Good morning and welcome to one fabulous destination wedding right here in DC! Fernando and Neil tied the knot in their Washington DC wedding at the Donovan House Hotel where their friends and family gathered for a formal affair, complete with amazing art deco wedding details, white calla lily flowers, purple wedding touches, and lots of love between the two! The pair traveled from Austin, Texas to wed in Washington DC in an elegant and sophisticated city wedding, where their love of food, wine, and friends and family clearly shinned through! The grooms’ fashion was also spot on – even with coordinating purple pocket squares and bow ties! But, the focus of their wedding day was on the people (and the food as you’ll see in their wedding reception up on the blog next!), with even their niece playing a pivotal roll in their wedding ceremony. Not even the government’s shutdown during their wedding weekend could slow down this Washington DC wedding couple! A big thanks to their wedding photographer Kelly Prizel and their wedding planner Candy+Co. Events for sharing Fernando and Neil’s big day with us.

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From the grooms: We wanted a place for our wedding that our families from around the country could get to easily, with a great metropolitan vibe and easy access to lots of things to do. Washington, DC was a great choice, but we hadn’t counted on the government shutdown, but that did not slow anybody down for our wedding celebration. We designed and put together our own wedding invitations, and with the help of the planner, we chose some nice touches to personalize our event.

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For me (Fernando) one of my favorite wedding moments was the minute or two we had with our officiant and personal friend  just before the wedding ceremony. He got us to focus, be in the moment and take a deep breath and reflect for a moment. Then, before we walked down the aisle together, Candy (our great wedding planner) had us take peek in the room and take it all in. I was filled with emotion of the moment that our family and friends had come together for us. I had to pinch myself that it was really happening. We both where so happy. Of course, I will never forget that my niece dropped the wedding rings, which added some levity to the moment and reminded us that life comes with surprises, but together we can easily move on.

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Congratulations to Fernando and Neil! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC destination wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned for their art deco inspired wedding reception up next.

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

Photographer: Kelly Prizel Photography
Wedding Planner: Candy+Co. Events
Stationer: Cards and Pockets
Floral Designer: LeRoy French Flowers
Hair Stylist: Michael Gulley
Groom’s Attire + Location: made to measure by Billy Reid
Grooms’ Shoes: Donald Pliner
Jewelry: Todd Reid
Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo by Tom Ford
Accessories: Todd Reid / David Yurman
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Donovan House Hotel
Caterer: Zentan
Officiant: George Walker
Ceremony Music: Virtual Studio Orchestra
Reception Music: Homemade playlist
Cake/Dessert: Sugarbakers
Favors: Zentan
Signage: Candy+Co. Events

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: Kelly Prizel Photography

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