If there’s one thing that I love about living in Washington, DC, it’s the fact that DC is an international city. From the diplomatic corps to the legions of NGOs and non-profits that operate overseas, it seems like half of the DC population is always coming from or going on an overseas assignment.  Today’s Washington DC wedding‘s bride and groom, Emily and Tony, work for the federal government and travel overseas frequently, so they knew that they wanted to work some of those international elements into their wedding at Darlington House in Dupont Circle, photographed by Kristi Odom.


From Emily: Tony and I share a love of travel and wanted to keep the wedding intimate and very “us.”  That, combined with my love of searching out local artists on work trips to Africa, led to a number of fun art commissions and DIY projects the year prior to the wedding.  Fabrics from Tanzania and Ghana inspired the invitations – thanks to Paper Source, we learned how to make cloth belly bands; a time-consuming DIY project that required some major sweat equity but turned out amazing.


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Such wonderful day-of-wedding cards from a.favorite design!


Emily’s gift to Tony the morning of the wedding, a set of gold and silver cufflinks from Tanzania’s Lithoe, were inspired by elephant hair bracelets.  In African mythology, elephants form a connection between heaven and earth, so wearing an elephant hair bracelet will bless the wearer with love, health, prosperity, and progress.


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In lieu of a formal bridal party, we invited friends to be a part of our ceremony.  Our incredibly talented friend Erika Ettin sang “When I Fall In Love” and Tony’s ushers managed everything from DJ duty to seating guests – and still managed time to read the paper, ride the metro, and recreate Beatles album covers.  The ceremony, what we affectionately called our “Methodist-Jewish mash-up” due to our desire to mix our Jewish (hers) and Methodist (his) faiths, was expertly handled by officiant Yvonne Doerre.



We were married under a Chuppah, created by Sidra and anchored with tin-pressed lanterns from Tanzania.  Tony’s sister Melissa read from 1 Corinthians.  Yvonne had us write letters about how we fell in love and why we decided to marry each other.  We loved how the ceremony was reflective of our values while also getting lots of great laughs from the guests!


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We’ve got more from Emily and Tony’s wedding reception coming up in just a bit, so check back soon!

The following DC-area wedding vendors contributed to Emily and Tony’s wedding:

Venue and Catering: Darlington House
Photography: Kristi Odom Photography
Wedding Cakes: MallowDrama
Floral Design: Sidra Forman

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for a full list of DC-area wedding professionals! For more fabulous wedding inspiration, check out our real weddings gallery!

Photo Credit: Kristi Odom Photography

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