Oh my Washington DC wedding lovers, do we have something sweet and intimate for you today! Justin and Amelia said “I do” their way – surrounded by just ten very important loved ones at the historic DC War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC. The couple chose to host a very small and personal wedding ceremony that was then followed by a slightly larger wedding reception for 30 of their nearest and dearest at Restaurant Nora in DuPont Circle. Their wedding ceremony was so pretty with pops of bright, cheerful colors as the bride’s unique lace wedding dress looked stunning with her bright bridal bouquet of peaches and pink. The bride and groom even added a very sentimental moment into their wedding ceremony when both fathers who had passed, were honored and included in their special ceremony. I love how they kept their dads close to them during such an important moment in such an iconic setting in DC. Then it was off to celebrate their marriage with a few more friends and festivities to make this one amazing intimate wedding for the lovebirds. A big thanks to their Washington DC area wedding photographer, Evelyn Alas, for sharing Justin and Amelia’s sentimental wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial with us!


From the bride: Our wedding was a non-traditional, urban wedding set in the nation’s capital. We chose the National Mall not only for the beautiful outdoor space, but also because it is where we spent a lot of time together. The wedding ceremony and reception were both small, intimate settings filled with our closest friends and family. We were married at the DC War Memorial and had a dinner wedding reception following at Restaurant Nora.

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Our priorities for the wedding ceremony and reception were simple, yet elegant. Since we kept our wedding guest list to under 10 for the ceremony and under 30 for the reception, we were able to enjoy each moment of our special day with our family and friends.

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During one section of the wedding ceremony, we honored both of our fathers who passed away. Our wedding officiant helped us to put together a very touching and thoughtful passage about each of our fathers for our wedding ceremony.

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Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

Your wedding is about YOU and only YOU! It is easy to keep caught up in what everyone else think and wants for your wedding.

Keep our wedding and the planning simple! You can have a small wedding in a big city and still have a lot of fun. Also, make sure you both agree on what is important for your wedding. For our wedding, we both thought the food was extremely important, which is why we did a lot of research on fine dining restaurants in Washington DC with private rooms.


Congratulations to Justin and Amelia!  Thank you for sharing your wedding ceremony at the DC War Memorial with us!

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

Photography: Evelyn Alas
Stationery: Minted
Transportation: Bayside Limousines
Floral Designer: Philippa Tarrant
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Bridal Beauty Associates
Bridal Dress: BCBG
Bridal Shoes, Headpiece/Veil: Nordstrom
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial
Officiant: Jessica Ben Ami
Reception Venue + Cake/Dessert: Restaurant Nora

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: Evelyn Alas

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