Caroline and Miguel hosted an evening wedding in Washington DC in the heart of the city where they wanted their guests to experience a few Washington DC-only nods during their day (like a Marine One fly-by during photos!!). Their glamorous city wedding took place at the Park Hyatt Washington, for both ceremony and reception, and it was the portraits on the Mall that were extra special and very iconic DC. The bride, groom and their wedding party headed to the Jefferson Memorial for some magical DC moments before jetting off to tie the knot. And when they did, the bride carried a pop of color down the aisle and a special touch made from the sleeve of her mother’s wedding dress. But, do not miss their wedding ceremony backdrop, it is a feast for the eyes, for sure! We love all the glitz and glam of their big day paired with the backdrop of a spectacular spot in our fabulous nation’s capital! Thanks so much to Deb Lindsey Photography for sharing Caroline and Miguel’s beautiful Washington DC wedding photos with us!
From the bride: Miguel and I wanted our wedding weekend to be a truly joyful time spent with our closest family and friends. I have a significant personal connection to Washington, D.C. beginning with being born at Georgetown hospital! I have spent the majority of my life in the DC area, so that was a big contributor to have a “home town” wedding that would encourage as many people to attend our wedding as possible.
My mom cut off part of the sleeve of her wedding dress and had my name, Miguel’s name, and the wedding date embroidered into the fabric in blue thread. We then had it sown into my wedding dress in the front underneath the skirt, and pinned my sorority pin (Kappa Alpha Theta) and his fraternity pin (Sigma Chi) to it for another personal touch.
In order to best accommodate our in-town and out-of-town guests, we chose to host the wedding ceremony and reception in a venue where out-of-town (and in-town!) guests could also stay. The Park Hyatt Washington was perfect. It is a luxurious hotel with a boutique feel that met our every request.
We began the wedding weekend with a “Welcome to Washington” party held at Boveda Latin Speakeasy in the Westin Georgetown, which is right across the street from the Park Hyatt. All of our invited guests were invited to attend (we had a separate welcome party card in our wedding invitation mailing), and it was a blast to get everyone together who had already arrived into town.
I had custom bridesmaid gown hangers made for all of my bridesmaids, my mom, Miguel’s mom, and for myself. I had personalized handkerchiefs embroidered for my parents that I gave them on the day of the wedding. For Miguel, I had a custom greeting card designed for him with a keychain that he can clip his wedding band to when he plays volleyball. I’m sure there are things I am already forgetting, so just focus on a few of the most important personal details!
Important to the couple? Quality photography; photographs of our family and bridal party taken at and around the Jefferson Memorial before the ceremony that would not be rushed; quality food; quality entertainment; that the event timeline be well thought-out and executed so that guests were kept entertained throughout the entire evening. I put a lot of effort into making our wedding timeline as realistic as possible, cutting out “traditional wedding elements” that I do not care for, such as the bouquet and garter toss, or a formal end of reception send-off, the speeches were wonderfully short and sweet! Cake cutting was done in between the band’s two sets.
I did not want to have a traditional white wedding bouquet, so I went for different shades of magenta, with three or four different kinds of flowers in it, and loved it so much. Miguel wore a white rose, the flower of his fraternity, Sigma Chi. My bridesmaids carried white bouquets that looks beautiful against their black floor length chiffon gowns. The groomsmen boutonnieres and flower girl/ring bearer flowers were while as well.
Because I spent so much time planning every detail of the wedding weekend, some of my favorite memories from the weekend are those that could not be planned in advance or were pleasantly unexpected.
During our “first look” at the Jefferson Memorial the afternoon of the wedding, one of Miguel’s groomsmen (who is a Marine One helicopter pilot) arranged for one of his colleagues to do a flyover the Tidal Basin, resulting in some very special photos with our wedding party. I arrived late due to hair/makeup backlog, but the pilot did another pass for me. It doesn’t get much more D.C. than that!
Because we wanted to have a 6:00 p.m. ceremony and knew our venue would be in a ballroom in the heart of Washington, D.C., I was interesting in having a little glamour infused into the event. Our wedding invitations were ecru-colored, very thick with gold etching around the sides, and black and gold colored font (the gold font was a calligraphy-style font, very glam!). Our ceremony was very white, green, and gold. Nick Perez designed a wall of faux boxwood panels that held white flowers and gold mercury candles for the ceremony. For the reception we had gold chiavari chairs, white linens, gold mercury tea candles, and black and gold menus and ceremony programs. Nick Perez transformed the ceremony with COLOR! by creating small, medium and tall centerpiece arrangements with magenta and other richly colored florals. The tall arrangements had gold curly branches coming out of the top with tea candles hanging from the branches. Dramatic and lovely.
Congratulations to Caroline and Miguel! Thank you for sharing your magenta, gold, and white wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned, up next we’ll share with you their swanky jewel tone reception with you!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Transportation: Reston Limo
Wedding Website Design: Sagetopia
Seamstress: Feli Salizar
Ceremony Programs, Menus, Table Numbers: The Image Specialist
Rehearsal Dinner: Buca di Beppo in Dupont Circle
Welcome Party: Westin Georgetown, Boveda Latin Speakeasy
DJ: Chris Walker DJ’d with Go Go Gadjet
Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Catering + Cake/Dessert: Park Hyatt Washington
Reception Music: Go Go Gadjet band
Ceremony Music: String Theory string quartet with Entertainment Exchange
Officiant: Honorable Robert W. Wooldridge, Jr.
Floral Designer: Nick Perez at MultiFlor
Hair Stylist: Jessica Bolling
Makeup Artist: Ashleigh Bolling
Bride’s Attire: Watters
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Jewelry: Swarovski earrings
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhullier
Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy
Groom’s Attire: The Tailored Man
Groom’s Shoes: Nordstrom
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Photo Booth: Booth-o-Rama
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Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography
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