What happens when you take a classic DC venue like Decatur House, add in a team of talented local vendors and top it all off with two handsome grooms? You get this sophisticated wedding, captured by DuHon Photography, filled to the brim with all kinds of pretty! (Before you check out all their fun details, make sure you check out their tented wedding ceremony first!) Luke and Tim’s wedding in Washington DC is overflowing with style and love, making me one happy wedding blogger this afternoon!
From Luke: We decided to get married in Washington DC, the city where we met and have lived together for 12 years, we wanted something really DC. It doesn’t get much more DC than the Decatur House, which then dictated a lot of the details with its Federalist elegance. Classy and traditionalist with a little fillip of fun!
Tim is Anglo-Turkish, so we made sure to reference that heritage with the passed hors d’oeuvres, which were all Turkish/Mediterranean (sigara borek, kofte, dolmas, and mini-falafels).
All the wedding stationery featured illustrations created by one of my brother’s college friends. We commissioned him to do a rendering of the “family crest” we invented for the actual invitation. We then took the two supporting heraldic animals—a hedgehog and a pelican—and used them in the table cards, thank you notes, and Save the Dates. Lots of thought went into the symbols and the illustrations came out so well. They added a really fun, personal touch!
Our featured cocktails were also very representative. Tim’s Pimm’s is nothing if not properly English, and the Kir Normandie (applejack, Vermont boiled cider, and champagne) is very New England, which is where I’m from!
As an avid amateur baker, many people’s first question was “Are you baking the cake?”. And, while I have baked several wedding cakes to date, the answer was “Oh, hell no.” Expectations for everything were quite high, but nowhere more so than can food/beverage. I did a ton of research and we were so pleased with how it looked/tasted (white chocolate cake filled with either lavender or tupelo honey/blackberry filling and frosted with buttercream—no fondant!).
Luke’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
Get all your formal photos out of the way so you can enjoy your cocktail hour. We had lots of great candids, lots of fun, and you see more of your guests (which makes the “visit-all-the-tables” death march a little less critical).
Thank you so much Luke and Tim for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: Decatur House on Lafayette Square
Photography: DuHon Photography
Wedding Planner, Floral Design + Lighting: Elegance & Simplicity, Inc.
Attire: Hugo Boss
Hair: Parlour Salon
Jewelry: NaMu Jewelry
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company
Rentals + Linens: Party Rentals, Ltd.
Illustrator: Caleb’s Art
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: DuHon Photography