Welcome back to part two of an iconic wedding in Washington DC that celebrates not only a beautiful couple, but also the city of DC and their love for it! Kate and Bobby exchanged their wedding vows in a formal church wedding in the heart of the city at the beautiful St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church. To see every intimate moment of their big day ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Once the pair wed, the bride and groom and their friends and family headed to a unique wedding space right across the street from the White House, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, to celebrate their reception. A large formal affair, their wedding was infused with touches of DIY details to make it personal and chic. From custom Instagram hashtag signs to an amazing escort card wall complete with custom paintings by the bride and her grandmother, no wedding day detail was left undone. The groom’s mom even made some of the paper details! We love it when the entire family gets involved to make every area of the wedding a personal place to experience. And the group effort didn’t end with their families, even the bride’s small students helped to pass out ceremony programs and decorate the table numbers. So sweet! Kate and Bobby’s Washington DC wedding reception was really a great opportunity to share the loves of the bride and groom, even on the cocktail napkins. Can you tell what they printed on them?  Such a creative idea! A big thanks to Don Mears Photography for sharing Kate and Bobby’s elegant Washington DC wedding reception with us!

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From the bride: Our wedding reception was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which inspired our theme of quintessential DC elegance. We wanted to honor the beauty of the stone and marble architecture while creating a warm romantic tone with candles, flowers and lighting. 

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We had an escort card wall. This large wall had framed lists of wedding guests and their dinner table numbers. To fill out the rest of the wall, our interior designer used framed photography that I had created while studying abroad in South Africa. When Bobby and I arrived, we were surprised to see a special addition to the wall. A picture of our childhood homes, painted by my grandmother. She was so thrilled that she had been able to “show a piece in the Corcoran!” 

For the wedding itself, the largest DIY project I did was with my Pre-K students. The children used watercolor paints to splatter pieces of paper onto which I printed table numbers. I, then, framed these to complete the art theme for our gallery wedding. 

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Most of our DIY projects were paper related. Bobby’s mom created menus that featured our four course, small plates selection as well as each guest’s name to serve as both menu and place card. She also designed place cards featuring the Washington DC skyline for our rehearsal dinner at the Willard Hotel. One of my bridesmaids created a special logo to represent Bobby’s love of rowing and my passion for my career as a teacher. We used it on our cocktail napkins and a few other paper products.

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We LOVED our band, A-Town, A-List. They set the tone for the entire party. Their energy, talent and crowd-working skills got everyone, and I mean everyone, on the dance floor. They also incorporated our favorite songs and requests seamlessly into their set list. They even allowed our friends to take the stage for a memorable performance that we will never forget.  

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Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

Hire a wedding coordinator that you like and trust. Ryan Michael Hayes helped us to find incredible wedding vendors, whittle down choices and was a person to go to for honest opinions about choices we were making. 

Pick your priorities and let your wedding budget reflect them. An area where some might not think to spend more, may be important to you. We knew that we wanted an exceptional band, and chose to spend more than average there. 

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Congratulations to Kate and Bobby!  Thank you for sharing your personalized Washington DC wedding reception with us!

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

Photography: Don Mears Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church
Reception Venue: The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Rehearsal Dinner: The Occidental
Guests and Wedding Party Accommodations: The Willard Hotel
Wedding Planner: Blue Canary Events (Ryan Michael Hayes)
Catering: Main Event Catering
Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design
Interior Design: Design Foundry
Band: A-Town, A-List 

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: Don Mears Photography

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