The National Arboretum is one of my favorite places in DC. It’s hard to believe such a large park exists within the city. It has a variety of gardens (including an entire bonsai section) and columns which were a part of the United States Capitol from 1828 to 1958. It definitely makes for a beautiful spot for a proposal, or just to hang out with your dog (because of course you have a dog).

There is one downside to the arboretum: they’re super strict about photography permits. I’ve gotten away without one once or twice, but you can never be sure, which is why I recommend getting one. Click below to get more info on that.

Here’s another surprise proposal I photographed at the National Arboretum.

I’m Chris and I’m a Washington DC wedding photographer. My mission is to capture bold, modern, and distinctive photos for unconventional couples. I want to make you look epic, awesome, amazing, beautiful, and dapper – all the things you like and none of the things you don’t. Most importantly, I want to capture what makes you you.

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