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Old Town Alexandria is a small, tucked-away town in Virginia that appears to be frozen in time. This city’s waterfront borders the Potomac River and it is within view of Washington, DC. Noted as the third oldest historic district in the United States, Old Town Alexandria is known for its restaurants, boutiques, and historic museums. I take my couples here for wedding portraits, proposals, couples sessions, and of course, engagement photos. See how beautifully we can capture your engagement session within the variety of locations, seasons, and times of day at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront.
What generally draws couples to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront is the historic feel of the town combined with the variety of spaces to explore. It has a quaint feel with 18th-century townhouses, cobblestone streets, and florals on every corner in the warmer months. King Street is lined with restaurants and boutiques housed by historic buildings perfect for strolling, shopping, and dining out together.
Many of my couples return to Old Town for their engagement session because they have a memory there or it’s somehow part of their love story. Some couples spend a lot of time there, had a special date in the area, or live there currently. You can even take river cruises directly to Georgetown and the National Harbor. The waterfront itself offers a ton of different backdrops from the green waterfront parks to the piers that follow alongside a harbor full of water taxis and river cruise ships.
With a similar link and feel, Washington DC’s Georgetown neighborhood boasts of an old world look with its own cobblestone streets. It has a similar quaint, historic town look like Old Town but it tends to be more crowded. You can still capture similarly amazing engagement photos there!
Besides capturing your love at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, there are many other spaces to explore! Even though this is a small town, it can get busy especially on the weekends. For any waterfront shots, I recommend sunrise so we get the beautiful light without the crowds.
Sunset sessions also work out really well in this location! The main Waterfront Park is the only area that gets really crowded, but I also love taking couples to the waterfront at the far end of town. Another bonus is it’s a great spot for pets to join! The park area allows some room for your furry friends to play while avoiding cars.
Old Town is perfect for wedding party, couples, and family portraits before or after your wedding. I’ve often taken couples to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront when they can’t get into their venue early or they want photos outdoors. I usually take the larger group photos at the Waterfront Park and then do a little more with the couple exploring the area.
Alex is an amazing bluegrass musician from Baltimore, but he and his fiancée Kathleen chose to come down to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront for their engagement session. Check out their bluegrass-themed wedding here! They love Old Town because it has a similar feel to Baltimore with its historic brick houses and waterfront.
Alex brought his bass and serenaded Kathleen by the Waterfront Park! We then explored the city area, wandering and stopping by pretty houses and alleyways that we came across. We caught the sunset on the other side of Old Town at the “Tunnel of Love”. They ended their session on the waterfront during blue hour and watch the bridge light up in the background! Basically, there is so much variety in this one place–it’s crazy!