Yichen reached out to us in 2019 looking for a photographer to capture his proposal to his girlfriend Chelsey. A year later, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, he reached back out to see if we could photograph their last-minute elopement at Navy Merchant Marine Memorial. We were so excited to be reunited with these two and to be able to capture this gorgeous ceremony on the Potomac River. 

Riverside Elopement in Washington, DC

Chelsey and Yichen had a beautiful private ceremony under two weeping willows in the heart of DC. Their families in China watched via Zoom from a laptop placed on a park bench, while they recorded audio from a phone in Yichen’s back pocket. In the background, we could see the Washington Monument across the river. 

Covid-19 was an incredibly difficult time, especially for those who were unable to get married with their families in attendance, but Yichen and Chelsey filled their day with joy. They focused on only the things that mattered to them – Chelsey made her own bridal bouquet and they had a special dinner back at their apartment after the ceremony. These two had smiles on their faces from the moment we arrived, and it was a great reminder of what marriage is really about.

American University 

These two met in college at American University, and quickly fell in love. One of my favorite details that they included in their elopement was two rubber ducks: one with a crown and the other holding a beach pail. Early in their relationship they came across these ducks - of which they each had one - and realized that they had been at the same Halloween party before knowing each other. They saved the ducks, knowing that such a serendipitous situation was something special, and brought them along years later to be the audience for their elopement. 

Covid elopements will always have a special place in our hearts, and this one especially so. I’m so glad that we could capture this ceremony for Yichen and Chelsey and provide them with beautiful images to share with all of the friends and family that couldn’t be there in person. 

VENUE // The Potomac riverside

airplane flying over the potomac river with the washington monument in the background
bride and groom wearing face masks
wedding officiant and couple signing marriage certificate in front of navy-merchant marine memorial
marriage certificate
couple and officiant walk the mt. vernon trail
bride and groom looking out at the potomac river and washington monument
couple under willow trees along the potomac river
Woman and two men standing in park along potomac river
Covid-19 wedding
Bride and groom holding hands with officiant behind them.
masked wedding officiant
dc elopement live-streamed on a laptop through zoom
Gold macbook air with zoom video of couple eloping
Covid-19 elopement DC
Groom putting ring on bride's finger
elopement in park
bride putting ring on groom's finger
Elopement on potomac river across from washington monument.
Couple kissing with washington monument in background.
Groom showing off wedding ring
Bride and groom talking to family through laptop
Bride and groom on laptop, woman riding bike in background
Covid-19 elopement on zoom
Bride and groom in DC
DC elopement portraits
elopement at Navy Merchant Marine Memorial
DC elopement photographer
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park elopement in DC
Bride and groom under weeping willow
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bride and groom under weeping willow
groom in red shirt
groom portrait
bride portrait
red bridal bouquet
Navy Merchant Marine Memorial elopement

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