“We don’t feel wholly comfortable in the limelight and we didn’t want our wedding details to overshadow the significant commitment we were about to make.”
I apologize for the lack of posting yesterday. It’s been an adjustment to say the least, into my new project at the day job and things in my personal life are a bit crazy too. I’m going to need to re-adjust my blogging schedule a bit and not leave these massive real wedding posts until 9pm the night before ;) Anyway, this real DC wedding feature is going to knock your socks off – ok, and let’s be honest, probably tear up, so hold onto your butts.Douglas Pettway Photography sent me this one a few weeks ago and I literally wrote back to him “now THAT’s a REAL wedding feature” the second I finished reading Deanna & Rikki’s write-up. These two lovely ladies poured their souls into their wedding day, with handmade details, custom vows, and even a brand new last name that they decided upon together (more on that later). You really won’t want to miss ANY image or any of the write-up that these two shared.
Deanna & Rikki’s Rustic, Handmade, Heartfelt & Intimate DC Wedding
Photographer: Douglas Pettway | Flowers: Eastern Market Vendor | Officiant: Friend | Placements: Handmade by couple
Rikki and I both wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and our relationship. We don’t feel wholly comfortable in the limelight and we didn’t want our wedding details to overshadow the significant commitment we were about to make.
A little backstory: if it were up to us, we would have gotten married in Oregon (Rikki’s home) on top of a mountain. But, since that wasn’t possible, we wanted our atmosphere to reflect our love of the outdoors.
Before the wedding day, I was able to pull off the biggest surprise of both our lives, which is truly remarkable because I can’t keep anything from Rikki. Her brother lives in Oregon and was not going to be able to make it to DC for our wedding. So, in sneaky fashion, I arranged for his trip and even caught Rikki on video after seeing him for the first time. We both still cry each time we watch it. Seeing DC through his eyes, a combat veteran with a brilliant heart and mind, reminded us how privileged we are to be in this place.
With a total of 14 guests (plus our two sweet pups), we walked from our house to the Capitol Building where we were surrounded by our closest friends and family who witnessed the best day of our lives. In the shadow of the Supreme Court, we reflected on the institution of marriage and our gratitude for being granted this right.
It felt important to us to take a moment of silence to acknowledge the many couples who are not yet afforded the chance to marry.
I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so beautiful as that…
We wrote our own vows (that were eerily but unsurprisingly similar) and exchanged rings on which our respective fingerprints are engraved.