Welcome back to part two of today’s pastel pretty wedding in Washington DC! Jackie and Cliff exchanged vows in a beautiful and personal church ceremony in the city. (If you didn’t catch their touching wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here.) From the church, the group headed (via trolley!) across town to a waterfront celebration in Georgetown. Sequoia, right on the Potomac river, was home to their wedding reception, which was filled with peach, gold and even touches of blues and gray. It was all so pretty! And, in all of those darling wedding details, many were DIY or with the help of loved ones, including a bridesmaid and even the groom’s mother’s garden club to assist with the florals! Their wedding was top-to-bottom beautiful, even until the last second when the bride and groom had a sparkler-clad sendoff. What a great way to end the evening!  A huge thanks to The Happy Couple Photography for sharing these Jackie and Cliff’s gorgeous wedding photos with us!

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From the bride: We had a long time to plan our wedding, so our vision definitely kept changing! I grew up in Seattle and always imagined my wedding on the Seattle waterfront, but due to a few family circumstances we chose Washington DC, where my husband is from. We had trouble finding a waterfront venue that would fit our guest count, so we considered several different locations and styles before we found Sequoia. As soon as we found it, the vision really started to come together! Sequoia doesn’t need many decorations because it is already so beautiful, bright, and has gorgeous wood tones and hanging glass. We wanted to compliment the beautiful decor and waterfront views, while including bright pops of spring color, so we opted for gold, shades of blue and gray, and peach accents. We wanted it to be lively, but not overwhelming, and definitely did not want to take away from or compete with the gorgeous views and rich tones of the venue!

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Our wedding was definitely all hands on deck! My mother-in-law’s garden club designed all the floral arrangements. My bridesmaid Amy McDonell is a graphic designer, so she generously designed a floral graphic that we used on the wedding invitations, the ceremony program, and the menus. We uploaded the design and printed those products from online print shops, and also used online print shops to design and print table numbers. One of my other bridesmaids helped me to cut out a lace design on our wedding invitations, glue them to backing, and tie ribbons around each one before mailing, which took a lot of time, but saved money and made the invitations really unique and personalized!

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It’s easy to get caught up in all the details of planning a wedding but honestly, the things that our wedding guests remember and comment on the most are bigger things like our ceremony, the food, the music, and all the love they saw during the wedding day. It’s hard to lose sight of that during wedding planning, but those really are the most important things – to make sure guests feel connected to you, are fed well, and are inspired to dance and celebrate!

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Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

We found that there were so many options in Washington, DC that it was easy to get overwhelmed and it can get expensive! Try considering “untraditional” wedding locations and vendors if you aren’t finding exactly what you’re looking for. We didn’t consider Sequoia at first, because we thought of it as a restaurant and not really as a wedding venue. When we saw some pictures of weddings there, we were instantly sold!

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Congratulations to Jackie and Cliff! Thank you for sharing your elegant gold and peach Washington DC wedding reception with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Wedding Planner: Cupcakes for Breakfast
Stationery: Created by bride and Amy McDonell
Transportation: American Limousines
Floral Designer: Beverley Hills Garden Club
Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup Artist: Blend Makeup Artistry
Bridal Gown + Headpiece/Veil: Pronovias
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Anthropologie
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy
Groom + Groomsmen Attire, Shoes + Accessories: Men’s Warehouse
Ceremony Venue: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church
Officiant: Rev. Timothy J. Stephens, S.J.
Ceremony Music: Paul Olson, Fanny Nemeth, Armine Chamasyan
Reception Venue + Caterer: Sequoia
Reception Music: MyDeejay
Cake/Dessert: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Photo Booth: The Prop Stop Photo Booth

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: The Happy Couple Photography

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