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BRIDES Washington DC: The Best Engagement Photo Shoot Locations

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Oct 062016

In a place that's as iconic as Washington D.C., it's hard to get a shot that doesn't scream tourist (can we say National Monument backdrop, anyone?). Even though kitsch is fun for a photo or two, we can bet you want something a little more personalized for your big engagement photoshoot. To get photos that are as unique as you and your fiancé, head to one of these slightly less chartered destinations right in the heart of the city.

National Cathedral Washington DC

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The National Cathedral
The working cathedral (whose full name is the Cathedral Church of Saint peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington) closely models other soaring structures built in the Neo-Gothic style with two towers decorated with multiple spires and protective gargoyles. Even though shots in the front of the cathedral and around its manicured gardens are popular, the best views (and photo opportunities) come from the top of the bell towers, which offer sweeping vistas of the tree speckled skyline of Wisconsin Ave. Read real brides' reviews here!

Union Station Washington DC

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Union Station
Although it's bustling with commuters and tourists alike, the soaring, ornately decorated ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and vintage look of railway stations past greatly make up for the busy atmosphere. To avoid some of the crowds, skip morning and early evening as that's prime rush hour. Instead, go in the middle of the afternoon or on the weekend so there's last chances for a photobomb. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
If you and your fiancé are space and science nerds, snap your photos in the National Air and Space Museum in Vienna, Virginia. The three- floor museum is decorated with all of the astronaut helmets, vintage aircrafts (like one of the first aircrafts ever created) space ship memorabilia and contemporary and historic air traffic control towers awaiting exploration. Plus, the high factory-esque ceilings and dangling array of hanging aircraft create the perfect backdrop for couple photos.

Barracks Row Washington DC

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Barracks Row
Barracks Row has come a long way in the past few years, but the row still has plenty of exposed brick and colorful buildings for an incredible backdrop. The five blocks that stretch south of Pennsylvania Ave now boasts hundreds of boutiques, restaurants and bars (most locally owned) with all of the exposed brick, hanging pipes, brightly painted facades and quirky street art you'd expect. For the best light and to capture the colors of the street, go at sunset.

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10 Fun Location Ideas for Your Fall Engagement Photos

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Sep 062016

Engagement pictures are a chance to capture all that pre-wedding excitement between you and your fiancé in some professionally shot, we-are-looking-better-than-ever images. One of the best parts about the tradition is getting to choose a unique place to host the photo shoot, especially if you're hoping to highlight a gorgeous season like autumn. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for fall engagement photo locations — you probably won't get married in any of these spots, but you'll definitely want to capture their beauty beforehand.

1. On a Lavender Farm

Imagine roaming through fields of fragrant lavender with your soon-to-be spouse. The Peace Valley Lavender Farm in Bucks County, PA, lets you do just that any Thursday through Sunday by appointment. Call ahead and prepare to take some gorgeous shots against a rustic barn, next to a vintage bike, or between hanging lavender. Carry a basket of the purple flowers as a prop and you'll get some of the calming benefits too.

2. Beneath a Lighthouse
If you and your partner are nautically inclined, the lighthouses on Cape Cod can serve as a stunning backdrop. Chancey Charm Boston/Cape Cod Wedding Planner Jyl Deering suggests Chatham Lighthouse in Chatham, MA. You won't be able to have your wedding in or near the buildings, so might as well take advantage during some pre-wedding pics.

3. Amidst Ancient Driftwood
The hauntingly beautiful tree graveyard that is Driftwood Beach makes for some one-of-a-kind engagement photos. Find the secluded escape on Jekyll Island, GA — just between Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA — where off-the-beaten path beauty reigns. The quiet setting is perfect for taking some romantic shots.

4. Over a Scenic River

When it's not open to the public (i.e. before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.), reserve use of Vista House at Crown Point on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon for your personal photo sesh. Melanie Marconi of Where Will They Stay? recommends the spot for stunning early morning or late sunset shoots overlooking the river from a unique octagonal stone structure vantage point.

