Maggie and Roy had a “planned” elopement in Washington, DC and I’m in love with every minute of it! They knew right away that having a huge wedding would be a nightmare, so they decided to skip it all and go for what matters – being married! Don’t get me wrong, I love all the little details that make a wedding unique, but I also think it is really special when a wedding is for all the right reasons! They brought a dear friend to officiant their ceremony and Deb Lindsey to photograph and the rest was history. I’ll let Maggie tell you their story! So sweet!

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From Maggie: After careful thought and consideration of many factors, Roy and I decided on a “planned elopement,” a wedding that consisted of just us and our officiant, but included some advanced planning and traditions of a big wedding. As a nonprofit manager who organizes conferences, I know the hard work and stress required to put on an event. I come from a large family (one of seven kids, and each of my parents are one of nine!), and it would have been difficult (not to mention insanely expensive) to get everyone together. But most importantly, we wanted our wedding to be stress-free and low-key, just about two people, in love, making the ultimate commitment to each other

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More from Maggie:  I love the color blue, so I ensured that blue was featured in my wedding bouquet. We loved the idea of getting married at Meridian Hill Park, which is right next door to our apartment building and where we’ve spent many summer afternoons picnicking on the grass and spending hours watching the cascading fountains. (The weather ultimately prevented the ceremony from taking place there, but we were able to capture some post-wedding photos later on.) We ended up holding our ceremony in the courtyard of our apartment building; the courtyard had beautiful pink flower bushes and a small fountain. Our wedding included a wine ceremony, a sharing ritual symbolizing the marriage bond in sweet and bitter times. We love wine, having spent many vacations visiting vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, Washington State, Oregon, and Burgundy, France.

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More from Maggie: Having a wedding with no guests allowed us to splurge on an excellent photographer. Roy loves photography, so it was very important to pick someone who had a more journalistic, yet creative style – Deb Lindsey Photography. And since our elopement allowed us to avoid spending thousands of dollars, our second splurge item was our honeymoon. We spent an unforgettable week on the island of Bora Bora.

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Maggie’s advice for other DC area couples:

Splurge on the photographer! Photos last forever, so make them count with a good photographer. Also, find an experienced officiant. We were lucky to have both an experienced officiant and friend who made the ceremony personal and touching.

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Thank you so much Maggie and Roy for sharing your very sweet “planned” elopement in Washington, DC! The following DC area vendors contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Private Courtyard and Meridian Hill Park
Officiant: Ann Fuller, Humanist Celebrant
Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography
Flowers; Flowers on Fourteenth
Hair: Blondie’s Hair Studio
Bride’s Dress: Anjolique from Juliet’s Bridal
Reception Venue: J&G Steakhouse
Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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: Deb Lindsey Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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