Welcome back to part two of Cynthia and Brian’s wedding celebration in Washington DC! You might remember from their outdoor wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial that they had an intimate ceremony celebration. Well, now flash forward a few months into the fall where they celebrated their union among their friends and family with a reception at the spot of their first date: Zaytinya. With Love Life Images to capture every little moment, Cynthia and Brian made their wedding ceremony and their reception all about what mattered to them and it turned out perfectly!

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From Cynthia: Our reception was all about great food and wine and being able to share that with our closest friends and family. Decor was minimal as the restaurant was so modern and clean. We paid special attention to the menu by meeting with the chef and coming up with brand new items that were not normally served at their restaurant. Zaytinya also had significant place in our hearts because we had our first date there and was a place that we had been to many times thereafter.

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More from Cynthia: From the reception, I think we both loved that it was a great big party. We purposefully stayed away from the typical wedding rituals like first dance and bouquet throwing. We had great food and music in an amazing space. It was just a fabulous party and the next day, Brian and I both wanted to throw another one!

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Cynthia’s advice for other couples in the Washington DC area planning a wedding:

Do what you want and focus on what’s important to the two of you. We weren’t worried about what others might have thought we were “supposed” to do and did what felt right!

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

Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial
Reception Venue: Zaytinya
Photography: Love Life Images
Hair: Victoria Stiles
Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry: Cartier
Groom’s Attire: Zenga
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Reception Catering + Favors: Zaytinya

Photo Credits: Love Life Images

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