, imagining all the decisions that had made made in those very rooms. I wasn’t allowed to take any photographs inside the White House, but I did have a small area of the Rose Garden and the front of the White House where I was allowed to stand for photos.
When we arrived in the Rose Garden, Chris pulled out a jewelry box and hid it behind his back. He got down on one knee, and asked Catherine to marry him. She said yes!
We started that evening at the Washington Monument. Years ago, I took photos of Catherine at the
Monument, and she wanted me to take similar photos that showed the addition of Chris to her life.
Chris was giddy! He was so excited about what was about to happen.
We got to the White House and received passes that said “Appointment.”
Behind these doors are the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. Chris was so excited!
We got to the Rose Garden, and Chris got ready.