Welcome back to part two of today’s featured springtime wedding in DC! Julia and Ben wed in a traditional Washington DC wedding at their stunning local church they attend, where loved ones traveled to witness their beautiful union. In case you missed it, be sure to check out every sweet moment of their wedding ceremony here! After the ceremony, they headed downtown to the Mall to the Potomac View Terrace for a wedding reception inspired by their surroundings – Washington DC!Don’t miss Julia’s change into a perfectly fun reception wedding dress. With the planning expertise of Roberts & Co. Events, their reception room – overlooking the National Mall – was filled with cherry blossom trees, hand drawings of DC monuments as table names, and, of course, stunning views of the entire city skyline from the outdoor terrace. Their navy blue and pink color palette was romantic, yet not too feminine at the same time, a perfect union of his and hers! Their DC-wedding theme was carried out right down to the last detail, including a sweet cherry blossom-clad wedding cake (yum!). Big thanks to Amber Reinink Photography for sharing Julia and Ben’s pretty in pink Washington DC wedding photos with us!

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From the bride: Our wedding reception location was our biggest splurge. We both have big extended families, so we knew we’d need a bigger wedding venue and we wanted to have a seated dinner. We also wanted it to really feel like you were in Washington, DC. We fell in love with Potomac View Terrace when we saw it. It was such a cool place and a unique view to share with our wedding guests from out of town.

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Ben’s 94-year-old grandfather was able to travel from Tennessee to come to the wedding. Papaw initially didn’t think he could make a trip that far, so we were really excited when he was able to come. Ben told the story before our first dance of how Papaw, who is Jewish and from Vienna, fled Europe when Hitler invaded Austria. He was 16 years old and came to the U.S. by himself. He was able to get passage on a boat because they need a musician and he played both the piano and the accordion. To honor Papaw, we danced our first dance to a recording of him playing a Viennese waltz on the piano. Turns out Viennese waltz is hard, but we took lessons for months to surprise Papaw, and it was wonderful to have him there to share it with us.

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The bride’s advice for other Washington DC area couples:

Figure out what is going to make your wedding special and invest in that component. Try not to worry too much about everything else (though it’s really hard to do!).

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Congratulations to Julia and Ben! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous cherry blossom Washington DC wedding with us!

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

Photography: Amber Reinink Photography
Wedding Planner: Roberts & Co. Events
Stationery: Please Reply
Transportation: KV Limo
Floral Designer: K. Aubrey Flowers
Hair Stylist: Bride’s Sister
Makeup Artist: Bride
Wedding Dress: Borrowed from a friend
Bride’s Shoes: DSW
Headpiece/Veil: Etsy (Simply Blue Bridal)
Jewelry: Borrowed from mother
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Ceremony Location: Augustana Lutheran Church
Officiant: Pastor John Kidd
Ceremony Music: Dr. J. Thomas Mitts
Reception Location: Potomac View Terrace
Caterer: Occasions
Reception Music: Retrospect
Cake/Dessert: The CakeRoom Bakery
Favors: District Desserts

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: Amber Reinink Photography

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