Welcome back to the second part of Elizabeth and James’ elegant Washington DC wedding reception from Victoria Ruan Photography. After their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony on the Hill (If you didn’t see that, go check it out first!), they welcomed guests to lunch and a monument tour before their reception celebration. I absolutely adore the soft colors, lush florals, presidential-inspired table names and, especially, the Washington DC wedding drink flags! It’s always wonderful to see the inspiration and ideas that we feature on United With Love come to life for real couples!

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From Elizabeth: Since the considerable majority of our guests were going to be traveling to DC for our wedding, we wanted to make sure it was a memorable weekend for all of our guests. And we wanted to make sure that they had a chance to enjoy some of DC’s incredible monuments and landmarks. This led us to incorporate a monument tour into our wedding day, which guests really seemed to enjoy.

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We really wanted the day to feel like a reflection of us! Throughout the course of our engagement, we collected all of the vases that were used for the centerpieces from local markets (primarily Eastern Market) and local thrift shops. It was so much fun to see our vase collection that we had amassed over the course of our engagement year filled with gorgeous blooms on the big day. 

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Elizabeth’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

The most important thing is to make sure you have the chance to enjoy the day – sadly it will go so quickly! We would recommend choosing vendors that you enjoy working with – we felt really lucky to truly enjoy working with all of our vendors. They made the whole wedding planning experience truly enjoyable – everyone was an absolute pleasure to work with! And on the day, our expectations were exceeded on every aspect! Although we initially debated the expense, investing in a planner was one of the best decisions that we made. It alleviated a lot of the pressure with planning and meant that when it came to the actual wedding day, we didn’t have to worry about anything (apart from getting married!).

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Thank you so much Elizabeth and James for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill
Officiant: Fr. Avelino Gonzalez
Reception Lunch: The Monocle Restaurant
Reception Venue: The Whittemore House
Photographer: Victoria Ruan Photography, Rebecca Harlan, and Les Talusan
Wedding Planner: Lyn of Bond Events
Floral Design: Ultra Violet Flowers
Catering: Windows Catering
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy: Angela Mulloy
Bridal Attire: La Sposa
Veil: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids Attire: J.Crew
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Lustre Formal Wear
Transportation: Royal Trolley
Violinist: Janssen Kuhn
Favors: Favors and Flowers

Visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals, our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings and join the local wedding conversation on our DC wedding forums!

Photo Credit: Victoria Ruan Photography

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