Every bride and groom in the Washington, DC, area wants their wedding day to be perfect. That is completely understandable, of course. That day is, generally speaking, the biggest of the couple’s lives to that point. Getting married is a huge, life-changing event — a moment that the newlyweds will remember forever. And obviously, they want to look back on it with only the happiest of recollections. One of our jobs as DC wedding photographers is to give them visual reminders of those beautiful moments. Their wedding album should help them retrace the steps they took to the altar and together as a newly-married couple.
Washington-based fiancés also want a perfect wedding day because of the work that goes into planning it. From choosing a wedding venue to picking out thank-you cards, organizing a marriage celebration is a major undertaking. By the time a bride walks down the aisle to join her groom, the couple has put in many hours ensuring every detail is just right. So it is hardly surprising that they want everything to go off without a hitch.
Unfortunately, life does not always accommodate the plans we make. Despite the best efforts of two spouses-to-be, things frequently do not go perfectly. Every Washington, DC, wedding photographer can come up with a dozen examples of something going wrong at a marriage celebration. We have learned that sometimes the unforeseen happens and that all anyone can do is roll with the changes. We always advise our clients to just relax and remember that only one thing matters on their wedding day. As long as the two people who love each other get married, the event is a success. All the little hiccups and imperfection become the things the newlyweds will laugh at years later.
The couple in this wedding portrait was the embodiment of this approach to their DC nuptials. They got hit with one of the biggest wedding-day wildcards possible: bad weather. Unfortunately, nobody can guarantee that the sun will shine when a couple ties the knot. Gray skies or a little bit of rain are usually not a huge problem. Most Washington, DC, wedding venues offer indoor options. Every now and then, though, a significant weather event occurs that has a truly disruptive effect.
Inclement weather does not get much more troublesome that what this bride and groom had to deal with. Their matrimonial event happened to be scheduled for the same weekend that “Snowmaggedon” hit the Washington, DC, metro area. For anyone who did not live in the Nation’s Capital in 2016, the term refers to a snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow on the region. In the days leading up to the wedding, flights were canceled and businesses were closed in anticipation of the storm. As a result, many of this couple’s guests were unable to make it to DC for the wedding.
This massive disruption to their plans did not faze this lovely bride and groom in the slightest. They took the entire snowstorm with grace and equanimity. The newlyweds could have raged at the weather and the effect it had on their plans. Instead, they focused on what went right and remained grateful for those who were in attendance. And at the end of the day, this bride and groom were among the happiest we have ever photographed.
Fortunately, though, one thing did go right for these happy Washington-based newlyweds. They had booked the National Museum of Women in Arts in downtown Washington as their wedding venue. That turned out to be an incredible stroke of good fortune. For starters, it is a beautiful wedding venue! It is the world’s biggest museum that focuses on women’s achievements in the visual, performing and literary arts. It is a DC icon and a great place for a wedding celebration. More importantly, though, the venue is staffed by professionals who truly understand the importance of customer service. Though tempted to close the building for the entire weekend, the museum’s management realized the impact this would have on a lovely couple. They knew how much money the fiancés had spent on their wedding and did not want to disappoint them. So they allowed the spouses-to-be to move their matrimony one day earlier. That is the kind of special care and consideration that a couple will never forget!
So thanks to that compassion and understanding, the couple was able to tie the knot under the museum’s soaring ceilings and surrounded by its minimalistic and classical décor. Attendance was a little lighter than planned, but that did not matter once the couple met at the altar. Everyone was moved by the groom breaking down when he saw his future wife approaching. After the beautiful ceremony concluded, we took advantage of one of the few upsides of having a snowstorm wedding. The streets of downtown DC were empty and covered in snow, making them a perfect setting for couples portraits!