Welcome back! I’m so excited to share with you the Washington DC wedding reception of Lindsay and Ross. But first, if you missed their elegant church wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Once the couple wed, the group moved to The Carnegie Institution for Science in downtown DC to celebrate at the reception. With lots of sparkle, gold and blush hues and even some formal touches of black, the wedding decor of the day, planned by DC wedding planner Bright Occasions, was jaw-dropping! Their urban wedding location lent itself to a more modern reception, complete with Instagram hashtag signs encouraging guests to get on their social media! The couple also wanted their wedding to be personal and meaningful to them, so there were several nods to their pup throughout the day. That, paired with a vineyard theme found on tables and even place cards tucked into wine corks that led guests to their seats, kept guests (and us!) looking at every turn. A special thanks to Washington DC wedding photographer, Nicholas Griner, for sharing their wine themed wedding with us!


From the bride: We used our vineyard wedding engagement photo as the back drop for our reception table names. The tables were named after our favorite vineyards. We had a wine and vineyard themed place card table and used wine corks as the escort card holders. Our specialty drink was “Brut’s Treat” which is a nod to our furbaby, Brut. My something old, borrowed, and blue were my great grandmother’s rosary beads in my bridal bouquet.

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Our nunber one wedding budget priority was staying within our budget range while still achieving the look and feel we wanted for our wedding day. We also prioritized a stunning wedding venue and at the Carnegie we did not need to do much decor since it is such a beautiful venue. We wanted to have great food and drinks for our guests. We wanted to be able to provide our own alcohol, which would give us control of our bar menu. A live band was a “must” for our wedding. We wanted everyone to have a great time!

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Advice from the bride for other Washington DC area couples:

A wedding planner or coordinator proved to be worth every penny for us! We were nervous that it would end up costing us more money, but working with Margo at Bright Occasions was fantastic at recommending wedding vendors that offered a lot for our money!

I also recommend to decide early on in the wedding planning process what you can live without, because it is easier to add an element at the end of the process, then to remove it later or have “buyer’s remorse.” Try not to ask for others’ opinions. The wedding planning was stressful at times, but I had to bring it back to it just being about marrying my best friend.

Lastly, let someone else plan and handle your honeymoon logistics!


Congratulations to Lindsay and Ross!  Thank you for sharing your vineyard inspired Washington DC wedding reception with us!

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

Photography: Nicholas Griner
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch (used for invitation suite only)
Calligraphy: Rosemary Hesser
Transportation: Diamond Limousines, INC
Floral Designer: Growing Wild Floral Co
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Alison Harper and Company
Bride’s Attire: Paloma Blanca & Haute Bridal
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Sara Gabriel
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Venue: Saint Peter’s on Capitol Hill
Reception Venue: The Carnegie Institution for Science
Rentals: Select Event Group
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Reception Music: The Bachelor Boys Band
Cake/Dessert: Edibles Incredible Desserts
Honeymoon Travel Agent: Perfect Honeymoons & Holidays
Day of Wedding and Print Stationery: Marissa Michinock (Bride’s sister, who is a graphic designer)
Dog Figurine: Etsy
Cake Topper: Etsy
Handkerchiefs: Etsy

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: Nicholas Griner

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