Bull Run Regional Park is home to quite a bit of hiking with quite a bit of history. The trails saw action as trade routes, and then in the Civil War, but this spectacular setting more recently saw the beginnings of one couple's happily ever after.
At the spot where Little Hunting Creek meets the Potomac, the Mt. Vernon Trail intersects with a small section of park, right on the water and accessible via walking and bike paths. The tucked-away space is perfect for some casually sweet engagement photos, with lots of different backdrops, from wooden bridges to rock walls to the waterfront. Even though the day was windy, this couple made the most of things, and their shoot was filled with laughs! Plus, the slightly gray day made Angela's blue dress pop!
True Southern class at its finest, Whitehall Estate offers all the luxurious charm a bride could want for her dream wedding. The venue boasts a fine history, and the land is said to have once resided in the Washington family, and to have also been present for a Civil War skirmish. It later saw use as a dairy farm, but was converted in 1992 to a fine country inn. Additions were made in following years, to host larger events and weddings, as well as provide all the modern amenities a grand affair would require.
This historic venue is perfect for a chic wedding with a rustic flair. Couples are invited to celebrate their nuptials on the unique grounds (which are still used as part of a real working farm!), where elegant centerpieces and flower arrangements may meet the occasional vintage tractor or a stray rooster or two. Total Southern charm abounds, as bridal parties and guests are transported to a time period totally removed from the cares of everyday life. In other words, it's an amazing setting for a one-of-a-kind wedding.
Situated next to the Occoquan River, Osprey's at Belmont Bay is a lovely setting for an outdoor, waterfront wedding. A nice mix of nature and luxury, the venue offers indoor spaces including a clubhouse with a spacious ballroom, the perfect blank canvas for any bride and groom's particular style. Of course, most couples can't resist using the flagstone patio with its pergola and shaded seating area for their ceremony, which also gives their guests great views of the water.
A venue made complete with its own on-site bed and breakfast, Zion Springs is a charming spot for a rustic chic wedding. The beautiful barn, lush fields and slate patio give you a wide array of settings to work with, each different, but each complimentary in its own way. Regardless of the season, this picture-perfect location continues to delight couples of all styles and tastes.
For brides and grooms looking for a unique touch to their wedding reception, regardless of style or theme, the gorgeous, hand-crafted farm tables created by Local Wood, in Berryville, Va., are a fantastic place to start.
Woodlawn is a charming Georgian-style manor located in rustic Montgomery County, Maryland. The historic Manor House boasts a history stretching back to 1800, and the expansive grounds with various other picturesque buildings from the same time period make for a beautiful setting.
When you think "romantic spots for an engagement photo shoot," you don't automatically think of your alma mater. However, for these two lovebirds, it just made sense to celebrate their newly engaged status with some photos on the campus they both once called home. Luckily for us, their venue choice was a fantastic setting, proving that your university can definitely be a photo shoot backdrop that's both beautiful and filled with memories. Switching between indoors and out, we were able to capture some magical moments that truly reflected Sam and Tayina's personalities.
Just minutes away from D.C., Old Town Alexandria is a conveniently placed escape, filled with charming local shops and restaurants, cobblestone streets, historic spots and lovely green spaces. And don't forget about the waterfront on the Potomac! No matter the setting or mood you prefer, you'll find it in Old Town Alexandria!
Located in Leesburg, Va., Raspberry Plain Manor is a historic wedding venue perfect for any elegant affair. The spacious setting oozes glamor and class, so it fit this particular ceremony and reception perfectly.
Historic Old Town Alexandria is a charming respite from the hubbub of Washington, D.C. Filled with not only a treasured past, but multitudes of local shops and restaurants, cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture, it's a lovely choice for any engagement shoot. This session made great use of the local green space, as well as the waterfront and the cityscape, making for a fantastic mix.
Sugarloaf Mountain Engagement Session
While maybe not the first Sugarloaf Mountain that comes to mind, this Maryland destination certainly holds its own as a gorgeous spot to snap some engagement photos. Known in the area for its breathtaking scenic views, it's a wonderful option for the couple that wants to add just a little of the great outdoors to their shoot. Depending on the season, and the weather, this setting can be adapted for any style or mood you're envisioning.
Riverside on the Potomac Wedding
This fantastic venue is in hot demand, and for good reason! It's set on 80 acres with views of the Potomac, and has a wide variety of spaces available, for whatever style and setting the bride and groom prefer. Capable of accommodating hundreds of family members and friends, everyone has space to spread out, among the lush greenery, water features and historic structures.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
This setting is a fantastic spot for engagement photos, no matter the season, but this shoot was especially complemented by the perfect display of summer greenery (and summer love!). The ornamental gardens, lakes and fountains are all beautiful, but the Korean Bell Garden adds a special unique touch that can't be found just anywhere.
There are few places as iconic, memorable and historic as the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For those looking for a historic, elegant or just architecturally outstanding spot for their engagement photos, there's little reason to look elsewhere. Though you'd think the popular spots would be difficult for an engagement shoot, Shawn and Sarah's photo session was a breeze, made all the more perfect by the lovely couple's unique touches.
Equal parts rustic and elegant, the Glasgow Farm is a perfect setting for any country-chic event. The venue is still a working farm today, and the event space, the Family Home and the Old Barn, both built in 1900, reflect their historic origins. Full of charm, this fabulous wedding venue was a joy to photograph.
Alexandria's Wilkes Street Tunnel is an important part of the city's past, but it will be forever remembered in this couple's minds as one of the stepping stones to their future. The fantastic spot they chose for their engagement shoot, the tunnel provided a little bit of vintage romance that, combined with their personal styles, resulted in great photos with a dose of casual, urban class.
High school sweethearts Tina and Chris will be getting married at the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and so they took their engagement shoot to their wedding venue. They didn't stop there, though. A cute, vintage-style ice cream parlor also offered a sweet setting to snap a few photos of the couple having a little fun.
Lauren and Alan decided to take their engagement shoot right to the place where they first met -- the baseball diamonds at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va! The casual setting was the perfect place for the two to show off their fun-loving personalities, while also getting in some sweet shots during the golden glow of the twilight hour.