The Lincoln Memorial is one of the Washington, DC area venues most frequently requested by our wedding and engagement clients for their couples portraits. It is not hard for us to figure out why. For starters, it is easily recognizable by folks around the world as a Washington, DC icon. For brides and grooms who want their wedding or engagement pictures to have a truly Washingtonian feel, it is obviously a great choice. Second, the Lincoln Memorial is testament to a towering figure in American history, a man who guided the country through one of its biggest crises. So many fiancés and fiancés select the monument as the backdrop for their couples portraits for reasons of personal significance. Finally, the monument itself is an architecturally impressive structure and makes a beautiful and visually striking background for wedding and engagement photography. Built to resemble a Greek temple, the Lincoln Memorial’s white facades, elegant columns and grand staircase are great for staging couples portraits with elegant backgrounds that keep all the attention focused on the two people getting married. Your wedding photographer can opt for sweeping, wide-angle shots that include the monument or for more tightly focused images that use the beautiful white marble to make you and your beloved stand out.
It also does not hurt that the Lincoln Memorial is so close to many other great locations for taking wedding and engagement photos, making it a perfect spot from which to start a couples portrait session. At the foot of the monument’s staircase is the Reflecting Pool, which offers several different options for stunning images. Your wedding and engagement photographers can go for another typically Washington, DC picture by posing you with the iconic shape of the Washington Monument simultaneously rising behind you and reflected in the waters at your feet. Or the focus can stay entirely on you and your fiancé(e), and the photo can feature a mirror image of the two of you as you embrace.
The Washington Monument itself is just short walk from the Lincoln Memorial and is obviously another great venue for wedding and engagement photography. The path between the two landmarks is actually also a very nice spot to take pictures of a couple in love. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, you pass by either the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or the Korean War Veterans Memorial (neither of which is appropriate for wedding and engagement photographs) and into long, tree-lined walkways.
These two avenues are great places to take pictures, because the lines of the trees and the pathways frame couples in a very visually pleasing way. We normally opt for the one to the left of the Reflecting Pool as you face the Washington Monument, because it passes through Constitution Gardens, a lovely little “park within a park” whose main attraction is a beautiful pond in the middle of which is a small island reachable by foot. Your wedding and engagement photographers can get pictures of you on that island either reflected in the waters of the pond or framed by the branches of a willow tree.