Welcome back to the second half of Erinne and Phil’s Maryland wedding from Bonnie Sen Creative Photography. After their wedding ceremony on Capitol Hill in DC (Be sure to check that out first!), they headed up to the National Harbor in Maryland. They wanted their reception to be a celebration of the city they love (Washington, DC, of course!) and the merging of their cultures with their nearest and dearest—and that they did! From a Filipino fusion menu and their Washington DC skyline wedding cake, there were so many fun and personal details throughout their big day!
From Erinne: Our wedding was truly a labor of love – my sister designed the invitations and programs, family friends designed the flowers, and my aunt provided the wedding cake (and groom’s cake!). We used Etsy for my bridesmaids’ dresses and jewelry, and my sister also made my wedding veil out of tulle from a fabric store! My mom also designed the veil that was used during a special part of our ceremony that included Filipino traditions. Because there were so many personal touches, the day felt even more special.
I knew I wanted our day to reflect the merging of our cultures, and the best way to do that was through food. We picked The Sunset Room not only because it’s a gorgeous location, but because they were flexible and able to incorporate food traditions from my Filipino background. Wolfgang Puck Catering was a natural fit because of their background in fusion cuisine, and we were beyond thrilled with the results!
Our menu also reflected us as a couple, incorporating my husband’s German/Italian background and my favorite Filipino foods. The one thing my husband was insistent on having was an espresso bar, and it was a big hit with our guests! Kathi, our catering manager, even went the extra mile and searched the DMV area for a specific Filipino brand of beer to add to our bar! My grandfather flew in from the Philippines for the wedding, and he definitely appreciated the cultural details.
Erinne’s wedding planning advice to other DC-area couples:
The best advice I can give is to focus on marriage preparation and what the day will truly mean to you and your future spouse. Although we had a fantastic time partying with our friends and family, all of the “prep work” we did with our priest prior to saying “I do” really helped us appreciate the meaning of the ceremony. A few months into our marriage, we’re already using a lot of the communication and conflict resolution techniques we learned prior to our wedding. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and anxiety associated with planning a wedding day, so remember to set aside time as a couple to prepare for a lifetime of marriage!
Thank you so much Erinne and Phil for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Ceremony Venue: St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill
Reception Venue: The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck
Day-of Coordinator: Just for the Day
Photography: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography
Photobooth: Maryland Mojo Photo
Videography: East West
Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering
Cake: Cakes by Joyce
Stationery: Emilynne Kay Design
Hair + Makeup: Stylist To Go
Bridal Attire: Elegance by Roya
Groom Attire: Nordstrom
DJ: Mixing Maryland
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Photo Credit: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography