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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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1. Brookside Botanical Gardens

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1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 962-1400
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If you want to stay in Maryland for your session, Brookside Botanical is a lush garden spot for photos. [Image]

2. Glen Echo Park

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7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2222
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Pose with the prettiest carousel in the D.C. area, installed at Glen Echo park in 1921. [Image]

3. Washington National Cathedral

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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20016
(202) 537-6200
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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]

4. Meridian Hill Park

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2500 16th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 895-6000
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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]

5. Book Hill Park

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1693 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
Climb the hill in adorable Book Hill park for a sweeping view of Georgetown and Rosslyn. [Image]

6. Georgetown Canal

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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-2500
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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]

7. Francis Scott Key Bridge

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Key Bridge
Washington DC, D.C. 20016
From any angle, the Key Bridge in Georgetown will be an amazing photo backdrop. [Image]

8. The National Mall

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National Mall
Washington DC, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841
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Nothing says "Come to our D.C. wedding" better than photo from the National Mall, America's backyard. [Image]

9. United States Capitol Building

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US Capitol
Washington DC, D.C. 20515
(202) 226-8000
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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]

10. The United States National Arboretum

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3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726
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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]

11. Tidal Basin

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W Basin Dr SW
Washington DC, D.C.
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]

12. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-3631
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Walking trails, lakes, gazebos, and ornamental gardens make Meadowlark a favorite for engagement photos inspired by nature. [Image]

13. Lincoln Memorial

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900 Ohio Dr SW
Washington DC, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841
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Snap a photo that says Abraham Lincoln approves of this union. [Image]

14. Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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900 Ohio Dr SW
Washington DC, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841
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The Jefferson memorial is one of the most beautiful spots in Washington. [Image]

15. Nationals Park

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1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 640-7000
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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]

16. The Yards Park

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10 Water St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
The Yards Park's totally modern, futuristic-looking bridge would make for some awesome photos. [Image]

17. Crystal City Water Park

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1750 Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA 22202
Fountains, everywhere! This urban plaza in Crystal City is an out of the way spot for a lovely engagement photo session. [Image]

18. 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]

19. Wilkes Street Tunnel

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Wilkes St
Alexandria, VA 22314
This historic railroad tunnel in Alexandria is a unique photo backdrop. [Image]

20. National Harbor Boardwalk

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137 National Plz
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 203-4170
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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]

21. Annapolis

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100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
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]

22. Dinosaur Land

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3848 Stonewall Jackson Highway
White Post, VA 22663
(540) 869-2222
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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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1. Brookside Botanical Gardens

1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
If you want to stay in Maryland for your session, Brookside Botanical is a lush garden spot for photos. [Image]
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

2. Glen Echo Park

7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
Pose with the prettiest carousel in the D.C. area, installed at Glen Echo park in 1921. [Image]
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812

3. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20016
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]
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20016

4. Meridian Hill Park

2500 16th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
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]
2500 16th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

5. Book Hill Park

1693 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
Climb the hill in adorable Book Hill park for a sweeping view of Georgetown and Rosslyn. [Image]
1693 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

6. Georgetown Canal

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
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]
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

7. Francis Scott Key Bridge

Key Bridge, Washington DC, D.C. 20016
From any angle, the Key Bridge in Georgetown will be an amazing photo backdrop. [Image]
Key Bridge
Washington DC, D.C. 20016

8. The National Mall

National Mall, Washington DC, D.C. 20024
Nothing says "Come to our D.C. wedding" better than photo from the National Mall, America's backyard. [Image]
National Mall
Washington DC, D.C. 20024

9. United States Capitol Building

US Capitol, Washington DC, D.C. 20515
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]
US Capitol
Washington DC, D.C. 20515

10. The United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
Looking for green spaces and flowers in bloom? The National Harbor's plant collection includes day lilies, tulips, daffodils, and azaleas. [Image]
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

11. Tidal Basin

W Basin Dr SW, Washington DC, D.C.
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]
W Basin Dr SW
Washington DC, D.C.

12. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182
Walking trails, lakes, gazebos, and ornamental gardens make Meadowlark a favorite for engagement photos inspired by nature. [Image]
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct
Vienna, VA 22182

13. Lincoln Memorial

900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington DC, D.C. 20024
Snap a photo that says Abraham Lincoln approves of this union. [Image]
900 Ohio Dr SW
Washington DC, D.C. 20024

14. Thomas Jefferson Memorial

900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington DC, D.C. 20024
The Jefferson memorial is one of the most beautiful spots in Washington. [Image]
900 Ohio Dr SW
Washington DC, D.C. 20024

15. Nationals Park

1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
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]
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

16. The Yards Park

10 Water St SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
The Yards Park's totally modern, futuristic-looking bridge would make for some awesome photos. [Image]
10 Water St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

17. Crystal City Water Park

1750 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
Fountains, everywhere! This urban plaza in Crystal City is an out of the way spot for a lovely engagement photo session. [Image]
1750 Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA 22202

18. Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria, VA 22314
Old Town's charming cobblestone streets are totally romantic, and the water views are just as transporting. [Image]

19. Wilkes Street Tunnel

Wilkes St, Alexandria, VA 22314
This historic railroad tunnel in Alexandria is a unique photo backdrop. [Image]
Wilkes St
Alexandria, VA 22314

20. National Harbor Boardwalk

137 National Plz, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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]
137 National Plz
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

21. Annapolis

100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
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]
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

22. Dinosaur Land

3848 Stonewall Jackson Highway, White Post, VA 22663
Historic streets, monuments, or gardens not your style? What about giant fiberglass dinos as a backdrop for photos of you and your beloved? [Image]
3848 Stonewall Jackson Highway
White Post, VA 22663