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This is probably one of the most popular memorials / monuments in DC to propose at. You have two excellent backgrounds to choose from: the Washington Monument or, obviously, the Lincoln Memorial.

A benefit of choosing the Washington Monument as a background is that you can get close to the edge of the reflecting pool and there will be no other people in the photo. There’ll likely be a lot of people in the background if you choose the Lincoln.

Besides that, there’s a wide variety of spots for post-proposal portraits both in and around the Lincoln Memorial. Some photographers try to dissuade proposals here, but I say go for it.

Also, since the Lincoln Memorial is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, you technically need a permit. You can see more at the link below.


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.

If this sounds like you and your partner and you’d like me to document your Washington DC Proposal, please reach out to me below. I’d love to chat! You can also e-mail me at chris@chrisferenzi.com.

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