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The Best Engagement Photo Spots Around Washington, D.C.

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Besides showing off what an adorable couple you are, engagement photos can be a chance to spotlight your town. And happily for us, the nation's capital is one good-looking city, with so many photo opportunities from the monuments to charming urban parks.

Word to the wise: for those snapping photos on National Mall and Memorial Parks land, make sure that to talk to your photographer about getting a permit through the National Park Service. It's probably a good idea to call ahead if possible at any parks as well before you schedule your session. PSA over, now it's time to pose!


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Brookside Botanical Gardens

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If you want to stay in Maryland for your session, Brookside Botanical is a lush garden spot for photos. [Image]

Glen Echo Park

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Pose with the prettiest carousel in the D.C. area, installed at Glen Echo park in 1921. [Image]

Washington National Cathedral

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The National Cathedral's grounds are a fairy tale, with herb gardens, a rose garden, and winding stone paths. Photo shoots require prior written agreement and permitting fees. [Image]

Meridian Hill Park

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Almost hidden in the middle of the city, Meridian Hill Park is the beautiful home of the largest cascading fountain in North America. If it feels European, there's a good reason: the park is designed after an Italian aristocrat's private residence. But watch out, you could have a yoga class or drum circle in the background of your photos. [Image]

Book Hill Park

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Climb the hill in adorable Book Hill park for a sweeping view of Georgetown and Rosslyn. [Image]

Georgetown Canal

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The canal in Georgetown is so unique, and it feels a bit secluded even though it's just a few blocks from the crowds on M Street. Snap some sweet photos in front of the locks, and then a Baked & Wired cupcake in celebration. [Image]

Francis Scott Key Bridge

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From any angle, the Key Bridge in Georgetown will be an amazing photo backdrop. [Image]

The National Mall

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Nothing says "Come to our D.C. wedding" better than photo from the National Mall, America's backyard. [Image]

United States Capitol Building

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Inside the Capitol, important people are busy with shaping America's future. But outside, you're frolicking on the beautifully manicured Capitol grounds with your honey bunch. [Image]

The United States National Arboretum

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Looking for green spaces and flowers in bloom? The National Harbor's plant collection includes day lilies, tulips, daffodils, and azaleas. [Image]

Tidal Basin

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If you can somehow time your photo session with a cherry blossom backdrop without a huge parade of tourists in the frame, you've pulled off the most D.C. engagement photos of them all. But any time of year, the view of the monuments is spectacular. [Image]

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Walking trails, lakes, gazebos, and ornamental gardens make Meadowlark a favorite for engagement photos inspired by nature. [Image]

Lincoln Memorial

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Snap a photo that says Abraham Lincoln approves of this union. [Image]

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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The Jefferson memorial is one of the most beautiful spots in Washington. [Image]

Nationals Park

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Diehard Nats fans should look no further than the grounds of Nationals Park, with its sleek steel, glass, and concrete facade. You'll be in excellent company, since Bryce Harper just shot an engagement session with photos of Harper and Varner kissing in front of the Nationals’s dugout. [Image]

The Yards Park

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The Yards Park's totally modern, futuristic-looking bridge would make for some awesome photos. [Image]

Crystal City Water Park

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Fountains, everywhere! This urban plaza in Crystal City is an out of the way spot for a lovely engagement photo session. [Image]

Old Town Alexandria

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Old Town's charming cobblestone streets are totally romantic, and the water views are just as transporting. [Image]

Wilkes Street Tunnel

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This historic railroad tunnel in Alexandria is a unique photo backdrop. [Image]

National Harbor Boardwalk

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As if the dramatic The Awakening sculpture isn't scenic enough, National Harbor just added a London Eye-esque ferris wheel. Besides these attractions, the river views are picture-perfect. [Image]

Annapolis

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Charming and historic Annapolis has an abundance of picturesque spots, from the Maryland State House to the waterfront. Bayside Bride has an excellent rundown of all the top photo spots. [Image]

Dinosaur Land

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Historic streets, monuments, or gardens not your style? What about giant fiberglass dinos as a backdrop for photos of you and your beloved? [Image]

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Brookside Botanical Gardens

If you want to stay in Maryland for your session, Brookside Botanical is a lush garden spot for photos. [Image]

Glen Echo Park

Pose with the prettiest carousel in the D.C. area, installed at Glen Echo park in 1921. [Image]

Washington National Cathedral

The National Cathedral's grounds are a fairy tale, with herb gardens, a rose garden, and winding stone paths. Photo shoots require prior written agreement and permitting fees. [Image]

Meridian Hill Park

Almost hidden in the middle of the city, Meridian Hill Park is the beautiful home of the largest cascading fountain in North America. If it feels European, there's a good reason: the park is designed after an Italian aristocrat's private residence. But watch out, you could have a yoga class or drum circle in the background of your photos. [Image]

Book Hill Park

Climb the hill in adorable Book Hill park for a sweeping view of Georgetown and Rosslyn. [Image]

Georgetown Canal

The canal in Georgetown is so unique, and it feels a bit secluded even though it's just a few blocks from the crowds on M Street. Snap some sweet photos in front of the locks, and then a Baked & Wired cupcake in celebration. [Image]

Francis Scott Key Bridge

From any angle, the Key Bridge in Georgetown will be an amazing photo backdrop. [Image]

The National Mall

Nothing says "Come to our D.C. wedding" better than photo from the National Mall, America's backyard. [Image]

United States Capitol Building

Inside the Capitol, important people are busy with shaping America's future. But outside, you're frolicking on the beautifully manicured Capitol grounds with your honey bunch. [Image]

The United States National Arboretum

Looking for green spaces and flowers in bloom? The National Harbor's plant collection includes day lilies, tulips, daffodils, and azaleas. [Image]

Tidal Basin

If you can somehow time your photo session with a cherry blossom backdrop without a huge parade of tourists in the frame, you've pulled off the most D.C. engagement photos of them all. But any time of year, the view of the monuments is spectacular. [Image]

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens