Are you ready swoon some more over Elizabeth and Paul’s elegant spring wedding in Washington DC!? (PS – Make sure you take a look at their elegant and traditional wedding ceremony first!) Their sophisticated soiree, captured by Kristen Gardner Photography, has so much pretty I can’t handle it. One of my favorite details? Those super cute DIY calligraphy escort cards made by the bride! And, you can’t beat the incredible view (overlooking The White House!) that The Hay-Adams provides. Don’t you just love this little city of ours?

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From Elizabeth: Even though we didn’t hit the bloom week, the colors and feel that we chose went very well with the airy and light decor of our reception space and drew people’s focus out to the view which was the reason we chose the space.

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Even though we live in DC, the majority of our guests did not. We really wanted to give them that DC experience that only a local could provide. Our wedding website had a curated list of all our favorite restaurants, including the places where we first met and dated as well as a list of our favorite museums and local sites.

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We definitely splurged on our location, The Hay-Adams hotel. However, their newly renovated ballroom was the type of space that could give our guests a unique opportunity while in town. The balcony overlooks the White House and our guests spent lots of time taking photos with the White House in the background. I can’t tell you how many of those photos ended up as Christmas cards!

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I took a calligraphy class during the lead up to the wedding, so I was able to test out my skills on the escort and place cards. I can’t say they were perfect but, I had a lot of fun spending time with friends who helped out and it made the time waiting for the wedding pass a little more quickly.

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

Never forget what an amazing place Washington DC is. Take the time to show your guest some of the incredible places that you’ve found by living here. It will bring their experience of DC to the next level!

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

Venue: The Hay-Adams
Officiant: Joel Fried
Photography: Kristen Gardner Photography
Videography: eMotion Pictures Wedding Films
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Calligraphy: DIY
Floral Design: Edge Flowers
Bridal Attire: Romona Keveza from Rizik’s
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Makeup: Bridal Artistry
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Joanna August
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank
Ceremony Music: Alexandria Choral Society
Reception Music: Bryan George Music

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: Kristen Gardner Photography

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