Well, hello again and welcome back to the second half of Maggie and Albert’s black-tie Washington DC wedding reception. Beautifully timeless and classic to the very core, every image from k. thompson photography tells the story of this magical day planned by Sara at Bella Notte. Maggie and Albert used the history behind their venue as inspiration (Hotel Monaco was the original Washington DC Post Office and Tarrif Building) from the vintage Washington, DC post card save the dates to the vintage mailbox doors with numbers as table numbers!

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From Maggie: I think we were able to incorporate both themes into our wedding. We gave Georgetown Cupcakes with our initials to guests when they checked into the hotel in lieu of welcome bags; we made maps for our guests to check out DC, and my favorite, we took our wedding pictures at the U.S. Capitol Building. The only thing that made it a little difficult was the fact that the government had just shut down and all the museums our family and friends wanted to visit were closed!

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As for the “post office” theme, we sent out vintage DC postcard save-the-dates; used vintage mailbox doors with numbers as our table numbers, and used vintage postcards inspired by places we love for guests to “send to us” as our guestbook. We didn’t want to be too cheesy, but wanted little things that would add to the character of our wedding!

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One of my favorite memories is giving my bouquet to my Grandma instead of throwing it. I have always been very close to my Grandmother, and I wanted to give her my bouquet not only for this reason, but also because her husband, my late Grandfather, was the first Albert in my life and I wanted to share with everything that I hoped my marriage with my Albert was as happy as her’s was with her Albert.

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

We didn’t want to do a first look before our wedding ceremony because we wanted to not see each other until I was walking down the aisle, so spending an hour taking pictures together after our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Originally, we were going to have our whole wedding party come with us, but I am so glad we took time to hang out with just each other and have fun with the fact that we were married!

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

Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Officiant: Fr. Ezio Marchetto
Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco
Photographer: k. thompson photography
Wedding Planner: Sara of Bella Notte
Stationery: Paper Source
Floral Design: Sheila Moore
Menu, Place Cards + Programs: Ann Marie Dooley Matheson
Bridal Attire: Victoria Nicole from Hannelore’s of Olde Town
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Sung from Weddington Way
Groom and Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Savvi
Hair and Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio
Catering: Poste Moderne Brasserie
Dessert: Fluffy Thoughts
Favors: Georgetown Cupcake
Transportation: International Limousine
Music: Rollex Band
Lighting: John Farr Lighting

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Photo Credits: k. thompson photography

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