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With Valentine’s Day coming up, this article offers some inspiration on some imaginative ways to pop the question that are sure to sweep your partner off their feet, since the feelings of love are all around.

It’s important to remember that a proposal isn’t all about a fancy ring.  The true essence of a proposal is that of declaring to someone you want to spend the rest of your life with them – it shouldn’t be predicated on buying a fancy ring, however, rightly or wrongly, we have been conditioned to place a great deal of emphasis on the quality and size of the diamond that accompanies the proposal.

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The point is that your love, and the person you are, is enough… a proposal shouldn’t be just another commercialized gimmick; it’s an intention to get married in a union that lasts forever.  With that in mind, here’s some inspiration on ways to pop the question:

  1. Massage

Enjoy a pamper evening together, then set up a few candles and offer a romantic massage where you save the left hand for last – and as you massage that hand, slip the ring on her finger, and gently pop the question in this wonderfully understated yet deeply intimate way.

  1. Pet Proposal

If you have a pet together, you could place the ring on its collar – just be careful to plan this well, as you don’t want the engagement ring to end up lost in the garden.

  1.  Surprise Picnic

One of the best options is to pre-prepare a picnic setting in a beautiful natural environment such as the beach… drive there, and then ask her to put on a blindfold – lead her to the spot you have set up, where perhaps there is a tent with tons of blankets too… get down down on one knee and explain she can finally remove the blindfold.

  1.  Take a Surprise Trip

Similar to the surprise picnic, albeit a little more expensive and logistically challenging, is to take your partner away for a long weekend (ideally calling up their work and arranging time off without them knowing – so it really is a surprise).  If you’re heading to somewhere like the Bahamas, you might want to check out Courtyard Nassau Junkanoo Beach which has oceanfront rooms perfect for a romantic in-room breakfast.

  1.  Love Locks

Made famous by a variety of bridges around the world, though most notably in Paris, couples share a secret then attach a padlock to the bridge and throw the key in the river.  The engagement twist, is to go back to a place where you have done this together, yet this time there is an engagement ring on a padlock next to it (just remember, this time, to keep the key).

In summary, your proposal should be inventive and tailored to your partner and the nature of your relationship; whatever you choose to do just make sure it’s personal to the two of you.

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Spring is in full swing in The District. Between the April showers, the beginning of tourist season, the allergies, and the generally unpredictable yo-yo weather that is so typical of this area (year-round), it’s sometimes easy to forget how lovely this time of year can really be. This past weekend, in my own neighborhood and despite the rain, I happened upon one of the prettiest trees I’ve ever seen. The flowers + the lush greenery in my neighborhood always make me kind of pause and appreciate how gorgeous this city really is. It’s sometimes hard to believe it really is a city. I work downtown, but even there the squares and parks become like little their own little green oasis.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is we should all take a moment to appreciate the green outdoors. In planning our engagement/ save the date pictures, Kendall and I have discussed a little bit of a vintage picnic theme. There’s no reason though that we shouldn’t just take one of our free days (ha. few and far between.) and go on a real picnic of our own for a date. My dad has been trying to get us to go to Wagshal’s, a deli near us, since before we moved in, and I think it would be so fun to pick up a couple sandwiches, chips, and drinks and head out to enjoy a sunny Saturday. Now all we need is a free day (a girl can dream).

Have you picnicked in DC? Where’s your favorite spot?

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