Lulu and Kevin were married last year in a sparkle encrusted wedding within the Pavilion room of the Ronald Reagan Building, an iconic DC wedding venue. The couple chose a rich red and champagne color story for their wedding; this was present in the bride’s beautiful diamond studded bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid’s Jim Hjelm gowns. The couple opted for a first look, allowing them to utilize the perfect fall sunset for photos around the city center and the Capitol Building. We loved the bride’s sleek silhouette on her fitted Demetrios wedding gown, and how she opted to have a floral headpiece instead of a traditional veil. Thank you to Carl Elixir Photography for sharing this rich red fall wedding with our readers!

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From the Bride: “Our wedding took place in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. The ceremony and the reception were set up in the Pavillion, which is a gorgeous circular room with a dome ceiling. We fell in love with it at first sight because we wanted something that reflected the city we live in, but also unique and elegant. Our theme was ivory, marsala, and champagne.”

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“I wanted an elegant yet intimate feel. We incorporated these colors into the bridal party outfits, the centerpieces, the programs, and various decorative elements around the reception. Our florist did a phenomenal job, and a lot of our decorations actually came from my bridal party. In the end, everything turned out even better than I had imagined.”

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Our Mr. & Mrs signs were handmade by my bridesmaid, who is also my sister-in-law. She bought wooden blocks and painted them in champagne gold for us. They looks perfect on our head table. The “welcome to our wedding” sign was also designed and made by one of my bridesmaids. 

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Tip from the Bride : Make sure to confirm with your hotel or the location where you are getting ready that photography is allowed. There’s not a lot of time the day of the wedding, so if you are trying to get some nice shots in before the ceremony starts, make sure the location you picked out is actually feasible!

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Advice from the Bride: Don’t sweat the details if they don’t pan out exactly as you imagined! On our wedding day, 3 out of our large centerpieces fell and shattered before our reception even began. We were devastated when it happened. Luckily, our florist had some backup flowers and made make-shift centerpieces for dinner. It was nowhere near as grand as the ones that broke, but none of the guests noticed anything was amiss. The reception space still looked beautiful and elegantly put together even without 3 big centerpieces. 

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Congratulations to Lulu and Kevin! Thank you for sharing your rich red DC Ronald Reagan Building wedding with us!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Carl Elixir Photography
Hair Stylist: Amanda Jia Guo
Venue: Ronald Reagan Building/ ITCDC
Videographer: Blu Couture
Makeup Artist :Queen Yue Gong
Floral Designer: le Chateau de Crystale
Bridal Gown: Demetrios
DJ: DJ D-Mac and Assoc.  / Rusty B
Lighting: A2Z Music Factory
Cake/Dessert: Classic Bakery
Bridesmaids Attire: Jim Hjelm
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Menguin
Honeymoon: Maldives and Dubai

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.

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