Erin and Robert said “I do!” in a beautiful formal wedding ceremony in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill. If you missed this stunning church wedding ceremony, be sure to catch all the images here. And, after their wedding vows were exchanged, it was time to celebrate! The couple and their loved ones headed over to the National Press Club with views of The White House and the Mall, where they would enjoy a college inspired wedding reception with a few DC inspired touches thrown in. With oodles of bright yellow and blue wedding day details (including a delish looking wedding cake!) that paid tribute to the University of Michigan, the couple danced the night away and gave their wedding guests a peek into their lives with photo touches like custom table names complete with picture stories. But, you know I adore even more the Washington DC skyline place cards, cut to look like the national monuments! I especially appreciate how they really made an effort to introduce their out-of-town guests to the city of DC, from the decor to the location choices to even organizing a trip to a Nats game the day after their wedding. A special thanks to Photography by Marirosa for sharing Erin and Robert’s fun, colorful and college-inspired Washington DC wedding reception with us!
From the bride: We had a lot of people coming in from out of town who weren’t familiar with the Washington DC area, so we wanted to make sure that the wedding locations were easy to get to and that the hotel we picked was accessible.
Additionally, since most people had never been to Washington DC, we wanted to make sure that we had the “quintessential” Washington DC experience – you can see the Washington Monument and the White House from the National Press Club and our wedding ceremony was on Capitol Hill.
Another huge wedding priority of ours was to have good food and drinks, as that is something we love to enjoy on our own time as well. We also hand made our table settings by using die casts of different Washington DC monuments. Instead of basic wedding table numbers, I designed our table numbers using pictures of us (mainly selfies) and each wedding reception table number represented a place we had visited or an activity that we love, from concerts to California visits.
Since we had wedding guests coming from out of town, we wanted to make sure that we maximized spending time with them beyond just the wedding. The evening before our wedding, we had a gathering for our out-of-town wedding guests at the Hamilton after our rehearsal dinner. The day after our wedding, we coordinated going out to a Nationals baseball game.
We have two cats that we adopted from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. In lieu of gifts for our wedding guests, we made a donation to Homeward Trails instead. It was also our way of including our two cats who mean a lot to us!
Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:
The nice thing about Washington, DC is that you can definitely find anything and everything you want for your wedding, so don’t give up on your hunt, especially if you are trying to get within a certain wedding budget.
In today’s day and age, everything can be done over e-mail, but we really encourage you to meet with your wedding vendors in person, and talk on the phone and then follow up with an e-mail. That way you can ensure that your wedding vision and direction is properly conveyed.
While going online for wedding planning can be overwhelming, definitely read reviews of potential wedding vendors on multiple websites.
Congratulations to Erin and Robert! Thank you for sharing your University of Michigan and Washington DC inspired wedding reception with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Photography by Marirosa
Wedding Planner: Andrea Green Events
Videographer: Michael Brazda Films
Stationery: Digby Rose
Calligraphy: Arney Walker
Transportation: America Bus Service
Floral Designer: Buttercups
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Bridal Beauty Associates
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Bridesmaid Accessories: Stella and Dot
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom + Groomsmen Accessories: Express
Ceremony Site: St. Peters On Capitol Hill
Officiant: Father Vincent De Rosa
Ceremony Music: Dr. Kevin O’Brien
Reception Venue: National Press Club
Linens: Stylish Event Rentals
Reception Music: Jeff Davis DJ
Cake/Dessert: Cakes by Chris Furin
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Photo Credits: Photography by Marirosa