I have been photographing weddings for seven years now and it is crazy to think this was the first time photographing an elopement. I sure hope it isn’t my last because I am in love. The intimacy, the lack of stress, the quietness. It is special. Don’t get me wrong, traditional weddings are just as fun, but I can see why some couples choose this. Elizabeth and Karim chose Washington, DC. Did you know that you can marry yourselves, without an officiant, within the city limits? So cool! Before saying their vows at the Jefferson Memorial, the three of us spent time at the National Gallery of Art and outside the Library of Congress. The grand interior of the Gallery draws your eye up and the architecture of the Library transports you to another time.
When it came time for Elizabeth and Karim to recite their vows they found a quite spot on the side of the Jefferson. With the Washington Memorial and Tidal Basin as the backdrop, these two committed to one another in their own words. Tears were shed. I couldn’t hear a word they said to each other but just by watching the way they were looking at each other tears started to well up in my eyes, as well.
Elizabeth and Karim, thank you for choosing me to be there with the two of you on that special day. I will never forget it!