Welcome back! Now it is time for Cathryn and Joshua’s classic Washington DC wedding reception! After their interfaith wedding ceremony, this charming duo headed to Decatur House for a black-tie affair that’s drenched in elegance. Every image from Modern Life Portraits tells the story of their magical day planned by Aimee and Lauren at A. Dominick Events. But my absolute favorite detail would have to be their DIY wedding menus! They recreated the menus that Josh’s grandparents used at their 1930s NYC wedding at the Ritz-Carlton. How sweet is that!?

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From Cathryn: We wanted the reception to feel more like a dinner party than a wedding reception. Our spectacular planners, Lauren and Aimee from A. Dominick Events, really understood what we wanted. This meant black bridesmaids dresses (nothing too bridesmaid-ey), ivory and blush flowers, beautiful ornate tables, and a formal seated dinner complete with a cheese course.

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We got our printer to re-create the menus that Josh’s grandparents used at their wedding at the Ritz Carlton in New York in 1933. They were stunning, so classic, and it was really nice to feel like we were carrying on something that might become a family tradition.

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In terms of budget, food and beverage were our top priority because we wanted the choices to represent who we are and what we love to serve our friends and family. Josh chose every liquor on the bar and picked “his” and “hers” signature cocktails for each of us.

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

Do what you want with your wedding, and don’t listen to anyone else. I don’t know how many people challenged us along the way about the cake (I didn’t want one), the classic jazz band (“Don’t you want people to dance?!”), the food (“People will be too full to have fun”), and on and on. Somewhat surprisingly, no one shared any concerns about our interfaith ceremony. In the end, it was EXACTLY what we wanted and everyone had a fabulous time. I’m so glad we stuck to our vision.

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

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
Officiant: Msgr. Jameson
Reception Venue: Decatur House
Photography: Modern Life Portraits
Videography: Bowen Films
Wedding Planner: Aimee and Lauren of A. Dominick Events
Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc.
Stationery: Minted
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Calligraphy: Lettering by Lynne
Bridal Attire: Liancarlo from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Kelly of Amie Decker Beauty
Makeup: Marie of Amie Decker Beauty
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hejlm
Groom’s Attire: Custom
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Music: Eric Felten Band

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Photo Credits: Modern Life Portraits

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