Good morning and welcome to Rachael and Savvas’ wedding in Washington, DC. This couple joined their two cultures -Catholic and Greek – and celebrated with a beautiful wedding ceremony captured by Ethan Yang Photography. (They also headed to Greece after their wedding in DC for a destination wedding too!) For their ceremony, they used a sparkly metallic color palette with a dramatic and elegant feel, and then turned up the color for their reception, but you’ll have to wait until later this morning to see their reception. I can’t get enough of these mismatched bridesmaid dresses!

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From Rachael: We came from different backgrounds and wanted to create a wedding that blended those backgrounds and included the people we loved. We had both Catholic and Greek readings at our church ceremony, featured Greek music and dancing in our reception and had a few tasty Greek treats at the Newseum which were thoughtfully created by the team there. And we bucked some of the trends on “picking colors” and had a few different but blended themes – gold and pastels during the ceremony and hot pinks during the reception. 

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More from Rachael: We didn’t believe in the myth of bridesmaid dresses being “worn again” – so we picked a “gold” theme and let our bridesmaids choose their own floor-length gold and tan dresses. Each woman chose a dress that suited her body, that she actually might wear to another formal event, and one even “Rented the Runway” to make it affordable. I had several “something old” items – including my great-grandmother’s rosary, a necklace from my grandmother, a locket with a picture of my father, and a ring from my mother-in-law.

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More from Rachael: We featured a Greek reading at our Catholic wedding. One of my favorite moments was the pictures that we took after the wedding. We waited until the wedding to see each other and then rode around DC taking lovely pictures with our wedding party. Every stop was at another wonderful place in DC near the sights and with good friends in the wedding party and fun music on the bus we had a lovely tour I will never forget. Savvas’ favorite moment was when the church doors opened and saw me walking down the aisle with her brother.

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Thank you so much Rachael and Savvas for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Officiant: Fr. Joseph Sobierjaski
Reception Venue: Newseum
Photography + Videography: Ethan Yang Photography
Stationery: Delphine Press
Floral Design: Nosegay
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup: Maid of Honor
Bridal Dress: Melissa Sweet
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Veil: Hannelore’s
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Prime Transportation
Catering: Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum
Linens: Party Rental Ltd.
Lighting: Newseum
Reception Music: DJ Heather Femia

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Ethan Yang Photography

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