Emily and Andrew are saving to open a small business one day and decided on an intimate elopement in Washington DC for their wedding day so they could save towards that wonderful goal. They recruited Jillian Lee Harmon to capture the day for their family and friends and set off to the DC courthouse to tie the knot. (We love the romance of courthouse wedding btw!) I absolutely love the pops of yellow that unexpectedly shone throughout the day, and I think Emily’s dress is just fantastic! I’m also quite fond of their wedding day dinner of choice, 2Amys!

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From Emily: As you can tell from the photos, we didn’t have much of a “vision” beyond wanting to be as carefree and joyful as possible. It wasn’t until I saw Jillian’s photos that I realized the unintentional pops of yellow — my shoes, the Billy balls in my bouquet, the suitcase (my grandmother’s!). So that was fun!

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We bought really nice flowers and, since Andrew was a line cook at Komi at the time, asked the florist to include rosemary from our garden in the bouquet. Afterwards, we commissioned Lulie Wallace, a Charleston based painter, to do a “portrait” of my bouquet!

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Later that night, we wanted to eat somewhere casual and romantic and delicious, so we chose 2Amy’s. We ordered nearly everything on the menu, a few bottles of wine, and at the end of the meal, the kitchen sent out a heart-shaped pizza! We’re now planning on celebrating every anniversary at our favorite pizza joint.

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Emily’s advice to other DC-area couples:

My biggest piece of advice is think about what your wedding means to you in terms of your whole life. Andrew and I knew that having a big party wasn’t really our biggest priority. Andrew said it best: “We have so many things to do before we can throw a party.” Right now, we’re letting our eventual business goals guide many of our day-to-day decisions, so using our money or our parent’s money to celebrate our marriage didn’t seem like the right move. We were lucky enough to have families that were supportive of that idea, so it was the natural choice for us. We’re just so excited to be able to spend our life with each other — that’s what our wedding day was about. So yeah – figure out what your wedding should mean in the context of your entire life and go from there!

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Emily and Andrew’s wedding:

Photographer: Jillian Lee Harmon
Bride’s Attire: Lightwitch
Venue: DC Courthouse
Groom’s Attire: Theory, Ben Sherman, Vans
Flowers: Flowers on Fourteenth
Hotel: Tabard Inn
Dinner: 2Amys

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Photo Credits: Jillian Lee Harmon

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