Today’s wedding is 100% joy and beauty, and it also happens to have one of the most amazing food and dessert selections I’ve ever seen at a wedding!  Monica and Dave mixed European elegance and classic Washington DC style with lots of fun and great food for their wedding last spring.  They worked with Janice from Bellwether Events to bring their wedding vision to life and the entire day was captured in beautiful detail by Kurstin Roe Photography, starting with the traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Joseph’s in Capitol Hill and ending with a dancing-filled reception at St. Francis Hall.


From Janice at Bellwether Events: Monica and Dave both work on Capitol Hill, she for a senator and he for a congressman.  Monica and Dave had a quite traditional spring Washington DC wedding, with the ceremony at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill.  White and green flowers were used in the decor and a cherry blossom motif was featured on their ceremony program.





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Their reception was designed to transport their guests to an old European villa.  Table numbers were designed to look like port wine labels and the escort cards featured a port wine barrel. As to not distract from the venue, linens were an ivory silk, and flowers were classic white with a touch of green.  Floral containers were terracotta with a distinct antiqued look.  Guests were welcomed by a guitarist playing Spanish music. The waitstaff from Windows Catering passed Portuguese Daisy cocktails, a delicious mixture of port, brandy, grenadine and lemon juice.

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After an hour of tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, guests were seated and Monica and Dave shared their first dance, performed by Sound Nation.  The word “Obrigado” – which means “Thank You” in Portuguese – shone over the dance floor.


After Monica’s father offered welcome remarks, the dinner buffet was opened.  Guests had seemingly endless options: beef tenderloin, lamp chops, paella, potatoes, vegetables, hearts of palm salad and other accompaniments.  It was over 20 feet of food!

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Guests were also offered a dessert buffet and an espresso station. We had cheesecake lollipops, mini key lime pies, demitasse cups of creme brulee, and fresh fruit, among many other options.  We also served a duo of Ports with the dessert buffet; as Port originated in Portugal.  Back to the dance floor guests went, after filling up on sweets.

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I love the idea of an espresso bar for a wedding!





The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Monica and Dave’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall
Event Planning: Bellwether Events
Photography: Kurstin Roe Photography
Catering and Rentals: Windows Catering
Floral Design: Petal’s Edge
Band: Sound Nation, Sam Hill Bands
Stationery: The Written Word
Favors: Donation to Wounded Warriors
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Hair: Special Occasions Hair by Meg
Transportation: Chariots for Hire and Regal Limo
Guitarist: Rich Barry

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Photo Credits: Kurstin Roe Photography

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