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UW Cherry Blossom Engagement // Jack + Alicia

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Engagements

If you are dreaming of a spring time engagement, then you have to check out Jack and Alicia’s UW cherry blossom engagement photos! Jack and Alicia are such a sweet couple and we were so excited when they chose this gorgeous location for their engagement session.

The University of Washington is known for being home to over 100 Japanese cherry blossom trees. Thousands of people travel to the UW campus each spring to witness their beauty. Needless to say, this is a very popular photoshoot location. There is something magical about the fully bloomed cherry blossom trees, especially when the blooms begin falling, creating a snowflake-like effect in photos. Jack and Alicia wore neutral colored outfits which was an excellent choice, allowing the baby pink blooms to stand out in their portraits. Some of our favorite photos from their engagement session are the images that show the pink petals gathering on the ground around them. When the trees are fully bloomed, the UW campus becomes a fairytale setting.

It is important to time your visit correctly so that you can visit the cherry blossoms at their peak. In years past, they began to bloom in mid March. Since the cherry blossoms are such an iconic part of the campus, UW always posts about the status of them along with the best times to visit on their website. Additionally, there is a twitter account dedicated to the trees under the username, @uwcherryblossom.

If you love Jack and Alicia’s engagement photos, then just wait until you see their incredible wedding! Sound Originals was lucky enough to capture their big day and we wrote a blog post about it featuring their wedding photo gallery. Congratulations Jack and Alicia!

Want to view another Japanese cherry blossom engagement? Check out this blog post!

UW Cherry Blossom Engagement Photos

UW Cherry Blossoms

Want to know more about the cherry blossoms at UW? Seattle Met wrote an informative article titled Viewing Guide for the UW Cherry Blossoms. Some of the topics they cover in the article focus on what makes this time of year so special, when to visit, and why cherry blossoms were chosen. According to the article, the cherry blossom tree collection first began in 1939. Many of the trees were actually gifted from the Japan Commerce Association of Washington. “Today the campus has dozens of original trees and clones in varieties like kwanzan, shirofugen, and hisakura.” You definitely don’t want to miss out on this beautiful time of year at the University of Washington!

Cherry Blossoms

Did you know that after special preparation, the petals and leaves of cherry blossoms can be eaten? Blossom tea is a popular beverage in Japan! This is just one of many interesting facts about Japanese cherry blossoms in the Good House keeping article titled 12 unusual things you didnt know about Japanese cherry blossom. Another interesting fact is that once they are bloomed, they usually only last a week. Although, even once the blooms have fallen on the ground, they are still incredibly beautiful!

Where Do Cherry Blossoms Grow

Originally from Japan, cherry blossoms can actually grow almost everywhere in the United States. According to an article posted by Brighter Blooms, “In 19th century America, only a few people in the United States—horticulturalists, generally—knew of the Japanese flowering cherry tree. This changed in 1912 when Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift.” The oldest known cherry blossom tree has a massive 10.3 meter trunk and lives in Yamanashi’s Hokuto City. The tree is known as “Jindai-Zakura,” and is estimated to be about 2000 years old! This historic tree is particularly special, as most modern day cherry blossom trees live to be about 15-30 years old.