Wedding celebrations truly do come in all shapes and sizes! Two years ago Amy and John had a small and intimate ceremony for just their immediate family. Then they celebrated their marriage two years later with a ceremony-turned-vow-renewal and a modern Washington DC wedding reception! And, that’s what we are sharing today! Amy and John chose a bright color palette, inspired by their very own home, and incorporated local details, like the DC skyline, and details from afar, which you’ll see come to life in the reception (later this morning, so check back!). First, take a look at this unique wedding ceremony in the round, captured by Miho Aikawa Photography, popped with bold blues and hints of orange.

Blue DC Skyline Wedding Invitation

From Amy: We wanted our wedding to be very “DC,” but with Japanese influences and DIY touches. We both grew up in the DC area but just came back from living in Tokyo. It was important to us that our friends and family really feel like it was a special day- not just another wedding in a hotel ballroom.

Carnegie Institute Wedding

Carnegie Institute of Science Wedding DC Orange and Blue Wedding Flowers

Our color palette came from our very own living room. My favorite corner of our place features a bright orange couch I found on Craigslist. It’s up against a blue accent wall, and there is always a grey blanket thrown on top. Our wedding celebration was personal, fun, and a little quirky.

Gray and Orange Bridal Party Attire

Wedding Costume Jewelry Carnegie Institute for Science Wedding Groomsmen

My husband’s favorite detail was the guys’ shoes. He had so much fun picking out each pair as their surprise gift. Each pair of shoes not only went with our color scheme, but really reflected that groomsman’s personality and style.

Blue Groomsmen Shoes

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Carnegie Institute for Science Wedding Portraits

Carnegie Institute for Science Wedding Ceremony

Carnegie Institute for Science Wedding Ceremony in DC

Carnegie Institute for Science Wedding Washington DC

 My favorite memory from our wedding day is how awesome I felt during the ceremony. To be honest, we were so worried about the cocktail hour and reception details, we kind of didn’t think much about the ceremony! We were already married 2 years prior, we had a tiny ceremony with just our immediate families, so I guess we didn’t think much about it this time around- we were just renewing our vows. But it ended up being my favorite thing. We really made it our own. The guys walked in to Carmina Burana’s O Fortuna, and the girls walked in to Flashdance…What a Feeling. From the bible reading, to the Backstreet Boys lyrics reading, to our song- an acoustic version of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid, to our own vows- the ceremony was incredible. We had thought we wanted to rush through it to get to the party, but we were wrong. I cherish the memories of the ceremony most of all.

Carnegie Institute for Science Wedding Ceremony in Washington DC Gray and Orange Groomsmet Attire

 Carnegie Institute for Science DC Wedding

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Amy and John’s wedding:

Wedding Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
Caterer: Well Dunn Catering
Photographer: Miho Aikawa Photography
DJ – DJ Rhyme Deejz Alfaro
Flowers – Wholesale from Potomac Floral Wholesale, Inc., designed by the bridesmaids and sisters of the bride
Hair + Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.
Videographer: Washington’s Best
Wedding Invitations + Paper Goods: Paper Source
Wedding Dress + Veil: Hitched
Men’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Alcohol: Corridor Wine & Spirits
Vials for Favors: Sunburst Bottle

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: Miho Aikawa Photography

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