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Top 10 Locations To Elope In Washington DC

What is not to love about the nation's capitol, Washington DC? There is so much history, culture, parks, and just so much to do! Of course, we can’t forget about the beautiful monuments and landmarks in the area. These are the main reasons why it’s the perfect location to elope!

If you’ve been thinking about eloping in DC, then I’ve got you covered! Countless couples come here to elope in Washington DC, and I have been fortunate enough to photograph quite a few of them. So I want to share my experience and expertise. Here are the top 10 places to elope in Washington DC area. Let’s get to it!

Lincoln Memorial

I mean we have to start off with this most iconic landmark! The Lincoln memorial sits right on the beautiful reflecting pool, and straight ahead, you can view the Washington monument. There are also two beautiful tree lines along the pool and it’s just a beautiful location to take elopement portraits photos all over the grounds.

Lincoln Memorial Elopement

DC War Memorial

This is one of my favorite small wedding venues in Washington DC. The DC War Memorial is perfect for those intimate elopement ceremonies. It is also surrounded by beautiful pathways and trees which create a more personal atmosphere.

DC War Memorial Elopement

Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial sits right on the tidal basin. After the elopement ceremony, you can take beautiful pictures within the monument under its gorgeous marble structure, and then head down the stairs to the beautiful waters of the tidal basin. If you are eloping in the spring, you can take advantage of the cherry blossoms!

Jefferson Memorial Elopement

Union Station

Union Station has the most beautiful architecture and it’s a gorgeous location to elope. With its soaring archways and columns and decor, it makes for beautiful elevated backdrops in your photos.

Union Station Elopement

Spanish Steps (Decatur Terrace)

The Spanish Steps are located in the Kalorama (Dupont Circle) neighborhood and has the absolute stunning stairs that come together in front of a fountain. It’s a pretty romantic location if you were looking for that intimate elopement photography with a European feel. Check out Ryan + Katie's elopement here.

Spanish Steps Elopement

Washington National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral is another iconic place in DC and it’s the perfect location for that regal and luxury elopement feel. It has beautiful, arch ways, stairwells, and passages making it a perfect location for elevated elopement experience and photos.

Washington Cathedral Church Elopement

Bishop Gardens

The Bishops Gardens are a part of the Washington National Cathedral and it’s a perfect place to elope with outdoor gardens, cherry blossoms, and greenery. They also have a little stone gazebo, which is perfect for a private setting to share your vowels in exchange rings. Check out one of my session here.

Bishop Gardens Elopement Location

The Eaton Hotel

The Eaton Hotel is in walking distance of the Smithsonian museums, Black Lives Matter Plaza, The Capital Hill and more, making it a very cultural and unique location to elope in DC. Check out Sara and Julia's nuptials here

The Eaton Hotel Elopement

The Capitol

The Capitol is perfect for couples who want this landmark's Neoclassical architecture to be the focus backdrop of their photos. Another plus of this location is you can often capture great portraits without people in the background!

The Capitol Elopement

Old Town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria is just under 30 mins away from Washington DC, and this a to-go favorite location for my DMV and out of state couples. There are so many locations in this area from King Street, the Athenaeum to the Carlyle house to elope, that this makes it a prime location to have an elopement. Check out my elopement with Michelle & Shamik here.

Old Town Alexandria Elopement

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All of these locations are unique in their own right and the offer beautiful details, and the perfect setting for your elopement. Although they are all different, they all achieve the same goal, which is to give you the ultimate experience of having the best elopement. And what’s more they are budget friendly, easy to plan, and you are definitely going to have Pinterest-worthy photos that you have dreamed of!

I hope these recommendations have helped you to put your planning at ease on where to elope in Washington DC. Did you look at any of these and think "I want to elope here", but you don't know how and where to start? Then I’m here to help! Let’s get together to help you create your dream elopement! Let’s get started! 

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DC Elopement Photographer, Andrea Salazar Photography


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