Jordan and Justin infused their classic wedding in Washington DC with lots of personal details—from a custom monogram used throughout the details of the day to a nod to the groom’s hometown during cocktail hour. (Before you go on, make sure to check out their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony first!) With Bright Occasions behind the event planning and design, the National Museum for Women in the Arts was transformed from a ceremony space to their reception space and lucky for us, Matt Mendelsohn Photography was behind the camera so we can share all the sweet moments from their day.

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Justin and I found lots of ways to pull personal touches into the wedding. We had J and J printed on our hotel bags and had personalized J and J M&Ms, too. Justin is from Baton Rouge so we had mini shrimp and grits during cocktail hour and beignets for our late night snack (obviously in a J and J bag!). By our mini Jewish Deli we had signs posted that had “J and J Famous New York Deli Known as the Best Since 07.18.10” which is the day we first met in New York.

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

It is nice to visit venues without a specific date in mind. I went to check out venues early without a specific date I wanted just a time of year. It made looking at the venues much more relaxed. Once I knew where I really was interested in I used their availability to help guide the date I set.

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

Venue: National Museum for Women in the Arts
Photography: Matt Mendelsohn Photography
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Floral Design: Edge Flowers
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Calligraphy: Just Write Studios
Bridal Attire: Christos
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Hair: Behind the Veil
Make Up: Makeup by Mimi Tran
Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply
Catering + Cake: Design Cuisine
Alcohol: ACE Beverage
Rentals: DC Rental
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Ceremony Music: String4
Reception Music: Music Millennium, Washington Talent Agency

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: Matt Mendelsohn Photography

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