5. At Joshua Tree
If you're not keen on throwing your wedding way out in a national park but love the idea of some natural and outdoorsy photos then strap on your hiking boots and take photos at a forest like Joshua Tree in southern California. Jagged rocks dot the desert-like panorama, lending a rugged edge to your otherwise sweet engagement stills.

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6. A City Station
Going for an urban or architectural vibe? Union Station in Denver, Colorado, not only has luxurious velvet couches and dark wooden benches, but it's packed with fresh florals throughout the year at Bloom flower shop. Pick up a small bouquet to use as a prop, or park yourself in front of the store for some floral romanticism. Chancey Charm Denver Wedding Planner Lauren Groeper also says to make use of the station's holiday décor around Christmastime.

7. At a Waterfront Park
This may be an obvious choice, but consider checking out a waterfront park like Downs Memorial Park in Pasadena, Maryland, for some extra special options. The waterfront landscape lends itself to views of the glistening Chesapeake Bay while scenic trails (both paved and unpaved) are covered by a canopy of trees. There's a foot bridge between areas of the park and even a fishing pier for walking along hand-in-hand. The fall foliage will only add to the natural beauty in your photos.

8. Your State Capitol
Government may not go hand-in-hand with your idea of passionate love, but there are some breathtaking state capitol buildings that might set the scene for striking engagement pictures. You can usually count on an impressive set of front steps, which wedding planner Kelli Corn says can add some dramatic height and allow you to take photos from many different angles. Up-close feels personal and can capture some of the architectural details while wide lens shots incorporate the whole building and give the aura of grandeur. Some surprisingly beautiful buildings? Montpelier, Vermont and Des Moines, Iowa.

9. On Above-Water Rocks
There's nothing quite as quaint as your local coffee shop in the fall. Main Street in Richmond, VA, has plenty to choose from, and tons of cobblestone streets to walk in between - all for great photo ops. Chancey Charm Richmond Wedding Planner Alana Futcher says to stop by the James River where you can walk on some above-water rocks with the city skyline lighting up the background.

10. At Your Local Fair
You probably won't host your wedding at a carnival or amusement park, so why not take some fun engagement shots there? Stephanie Yonce of Stephanie Yonce Photography likes the idea of seeking out state fairs, arcades, or festivals for some lighthearted time in front of the camera. She suggests the Virginia State Fair or at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.

How to Take the Perfect Engagement Photo in 5 Simple Steps

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Feb 042015

One of the most nerve-wracking things that comes along with being engaged? Taking your engagement photos! The pressure can be intense to capture the essence of your life as a couple in one beautiful, flattering image, but the process doesn't have to be rocket science. Here are five expert-approved suggestions for creating a natural engagement photo.

1. Engage in an Activity
The best way to ensure a natural photo? Choosing a low-pressure activity for the shoot according to Lauren Saldutti and Michael Kelley of A Guy and A Girl Photography. "In our experience, most non-professional models are a little uncomfortable being photographed. They are often unsure of what to do with their hands...so give them something to do!" Saldutti suggests.

2. Get to Know Your Photographer
Set aside some bonding time to get to know your photographer, recommends Saldutti. "We always try to take a 10 minute breather with our couples. Getting to know each other better is always good for the wedding day &madash; and the second half of the engagement shoot," Saldutti advises.

3. Stage Stolen Moments
"I try not to pose my subjects, but rather set up scenes where they can relax and express themselves," explains New York-based photographer Agaton Strom. "[Couples] work together with me to create genuine moments that I can capture. I want the subjects to feel free to express and represent themselves. Sometimes that means putting on a tux and dancing the tango in the middle of Grand Central or drinking moonshine in a honky-tonk bar."

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4. Tell Your Love Story
Photographer Angela Cappetta encourages couples to choose a location or activity that mirrors their relationship. "Did you meet at a park, a party, the dog run? We can shoot your engagement session in a way that relates to your story," Cappetta states. "Shoot in a café you frequent or a fun brick alley in your neighborhood that you both like. Is there a walk you like to take? If so, shoot that."

5. Embrace the Great Outdoors
"Pictures in natural daylight of you two together can be the loveliest, most intimate kind of pictures," Capetta states. "Lens flare is gorgeous. Don't be afraid to let your photographer do something unexpected with the sun."

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