Cherry Blossoms Peak Bloom is here!
The big question this time around - are the cherry blossoms in full bloom? Flowering of the cherry blossom tree somehow marks the beginning of spring in Washington, DC. With the weather fluctuating every week, we didn’t really know what to expect. Although the Cherry Blossom Festival have started since March 13 and will continue till April 15th, the National Park Service had revised (twice) Washington D.C. peak bloom forecast to April 8-12. And this time... it worked! Although I'm not big on Cherry Blossom in DC and there are snow showers expected on Saturday, I’m hoping they can survive their already short span of life.
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
The cherry blossoms have bloomed
I usually dread going to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms, because it’s usually still cold in early spring and the weather fluctuates a lot. This year I’m thinking about paying them a visit, because our little cherry buds struggled hard last year and never got to bloom. The recent snow this year hadn’t affected them much, but the cold had pushed back their blooming time. There’s an overwhelming amount of hype around Cherry Blossoms, especially, in DC. I appreciate the new blooms, but after a few visits over the years, I had stopped feeling the need to be a part of all the hustle and bustle. This year, I do want to make an effort to go to DC and maybe share some pretty pictures with you. So, you see… the blog has helped me grow interest in things I had lost fascination for before. I’ve decided to easy in to the season and just make a random visit to the city one sunny day.
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
Dress for the weather - Keep layers handy!
If you’re going out to stroll along the Tidal Basin to watch the cherry blossoms, or to take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival - the nation’s biggest springtime festival- that’s still going on, dress for the occasion and weather. This will help you enjoy all the outdoor activities instead of dreaming about going back to the car and cranking up the heater. Friday’s supposed to be gorgeous, so hopefully you’ll have some time to revel in the glory of the cherry blossoms. Think trench coats (just in case) and comfortable shoes if you’d be walking a lot. Unless you’re having an engagement shoot with your fiance, I’d say leave the heels at home and put on your all stars converse or a chic pair of sneakers. Here’s my own Spring wish list (I've had H&M obsession lately... you'll see):
1. Short Sleeve Plaid Tie Front Button Down 2. Striped Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Seersucker Mini Dress 3. Off-the-shoulder Top 4. Off-the-shoulder Top 5. Light Pink Patterned Top 6. Pink dotted Umbrella 7. Show Me Your Mumu Chiffon Crop Top 8. Light Blue Top with Embroidery 9. Jacket with gathered sleeves 10. Light Pink Sneakers
Most sought after place for engagement photos around this time - choose non-rush hour time in DC and take advantage of local trees
Are you incorporating the cherry blossoms into your outdoor spring engagement photos? Lots of newly engaged couples are out there right now. Or, did you get married in the spring + summer and having an anniversary photo session in DC? If you’re looking to have a dreamy engagement session or anniversary session with a picturesque view of the Cherry blossoms, the Tidal basin is the go to place for many couples and wedding photographers. You can opt for a sunrise session to (maybe) beat the traffic and tourists, if you’re lucky. Just remember that the weather will be cooler earlier in the day. Take layers with you - like a cozy fleece cardigan, a knit blazer or an oversize blazer.
If you don’t want to drive to the Tidal Basin, take advantage of local areas. Although Washington, DC is the most significant tourist spot, there are also other areas in Maryland and Virginia where you can find cherry blossoms and magnolia trees without tourists and parking hustle. So don’t fret! Dress in your cute spring outfit and go out for a stroll with your newly engaged partner. Have your photographer follow you around and guide you to capture those dreamy, (I really want to add: cuddly), and romantic images.
This outdoor spring engagement session on Once Wed has me swooning!
Think about what you are wearing
Something in pastel to complement the flowers in bloom? A light-weight and flattering tulle midi skirt or a tulle maxi skirt? Do you want more formal attire, less formal, or casual? Blush, dusty blue, and mint seems to be all the rage this season. While planning for your engagement outfit, don’t forget your fiance! ;) Your partner needs to look good too! Coordinate with your finance. Here are few styles and engagement outfits for spring that I’m eyeing for my future client brides. If you fancy any from the list, give it a try:
If you have time this week on Friday, go out to see the cherry blossoms. The sunny weather is quiet fleeting and we only get a glimpse before we meet snow again. Thank you for visiting me, taking an interest in viewing this blog, and sticking around. I appreciate you so much! Blogging has helped me grow in many ways. Appreciating the seasons and what they have to offer has been one of them. I hope the flowers will remain in bloom, and you’ll be able to enjoy the fleeting beauty just a little longer.
For frequent updates on the cherry blossoms, visit CherryBlossomWatch.com