Couples looking for the picture perfect spots to take pictures in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia can thank Stephanie Merry for putting together a list in the free Washington Post Wedding Planner. According to Ms. Merry couples are no longer going to the chapel to take boring pictures because they are heading to interesting locations before and after the ceremony. The Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Mall are top choices for their great scenery but there are other pics that might get your eyes bulging and your pulse beating for memorable pics.
1.) The National Arboretum on New York Ave in Northeast D.C. Yeah for her for picking this spot. I had the pleasure of shooting here and I was impress enough to shoot without a human being….that how beautiful it is for your special day. There are 446 acres of land to get your picture perfect wedding and event moment on with your reasonably priced digital photographer. You have backdrops of azaleas, groves of state trees and the curved archway of the Chinese moon gate at the bonsai museum or the freestanding Corinthian columns that once lined the east portico of the Capital.
2.) Hains Point, East Potomac Park in Southwest D.C., not sure if that is S.E or what but hey you take your chances…SW, SE D.C. doesn’t have the best reputation in town and I strongly suggest you go early and leave before dusk.
3.) The Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial. Best during the Cherry Blossom peak
4.) The Netherlands Carillon in Rosslyn. It is suggested that if a background with a view of the city is important, your first stop should be the Netherlands Carillons. Face away from the carillon and capture a perfect view of the Mall, the Potomac and Memorial Bridge.
5.) Gravelly Point or Lady Bird Johnson Park, on the GW Parkway North of Old Town. The Washington skyline are the best.
6.) Union Station is a good spot according to Ms. Merry because of the urban landscape and if your in search of D.C. architecture, both the colonnade facade and the arched interior of Union Station. In my opinion this only works if your into crowds or you better get there early before the work and tourist crowd.
7.) The Spanish Steps in Kalorama. Ms. Merry states “while the D.C. version isn’t quite up to caliber of Rome’s, this little known gem lined with flowers and tucked away behind a cul-de-sac is one of the more romantic spots in the city. Find it where 22nd Street dead ends off S Street.
She states that you need to be aware that the Park Service is now charging anywhere from $50-$250 for wedding photos but the policy is not strictly enforced but keep in mind that you might be asked for payment.
These are some lovely spots but keep in mind that there are vineyards, hotels, mansions and homes with impressive landscaping that you may be able to get the folks in charge to allow you take photos for a fee if you simply ask….I must agree that Ms. Merry is on point with the location of The National Arboretum on New York Ave in Northeast D.C., once you on the grounds you really do forget your in Washington, D.C. because it is a hidden gem of paradise nestled behind wrought iron fences.
Photo: DRandall thephotographer4you taken at the The National Arboretum on New York Ave in Northeast D.C.