When a new message popped up in my inbox from Megan Noonan Photography, with the subject “Cecelia & Wasim’s wedding” – well, I was pumped. Cecelia & Wasim’s awesome Washington, DC art gallery engagement had made my “Best of 2011 Engagement Features“, so naturally, I knew their wedding was going to be unique, ultra-hip, and 100% them.
Cecelia confirmed my suspicions:
After getting engaged, I seriously tried to convince Wasim that we should go to the courthouse, get married, have a small dinner with family and friends, and call it a day. Wasim, however, was very adamant about having a full blown wedding. I am so very glad that I “caved in” because we had a blast.
Wasim and I said that our goal was for our guests to eat, drink, and dance well at our wedding. Personally, I wanted to make sure that in the process we stayed true to ourselves without getting locked in traditions that didn’t fit our personalities, and that we didn’t break the bank while doing so.
I mean what could be more Capitol Romance than what Cecelia said – a wedding that “stayed true to ourselves”, not “locked in traditions that didn’t fit” them and “didn’t break the bank” – I mean those are practically my commandments!
Cecelia & Wasim’s Non-traditional, Modern Wedding at the Hotel Palomar in Arlington, VA
Cecelia shares how they chose Hotel Palomar in Arlington, VA as their wedding venue:
I am a huuuuuge fan of modern art (hence my choices for the engagement session), so I was originally looking a venues with a modern and artistic vibe. Once we stepped in the Hotel Palomar, I absolutely fell in love with the theme, “Art in Motion” and the artwork. The fact that Wasim loved it and actually picked the hotel as his number one choice completely sold me on the venue. We knew we made the right decision when we had our tasting…can you say Yuuuuummy!!??
We also wanted to make sure that we could have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at one location since the vast majority of our guests were from out of town.
i mean have you ever seen sexier, hipper bright blue wedding shoes than Cecelia’s? love.
love her sophisticated, twist bun wedding hairstyle!
Their invitations used the cobalt blue, smokey grey, and white color palette. so modern!
And just this last peak before I make you click inside to see the rest! Cecelia went non-traditional and opted for clutches over bouquets. I have been talking about that alternative bouquet idea for ever – and am THRILLED to get to show how awesome it looks in a REAL wedding!
Click inside to see the rest of Cecelia & Wasim’s Modern, Nontraditional Washington, DC wedding by Megan Noonon Photography.