When Kristen and Jeptha decided they wanted their Washington DC wedding close to home, they weren’t kidding. How does one block away sound? The couple is lucky to love just around the corner from the urban wedding venue, LongView Gallery, and it fit the bill perfectly (in more than one way). When Kristen sent in the lovely photos from Rachel Naft herself, I fell in love with the modern yet homey feeling their day evoked, starting with a ceremony where friends and family participated in everything from the music to the officiating. Don’t forget to check out their reception that followed, too!
From Kristen: We were going for elegant simplicity with a focus on the moment and really feel like we achieved it. People kept telling us that our wedding was so unique, incredibly fun and so much about the two of us as a couple. We did not have a color palette (other than my “something blue” …beautiful, towering blue silk shoes) but instead opted to let the atmosphere of the art gallery shine through as the theme.
Planning a wedding seems to start with one particular aspect as the root from which all other wedding plans will take off. For some brides, it is the dress. For some couples, it is the date. For us, it was the place. When Jeptha & I began planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted to get married close to our home in Washington, DC. Our guests were able to stay in and experience our neighborhood during our wedding weekend and had the opportunity to explore the reasons why we love it so much and have made it our home.
Instead of a full bridal party, we opted to have our siblings (we have just one brother each) stand at our side. I have to say, my brother did a bang up job in his role as maid of honor! We incorporated friends and family into the ceremony in additional ways: a friend married us in a ceremony that we wrote ourselves and our sister-in-law provided her beautiful, professionally trained soprano voice for two heart-stopping pieces during the ceremony.
Jeptha’s brother held both rings until the moment came to exchange them, at which point, he handed both rings to Jeptha. Jeptha gave me my ring.. I immediately transferred my engagement ring over, right on top. Then, I attempted to place his ring on his finger. An important piece of information: our wedding bands are the same, just different sizes.. his larger, mine smaller. We did not realize that I was actually wearing his ring until I tried to place a much too small (my) ring on Jeptha’s finger. We have it all on video and you can see the looks on our faces once we realize what has happened. Then you hear him ask for a “do over” …which of course brings the house down, the audience all laughing with us. At that point, we took it from the top (of the ring part of the ceremony) and successfully exchanged (correct) rings. Whew
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Kristen + Jeptha’s wedding:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: LongView Gallery
Catering: Susan Gage Catering
Photographer: Rachel Naft
DJ: KC Higgins, Fatback DJ Collective
Guitarist: Robert Hanson
Vocalist: Erin Nafziger (Sister-in-Law of the Groom)
Bride’s Bouquet & Groom’s Boutonniere: Sidra Forman
Hair & Makeup: Corey Combs, PR at Partners in Old Town
Bridal Attire: J.Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Alterations: Estee Livioco, (301) 869-5971
Be sure to check back in a bit for more details from Kristen and Jeptha’s wedding!
Photo Credits: Rachel Naft