The nod’s to Katelyn and Casey’s heritage and family didn’t end at her grandfather’s church. At their reception, as captured by Rebekah Hoyt Photography, they had buddha statues honoring Katelyn’s grandmother’s travels and had their cake made from the bakery that made both her parents and grandparents wedding cake. Now, that is pretty amazing if you ask me, and that isn’t even the half of it!

Buddha Place Card Holders

From Katelyn: To honor my grandmother, who served in the CIA and collected several Asian artifacts during her travels, we used Buddha place card holders that represented happiness, contentment and prosperity.

Emerald Wedding Place Cards

DC Wedding Cocktails Hotel Monaco Wedding Dance Floor

Hotel Monaco Wedding First Dance

At the reception we honored my heritage and had a traditional “Bridal Dance” where polish music plays and guests paid to dance with the bride. It helps to raise money for the honeymoon and has been performed at weddings in Katelyn’s family for decades.

Emerald Wedding Menu White and Green Wedding Flowers

Hotel Monaco Wedding Reception

Hotel Monaco Wedding Reception Decor Rose Wedding Centerpieces

Buddha Table Number Holders Tables Named After Places

When so much thought is put into every detail of one day it was the most spontaneous moment that I will never forget. My grandmother, my Mimi, has always been quite the dancer — and still is despite the fact that three of her joints have been replaced! When the DJ played “Moves like Jagger” my Mimi challenged me to a dance-off. In an oft-over thought day, it is the moment no one could have planned that I will remember forever.

DC Hotel Monaco Wedding Dance Floor

The bakery that made our cake is the same bakery that made my parent’s and grandparent’s wedding cake. I was focused on having the most delicious cake – luckily I got that and the unique pleasure of eating the same cake my parents and grandparents had on their special day. (Dare I say I had my cake and ate it too!)

DC Wedding Cake

Katelyn’s advice to other DC-area couples:

On Vendors: Wedding Wire was a life saver — use it, trust it and you wont be disappointed. On a Budget: If you’re getting married in DC don’t forget about the added tax, it will quickly push a venue or vendor outside of your budget. Also, prioritize! Identify what you’re comfortable spending more money on and what items you can do without. Be open to new ideas and trust your vendors – they do this for a living! And an odd final tip — book hair and makeup early! I was surprised how quickly this vendor booked up many months in advance.

Wedding Cake Cutting

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Katelyn and Casey’s wedding:

Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco DC
Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Catering: Poste Moderne Brasserie
Photographer: Rebekah Hoyt Photography
Florist: B Floral and Event Design
DJ: Black Tie DJs
Bakery: Clements Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry
Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridesmaid Dress: Bari Jay
Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang
Favors: Creative Parties

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: Rebekah Hoyt Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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