Chad and Robyn met during high school in Maryland and both of their families still live in the area. DC was where their love story starts when they began dating long distance; the bride lived in Capitol Hill and Chad was in grad school at Georgia Tech. When they first started dating, each weekend visit was so important and jam packed with activities that they would create itineraries for each other incorporating the best of what DC offered. Needless to say, DC was central to their courtship. Therefore, when planning their DC area wedding, they knew it had to be close to home and in the District. After visiting what seemed like 20+ DC area hotels and wedding venues during a planning trip back east last fall, the Fairmont Hotel’s Colonnade Ballroom fit the wedding vision perfectly and was a major inspiration to planning.
We loved how the A. Dominick Events team used the natural light and romantic courtyard garden of the Colonnade as inspiration for the wedding. They kept the natural light and airy feel of the ballroom, along with the blush pink from bride’s wedding dress, in mind when choosing the wedding colors – cream, champagne and gold with pops of blush pink. Our favorite reception décor was the wall of white paper flowers created by Edge Floral, it was a perfect anchor to the ceremony altar and then re-purposed to the reception behind the head table. This wedding embodies the perfect mix of romantic garden inspiration and classic DC elements that we love so much about living in the nation’s capital! A sweet thank you to Hannah Hudson Photography for sharing this classic DC beauty with our readers.
From the Bride: “We knew we wanted to get married in the District since most of our family and friends still reside in the metro area. Both Chad and I grew up outside of DC, in Montgomery Country, MD and prior to moving (to Atlanta then Los Angeles), I lived in DC for a few years. We started our relationship when I was still living in DC and Chad was living in Atlanta, so DC served as the backdrop to a lot of our first dates and first memories as a couple.
We gained a lot of our inspiration from our venue, the Colonnade Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. It already has such a romantic, airy feeling, so we capitalized on the decor and ambiance the venue already offered and incorporated some light, romantic touches throughout, including a white paper flower wall, champagne colored linens, blush and ivory centerpieces and gold chairs. We wanted a romantic, classic, yet carefree and fun wedding.”
“We opted to have a ‘first look,’ so we were able to have our wedding party photos before the ceremony. We rented a bus for our wedding party to go take pictures around DC. We ended up at Union Station, which provided the perfect DC-esque backdrop for the photos.
Originally, we had planned to go to Lincoln Memorial, but because we thought it may rain and some last minute improvising by Hannah, we decided to go to Union Station instead. I loved the photos at Union Station because of the large arches and the classic DC architecture that I really wanted in our photos.”
“Enjoy the process of planning the wedding and be nice to everyone! Especially on the actual day. I watched many of my friends go through the process and be stressed out on the day-of versus being in the moment and enjoying everything, regardless of any ‘snafus’ that may, and are inevitable, to happen. At the end of the day, everything on that day makes for a great memory and story down the road, so just be in the moment so you can enjoy it and look back on the day as happy.”
“My family is Jewish and my husband’s family is Christian, so it was important to us to respectfully incorporate some traditions in our ceremony that represented both of our religions. We had Chad’s sister perform a reading from the Bible and had a pastor marry us, and we had a Chuppah and broke the glass at the end of our ceremony. I thought our officiant did a great job at incorporating and respecting both of our heritages and the ceremony was very special.”
“Jill Bagga and her team at the Fairmont was awesome to work with. Right after the ceremony, Chad and I were whisked away to have a private moment with our own champagne and canapes. It was really nice to have that moment to ourselves to enjoy each other without the commotion of all of our friends and family. We were able to join the rest of the guests about 30 minutes into the cocktail hour too, so we got the best of both worlds.”
“Our main priority for the wedding was for us and our guests to have fun. We wanted all of our family and friends to have a great time. Great music was important to us. One splurge we did not originally have on our radar was the flower wall that we used as a backdrop to our ceremony and then moved to the background of our main wedding table. I think it was well worth it and really added to the garden-ey feel of the wedding.”
“Having planners was imperative for us, since we were planning our wedding from California. Our trips back to DC were jam packed with events and it was great having options already whittled down where we just needed to choose from a few versus having to do a ton of research and weeding out on our own. If you don’t have planners to help plan the event, day-of coordinators are essential so you can really just relax, enjoy and let the experts handle the logistics.”
Congratulations to Robyn and Chad! Thank you for sharing your garden inspired Fairmont DC wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photographer : Hannah Hudson Photography
Wedding Planner: A Dominick Events
Floral Designer: Edge Flowers
Stationery: Urbanic Paper Store
Bride’s Attire: Vera Wang / Belt: Saks Jandel
Beauty: Alison Harper & Co.
Bridesmaid Attire: Jenny Woo
Groom Attire: Bloomingdales – Armani Collezioni Suit / YSL Bowtie / Hugo Boss Shoes
Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Wedding Venue & Cake: Fairmont Hotel DC
Rentals: DC Rental
Lighting: Fairmont PSAV
Ceremony + Cocktail Musicians: My DeeJay
Transportation: Atlantic Transportation
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Photo Credits: Hannah Hudson Photography