Monday, July 9, 2012
At the end of June I was sitting in my office and the phone rang. The man on the other end introduced himself as Konrad and explained that he was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Stephanie, on the rooftop of the Newseum. “She thinks I’m in Africa,” he told me, “and I’d really like a professional there to capture it all.” Of course, I agreed. It was a really wonderful evening. Here are some photos from their story and a bit of a written narrative in Konrad’s words:
According to Konrad, “I was traveling around Africa and gave Stephanie a fake flight itinerary that said I wasn’t coming back for another couple weeks. I told her that I wanted to do something nice for her since I couldn’t be there and created an adventure for her with the help of a few people locally.
I wrote a fairy tale based on our relationship that included many of our special places in Washington DC and Arlington. It was a sophisticated scavenger hunt: each spot had the next page of the fairy tale, a clue, pictures made to look like old paintings and a small present (e.g., her favorite car rented for the day to drive them around, her favorite foods, a penguin adopted in her name, etc.) …
“After traveling around to the place we first met, our first date, our first kiss, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a picnic by the Washington Monument and a few other special places, she found a clue at the Newseum. The clue instructed her to find the best views of the city and always be kind to strangers. She immediately thought of the Newseum, but it was closed so she quickly began brainstorming other options. However, in the spirit of being kind to strangers, Stephanie and my sister (who was driving her around all day) told a lady sitting nearby that they really liked her dress. They started talking about the scavenger hunt and the best views in the city. The lady, Sonya, worked at the Newseum and was in on the whole plan. She offered to take them to the private events balcony at the top of the museum so she could take a picture for the book. She excitingly went to the top and Drew – who was pretending to take scenery pictures from the recent wedding – offered to take a picture for her scavenger hunt. He mentioned that he had a cool idea for a long-exposure shot and told her to face the capital building . At that moment, he signaled me to come out of the building and I came out to surprise Stephanie. I got down on one knee to propose and she said yes!”