A Timeless DC Wedding at the Wharf Dockmaster Building
Okay, okay, I’m biased here – Carolyn and I (Lauren) have been best friends since the third grade, so I was always going to love this wedding. But I really loved this DC wedding! The inspiration behind the day was a sense of timelessness, and they really delivered! Carolyn wore a fitted strapless dress with lace and traded a long train for a cathedral-length veil. Her hair was pulled back in a classic chignon, and she chose a traditional round bouquet with peonies, garden roses, and hydrangeas. Liam wore a classic black tux, and together they looked like royalty!
Cocktails on the Wharf
Carolyn wanted to make sure we had plenty of time for their couple’s portraits, so we created a timeline that allowed us 2 hours for their first look and space to visit several locations around DC to really get that DC wedding atmosphere.
By doing a first look and being able to capture all those photos before their ceremony, we didn’t have to steal them away afterward and they were able to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests on the dock by the water! That was one of the best parts of the DC Wharf venue – the drinks reception down by the bay.
Precious Moments in the Ceremony
I think my favorite moment of this DC wedding, though, was their vows to each other. Both Carolyn and Liam wrote their own vows, and they were so sweet and special. Knowing them as well as we do made it even more moving, and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
We love (and I mean, love) doing elopement photography – but this was a wedding that couldn’t have been an elopement. It was perfect just as it was – and if you’re not sure whether you should have an elopement or a wedding, check out our eloping vs wedding guide to help!