A Spring Wedding at the DC War Memorial | Carl and Mackensie

 Bride and groom candid wedding photo at the DC War Memorial | Megan Rei Photography

Carl and Mackensie were married on a beautiful April day at the DC War Memorial. During a spring season where the weather has been all over the place, they were fortunate to have an absolutely gorgeous Saturday with blue skies and 80 degree temperatures! 

These two met back during their college days in Rochester, NY (where they were both political science majors) before moving to DC together. They made the excellent decision to exchange their wedding vows in DC instead of their hometown. On their wedding day, Rochester was actually getting hit with a big ice storm! I know their families were happy to escape the never-ending winter up north and enjoy some sunshine :)

I loved all the personal details that Carl and Mackensie incorporated into their big day. Carl's sister Dana officiated their ceremony, continuing their family tradition of family member officiants.  And they had a talented violinist (Brooksley Bishop) playing some of their favorite songs before the ceremony and for the processional. I think my favorites were Despacito and Call Me Maybe. It's amazing how beautiful and fancy they can sound when played with the right instrument!

Another special touch was the surprise letter Mackensie wrote for Carl. She had his mother give it to him to read just before the ceremony. He may or may not have teared up, you'll have to scroll down to see!

 DC War Memorial in early spring
 DC War Memorial in early spring

I'm not crying, you're crying.

 Emotional groom reading a letter from the bride | Washington DC Candid Wedding Photography
 Groom smiling while reading a heartfelt letter from the bride before the wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial
 Sweet letter from the bride
 Emotional groom reading a letter from the bride | Washington DC Candid Wedding Photography
 Emotional groom with his mother | Documentary wedding photographer in Washington DC
 Guests mingling at the DC War Memorial before the wedding ceremony | DC War Memorial wedding
 Groom laughing with the guests before the wedding | Candid DC Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
    Candid moment captured of the groom and his friends | Candid wedding photographer in DC | DC War Memorial Wedding Photos

Carl's sister - and my good friend - Connie, had the very important responsibility of learning to tie a bowtie on Youtube and providing touchups on site.

    Sister fixing the groom's bow tie before the wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial | Candid wedding pictures in Washington, DC
    Sister fixing the groom's bow tie before the wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial | Candid wedding pictures in Washington, DC
 Wedding music provided by violinist Brooksley Bishop | Best DC and Northern Virginia Violinists
 Wedding violinist Brooksley Bishop | Best DC Wedding Musicians
 Guests watching the bride walk down the aisle | Candid DC Wedding Photography
 Groom seeing the bride for the first time
 Bride and her father walking down the aisle as they approach the DC War Memorial
 View of the wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial | Washington DC Wedding Photographer

The strong breeze that kept everyone comfortable on this warm day also gave Mackensie and Dana some supermodel hair!

 A windy outdoor wedding ceremony in Washington DC
 A windy outdoor wedding ceremony in Washington DC
 Groom looking at the bride during the wedding | Candid Wedding Photography at the DC War Memorial
 Intimate wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial | Best Locations in DC for Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
 Smiling bride on the wedding day | Candid Wedding Photography
 Wedding guests watching the couple exchange vows | Best DC Wedding Venues | Megan Rei Photography
    The first kiss | Small wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial
 Just married and walking back up the aisle at the DC War Memorial | Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Washington DC
 Bride and groom get a moment alone after the ceremony

I love this one of Carl admiring his ring!

 room admiring his wedding ring | Candid DC Wedding Photographer
 Wedding couple portraits at the DC War Memorial | Washington DC Wedding Photography
 Groom portrait at his Washington, DC Wedding
 Bridal portrait at the DC War Memorial with floral bouquet from Allan Woods Flowers
 Groom straightening his bow tie
 Bride at the DC War Memorial | Wedding dress by Rue de Seine from Lovely Bride, Rochester NY
 Wedding couple posing in the DC War Memorial on their spring wedding day | Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Washington, DC
 A kiss with the dome of the memorial above the wedding couple
 Beautiful wedding rings from Mann’s Jewelers in Rochester, NY | Bridal bouquet from Allan Woods Flowers, Washington DC Wedding Florist
 Groom gives the bride a kiss on the forehead | Washington, DC Wedding Photographer
 Happy photo of the wedding couple, with flowers by Allan Woods Flowers | Washington DC Wedding Florist
 Sweet picture of the bride and groom on the steps of the DC War Memorial
 Bride and groom go in for a kiss during the spring wedding in Washington, DC
 Bride and groom walking up to the DC War Memorial where they had their intimate wedding ceremony
 The wedding couple at their DC War Memorial Wedding | Washington DC Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon during cherry blossom season, of course the area was packed with tourists. But the DC War Memorial is directly across the street from the Tidal Basin, so we had to take advantage of the beautiful blossoms and brave the crowds! It was actually so fun maneuvering our way through all the tourists - many of them were shouting congratulations to Mackensie and Carl everywhere we went!

 Walking through the crowds of tourists to see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on their wedding day | Candid Wedding Photographer in Washington, DC
 Holding hands and walking down the sidewalk to the Tidal Basin for more wedding photos
 Walking through the crowds of tourists to see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on their wedding day | Candid Wedding Photographer in Washington, DC
 A sweet wedding photo with the cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC | Cherry blossom wedding pictures
 Bride and groom holding hands in front of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial | Candid DC Wedding Photographer | Wedding dress by Rue de Seine from Lovely Bride, Rochester NY
 Wedding photo near the cherry blossoms with the Washington Monument in the background | Washington DC Wedding Photography
 Wedding couple portraits for their spring wedding in Washington, DC | Wedding rings from Mann’s Jewelers in Rochester, NY
 Laughing wedding picture of the bride at groom at the Tidal Basin | Candid Wedding Photographer in Washington, DC
 Bride and groom having fun walking through the cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC | Megan Rei Photography | Fun Wedding Photographer in DC
 Wedding couple cuddles up together for their spring wedding photos in DC | Natural and candid wedding pictures in Washington DC
 Bride and groom smiling at each other next to the cherry blossom trees | Best Locations in DC for Wedding Pictures
 Photo of the bride’s wedding dress near the cherry blossoms | Rue de Seine dress from Lovely Bride, Rochester, NY bridal shop
 Happy picture of the wedding couple at the Tidal Basin with the cherry blossom trees | Cherry Blossom Wedding Photos | Megan Rei Photography

Thank you Mackensie and Carl for letting me capture your wedding day!

Venue: DC War Memorial

Hair: Drybar

Flowers: Allan Woods Flowers

Violin: Brooksley Bishop

Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop

Reception: Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

Rentals: Event Rentals DC

Rings: Mann's Jewelers

Invitations: Paperless Post

Dress: Rue de Seine from Lovely Bride Rochester

Tux: Suit Supply