We talk a lot about the details and decor around these parts, but it’s important to keep what really matters at a wedding in mind: the emotion and the moments. Lucia and Nick have done this for us today with their Maryland wedding that wasn’t about the flowers or the color scheme, but rather has some of the best moments and meaning – captured beautifully by Stephanie Yonce Photography– a couple could ask for. They had a church ceremony where music was the main focus and a reception with a father-daughter dance that gave a nod to Lucia’s Peruvian background. I do have to note one detail, as it is perhaps my favorite favor idea we’ve featured here. Lucia and Nick have a strong love for cooking and food, so they wrapped up recipes for their most favorite dishes (Peruvian, American and more) and gave one to each guest as their place card and favor to take home and try. Now that is a favor you will use long after that sparkly getaway!

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From Lucia: I was completely clueless with what I wanted my wedding to be like. I was never one of those girls who knew from a young age what the color scheme would be, what my dress would look like, what the style of the bridesmaids dresses would be, or the flavor of the cake. I only knew I wanted to get married. I knew I wanted to keep it simple – extravagance makes me uncomfortable, as does attention. So I chose the color ivory for my bridesmaids dresses, I went to my favorite store (J.Crew) and found the most perfectly simple dress ever and bought it that day without trying any others on, and had a very small simple cake. To sum it up in a single sentence, my hope was to have a simple, but classy wedding, and I think I succeeded.

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I love the violin and the piano/organ, and I knew that this would cost extra but I decided that beautiful music would be more memorable than the flowers in the church, so I went with that.

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As I mentioned before, I shy away from being the center of attention. One of my greatest fears for that day was walking down the aisle to everyone’s eyes on me. The moment came when my father and I were walking toward the altar, and I could feel myself tense up as I looked upon so many faces (some familiar and some I had never seen). And then, after my father kissed me goodbye at the altar, I turned to Nick who then said, “How come you don’t always look like this?” I couldn’t help but laugh at how tactless he was. From that moment on, I relaxed and enjoyed myself.

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I love food, and I love to cook even more. So I decided to give our guests a few of our favorites dishes- both Peruvian and American- as our favors. My favorite detail of the wedding were these favors. My little sister, my fiance at the time, and I put the recipes into little black pillow boxes, tied bows around them, and placed their name and table number on them. At first I thought they would look slightly tacky, but when we finished them all, they look beautiful!

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My family is from Peru, and the weddings there (at least when my parents were young) were quite simple. Only the parents stood up with the bride and groom, (no bridesmaids/maid of honor, groomsmen/best man), there wasn’t really a “reception,” only a room with a few refreshments and champagne to toast the happy couple. Due to the fact that I wanted my sisters and my future siblings-in law to be in the wedding, I kept it more American. However, for my father-daughter dance, I chose a Peruvian waltz called, “La Flor de la Canela.” My night would not have been perfect without that song (and my father’s attempt at a waltz).

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Lucia and Nick’s wedding:

Church: The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Reception Venue: Columbia Country Club
Photographer: Stephanie Yonce Photography
Videographer: Erik Nuenigoff
DJ: Van Petty, MyDeejay
Cake: Pastries by Randolph
Dress: J.Crew
Hair Stylist: Hasan

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credits: Stephanie Yonce Photography

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