Good morning, DC area wedding lovers! Everything from start to sparkler finish at Sara and Jesse’s DC wedding was flawless – from the elegant and muted wedding invitations to the bride’s rustic bouquet. Sara and Jesse exchanged vows at a beautiful church wedding ceremony in Washington DC at St. Stephen Martyr. The weather Gods were with them and the turned out to be a beautiful day in June right here in DC – you would have never known how threatening the weather was leading up to their big day! Planned by Elegance & Simplicity, the couple opted for a neutral wedding color palette, one that looked stunning on Sara’s bridesmaids in all different dresses! But, no one out-shined this blushing bride-to-be in her gorgeous tulle and beaded sweetheart necklined wedding dress. The dapper groom had a fun fashion moment too, of course, he opted for a blue suit with an eye catching tie! Even though this couple held their wedding ceremony inside, their wedding had a distinctly garden feel to it, especially given the time they took to walk the grounds with their photographer to capture some amazing and special couple photos! A big thanks for the Washington DC area wedding photos by Bonnie Sen.
From the bride: All week long before our wedding day, the weather was terrible. It was 60 degrees and raining the first week of June! I had been watching the weather for weeks and was crushed that our wedding day had an 80% chance of thunderstorms. Sure enough, however, I woke up Saturday morning to clear skies and a breezy 75 degrees – truly the first sunny day in June!
Our photographer (Bonnie Sen) requested early on that we take pictures at sunset – approximately 8pm. This was mid-way through the wedding reception when the light had a glowing, ethereal look – and Jesse and I were very happy and relaxed following a few cocktails! There’s a great picture that she captured where his tie is a bit loose and my head is back in a laugh – it truly captures the moment of our wedding day! I felt so lucky that the weather cleared up for us on our wedding day. We wouldn’t have had those carefree moments captured so perfectly otherwise.
For family members that weren’t able to be at the wedding, we incorporated my maternal grandmother’s rosary beads (something old) and my paternal grandmother’s pin (something blue). We also displayed family photographs of our loved ones from growing up. For our dog, Lou, who didn’t get the invite (which I still regret!) we incorporated his photograph on the back of a menu that we made on Wedding Paper Divas. As a nod to Washington DC, our wedding reception table names were all DC neighborhoods (ours was Adams Morgan – where we live!), labeled on top of a DC map print that purchased on Etsy. Finally, we handed out wedding Mad Libs – which were SO fun to read the results of en route to our mini-moon in St. Michaels the following day!
Congratulations to Sara and Jesse! Thank you for sharing your elegant pastel church wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned to see their beautiful rustic wedding reception in downtown Washington DC next!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Wedding Planner + Floral Designer + Lighting: Elegance and Simplicity
Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography
Stationery: Minted and Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: A La Care Limousine
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Claudine Fay
Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim
Ceremony Venue: St. Stephen Martyr
Officiant: Msgr. Paul Dudziak
Reception Venue: Dumbarton House
Rentals + Linens: DC Rentals
Caterer: Spilled Milk
Cake/Dessert: Baked and Wired Cupcakes
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Photo Credits: Bonnie Sen
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