When you are considering different venues for your wedding in the DC area, there are a lot of factors to consider. Price, distance from Washington’s airports, size and amenities are all very important in your decision making process. There is one other thing, however, that might not be immediately apparent. Namely, the venue’s suitability for photography. We would suggest that, if possible, you try to view each option through with the eyes of a Washington, DC, wedding photographer. Have a look at the various parts of each venue and think about how they might look in the background of a picture of you and your beloved.
How your wedding venue looks in might not be what makes or breaks the choice for you, but it is still worth thinking about. Even though you and your future spouse are the main focus of most of the photos taken at your nuptials, what is featured around and behind you in every shot matters as well. Those parts are sometimes just as vital to the composition of a great picture. They can turn an image of you and your beloved from good to great, especially when it comes to your couples portraits.
So what should you be looking for when scouting each wedding venue? The short answer is great backgrounds. But what makes a setting great? For starters, the background should complement you. It should enhance how beautiful/handsome you look in your wedding clothes. The backdrop should also serve to draw the eye to you. It should subtly point out that you are the focus of the shot. The setting should also help tell their love story. That is a bit harder to define, of course, but elements that add that kind of context can really make for a spectacular portrait. What great background should not to is distract your attention from you or make you look worse on film!
With the right backdrop, DC wedding photographers like us can create magical couples portraits for you. Couples tying the knot in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area often consider the city an important part of their love story. If you and your beloved are like them, we can find ways to give your photos a very DC feel. We can pose you in front of iconic landmarks such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Capitol or the various museums that are part of the Smithsonian Institution. If your wedding is in a more rural setting, we try to use the beauty of nature to frame and an accentuate the beauty of you and your new spouse people embracing. Taking a picture of you ringed by leaves, for example, can create a colorful and dreamy border that makes you look gorgeous.
We are particularly proud of the way we used the setting to make the newlyweds look fantastic in this wedding photo. The bride and groom exchanged their vows at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in suburban Washington, DC (which unfortunately no longer hosts marriage celebrations). Despite the slightly drizzly weather, theirs was an outdoor ceremony in the pastoral setting of the manor grounds. One of the upsides of an overcast wedding day is that colors become much more vibrant in that kind of light. To take advantage of that, we took the bride and groom in search backdrops for their couples portraits that were full of rich colors. We also thought that bright hues would complement the neutral tones of their wedding dress and suit.
The perfect spot turned out to be in the doorway of a red wood cabin located between the manor house and the tent that had been set up for the after-ceremony reception. Everything about the composition of the resulting images worked perfectly. The crimson of the cabin’s wall looked great behind the aforementioned muted colors of the couple’s clothing, but it also popped because of its juxtaposition with the complementary green hues of the grass. The vertical lines created by the narrow slats of wood running up the wall also accentuated the height and erect posture of the bride and groom in the pose that we chose for them. Framing them in the doorway was the perfect final touch, because the hints of white draw the eye immediately to the two people standing in front of it — the newlyweds.
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