Monday, October 31, 2016

October Surprise DC Engagement Proposal at Mount Vernon

When Quinn McCord invited his girlfriend Alison to lunch and an autumn walk on the grounds of George Washington's historic Mount Vernon estate Saturday she had no idea what he really was planning.

Oh the intrigue.

Quinn and I exchanged many emails, phone calls and texts planning the logistics and strategy necessary to keep Alison unawares.  "She's a smart girl," he said, "so we cannot make her suspicious."  Accordingly, we developed secret signals, code words, places to hide, plan A and plan B courses of action in advance.  These will remain a secret to protect the innocent and all additional persons who call and ask Attlee Weddings and Portraits to hatch a surprise engagement photo plot!

Quinn also sent me a picture of himself and Alison so as to be sure we could recognize them from a distance. When I heard the magic word uttered by my trusty fellow professional photographer and husband Todd, who spotted them first, I quickly hid behind a bush and listened for their footsteps.  As they say the rest is history and it all worked perfectly: Alison was shocked, Quinn was thrilled and total strangers cheered when we all heard Alison cry "Yes, I will!"

An October surprise engagement proposal at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate photographed by Tracey Attlee.

Tracey Attlee is a former White House photographer whose business Attlee Weddings and Portraits in Alexandria, VA has covered DC location family portraits, surprise engagements and DC weddings for over 20 years and is recommended by Washington's finest private clubs including Congressional, Sulgrave, Cosmos, Metropolitan, Kenwood, Army Navy Country Club and Chevy Chase Club.