Monica and John’s DC wedding, from A. Dominick Events and captured by Jeff + Jane Greenough, was full of impeccable details and swathed and a purple-hued palette! Their multi-faith ceremony and elegant reception included beautiful paper goods (like custom mad libs) and travel themed escort cards (with stamps sourced in Paris!) and table numbers. And there’s nothing like a good surprise for the guests. Theirs? DC Slices pizza truck pulled up for a late night snack! The perfect ending to their day, if you ask me!
From Monica: Our goal was to host fun, summery garden party, so we focused on bold, bright colors – violets, pinks, and blues – throughout the flowers and decor. The different shades complemented each other beautifully (and saved us a lot of stress of having to find the “perfect” purple or pink for every centerpiece or decoration).
We spent a lot of time planning the ceremony (which included a Catholic priest, two Jewish cantors, and a recessional to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’), and wrote our own vows. It was nerve-wracking to have our hearts poured out in front of our guests, but it made for one of the most memorable moments of the wedding.
Instead of a guest book, we had guests fill out custom mad libs that we have since made into an album.
We focused on light, seasonal foods and drinks, including a fruit-filled Pimm’s Cup and rosemary lemonade as our signature passed beverages.
We wanted to make sure the little details of the wedding reflected our personalities and relationship, and that things we love were integrated into the day. John studied abroad in Bologna, Italy, where they serve a sparkling red wine called lambrusco, so we passed the Italian bubbly instead of champagne for the toasts. Each escort card had a unique vintage stamp that we found at a flea market in Paris, and each table number was a photo of us at different locations on our travels around the world together.
We wanted an indoor-outdoor feel for the entire wedding, so we made sure to have lots of seating (and a bar) outside in Meridian House’s beautiful linden grove. Guests who wanted to take refuge from the dance floor were able to relax outside and enjoy the warm summer night.
As we both have gotten into the D.C. food truck craze, we had the D.C. Slices pizza truck surprise our guests at the end of the night with a late night snack. We managed to keep their arrival a secret from everyone, including our parents, and it was such a fun and festive way to end the reception.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Monica and John’s wedding:
Venue: Meridian House
Caterer: Well Dunn Catering
Photographer: Jeff + Jane Greenough
Wedding Planner: A. Dominick Events
Floral Designer: Philippa Tarrant
Officiant: Debbie Ballard and Annie Rose
Ceremony Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet
Ketubah: Marianne Aaron
Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting
Reception Music: My Deejay
Cake: Thomas Sweet
Food Truck: DC Slices
Stationery: Aerialist Press
Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Co.
Bridal Attire: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Veil: Carine’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Attire: Alfani
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Photo Credits: Jeff + Jane Greenough