Welcome to another beautiful wedding week of inspiration here on United with Love! We are excited to share great DC wedding planner advice tomorrow alongside 2 beautiful real weddings from some of our favorite DC wedding photographers this week. Jihan and Heter met on a rainy winter night in 2008, and after a 6 year courtship in New York City, Heter proposed to Jihan under the Brooklyn Bridge. Their engagement led them to a perfect sunny day in D.C. last fall, where they were married in front of their closest friends and family at the iconic Washington National Cathedral followed by a reception at Longview Gallery. The couple knew that they wanted to balance traditional and unconventional for the wedding feeling so with the help of their planning team at A. Dominick Events, they paired the traditional cathedral, as the bride is an NCS alumni, along side the industrial feel of the art gallery for their reception to make a perfect collaboration. Thank you to the newlyweds and Duhon Photography for sharing today’s lovely wedding with us!
From the Bride: “We wanted a wedding that truly reflected our personalities — laidback and fun-loving — that was also “city chic.” At the time of our wedding, we lived in New York City, and I loved all the industrial wedding spaces there. That said, I had always known I wanted to get married at the Washington National Cathedral (I was class of 2003 at NCS), so we had to balance a traditional ceremony with a non-traditional reception venue. When Aimee Dominick suggested we look at Long View Gallery, I fell in love with it immediately. It conveyed the vibe we wanted perfectly. In the end, it worked out and was completely “us.”
Tips from the Bride:
“1. Definitely hire a wedding planner! Aimee Dominick helped us with a lot of vendor recommendations and made the day of completely stress free.
2. Decide what’s important to you and focus on that. Everything can’t be important so set priorities of what you’ll notice and care about and scale back on everything else.
3. Don’t check the weather. You can’t change it so vow to make it one thing you won’t worry about. It didn’t rain on our wedding day but I decided pretty early on that it was simply not something I was going to fret over or check compulsively. “
“Lighting was a huge priority for me. Moreso than flowers or other decor elements. I knew I wanted a LOT of candles all over the place and we had string lights in the dinner/dancing room. I scaled back on flowers to make that happen. I was also obsessed with designing our invites instead of using a site like Wedding Paper Divas or Minted. Two other main priorities were food and music — we wanted the dance floor packed all night so we brought in DJ Mode from NYC; he had worked with my husband at a few corporate events and kept the dance floor packed all night.“
Congratulations to Jihan + Heter! Thank you for sharing your industrial meets traditional DC wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Wedding Planner: A. Dominick Events
Photography: Duhon Photography
Hair Stylist: Mia Shanelle
Makeup Artist: Dawn Newsome
Bridal Gown: Monique L’Huillier
Ceremony Venue: Washington National Cathedral
Reception Venue: Longview Gallery
Floral Designer: Saivita
Invitations and Calligraphy: Bright room Studio / Day of Paper Calligraphy: Lettering by Lynne
DJ: DJ Mode
Rentals: DC Rental
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Favors: Design Cuisine
Draping: Drape Kings
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo/ BHLDN
Groom’s Tux: J. Crew
Groomsmen Tuxedos: The Black Tux
Transportation: First Priority Tours / Rolls Royce: Regal Limo
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.
Photo Credits: Duhon Photoraphy