I don’t think I could possibly think of a better way to pretty up your Tuesday morning than with this gorgeous Washington DC wedding reception. You will fall madly in love with the chic and sophisticated style of Vanessa and Dan’s classic affair (Don’t go any further until you check out their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony first!) all beautifully captured by Love Life Images. But my absolutely favorite detail of their day? The wedding favors! Guests left with some beautiful handmade items created by female artisans in Rwanda from a non-profit where these two lovebirds met as board members. Love it!

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From Vanessa: We displayed family wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and aunts and uncles in the cocktail hour space, to honor the marriages that have inspired us.

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Dan loves pie so we decided to forego the cake and serve Blue Duck Tavern’s signature deep dish apple pie with salted caramel sauce (I love all things salted caramel).

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Dan and I met as board members of Indego Africa, a non-profit social enterprise that works with female artisans in Rwanda. Our favors were Indego Africa bracelets, wine bags, and wine coasters – all beautiful, handmade products that remind me of something that is near and dear to both of our hearts.

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

One of the best pieces of advice I read during the planning was not to forget about the ceremony. There is so much emphasis on the reception in the planning process, but I realized that the weddings where I have felt the most connected to the couple are those where the ceremony is personal and special.

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Thank you so much Vanessa and Dan for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Park Hyatt Washington
Officiant: Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein
Photography: Love Life Images
Event Manager: Michael Deltette, Park Hyatt
Floral Design: DaVinci Florist
Bridal Attire: Garnish Boutique
Shoes: Nina
Veil: David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Ariel Lewis
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Lynn Lugo from Bella Bridesmaid
Groom Attire: The Tailored Man
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks
Ceremony Music: Anthem, Sam Hill Entertainment
Reception Music: DC Fusion
Catering: Blue Duck Tavern
Favors: Indego Africa

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Photo Credit: Love Life Images

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