Welcome back to part two of Rachael and Savvas’ wedding in Washington, DC! After their ceremony (Don’t miss their wedding ceremony right here!) and a trip around the city for portraits with their wedding party, they turned up the volume with a reception at one of DC’s most modern wedding venues, the Newseum, with pops of bright pink all captured by Ethan Yang Photography. I love all the special touches that they added to their wedding day to make it their own!

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From Rachael: We had specific taste in music (lounge and dance music over the traditional wedding songs), food, and wine (champagne available at all times!) and wanted to find the right partners to create what we loved. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day and everyone that participated made it special. Everyone we partnered with became wonderful friends afterwards. We brought them into our life! I only wish the day hadn’t gone by so fast! At least we had our second ceremony in Greece to look forward to afterwards. And luckily….our photographer was willing to be at both of them! 

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More from Rachael: We wanted to have dance and lounge music, and loved Spanish and jazz for the cocktail hour so we wanted a DJ that understood we didn’t want all the typical wedding songs. We also prioritized good food and drinks – which the Newseum absolutely delivered on. We went a little light on flowers – but you wouldn’t have been able to tell from our amazing florist who gracefully reused pieces and suggested arrangements that made sense for the season. She brought flowers from the ceremony to the reception and from the reception to brunch at the Hotel Monaco the next day. And, my loving mother for creating a beautiful arrangement for the escort table (copying from scratch something we found on United with Love!) and delivering lanterns to the Newseum to set them up on the balcony at night for a romantic touch.

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Rachael’s wedding planning advice for other couples:

I recommend keeping a full budget in Excel. We thought we might not be able to have our wedding at the Newseum, but when we estimated everything in it was do-able. Different venues often structure their costs differently so it’s important to understand how everything adds up. Also, don’t be afraid to find vendors that match your own style. We wanted specific music and food — you never know — just ask. You want the day to reflect the both of you — not anyone else. It’s your day to celebrate your love and include everyone in that — you want it to be authentic!

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

Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Officiant: Fr. Joseph Sobierjaski
Reception Venue: Newseum
Wedding Planner: Mary Cline from the 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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