Elena and Andrew were a couple who knew exactly what they wanted when they began planning their DC wedding ceremony and reception. Having grown up around the beltway, today’s bride wanted to embrace the historic area and host a DC themed wedding at the City Tavern Club. One element that they used that we felt was a genius idea was to find love quotes from former US Presidents and First Lady’s to have displayed around the reception for show. Due to the bride’s Italian American heritage, the couple were married at Holy Rosary Church, which is the Italian American Church in DC at which they attend Mass. With so many personal and DC inspired wedding touches, we really fell in love with their big day told through their photos. Congratulations to the newlyweds and thank you to their lovely photography team at Meagan Chase Photography for sharing it with us today!

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From the Bride: We both knew we wanted to get married in the fall and since we met and fell in love in DC (and I grew up in the suburbs in Silver Spring), we knew we wanted a DC theme. We didn’t want it to be over the top, but also wanted to keep it elegant. We started out by picking City Tavern Club as our reception venue. We loved how we would have access to the whole house and that our guests would be able to explore and view historic photos, documents and furniture throughout the night.. We had cocktail hour in the Bliss Room, dinner in the Great Hall and then moved back upstairs to the Bliss Room for dancing. We used the Long Room for dessert and as a place for guests to take a break from dancing and relax. We used an image of the DC skyline throughout our stationary and kept with a navy and gold color palette that reflected the elegance of the house and added a touch of romance.

When we first met, we worked about three blocks from each other near Union Station. We spent many lunch breaks walking the Capitol grounds and through Senate Park getting to know each other. Despite the Capitol dome restoration, we knew we wanted our portraits to be taken in the parks surrounding the building and we are so happy we did. ”

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The food was very important to us. We wanted our guests to have a delicious meal and not a piece of rubbery chicken. The chef at City Tavern Club really came through. The steaks were cooked perfectly, the fish was perfectly flaky and the Butternut Squash Soup…my mouth waters just thinking about it!
Our other priority was a great DJ. Andrew and I love nothing more then a great dance party and we wanted our guests to feel comfortable letting loose on the dance floor. We interviewed several potential DJ’s and ultimately went with DJ Evan Reitmeyer. We immediately felt comfortable with him and he was so concerned with helping create the perfect vibe. From soft music during cocktail hour to getting the older guests out on the dance floor with classics and keeping everyone out on the floor late into the night, he made sure everyone was having an amazing time.

Flowers were not extremely important to us so we didn’t want to spend a ton of money on them. We worked with a florist at Whole Foods-Tenleytown and the end result was simple, elegant bouquets and centerpieces that enhanced the beauty of the historic dining room in City Tavern Club. A big wedding cake was also not very important to us.We wanted a small one to cut (for photos) and to eat on our one year anniversary. We also didn’t want to take away time from dancing so instead of serving a seated dessert, we had a dessert bar across from the dance floor. This gave our guests the opportunity to digest their meal, dance a bit and then refuel with some bite sized treats! The dessert bar featured bite size apple pies (Andrew’s favorite) and bite sized cheesecake (my favorite).”

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I wanted to give my bridesmaids something personal to thank them for being by my side. My mom makes jewelry as a hobby and I asked her to design and make earrings and a matching bracelet. Both pieces were so simple and delicate and it meant so much to have my mom make them, as opposed to buying them from a random store.

About a month before the wedding, we were putting final touches on decorations. I really wanted a romantic feel throughout the house so we focused on lots of candles, but I felt like something was missing. In order to tie in the Washington DC theme, I found a bunch of love quotes from Presidents to their wives/significant others. Lacoya, from Hello Love Events, took the quotes and framed them and then displayed them throughout the house. It was a simple (and cheap!) way to add some decoration and romance to the different rooms where they were placed. ”

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Favorite Moment of the Day: (Bride) Right before the doors of the church were opened, my knees were literally knocking together from nerves. The stress of the day, the torrential downpour outside, and all of the other elements at play had my nerves on edge. As soon as the ushers opened the doors and I started walking down the aisle, totally focused on Andrew at the other end, a calm went from my head to my toes. I’ve never experienced such a feeling of complete calm as I did the moment I saw him and I’ll remember that feeling for the rest of my life.

Groom: I don’t know that I can pin down one just single moment from that day but I think something I will always remember was our first dance. Having that special moment where the world faded away and it was just us was incredibly special to me. For that moment, it was just us dancing like we have so many times before but now it had that added realization that this amazing woman was my dance partner for the rest of our lives.

Together: We hosted an after party at Pinstripes, around the corner from City Tavern Club. We were the last two people to leave the bar and since we were spending the night at The Graham Hotel, we walked the few blocks down M Street to the hotel. We walked down M Street holding hands, me in my wedding dress and Andrew in his tux, passed packed bars and restaurants, reminiscing about the day. It seemed so surreal that the day was over and we were finally married. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day, surrounded by all of our family and friends. ”

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Congratulations to Elena and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your Washington DC Navy and Gold wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Megan Chase Photography
Wedding Coordinator & Calligraphy: Hello Love Events
Stationer: Fay Street Studio
Floral Designer: Whole Foods Market
Hair and Makeup Team: JKW Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Jenny Yoo
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal / Gown: Pronovias
Bridal Veil: Beccas Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom / Canali / Groomsmen Attire: Menguin
Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Reception Venue & Cake: City Tavern Club
Rentals: Linen Table Cloth
Ceremony Music: Maria Marigliano
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
DJ: DJ Evan Reitmeyer

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: Megan Chase Photography

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