Natalie and Patrick knew that the most important aspect of their wedding day was the ceremony and having a traditional catholic mass. They chose to host their morning Washington D.C. wedding ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Matthew, where they originally met years prior. By having a morning mass, they were able to take their time and enjoy the day with photos of their bridal party and family on the national mall followed by an intimate lunch as a newly married couple. They then rejoined their family and friends for a rocking party reception at Old Ebbitt Grill overlooking Washington D.C. The couple wanted the wedding to feel natural and classic, so they chose hunter green with gold accents as their color story. The beautiful After Six bridesmaid dresses, paired perfectly against stunning decor in the Catholic church, and we really loved the pops of color in the ladies bouquets! A special thank you to Sarah Houston Photography for sharing their photos with us.

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From the Bride: I didn’t have a specific vision in mind, I just knew I wanted a very natural, classic feel. We chose hunter green as the main color, with gold accents, since we both like green and thought it matched the Cathedral and Old Ebbitt décor well. I also wanted succulents somehow incorporated, but didn’t want to go overboard with that theme, so they were subtly included in the bouquets and centerpieces and also in the table number holders that I DIY’ed.
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My “something old” was the rosary I carried around my bouquet. My grandmother, aunts, mother, and sister also carried it in their weddings.
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After taking photos on the National Mall with our families and bridal party after the ceremony, we had some time just the two of us. We changed and went to Ted’s Bulletin for lunch. It was really nice to be able to reflect together on the morning’s events, from getting ready and all the details of the ceremony. It helped make the day feel like it didn’t fly by and helped us remember some of the nuanced moments of the ceremony that I think I otherwise would have forgotten. We were initially nervous about having such a big gap between the 10am ceremony and 6pm reception, but in retrospect I am really glad we had that time. Our guests really enjoyed getting to sightsee and spend time with each other during the afternoon too.
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I’ve always liked geography and maps, so I asked my dad to make signs in the shape of the states we’re from for the backs of our chairs at the reception and I stenciled our initials on them – the bride’s is Georgia and the groom’s is Illinois. 
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I initially wanted to skip the wedding favors, as I never really understood the point, but my traditionalist mother convinced me otherwise. We ended up splurging and ordered an obscene amount of Garrett’s popcorn from Chicago, which is where the groom is from, and packaged it into little favor bags. It was the perfect late night treat!

Favorite Personal Touch: We put a lot of time and thought into the welcome bags for our out of town guests, because we wanted to show our thanks for traveling to us. They were DMV themed – we included Utz crab chips, DC chocolates, Feridies snack mix from VA, Ted’s Bulletin mini poptarts, the Washingtonian Visitors Guide. We also created a list of our favorite restaurants, bars, and things to do in DC that we included in the bags – our guests loved that!

Congratulations to Natalie and Patrick! Thank you for sharing your wonderful dance party, we mean wedding reception, with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Sarah Houston Photography
Stationery: Marrygrams
Floral Designer: Succulents and Saffron
Hair and Makeup Artist: Creative Images
Bride’s Attire: Pronovnas
Bridal Shop:​ Hannelore’s Old Town
Shoes: Nina from Lord & Taylor r
Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six by Dessy
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: M​en’s Warehouse
Ceremony Venue: St Matthews Cathedral
Officiant:​ Msgr. Ronald Jameson
Reception Venue:​ Old Ebbitt Grill
Reception Band:​ The Real Geniuses
Lighting:​ Wow Event Lighting
Cake: Couture Cakes by Sabrina
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Erika and Curtis
Favors:​ Garrett Popcorn
Hotel Block:​ Lowes Madison Hotel
Honeymoon Location:​ Australia

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Photo Credits: Sarah Houston Photography

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