On your big day, everything should look as perfect as the happy couple—especially the photos. From historic landmarks to whimsical gardens, here are the best places around DC to take your wedding photos.
The perfect DC backdrop for any wedding photo is the iconic U.S. Capitol. Take your photos on the stairway of this striking building or head down the street to capture the monument in the distant background. East Capitol St. NE & First St. SE
For a whimsical and romantic backdrop, head to Meridian Hill Park. Featuring a waterfall set in the garden, fountains, and long-standing stairways that add a dramatic flare, this spot showcases a stunning natural landscape in an urban setting. 2400 15th St. NW, 202-895-6000
Completed in 1931, this historic and picturesque location provides a striking and intimate setting for the big day. Made almost entirely of Vermont marble, and standing at 47-feet high, this open-air building looks good from every angle. 1964 Independence Ave. SW, 202-426-6841
Although there are plenty of beautiful spots at this locale, such as the National Herb Garden and the Dogwood collections, it’s the National Capitol Columns that really make a statement. Situated beside a reflecting pool and gorgeous green landscape, these historic structures make for a beautiful and unique photo op. 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202-245-2726
With herb gardens, roses, and a 13-century Norman arch, the grounds at the National Cathedral are reminiscent of a fairytale setting. Snap your photos on the winding stone paths through Olmstead Woods, or head to the steps of this enchanting structure for stunning photos of the big day. 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-537-6200