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Acqua al 2 Wedding

Jamie  and Ralph met in Florence, Italy while Jamie was studying abroad during the spring semester of her junior year and Ralph was reuniting with a childhood friend to open an American Diner.  The two started dating in the spring of 2005.

After many obstacles, plane tickets, road trips, heartache, and a lot of faith, Jamie moved to D.C. in the summer of 2011.  Ralph, having recently opened Acqua al 2 on Capitol Hill, was living above the Eastern Market restaurant in the same space where the two would eventually get married.

Jamie, a teacher at Sidwell Friends School (Ralph’s alma mater), and Ralph, co-owner of Acqua al 2, Harold Black, and Ghibellina, were married by Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth and I Synagogue and Judge Patricia Wynn, a life long family friend. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour in the speakeasy bar Harold Black, and the reception was thrown in the same intimate space that the ceremony was held.  In lieu of the cake cutting tradition, the two announced the gender of their baby with cupcakes for each guest– pink icing inside!

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The fabulous vendor team:

Venue: Acqua al 2, Harold Black
Photographer: Amir Lowery
Hair & Makeup: Michael Anthony Salon
Catering: Acqua al 2

Society Fair

Between my love of supporting local businesses and eating delicious food, I am always on the hunt for a new favorite spot. Society Fair, located in Old Town Alexandria, is a personal favorite that really hits the spot (don’t miss the handmade chocolates-to die for!). The space is not only a sweet little shop filled with unique, gourmet eats, but also a wine bar, bakery, demo kitchen and butchery. Best of all- the space is available to host a variety of events.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

Last week, I wrote about The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., the famous Washington venue. Yet, just down the street, there is a lesser known but just a fabulous second property,  The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown.

At the Georgetown location, Fahrenheit Ballroom is available for weddings and it is one of the most unique spaces in the city with loft-like ceilings, exposed steel beams and original red brick walls reminiscent of the hotel’s history as a turn-of-the-century brick factory structure that later served as an incinerator.

Photo Credit: Zaid Hamid

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Charlie Palmer Steak Rooftop Terrace

Many of you are looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming nuptials and I have a gem to share with you today that you just may not know about yet…The Rooftop Terrace of Charlie Palmer Steak at 101 Constitution Avenue NW has amazing food and beyond fabulous views of the Capitol and National Mall.

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The Darlington House

First, congratulations to Cris and Christina, the winners of Wedding Photographer Storyteller, Garret Hubbard’s contest on his blog.

Next, with all of the recent holiday engagements, you may be thinking about the hot spots in town to celebrate.  The Darlington House, just off of Dupont Circle, is the perfect venue as it combines elegant style with hip decor.


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