Washington National Cathedral: A Stunning Engagement Session

Fiances showing off the engagement ring

Welcome to part II of Tess and Tyler’s early spring engagement session in Washington DC. Washington National Cathedral is one of my favorite places to photograph engagement sessions, any time of year. The grand architecture and prestigious grounds make for an amazing backdrop for any couple. We were lucky enough to catch the early cherry blossom blooms during our shoot together in mid-March. These two are a perfect match and I could think of no better place than the blooming flowers in Bishops Garden to showcase their engagement ahead of their wedding day. Tess & Tyler wanted to keep things relaxed, natural, and fun, and so that is exactly what we did!

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Couple walks together hand in hand.

Historical Significance

Construction began in 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt helped lay the foundation stone. Through world wars, the Great Depression and immense social change, construction ended exactly 83 years after it began, when President George H.W. Bush oversaw the laying of the final stone atop the towers, in 1990.

Beyond its religious significance, the cathedral has also been a center for social justice activism, advocating for causes ranging from civil rights to environmental conservation. Today, the Washington National Cathedral continues to inspire awe and reverence among visitors from around the world, inviting all to experience its beauty and embrace its message of hope and inclusivity.



Gorgeous architecture at Washington National Cathedral

The Perfect Location for Proposals, Engagements, & Wedding Portraits

Nestled amidst the bustling energy of Washington, D.C., lies a gem of romance: the Washington National Cathedral, a private oasis for those seeking to immortalize their love story. Whether you’re planning a heart-stopping proposal, capturing the joy of your engagement, or creating timeless wedding day portraits, the cathedral offers an unrivaled setting of grandeur and intimacy. Picture the drama of a proposal beneath its awe-inspiring spires, the quiet serenity enveloping you as you say “yes” to forever. Engagements here are nothing short of magical, with every stolen glance and tender embrace framed by the cathedral’s stunning architecture. And for wedding day portraits, the cathedral’s majestic beauty provides a backdrop worthy of a fairy tale. While access to this romantic haven requires a $250 permit fee, the memories you’ll create amidst its hallowed halls are truly priceless.

Black and white photo of couple at Washington National Cathedral

Engagement session at Bishops Garden at Washington National Cathedral.

Shoes and engagement ring flat shot on the grass

Planning Outfits for Your Engagement Session at Washington National Cathedral

When envisioning your attire for a captivating engagement session at the Washington National Cathedral, think of clothing that adds to the romance of the occasion. Choose garments that echo the timeless beauty of your love story while harmonizing with the cathedral’s grandeur. Ladies, embrace flowing dresses or skirts that sway with every step, enhancing the enchantment of the moment. Soft, delicate hues or deep, rich tones can accentuate the architectural marvels surrounding you. Gentlemen, consider donning a dashing suit that exudes charm and refinement, perfectly complementing your partner’s elegance. Let your outfits intertwine seamlessly, symbolizing the unity of your hearts as you embark on this unforgettable journey together. And above all, wear attire that not only captures the eye but also embodies the passion and romance that define your relationship, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Washington National Cathedral Engagement session

Windy day in April for Tess and Tylers engagement session

Black and white photo of couple posing together at Bishops Garden at Washington National Cathedral

Classy engagement session

Cherry blossoms are in bloomWashington National Cathedral Engagement session

A Photographer’s Paradise

As you explore Washington National Cathedral, you’ll find an abundance of picturesque spots perfect for capturing unforgettable moments. Start by taking in the stunning views from the nearby street, where the cathedral’s majestic spires dominate the skyline, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your photographs. Wander through the peaceful Bishops Garden, where colorful flowers and lush greenery create a romantic setting amidst nature’s beauty. Continue your journey to the Cathedral Garth and All Souls Memorial Garden with meticulously landscaped gardens. Don’t forget to visit The Shadow House. With each location offering its own unique charm and appeal, Washington National Cathedral promises a photographer’s paradise filled with endless opportunities for stunning shots.

Washington National Cathedral

Black and white photo of a couple walking down the stairs together during their engagement session.

Fun engagement session.Fiances showing off the engagement ring


Couple spins around during their fun engagement session.

What’s next?

I hope you love the idea of having me as your go-to photographer for all those special moments – from the heart-pounding proposal to the big wedding day and everything in between – I just want to share how genuinely excited I am about the prospect of capturing your unique love story. Picture this: laughing until your sides ache, stolen glances full of anticipation, and that overwhelming rush of emotion as you say “I do.” These are the moments I live for! With a passion for storytelling and a knack for capturing the little details that make your story truly yours, I promise to be there, camera in hand, to freeze those fleeting moments in time. So, if you’re ready to embark on this crazy adventure called life, I’d be absolutely thrilled to tag along, snapping away and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Let’s make some magic together!

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