I can’t decide – would it be magical to plan your wedding around cherry blossoms season? Or stressful? Either way, I think it’s a great idea! So much so that today I’m excited to share with you this Washington D.C. cherry blossoms wedding inspiration!
I don’t want you to miss any of the cherry blossoms goodies, so make sure to check out last week’s post with the cherry blossoms bridal inspiration. You’ll see ‘look 1’ from Carla Pressley Hair & Makeup’s brilliant, creative mind. And read all the behind the scenes details that went into the shoot.
This week I’m taking a different approach and sharing some ideas on how to incorporate cherry blossoms wedding inspiration into your big day. I’m sharing tips on how to plan your wedding around cherry blossoms season! Not fully on board as to why you would even consider planning your wedding around cherry blossoms season? Keep scrolling to see the photos I’m sharing today. The portraits you can get during this season are unparalleled!
Tip 1: Pick a Safe Date
In my experience, the cherry blossoms bloom in D.C and the surrounding areas between mid/late March to early April. There are multiple variety of trees (learn more here) that bloom at different times. Some of the bloom times overlap (like the Yoshino and Akebono), and some bloom much later on their own (kwanzan). The point is, if you want to incorporate cherry blossoms wedding inspiration, I suggest planning your wedding during this timeframe – March 25-April 10th. That’s when it’s most likely that at least one variety will be in some stage of bloom.
Tip 2: Pick a Photographer Who is Just as Obsessed
You wouldn’t believe the number of photographers I overheard this year telling their clients that they don’t like doing cherry blossoms sessions – while they were at the tidal basin about to start a cherry blossoms session! What?! My mind was blown.
If you don’t love what you’re doing, IMHO, you shouldn’t be doing it, first of all, and secondly, your photos will not turn out as well. That is always the case, but especially at the tidal basin/cherry blossoms. It is a super hectic environment, very challenging. You really have to love what you’re doing to be able to successfully navigate it, and give your clients a wonderful experience and beautiful photos.
If you want to include cherry blossoms wedding inspiration on your big day, make sure your photographer loves cherry blossoms season! If they do, they will:
- have done their due diligence to scout the best locations for the type of photos they want, and the areas with their best light
- know all the secluded areas with fewer people in the background
- know the secret spots outside of the tidal basin (maybe in Arlington, Maryland, or elsewhere in D.C.) with lots of beautiful cherry blossoms trees. That will come in handy in case the tidal basin is too hectic or far away for your wedding day.
- know how to use the blossoms and branches the best way to get the most idyllic, magical, romantic portraits, after years of practice.
Tip 3: Be FlexibleThere’s only so much planning you can do to incorporate cherry blossoms wedding inspiration, and if things don’t work out exactly as you thought, that’s OK.
- If one location is too hectic, be willing to switch to another cherry blossoms trees location.
- If one type of tree is no longer in bloom, be OK utilizing the kind that is.
- If you have to do a little bit of traveling to get to an awesome spot full of CB trees, be willing to do so. Which leads me to my next tip…
Tip 4: Add an Extra Hour to Your Photography Package
This tip is made with the assumption that your wedding venue is not located near a grove of cherry blossoms trees. If that is the case, you’ll have to drive to your ideal location. Adding an extra hour to your package as buffer is a great idea in order to make sure you have enough time to travel to and from your venue. And that leads me to my next tip…
Tip 5: Hire a Driver
Book a small van/bus/limo service to drive you to and from your cherry blossoms portrait location. That way, you can be dropped off and don’t have to look for parking. The bus/limo can circle the area and pick you up when you’re done – saving a ton of time and stress.
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Hi – I’m Rachel! A wedding, engagements, and headshots photographer in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. I love taking photos of elegant people who love to laugh, as well as of much in-love couples. If you’re a dog owner, that’s a plus! I’m currently booking 2020 portrait sessions, as well as 2020 and 2021 weddings.