Embracing their love of travel, Sarah and Andy planned their late summer wedding with small nods to travel destinations and the incorporation of their home town love into the big day. The couple hosted their Washington DC wedding at the Anderson House, a jewel in the heart of the district with incredible architecture and detailing. Working with the planning team at Atrendy Wedding, the couple wanted to ensure that their out of town guests were welcomed to DC in style with a pre-wedding cocktail reception the night before. This allowed the two of them to be able to spend one on one time with everyone coming into town. Since the couple was married in late summer, they wanted to balance a warm summer color story with fall tones. They opted for rich berry tones in the bridal bouquet and attendant florals and clean gray suiting for the groomsmen and groom. Tables had accents of gold and travel decor to play back into their love of travel as a couple. We loved the sugar cookie favors for guests in the shape of the Bride and Groom’s home states as an extra personal touch. Thank you to The Happy Couple Photography for allowing us to share in Sarah and Andy’s beautiful wedding day!
We really loved Sarah and Andy’s first look; you can feel how excited he was and The Happy Couple perfectly captured a sweet moment between the two. A first look is a great option for allocating additional time for photos and not feeling rushed during cocktail hour to get in all the desired shots, while also easing the pre-wedding jitters that come with walking down the aisle!
From the couple: Our main priorities were making sure our guests had a good time. Andy is from California and I’m from Minnesota so we had a lot of guests coming in from out of town. We hosted a cocktail reception the night before the wedding to welcome every one and get a chance to spend more time talking with everyone. We also provided welcome bags some of our favorite local snacks for the guests upon check in at the hotel.
After the ceremony Andy and I were able to relax for a few minutes in the library of the Anderson House while our guests headed upstairs to the cocktail hour. Windows catering provided us with our signature cocktails, a French 75 and Old Fashioned, and a plate of appetizers to relax with. It was great because we were able to spend some time together, and it’s the only chance we got to try the appetizers since we were so busy talking during cocktail hour.
Travel is important to Andy and I, so for table names we used some of our favorite places we’ve visited together and added cute travel and adventure related quotes to our cocktail napkins. The escort card table used travel props to tie into our theme when guests were locatin their seating for the evening. We used a Polaroid camera for our guests to add pictures and messages to our guest book and we love how that turned out. The photos definitely got more creative towards the end of the night.
Advice from the couple: Don’t forget that the wedding day is about the two of you and not anyone else’s opinions or tastes. It’s ok to say no to vendors and to spend some time searching for the rights ones before settling on your best choices.
Congratulations to Sarah and Andy! Thank you for sharing your warm summer travel inspired Anderson House wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photographer : The Happy Couple
Wedding Planner: Atrendy Wedding
Floral Designer: Uncloudy Studio
Day of Paper: Dandelion Patch
Bride’s Attire: Reem Acre from ShopBop
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Reception Entertainment: Olivera Entertainment
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Officiant: David Webber
Reception Venue: Anderson House
Reception Catering and Cake: Windows Catering
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Ceremony + Cocktail Musicians: Anthem String Quartet
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Calligraphy: Handwritten Notes by A
Hotel Block: Washington Marriott Georgetown and Hotel Palomar
Honeymoon Location: Southern Spain
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Photo Credits: The Happy Couple