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Wedding Photos of DC

The following “DC” images were created by documentary wedding photographers from the WPJA, who regularly submit their best candid moments, artistic portraits, details, and scene setters for review by our WPJA competition judges.

WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS + ARTISTIC PORTRAITS & DETAILS + ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Some of the “DC” marriage photography samples below may have come from the getting ready events, the actual wedding ceremony, the reception after-party, an engagement session with the couple, or possibly be artistic portraits or detail shots.

FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Our Artistic Guild award winners take a more creative approach to wedding day Portraits and use their innovative skills to capture the Details of each couple’s special day. The Artistic Guild’s Scene Setters are some of the most notable and breathtaking from within the artistic WPJA contest categories. Playing with light and shadow, special effects, and post-production editing, these images embrace the artistic component of wedding photography.

PRE-WEDDING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: The story of every couple starts long before the wedding day, and the engagement marks one of the most important milestones in their story. Engaged couples often want to celebrate the occasion and announce their upcoming wedding with a photoshoot. Pre-wedding portraits of an engaged couple can be just as moving and compelling as the images taken on the wedding day. Engagement portraits can win a Diamond Award, an exclusive WPJA award whose winner is selected from the best engagement photography in the world.

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Epic DC Metro pre wedding portrait showing that The couple that rides the metro together, stays together
Epic DC Metro pre wedding portrait showing that The couple that rides the metro together, stays together
A creative Smithsonian Castle, DC pre wedding session during A sweet embrace
A creative Smithsonian Castle, DC pre wedding session during A sweet embrace
Smithsonian Castle, DC picture session for a carefree engaged couple that is embraced at the castle
Smithsonian Castle, DC picture session for a carefree engaged couple that is embraced at the castle
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session showing The couple strolling through the garden
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session showing The couple strolling through the garden
The National War Memorial, DC outside environmental couple prewedding photoshoot showing The groom-to-be lifts his fiance
The National War Memorial, DC outside environmental couple prewedding photoshoot showing The groom-to-be lifts his fiance
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session while The couple embrace in the afternoon light 
Smithsonian Castle, DC environmental pre wedding image session while The couple embrace in the afternoon light
DC bride and groom to be, posturing for an engagement image at The Reflecting Pool as the couple walk along the pool, she's in a red dress, and a gentleman on a red capital bike share bike rides through the shot
DC bride and groom to be, posturing for an engagement image at The Reflecting Pool as the couple walk along the pool, she's in a red dress, and a gentleman on a red capital bike share bike rides through the shot
DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement session as the couple sit on the edge of the memorial, looking out at the reflecting pool
DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement session as the couple sit on the edge of the memorial, looking out at the reflecting pool
Washington DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a pre-wedding engagement session at Lincoln Memorial
Washington DC bride and groom to be, sitting for a pre-wedding engagement session at Lincoln Memorial
DC bride and groom to be, posing for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement photo shoot as a plane flies overhead
DC bride and groom to be, posing for a Lincoln Memorial pre-wedding engagement photo shoot as a plane flies overhead
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the Enid A. Haupt Gardens, Smithsonian Castle with an embrace in a sea of magnolia flowers
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the Enid A. Haupt Gardens, Smithsonian Castle with an embrace in a sea of magnolia flowers
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the WWII Memorial, a night portrait of the groom dipping his fiance in front of a big fountain
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the WWII Memorial, a night portrait of the groom dipping his fiance in front of a big fountain
Georgetown bride and groom to be, posing for a DC pre-wedding engagement photo shoot as the couple runs playfully down a steep brick sidewalk
Georgetown bride and groom to be, posing for a DC pre-wedding engagement photo shoot as the couple runs playfully down a steep brick sidewalk
DC bride and groom to be, posturing for a Georgetown engagement image showing The couple is framed in silhouette in an opening at the top of the Exorcist Stairs in Georgetown
DC bride and groom to be, posturing for a Georgetown engagement image showing The couple is framed in silhouette in an opening at the top of the Exorcist Stairs in Georgetown
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the National Gallery of Art in the East Building as the couple embrace, looking left, on the corner of the building, framed in a triangular reflection
DC bride and groom to be, modeling for a pre-wedding picture at the National Gallery of Art in the East Building as the couple embrace, looking left, on the corner of the building, framed in a triangular reflection
Washington National Mall couple e-session in silhouette with the Washington Monument in the background, at sunset
Washington National Mall couple e-session in silhouette with the Washington Monument in the background, at sunset
Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC wedding couple artistic image session created while Forced indoors by a nasty ice storm and limited by the magnificent interior spaces
Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC wedding couple artistic image session created while Forced indoors by a nasty ice storm and limited by the magnificent interior spaces
A wedding photographer at the National Arboretum in DC created this image showing The bride cries during her elopement ceremony
A wedding photographer at the National Arboretum in DC created this image showing The bride cries during her elopement ceremony
Best wedding photography from Marriott Metro Center in DC showing a pic of The groom and his best man dancing
Best wedding photography from Marriott Metro Center in DC showing a pic of The groom and his best man dancing
National Gallery of Art, East Building, DC urban pic shoot before the wedding day with a couple dressed in formal clothes and smiling
National Gallery of Art, East Building, DC urban pic shoot before the wedding day with a couple dressed in formal clothes and smiling
Ambar, DC indoor photo session with the couple before the wedding day sitting at a table and holding hands
Ambar, DC indoor photo session with the couple before the wedding day sitting at a table and holding hands
 Meridian Hill Park, DC inner-city photo session with the couple before the wedding day for a colorful portrait silhouette
Meridian Hill Park, DC inner-city photo session with the couple before the wedding day for a colorful portrait silhouette
National Gallery of Art, East Building, DC urban pic shoot before the wedding day for a minimalist stairs portrait
National Gallery of Art, East Building, DC urban pic shoot before the wedding day for a minimalist stairs portrait
Meridian Hill Park, DC pre wedding couple photo session on the stairs
Meridian Hill Park, DC pre wedding couple photo session on the stairs
Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C creative wedding detail image of the Bride's shoes placed on the architectural elements of the venue
Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C creative wedding detail image of the Bride's shoes placed on the architectural elements of the venue
The Line, Washington DC creative couple wedding portrait with the feeling of Floating like clouds in the city
The Line, Washington DC creative couple wedding portrait with the feeling of Floating like clouds in the city
The Line, Washington DC fine art wedding detail pic using photos of the couple's ancestors during the ceremony
The Line, Washington DC fine art wedding detail pic using photos of the couple's ancestors during the ceremony
The Line, DC artistic wedding photo showing that Kissing her hand is like being over the full moon
The Line, DC artistic wedding photo showing that Kissing her hand is like being over the full moon
DC pre wedding portrait session of engaged lovers at the Lincoln Memorial DC	with A view from the inside, looking out at the reflecting pool at the couple twirling
DC pre wedding portrait session of engaged lovers at the Lincoln Memorial DC with A view from the inside, looking out at the reflecting pool at the couple twirling
DC engagement photo shoot at the Lincoln Memorial DC with The couple embracing at the Memorial before sunrise
DC engagement photo shoot at the Lincoln Memorial DC with The couple embracing at the Memorial before sunrise

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