Wedding pictures

Wedding pictures and repairs at the Capitol

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I believe that one of the major reasons that couples flock to DC for their wedding day is because of our beautiful monuments. They become backdrops to some of the most gorgeous wedding and engagement pictures that I have seen. When you get married in DC, after the ceremony there isn’t an extended amount of time being spent on traditional ceremony pictures or rushing to get to the reception venue. In DC, we gather up our wedding party and take photos around the monuments, in front of museums and along famous roads and areas such as Georgetown, Adams Morgan and U Street. These are all what make DC such a beautiful and diverse place to get married.

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It has been reported that beginning next month, the US Capitol building will undergo a much needed and extensive restoration effort. Being a Washingtonian and Washington based event planner, I started to think of all of the couples who will be getting or plan to get married in our Nation’s Capital within the upcoming two years (the amount of time estimated to complete the project). Will couples decide against taking their wedding pictures on The Mall or run the risk of having an eye-sore in their pictures? I’m sure I’m not the only one this news has saddened but I’ve seen the cracks and the dome definitely needs a face-lift. The National Monument is still ensconced in scaffolding due to the Earthquake of 2011 that shook our area. Unfortunately this will now make two of our major wedding picture draws visually unappealing for wedding pictures. These two years can’t go by soon enough and well as far as The National Mall goes, we still have the Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials. 🙂

Capitol-Dome
Artist rendering of scaffolding on the Capitol dome

Capitol picture 1 {source} – Capitol picture 2 {source} – Capitol picture 3 {source}
Artist rendering {source}

Happy Planning,

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Picture Perfect #yourwedding

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Imagine it’s your wedding day and you are having the time of your life. You see and have even posed for the several hundred, maybe even thousands of flashes going off around you and your new spouse. You know, those special moments in time that you pay your photographer hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars to capture and can’t wait to sit down and go through them all.  Now, what about those remaining flashes that were from family and friends and all of their pictures? You know, those who were snapping away with their cameras & smartphones.

A great idea is to assign a unique hashtag to your event. When friends and family post pictures to the awesomeness that are searchable social media sites and apps like Instagram and Twitter you and your guest can run a search on your hashtag and view all of the pictures that were tagged and are now associated with that hashtag. You can view them right away, that night even without having to wait the weeks it takes to view your photographer’s collection.

A great way to advertise your hashtag are to create cute little cards or small signs that sit at each table ensuring that guests will have the information handy when snapping and uploading. Another great idea is to create a large banner or sign utilizing poster board or a chalkboard to remind guests of your hashtag. Grab a friend that can draw or graphically design your event logo or monogram and don’t forget to add your event date and unique hashtag (don’t forget the “#” sign). You’ll be happy you did it!

I’m sure you won’t be taking inventory beforehand of those who will be bringing their cameras so who knows who will be taking pictures. This way you will see all of the great candid shots and you never know, some might even come out just as fabulous if not even more so than your professional photographer’s. Now besides enjoying all the photos of your special day via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you can take it one step further and create a fabulous photo book using an online photo services such as Shutterfly, Kodak or Blurb. I’m excited for you!!

Happy Planning!!

LaToya 🙂

Hashtag board – source
Instagram cards – source