Randy and Chris are a couple who know what they want and they don’t mind waiting for the perfect fit! So when their first choice for their DC wedding venue, Whittemore House was not available for their desired November wedding they pushed back the nuptials to make sure that they were able to host the wedding that was exactly what they envisioned! The couple combined Chris’s Italian background when developing their catering reception menu with Well Dunn Catering, and Randy’s history of living in San Diego and Mexican culture for the decor. They used paper picado flags for the table names strung throughout the space with their own custom design on each. We love the look of the delicate lace flags and they are such a beautiful way to bring cultural backgrounds into the ceremony and reception wedding decor. A big thank you to our dear friend Cassidy of Duhon Photography for sharing this fun and festive wedding with us and congrats to the newlyweds!
From the Grooms: “We had an idea of how we wanted the wedding to look and the decorations we wanted. The venue is a very beautiful, old DC mansion, so it didn’t require much in the way of decorations. My family has an Italian background, so we went for Italian as a theme for the food. Randy grew up in San Diego, very close to Mexico, so we used that as inspiration for the invitations and decorations. For color palette, we developed a mood board on Pinterest to pull in ideas on flowers, different shades of lavender and yellow and grey (which were our main colors) and decorations.”
Tips from the Couples: “I would say, go with exactly the wedding you want. Decide what’s really important to you for the event. In the end, there are a lot of things that we decided weren’t important. To us, the big things were making sure the food is great, having a nice open bar, having a venue we absolutely loved and DJ and photographer we trusted and really liked. I would also highly recommend coordinators for at least the day of. We hired a great team for “month of” coordination and honestly, could not have been happier with them! It really did take a huge weight off of us and let us really enjoy our day.”
“We had a set of magnets made with our wedding flag on it. We had the image designed and put onto a stamp through Etsy, we had metal hearts handmade and hired someone to etch the wedding flag image onto them and then we glued magnets to the back. We were very happy with how they turned out! Instead of a memorial table, we also built a day-of-the-dead altar to represent family and friends who had passed away.”
“Our main priority was to have exactly the wedding we wanted. We originally wanted to get married in November 2015 but the venue we wanted wasn’t available so we decided to push back the date in order to do exactly what we wanted. We originally thought we’d have a photo booth but decided to skip that in the end.”
“We’re both huge Golden Girls fans, so the last song of the evening was the theme song, “Thank You For Being a Friend.” Every person in the room sang along to the song, which was awesome.”
Congratulations to Chris and Randy! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Whittemore House wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photographer: Duhon Photography
Wedding Planner: A Bond Event
Officiant: Randy’s Aunt Brenda Turnbull
Floral Designer: Duran Floral Designs
Chris Attire: Brooks Brothers
Jewelry: Torkkeli Jewelery
Randy Attire: Hugo Boss
Stationery: Vintage Baby Doll/ Etsy
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Whittemore House
Catering: Well Dunn Catering
DJ : Sound of Everything
Honeymoon: Mexico City
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Photo Credits: Duhon Photography