Friday, June 7, 2013

A DC Wedding, 5 Years Ago Today

We were married on June 7, 2008, five years ago from today, at Grace Church in Georgetown, Washington, DC. I can still remember it as if it were yesterday...

 I absolutely adored my Monique Lhuillier dress. 

My sisters had made three appointments to go dress shopping for the weekend, Mom and Grandma included. In the weeks prior I had been surfing magazines and kept tagging the same dress in five different magazines. We arrived at the first dress shop, I showed the attendant the dress that I had clipped from the magazine, she brought it out, I tried it on, and that was it. "Don't you want to try on any others?" My mom asked. They brought out two more dresses, and I obligingly tried them on, but it was the first dress that made my face light up. We cancelled the other two appointments and got an early lunch with some champagne to celebrate.

The men wore Morning Suits with tails and Ascot ties. Thank you to Anthony's Tuxedos for making the men look so handsome!

Flowers were arranged by Rance Goff at Ultraviolet.

He had such a vision for the entire affair, and even drew the seating diagram for the reception. I'd almost consider his helpfulness more equivalent to that of a wedding planner, with artistic vision.

Our wedding reception was held at the Cosmos Club. The clubhouse was originally a winter home for the coal-mining, iron, and railroad Townsend heiress. The main ballroom reflects all the beauty of the Gilded age.

Instead of table numbers, we named each table with something of significance. Bermuda is where we went on our honeymoon (and many anniversaries since!). It made for a great conversation starter to guess the significance behind the name of the table.

For wedding favors, we had my favorite chocolates - Godivas. I'm always a fan of edible favors!

Our wedding cake was unbelievable. 

The cake tasting at Patisserie Poupon was in and of itself an experience. Not only did we get to try all of the different flavors - chocolate mousse, chocolate meringue, praline, almond, lemon, strawberry, etc. - but they were quick to fix us an accompanying espresso or cappuccino.

Even one year later, the top of the cake was still delicious!

 Our friends and family danced the night away to tunes played by Retrospect.

Weddings are a blast, especially your own.  It's the one time in your life when you have all the people you love in one place at one time. I wouldn't have changed a thing. 

Happy 5th Anniversary to my "word-can't-describe-how-wonderful" husband!

All photographs taken by Jennifer Hughes, amazingly professional and spot on with capturing every moment. For more shots of our wedding, check out the Fall/Winter 2009 Brides Washington Magazine!