Julia and Andrew didn’t let the dreary weather dampen their celebration when they held their wedding last fall at DAR. The couple wanted the wedding to embrace the DC vibe while mixing with their love of historical architecture, so choosing The Daughters of the American Revolution’s event space was an easy selection for their DC wedding venue. When guests arrived they were greeted with a hot cider and sugared donut station which, let’s be honest, would make anyone excited for what was to come! They were able to fit all of their guests and their gorgeous jewish wedding chuppah under the overhang on the DAR Portico in order to be able to still have the iconic DC view and outdoor ceremony. During the cocktail hour, guests gathered in the O’Byrne gallery, and were treated to a jazz band while drinks and hors d’oeuvres were passed by the catering team at Main Event Caterers. Dinner was served in the Library, utilizing the existing communal tables and surrounded by the warm glow of lamps as centerpieces, before guests returned to O’Byrne Gallery for dancing and an ice cream bar. We loved their simple yet color punchy wedding day paper items, such as their seating chart and guest book. Each was a personal touch to the overall decor of the day, but gave a subtle nod to the design elements the couple loved in the venue as well. Congratulations to the newlyweds, and thank you to Bellwether Events and Lisa Boggs Photography for sharing their wedding with us!
From the Bride: We had a few personal details in what we were both wearing. I wore a bracelet worn by all the women in Andrew’s family at their own weddings. It was very meaningful to me to be included in their family traditions as we joined our families together. Andrew wore the first pair of cufflinks that I gave him. They were lobster-shaped and had nothing to do with our theme but they were very personal to us as a couple.
From the Bride: We wanted a short but meaningful ceremony attended by close family and friends, followed by a really fun party with great food and great dancing. We wanted the whole night to feel personal to us, with a mix of traditions and some non-traditional aspects. We didn’t have a specific aesthetic vision in mind beforehand, except that we are both drawn to historical buildings and wanted the wedding to feel like a DC wedding. That helped us with choosing the venue, and having the dinner in the DAR library was particularly memorable and beautiful.
Tips from the Bride: Getting married in DC (like most other things in DC) is expensive and can be overwhelming! Decide what is important to you and spend more time/money on those aspects of the wedding and let the other aspects take a back seat. Also, get a good planner! Janice was incredibly helpful, and I have no idea how we would have pulled any of it off without her.
From the Bride: We wanted to choose a venue that felt true to DC and would be accessible by public transportation. We also wanted to have delicious food and didn’t want our guests to be hungry at any point, and we got many compliments on the food. That was a bit of a splurge but it was well worth it. We did not want a traditional wedding cake but we both love ice cream so we opted for a sundae bar instead, which felt very personal to us and was completely delicious.
Congratulations to Julia and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Daughters of the American Revolution wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photographer: Lisa Boggs Photography
Wedding Planner: Bellwether Events
Stationer: Carrie Walters
Floral Designer: Elegance and Simplicity
Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Remona / Yvonne Revira
Makeup Artist: Alison Harper and Company / Jen Lee
Bridal Gown: Anna Maija / Bridal Salon: Hitched Salon
Bridal Shoes: Cole Haan
Groom’s Attire: Bonobos
Ice Cream Bar: Trickling Springs Creamery
Ceremony + Reception Venue: DAR National Headquarters
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Lighting: Sparks Entertainment
Ceremony and Reception Music: Bruce Pike Productions
Favors: Apropos Roasters
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Honeymoon: Paris and Normandy (a month later!)
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Photo Credits: Lisa Boggs Photography