Cherry Blossom Engagement Photos at the Tidal Basin

Emily Harmon and Jon Lin got engaged on July 4, 2014. 

All photographs by Terri Baskin Photography.

Emily Harmon wasn’t pleased when her friend Michelle announced that she had—yet again—found a great guy to set her up with. Though Emily told her friend she had no interest in getting to know Jonathan (Jon) Lin, that didn’t stop Michelle from throwing a party and secretly inviting them both so that they’d be forced to meet. As soon as Emily found out what she’d done, she was so annoyed so refused to speak to Jon and spent the night avoiding him.

But Jon, who took her reticence as shyness, sought her out and finally, halfway through the party, got her to speak with him. Emily soon realized that Jon was a genuinely nice guy, so they went for a first date at La Tasca in Arlington. Three and a half years later, they were on vacation with Emily’s family in Ocean City, Maryland over the July 4 weekend. Jon asked Emily to go on a midnight stroll on the beach, and it was there that he got down on one knee and proposed.

Considering that Emily is a floral designer and the owner of Love Blooms Here, it was only fitting that she and Jon take advantage of Washington’s best floral landscape for their engagement photos. They met at the Tidal Basin with Terri Baskin Photography and to snap some shots in front of the cherry blossoms, and captured a few photos throughout Georgetown’s picturesque streets as well. Emily and Jon have their wedding date set for August 29, 2015 at St. Francis Hall.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.