Allyson & Johnny met in high school through close friends. After many years of being friends and seeing each other on school breaks, Jonathan finally asked Allyson out in 2012. After their first date they never looked back. They happy couple said I do in the gorgeous historic church St. John The Evangelist; following the ceremony the wedding party made their way to the Lincoln Memorial for DC wedding portraits. They knew they wanted a classic DC wedding that was traditional with a few modern touches. Since both Jonathan and Allyson grew up right outside DC their whole lives, the decision to have a DC inspired wedding was an easy decision!
At the top of their wedding wish list was finding a classic venue that was also fun and elegant at the same time. DC can often be stuffy and that was the last thing they wanted on their wedding day. The Ronald Reagan Building checked all the boxes. Their reception followed the mid day ceremony, an included DC inspired details and décor. The backside of their escort cards were made to look like old school DC metro tickets and each table had a cake with a fondant silhouette of the memorials and monuments. We love the unique look of the DC silhouette wedding cake centerpieces that really made the reception utterly unique! A thank you to Nicole Barr Photography for sharing this DC Ronald Reagan Building wedding with us today!
From the Bride- What family traditions/heirlooms did you incorporate: ” We have a few family heirlooms that I used that day. My sister Mandy, had her veil made for her wedding, since then my other sister and myself have used it on our wedding day. Its beautiful and very simple! My sisters and I have also all worn my grandmothers rings on our wedding day.
Jonathan gave his oldest brother/best man a watch as a gift to wear during the wedding, This tradition began in 2005 when his oldest brother got married and gave his middle brother a watch, his middle brother got married in 2011 and gave Jonathan a watch, Jonathan completed the circle so all three of them had their watches on during our wedding.”
What did you splurge or skip while planning? “The four things we really wanted and splurged for were: a great band, good food, and an amazing photographer and videographer. We wanted a large band that could play a variety of music to keep the dance floor active all night. Doctors Orders did an excellent job. We wanted the videographer and photographer more than anything because we wanted the day to be captured perfectly. Our video is fantastic and Nicole did an amazing job on all our photos. Both Clickspark and Nicole went above and beyond to make Jonathan and I feel special. I wouldn’t change that for the world! We skipped gift favors because we noticed, after attending many many weddings, most people leave them behind. We chose to put that money towards late night snacks during the reception! I would say people liked those more“
Tell us your favorite parts of the day: “Allyson-My favorite part of the day was getting ready to walk down the aisle. It was the last moment with my father before I saw Jonathan for the first time. There was so many emotions and excitement at that one moment. I had to take many deep breaths to stop from crying.
Jonathan-The moment the church doors opened and I saw Allyson for the first time. My heart jumped through my chest and I could barely stand when I saw how beautiful she was. Also, sitting by her side as our loved ones toasted us with their speeches-especially my brothers slow-jam duet which was heartfelt but full of comedy.”
Best Advice for Couples: ” My biggest advice is find your vision before you start looking and planning. It is best to know what is important to you and what you can do without. Also if you have visions of a big classic wedding or a small rustic day, do not compromise that dream. This is the biggest day of your life and I wouldn’t trade our day for the world. Have fun with the planning. It seems like a lot but enjoy the time spent on all the details that make the day special. Make sure to take moments during the day and especially the reception to step back, take it all in, and watch everyone enjoying themselves.”
The following Washington DC wedding professional contributed to this Reagan Building DC wedding:
Photography: Nicole Barr Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist | Reception Venue: Ronald Reagan Building | Lighting: Klassic Sound | Floral: Blossom and Basket Boutique | Entertainment: Doctors Orders | Videography: Clickspark | Wedding Cake: Zaglios Bakery | Beauty: Beauty at your Door | Wedding Dress: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection | Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo House | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Submitted via: Matchology