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Jay & Kurt’s Intimate Elopement at United Church of Christ in DC

I’m still in Oklahoma (made a quick trip home to my parents’ house in NJ this weekend to see my husband, and family and meet my brand new niece) but will try harder to get more posts up this week. For today we have a lovely little intimate DC elopement. The perfect reminder that love really does come in all shapes and sizes. I love blogging weddings like this that don’t fit the typical “wedding blog feature” mold. Happy Monday all!

Jay & Kurt’s Intimate DC Elopement at United Church of Christ

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Photographer: Mathy Shoots People | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

On the ceremony:

Our ring bearer was our son, Isaiah, who was adopted in March and our readers were: Rebecca, a family friend who also applied for our marriage license for us, and Kort, a family friend who came from Michigan to be with us.

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We chose to have our wedding at First Cong. UCC because we are members of the United Church of Christ, and the congregation is Open and Affirming.

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Click inside for the rest of Jay & Kurt’s intimate DC elopement.

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Mitch & Shawn’s Modern, Chic Washington DC Elopement

I’ve lived in Washington, DC for 7 years now (god, typing that makes me feel SO OLD), and for some inexplicable reason I’ve never witnessed the Pride Parade. So this year, I made up for it tenfold, but not only witnessing the parade but actually getting to WALK IN IT!!! The amazing Kathryn Hamm at GayWeddings invited our entire PopUpRomance team and winning couple (and their family and friends!) to walk with WeddingWire’s “#WedWeCan team. It was amazing, enthralling, and so many other feelings that I am not able to capture here with mere words.

I’ll be writing a full recap of PopUpRomance and our day at the MEET Market soon, but I couldn’t help but share a little insight before today’s post. Today we shared the wedding on Mitch & Shawn – a couple that had been together 13 years. THIRTEEN YEARS before they were finally able to be legally married. They are from Florida, but chose to fly to DC to to have an extremely private marriage ceremony at the Westin. No details, no family, no big fancy dinner, no DJ. Just two men, their extremely dapper suits, and the love they share.

Mitch & Shawn’s Modern, Chic Washington DC Elopement


Photographer: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Officiant: Rev Kirsten Blom-Westbrook | Venue: Westin Georgetown | Submitted via Two Bright Lights


A note from the photographer:

Of course, Mitch and Shawn were glowing after they exchanged their vows at the Georgetown Westin for their gay marriage ceremony. I nearly teared up during this part. It truly was so much more special for me than any wedding I have ever attended. Knowing that Shawn and Mitch have had to wait for over a decade to have this special day just makes this so meaningful.


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Click inside for the rest of Mitch & Shawn’s intimate, Washington DC elopement at the Westin.

Katy & Shamena’s Intimate, Dupont Circle Elopement in Washington, DC

I always love throwing a good old Washington, DC elopement in to the mix ~ especially when the couple getting married decided to come all the way to DC from the UK! As their photographer, eKate Photography told me, “they came to DC because they didn’t just want a civil union; they wanted to be married.” On one hand, I LOVE that DC is a place where all and any couples can come to get legally married – but on the other hand, it pains me that couples even have to travel outside their home towns to legally profess their love to each other. I am proud of my city, but hopeful that someday soon couples won’t have to make the journey here to get married (though my blog will be sad to see their awesome elopements go!).

Katy & Shamena’s Intimate, Dupont Circle Elopement in Washington, DC

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Photographer: eKate Photography | Officiant: Tiffany Newman | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

They each wore a red dress of their choosing and had a short and intimate ceremony in Dupont Circle, officiated by Tiffany Newman of Marriage D.C. It was simple, gorgeous, and serene inside during the ceremony. Outside, it was the worst rainstorm we’d had in a long time, We were still determined to get some photos outside, though, so while people were leaving work and roads were being closed because of flooding, we waded through and got the shots that we could. The two of them were smiling and laughing the entire time and it was one of the most enjoyable weddings I’ve been a part of.

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Congratulations Katy & Shamena! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, intimate Washington DC wedding elopement with us! A special thanks again to eKate Photography as well for sharing her images with us!

Mackenzie & Nick’s Offbeat, Intimate Elopement in Washington DC

I love today’s DC wedding feature. Partly because the bride wore a 1950s-inspired pink dress (I am fangirling) and partly because the engagement ring was a black diamond, but mostly I love today’s DC wedding because the couple chose to do exactly what THEY wanted to do when it came to their wedding.

Their original plans were to have the big traditional party down in South Carolina, but a few months before they decided it wasn’t what they really wanted. And instead they opted for a beautiful, intimate elopement by the DC War Memorial in downtown Washington, DC.

The couple shared, “We have been through our share of ups and downs …the adversity in our lives has made us stronger and more appreciative of each other and life in general.”

^and that my friends, is a true love story. A special thanks to Rebekah Hoyt Photography for sharing her images for this feature.

Nick & Mackenzie’s Offbeat & Intimate, Washington DC Elopement Wedding


About Nick and Mackenzie:

We have been together for 3 years now, half of which was a long-distance relationship.  Our relationship has been non-traditional from the start.  Mackenzie was doing an internship in DC when we began our relationship. When she began college, we were 1.5 hours apart.  The first time we lived in the same city while dating was in Washington, DC, when Nick did an internship on Capitol Hill and Mackenzie was working for a neurosurgeon.  We quickly knew that we would live and work in DC one day.  After Nick’s job transferred him to DC in January, we knew that we wanted to get married and start our life together in our favorite city.

We have been through our share of ups and downs, from struggles with Mackenzie’s health and the loss of Nick’s dad and nephew.  The adversity in our lives has made us stronger and more appreciative of each other and life in general.  We are very excited to embark on our new life together in the city we love!

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^love Mackenzie’s black diamond engagement ring!

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^the bride to be waiting for the metro to her wedding ceremony :)


Our Wedding Details:

Originally, we planned to have a traditional wedding in South Carolina, where we grew up.  A few months before the wedding, we decided it was not what we wanted to do.  We decided to wait a few months and get married in Washington, DC.  In researching our options for our elopement, we learned there are only a few places to have a wedding ceremony on the National Mall.

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We chose the DC War Memorial since it is more secluded than the other monuments.  We wanted to get married on a Friday night so there would be less tourists.

Mackenzie wore a short, classic, ballet pink dress and vintage-style t-strap heels.  Ballet pink was a special choice for Mackenzie’s dress, since she was a dancer for over 10 years.  Nick wore a simple black suit with a white shirt, black tie, penny cufflinks.  Mackenzie carried a small bouquet of white tulips wrapped in black ribbon to compliment the black diamond in the center of her engagement ring.

^ Can I tell you how much I love the fact that even though the wedding was so intimate, their detail choices still meant so much to them. The reason behind the pink dress and penny cufflinks?! I just cannot get enough of this.

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Click inside for the rest of Mackenzie & Nick’s intimate, Washington DC elopement by Rebekah Hoyt Photography.

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