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Hi DC Brides!
After much deliberation, my fiance and I have decided to do a “first look” and photographs before the ceremony to take advantage of being in the DC area (we are both from other regions). Have any of you taken wedding photos on the mall or do you plan to do this as well?
We are not sure how to coordinate it to maximize the landscape without it being too cumbersome. My ideal would be to meet him on the steps of the Lincoln Monument and take photos from that end of the mall but he points out that the Capitol building is easier to access and requires less trekking across grass, etc. We have also considered the Netherlands Park in Arlington (near Iwo Jima) which has a great view of all three monuments for a photo backdrop.
Since our wedding is in the evening, we will have to take photographs in the early afternoon (we wanted morning but it is too much to have a photographer all day).
Anyone else thinking about this or have suggestions for us?
PS I am aware of the permits and I understand the mall will be plastered with tourists given that it is summer and July 4 weekend.
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@svstone I think its a wonderful idea! We took our engagement photos in Georgetown and right in front of the Lincoln memorial. It was a warm fall Sunday and there were ppl everywhere but it wasnt too bad. The pictures by the Lincoln and the reflecting pool came out better than I could have ever imagined. If you are looking at the Lincoln memorial (with the reflecting pool behind you) we took lots of pictures to the left of Lincoln (if you wanted closeups). Ppl are generally nice about trying to stay away from you because they know you are on a shoot! We also had a fabulous photographer!
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I’d do the Netherlands Carrillion/Iwo Jima over the others just because it’s visited so much less. After that, I’d pick the Jefferson memorial, and then give upm since the rest are going to be absolutely crawling with tourists and you’ll end up having a bunch of strangersi n you rpictures.
And you mention you know the permit stuff, but you may want to look into whether or not there are added restrictions for the holiday weekend!
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I would suggest the FDR memorial and other, more secluded spots. Have you been in the city on the 4th? Its a zoo.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for your input on this! It is really helpful. I think we will meet at the Library of Congress (my favorite building) and then take photographs there and by the capitol since it is easy to park nearby (we live in this parking zone) and/or get dropped off/picked up quickly. The buildings have significance to us so hopefully we will not regret this decision despite the heat and extra logistics.
I appreciate all of your insights!