Wedding photographs of a newlyweds silhouetted in front of a gorgeous sunset are among the best and most unforgettable reminders of the ways in which the beauty of nature can complement and amplify the love between two people who have committed themselves to one another for a lifetime. In terms of sheer picturesqueness, couples who have just married always look great against the delicate pinks, fiery oranges, blazing reds and deep purples of the clouds lighting up after the sun dips below the horizon.
The challenge in getting these kinds of epic images, of course, is that it is so hard for the couple and their wedding photographer to plan for these kinds of shots. Even if it does not happen to rain or snow that day (and we always hope you have great weather on your wedding day!), the sky could still be overcast. Or it could be completely free of clouds, giving the setting sun nothing to illuminate. Or the clouds could be in the wrong place. Or your Washington, DC venue might not have a vantage point with a clear view of the sky. Much as we want to be able to deliver these kinds of stunning pictures to our wedding clients, there are so many factors that make a great sunset hard to predict!
So when the stars align and we think that the situation is right for couples portraits at sunset, we always encourage our brides and grooms to seize the opportunity. For example, as soon as we saw that the sky looked promising on the evening of this couple’s marriage celebration, we suggested that they duck out of their reception and come outside for some quick portraits.
Fortunately, their nuptials were held at ThorpeWood, a rustic venue located about 30 miles from Frederick, Maryland. Because ThorpeWood’s property is an enormous 155 acres and because it is situated 1500 feet up in the Catoctin Mountains, it was not hard at all to find areas with a clear and unobstructed view of the setting sun. We had plenty of time to find a good spot, get the new spouses posed properly and capture some dazzling images of the sky lighting up behind them.
Regarding the venue, if you and your fiancé(e) are looking for a truly rural setting for your marriage celebrations, then ThorpeWood might be the place for you. Whereas many venues in the outer rings of the Washington, DC metro area offer a rustic feel not far from the city, ThorpeWood is set deep in the forest and is perfect for brides- and grooms-to-be who want an authentic “off-the-beaten-path” experience. ThorpeWood takes a little longer to get to than many DC-area venues (it is about 90 minutes by car from downtown Washington), but the drive is worth it for couples looking to get married far from the noise and hustle of a major metropolitan area. Fiancés who book ThorpeWood can either exchange their vows in the venue’s cozy and rustic lodge or, as this lovely couple did, tie the knot in an outdoor space that feels like you are deep in an Appalachian forest.
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