It is Independence Day weekend, and we have a wedding to share with you that perfectly celebrates the holiday!
Tanya and Clay knew that America had to be the theme of their wedding – after all, they met as they both worked on Capitol Hill and were engaged on the Speakers’ Balcony at the Capitol! The couple had family and friends from Utah and Colorado travel to D.C. to see the sights of the nation’s capital, which was a highlight of the wedding.
The couple’s save the dates looked like campaign flyers with candidate buttons, and their welcome bags were even complete with mini pocket constitutions and chocolate Capitol Domes! Talk about the most perfect American-themed wedding. Each of their table names at the reception were places in D.C. that were important to them. One table name was “The Jefferson Monument Table”, which represented where Clay first said “I love you” to Tanya. Another table name was “The Capitol Table”, which is where the couple met and Tanya said “yes!” On their exit from the wedding, their guests were given different-sized American flags to wave around.
Tanya commented on a favorite memory, “The favors we gave out were little jars of homemade raspberry jam. My Dad is famous for making jam out of the raspberries he grows in his garden in Colorado, so a few months before the wedding my Dad taught me and my bridesmaids his secret recipe and we made all the jam together!”
Another one of Tanya’s favorite memories to date is dancing with her father to “My Girl” at her wedding. The day was filled with special moments that celebrated the couple’s love for each other and the pride they have in America!
Today’s wedding feature is one that embodies sophistication and simplicity: the real wedding of Bryttava and Rob, a couple who met in our very own District through mutual friends. Bryttava and Rob dated for about four years before Rob popped the question in Bryttava’s hometown, San Diego, over Christmas. As the sand crunched between their toes and clear blue water washed up on a San Diego beach, Bryttava said “Yes!”
Bryttava and Rob wed in Anderson House, which was the perfect venue for their intimate wedding. The colors for the wedding were shades of ivory, blush and champagne, setting the tone for elegance. The inspiration for the wedding design came from the couple’s desire to have a natural and classic wedding, and these calming colors satisfied their design inspiration.
The first look between the couple was said to be the bride’s favorite part of the wedding because it calmed her nerves prior to the big event. Rob remarks that his favorite moment in the wedding was “dancing with our family and closest friends – even our friend on a mobility scooter!”
The wedding was special, simple, and beautiful. Bryttava and Rob’s wedding is the type that appeals to many because of its classy look and intimate feel. The featured photos below showcase the undeniable delight in their eyes as they wed.
When you walked into Kristie + Andrew’s wedding, you felt completely at home. The couple assigned family members and friends to greet and welcome wedding guests upon their arrival at the Carnegie, creating a warm and inviting environment. With the music strumming familiar tunes and laughter humming, dancing children were plentiful.
A classic color palette of navy, champagne and gold was used throughout their attire and décor, while the flora featured succulents, pebbles, and Manzanita branches. In concert, these elements created a delicate juxtaposition between modern and rustic.
Kristie has a love for the written word, inspiring her to incorporate a unique font for her wedding day programs and signage. She also enlisted the hand-lettering skills of her new sister-in-law on her wedding invitations and escort cards.
We hope you enjoy this classic DC Wedding!
Kristie Lee + Andrew Jen
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC
Georgetown University sweethearts, Jane and Watson, planned an elegant black-tie wedding at the ornate Anderson House. The 50-room mansion is full of intricate marble floors and gilded papier-mâché ceilings. Inside a venue so elaborate the couple chose to keep the decor minimal, sticking with simple elegance: white flowers and delicate tea lights.
The ceremony was held at Georgetown University’s intimate Dahlgren Chapel where most of their wedding party was made up of friends from their college days in D.C.
This fun loving couple was brought together seeing the world through traveling, both separate and together! Their honeymoon was no exception – where after their wedding they hopped on a plane to Russia and the Maldives! Jane and Watson’s night was the true definition of a timeless and classic wedding here in the heart of D.C!
A DW Favorite: The fun matching groomsmen socks! We love the mini mustaches on them.
Waking up in the warmth of the boutique rooms of the Clifton Inn was the perfect beginning to Day Two. Each room on the property is uniquely different and has a history behind that given room. I had the pleasure of staying in the Rivanna Suite. My favorite part of the room was the cushioned window seat, ideally positioned for viewing the gardens and croquet lawn!
After a night among new friends, we woke up and fueled ourselves with some power food for the day. Then we ventured out to a few local wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail.
(It’s never to early to start tasting wine, right?)
Each vineyard gave us a taste of their palatable wines, and each one focused on different varietals that incorporated Virginia grapes, grown right on site. The slight drizzle of they day added a uniquely, cozy element.
After our share of sips and samples, we stopped for a quick lunch break at the well-known restaurant Salt. Salt specializes in sandwiches, cheese + charcuterie, and specialty retail with emphasis on local, seasonal, and small-batch items. Here at DW, we are all about supporting local business. If you’re interested in an wedding or other event in the area, Salt can provide lunches, welcome-bag gift items + any local favors for you and your guests.
Overall, the day was filled with laughter, learning and, of course, new relationships fermented right alongside the wine.