We are back with part two of today’s featured wedding in Washington DC that is equal parts cozy, fancy and romantic! Matt and Christina tied the knot near home at the Josephine Butler Parks Center right in northwest Washington DC. In case you missed their family-filled wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Their wedding reception was held at an intimate city wedding venue, where guests were encouraged to mix and mingle and go ‘where their mood’ took them. Instead of a traditional seated wedding reception plated dinner, their friends and loved ones could sit, stand or eat inside or outside as they enjoyed small plates of food and lots of laughter. With the help of their Washington DC wedding planners, Gingerwood Creative, their wedding was filled with navy blue, gray and peach and came to life with romance and lots of personality. We love their fun photo booth with props galore, and my favorite personal touch has to be the vintage glassware from the groom’s great aunt that was filled with beautiful flowers. A big thanks to Washington DC wedding photographers, Taylor & Ben Photography, for sharing Matt and Christina’s unique wedding reception with us!
From the bride: At our wedding reception, the dinner was passed small plates. Our wedding guests had the option of sitting, standing, indoors, outdoors. Wherever the mood took them, food would follow! It made for a informal, but very inclusive atmosphere, exactly what we were going for at our wedding recepetion.
Matt’s great aunt left his parents with an amazing (and overwhelming) collection of glassware. We jumped at the opportunity to take some of that vintage glassware off of their hands, and our wedding florist mixed and matched them to make the beautiful arrangements on our wedding reception tables.
Our main wedding priority was providing a setting that brought our friends and family together, but still felt like “us.” So, our wedding venue was Metro-accessible in Washington DC, our caterer used locally sourced ingredients, and our wedding after-party was at our favorite neighborhood bar. The investments we made in finding the right wedding venue and caterer were totally worth it, and we have no regrets about skipping wedding favors.
Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:
It would have been great to have a better idea of what planning a wedding was going to cost in Washington DC. We had to make some expensive wedding planning decisions pretty early on in the process, and while we’re still totally happy with those decisions, it was stressful in the moment. A few friends have become engaged since we had our wedding, and I have been eager to send them all of my wedding planning spreadsheets, because having a realistic view of what’s out there in the world of weddings is so helpful.
If you’ve considered getting a wedding planner (day-of, week-of, the whole thing), do it! Having Ginger as my day-of-the-wedding coordinator made my life infinitely easier. Once I handed everything off to her, I just had to show up on our wedding, and it was her job to make sure everything just happened. And she did, beautifully! We got so many compliments.
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Taylor & Ben Photography
Wedding Planner: Gingerwood Creative
Floral Designer: Flowers by Lisa
Hair Stylist: Visually Chic
Wedding Dress: J. Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center
Ceremony + Reception Music: Incredible DJs
Rentals + Linens: Capital Party Rentals
Caterer: Eat & Smile Catering
Beverages: ACE Beverage
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Photo Credits: Taylor & Ben Photography