Real Couples // Old Town Alexandria Summer Engagement: Lauren + Micah

We first met at the University of Maryland where we would meet every now and then for lunch with a group of mutual friends. Our relationship grew very naturally. We started as friends and as time went on, our lunch meetings with our friends became lunch dates with just me and Micah. We spent a lot of time getting to know each other. One of our favorite places to spend time together has always been Old Town in Alexandria. We both enjoy being outside and being near water. The day after my birthday (February 19, 2016), Micah had my best friend invite me to get my nails done and go to happy hour. After Kristian and I left the nail salon, she suggested we go to Old Town for dinner and drinks. When we arrived in Old Town, Kristian pulled up next to Founder’s Park (which is right along the water). She handed me a box and told me to look at what was inside. On the outside of the box was a note that said “Open and walk towards the light in Founder’s Park.” I immediately teared up because I recognized Micah’s handwriting. Inside of the box was a cork wrapped in white cloth. Written on the cloth was another note, “I offer you my hand, my heart, and a share of all my possessions. I ask you to pass through life at my side, to be my second self, and best earthly companion. – Micah”.  He had the path in the park lined with sunflowers, which are my favorite, and lanterns. As I got closer to the light, I saw him sitting on the bench near the water. Once I was by his side, he turned around and he proposed! He had an amazing weekend planned for me with many surprises. We had brunch with our families the next morning and a surprise engagement party with our friends the next night. He even arranged a massage at home with my closest girlfriends. Micah and I plan to get married in Puerto Rico in October of 2018. One of our favorite things to do together is travel! We couldn’t imagine a more perfect wedding than one that includes the beach, warm weather, and a relaxing time for our family and friends.

Photos by Kanayo Adibe

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Meet Kanayo Adibe: I'm Kanayo, a Washington DC area (Maryland, Virginia) and destination wedding and lifestyle photographer. My approach to photography is extremely artistic, photojournalistic and arguably cinematic. With every shot I take I’m constantly thinking of new ways to creatively tell your story using unconventional techniques and unique angles, while creating that captivating feeling of presence when viewing your photos. My goal is to preserve your special moments by creating romantic, yet visually striking imagery to be enjoyed for years to come.