What happens when two local grooms set out to throw an intimate and cultural wedding in Washington DC? Crazy beautiful things, let me tell ya! With DuHon Photography on hand to capture all the fun, Mark and Shawn pulled off an intimate affair with plenty of color and personal details. (Make sure to check out their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony first!) I’m especially loving their use of the Chinese “double happiness” symbol (a traditional marriage symbol!) tucked in throughout the details of the day from the wedding program to the chopsticks at dinner! Too cute!

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From Shawn: The goal was to have a wedding that was a fun celebration and reflected us as a couple and drew upon our respective cultures. Keeping that in mind throughout the entire planning process influenced everything we did–from the food, color palette, music, to order of events.

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The Chinese “double happiness” symbol (used at weddings) was featured prominently— on items from the menus and programs to chopsticks. 

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Although blasphemy in most wedding circles—we actually skipped flowers except corsages and boutonnieres. The reasoning behind this was threefold—the venue was so beautiful that it needed little adornment, it’s a Chinese tradition to serve food family style (so there was a food centerpiece, surrounded by beautiful platters of food), and we used candles and mason jars filled with ‘firefly’ lights on the cocktail hour tables.

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The hora was actually incredible. Almost everyone took part. Being lifted up onto chairs by our groomsmen, fathers, siblings, and some our best friends gave us both an elevated view of the crowd as we spun around in circles. We’ll never forget the buzz of that moment.

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

Make the wedding your own. A long engagement can really help make planning easier and less stressful. And finally: don’t stress out on your wedding day—enjoy it! 

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

Venue: Carnegie Institute for Science
Officiant: Rabbi Zemel of Temple Micah
Photography: DuHon Photography
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Grooms’ Attire and Shoes: Suit Supply
Accessories: J.Crew and Brooks Brothers
Hair: Charmed Salon
DJ: Shea Van Horn
Cake: Fancy Cakes By Leslie
Cocktail Hour Catering and Linens: Main Event Caterers
Reception Catering: Seven Seas Chinese Restaurant
Lighting: DIY Uplighting

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

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