When fiancés plan their DC-area wedding, they often want their couples portraits in front of the city’s famous landmarks. No Washington, DC, wedding photographer finds that surprising! We frequently do portrait sessions at locations like the National Mall. Photos of newlyweds embracing with the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument or Jefferson Memorial in the background always look fantastic. Like the White House or the Smithsonian museums, those monuments are recognizable parts of DC’s skyline. Their appearance in a picture of fiancés or newlyweds immediately tells the viewer where the image was captured. That the architecture of structures like the National Archives is stunning also makes those landmarks great backgrounds for couples portraits.
We have been offering our services as DC wedding photographers to brides and grooms for several years now. During that time, we have learned that there is so much more to Nation’s Capital than the monuments and museums. Particularly with regard to wedding and engagement photos. There are almost limitless locations in Washington in which to photograph spouses-to-be and newly married couples. Brides and grooms looking for portraiture with a “historic local DC” feel would love the U Street Corridor, for example. Georgetown and its waterfront are perfect for wedding photos with an elegant and upscale vibe.
Despite being a major world city, Washington, DC, also offers natural settings for wedding and engagement photographs. Rock Creek Park has more than 2000 acres of green space and dozens of great spots in which to photograph spouses-to-be and newlyweds. Nearby Meridian Hill Park is home to a 13-basin cascading fountain framed by tree-lined staircases. Theodore Roosevelt Island does a beautiful job of marrying tributes to American history and the beauty of Northern Virginia. The memorial gives brides and grooms who want one of Washington’s iconic structures in their couples portraits a great option. It also, however, offers future or newly-married spouses the island’s lush woods for pictures in a rustic setting. It is the perfect embodiment of the historical significance and natural beauty that characterizes the DC metro area.
Even the suburban areas outside of Washington, DC, have a wealth of beautiful locations for wedding and engagement photography. Northern Virginia is home to the Washington area’s wine-growing region, for example. Many brides and grooms who want a rural venue for their Washington wedding choose one of the area’s many wineries. As DC wedding photographers, we love it when they do! Some of the most beautiful portraits that we have taken of brides and grooms Northern Virginia as a setting. Its rolling hills and gorgeous sunsets make a gorgeous canvas for two people who have just tied the knot.
That was the case for the DC-based bride and groom pictured here. They exchanged their marriage vows at the Blue Valley Vineyard & Winery in suburban Washington, DC. After their wedding ceremony, we took them for a brief stroll around the vineyard and some couples portraiture. The setting sun bathed the entire scene in soft orange light, making the newlyweds look great on film. The DC wedding venue accentuated the romance of the moment when the newly-married couple shared a kiss. It was sweet expression of love that a Washington, DC, wedding photographer preserved forever in this photograph.
Are you or your future spouse a member of the U.S. armed forces? If so, are you debating whether to include military elements in your wedding celebrations? In our time as Northern Virginia wedding photographers, we have documented a lot of marital events. Not surprisingly, one or both halves of the couple have been active-duty soldiers in a lot of them. Many of them have found ways to weave military traditions into their marriage celebrations. We can tell you from experience that they can be great additions to your wedding day. They are laden with the kind of emotional meaning and significance that makes for great wedding photography. So if you are thinking about including them, we heartily recommend that you do so!
Adding traditional military rituals to your marriage celebrations also help give your nuptials a very DC feel. Washington is the home of the American government, so the city teems with military personnel. Some work at the Pentagon. Other are stationed at one of the many the other bases and installations in the metro area. There are so many soldiers in and around the Nation’s Capital that it is rare to meet a Washington resident who is is not a current/former soldier or closely related to someone who is. The military is also an integral part of DC’s culture. So a “military” wedding often has a Washingtonian feel without even trying!
We love this element of working as Northern Virginia wedding photographers, because nuptials with a military component are among our favorite types to photograph. We appreciate the service of U.S. soldiers to this country and like to be able to support them when the tie the knot. As such, we offer substantial discounts to active-duty military personnel who book our wedding photography services.
Coming back to the emotional significance of military wedding traditions, we have found that they take the normal feelings experienced during a marriage celebration and push them up a notch. Which can result in some really unforgettable photos. At any wedding, the time that couples spend hanging out with their family and friends almost always leads to some beautiful and meaningful images. Sometimes those pictures capture funny moments — a best man teasing a groom about some embarrassing incident in the past, for example. In other instances, that time allows future spouses to remember little things that brought tears to their eyes. For instance, when a bride’s sister tells her how beautiful she looks in her wedding dress.
All of these moments become more significant when the bonds that unite your wedding party extend beyond kinship or friendship. Having your comrades by your side to support you means more when you are or have been part of a special and exclusive team or have placed your lives in one another’s hands. Every laugh and every tear seems to mean so much more when you have had those kinds of shared experiences with your bridesmaids or groomsmen.
That was certainly the case for the couple in the image featured here. As it turned out, both are members of the armed forces. They met at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. They then continued to date after they graduated and began their careers in the armed forces. Though they are both currently stationed in California, they decided to celebrate their nuptials in the area in which their love story started. The lovely bride and groom exchanged their vows in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery. The latter is a gorgeous wedding venue located in the wine-producing region of Northern Virginia. After the ceremony concluded, we took them for a short stroll through the vines for their couples portraits. As you can see in this photograph, the sun setting behind them illuminated the bride’s veil and dress beautifully, giving her an almost ethereal glow, and the green of the hills in the background complemented the white of her dress and his uniform perfectly.Vineyard Weddings (6), Virginia Vineyards (3).
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