Welcome back to part two of Miguel and Caroline’s classically Washington DC wedding! Miguel and Caroline said “I do” in downtown DC at the Park Hyatt Washington where they began the festivities at night. If you missed their oh-so glamorous wedding ceremony and iconic DC portraits on the Mall, be sure to check it out here. For their wedding reception, their guests enjoyed gorgeous jewel tones, candlelight, and glitz all around – just as the bride wanted! Caroline and Miguel certainly love backdrops because their wedding ceremony background was amazing, only to be rivaled by an amazing light wall for their reception. The couple also wanted one amazing dance party, so with entertainment a priority, they got just that! But, my favorite takeaway from this darling duo was the idea that they got to spend time together alone, before their wedding reception began. They took in all their friends and family, the beautiful decor, enjoyed a few light bites of food, and got to experience their wedding celebration in such a way that neither will probably ever forget. Great idea! And who wouldn’t want to sit at just marvel and this stunning wedding decor?! The rich colors of magenta, purple, gold, pink and more make for one amazing wedding backdrop. A big thanks to Deb Lindsey Photography for capturing Caroline and Miguel’s swanky Washington DC wedding and sharing it with us!

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From the bride: Miguel and I had about 45 minutes from the end of the wedding ceremony until the reception began (our guests were in a cocktail hour). He and I enjoyed hors d’oeuvres together in a private moment in the bridal suite, and we were able to sneak into the wedding reception ballroom as it was being transformed from ceremony to reception (It was so cool to actually see this magical process!) to practice our first dance on the dance floor before the guests entered and we made our grand entrance.

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As I am not personally crafty, Etsy and I had a very intense relationship with one another in the months leading up to our wedding–Pinterest is dangerous in encouraging so many ideas!

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Part of the joy we wanted to achieve on our wedding day included delicious food and top flight entertainment by our favorite band Go Go Gadjet, who did a 90s “power hour” for their second set at our request. Both exceeded expectations!

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Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area weddings:

Assess your wedding planning strengths and weaknesses early on, and do not be afraid to ask for help.

If you have anyone helping you, also make sure to assess their wedding planning strengths and weaknesses from the outset. No wedding is worth compromising your relationships with the important people in your life, and you need to be realistic about what others are able to do.

Be brave and take charge! Do not be shy to ask your wedding vendors detailed questions about the day and follow up with them–anything to make you feel more reassured that everything will go well. 

I heavily relied upon Real Simple magazine’s wedding planning check list. (Find it here.)

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Congratulations to Caroline and Miguel! Thank you for sharing your oh-so sophisticated jewel tone wedding reception with us!

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

Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Transportation: Reston Limo
Wedding Website Design: Sagetopia
Seamstress: Feli Salizar
Ceremony Programs, Menus, Table Numbers: The Image Specialist
Rehearsal Dinner: Buca di Beppo in Dupont Circle
Welcome Party: Westin Georgetown, Boveda Latin Speakeasy
DJ: Chris Walker DJ’d with Go Go Gadjet
Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, Catering + Cake/Dessert: Park Hyatt Washington
Reception Music: Go Go Gadjet band
Lighting: PSAV
Ceremony Music: String Theory string quartet with Entertainment Exchange
Officiant: Honorable Robert W. Wooldridge, Jr.
Floral Designer: Nick Perez at MultiFlor
Hair Stylist: Jessica Bolling
Makeup Artist: Ashleigh Bolling
Bride’s Attire: Watters
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Jewelry: Swarovski earrings
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhullier
Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy
Groom’s Attire: The Tailored Man
Groom’s Shoes: Nordstrom
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Photo Booth: Booth-o-Rama

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: Deb Lindsey Photography

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