Images: Photos from the Harty
I love this time of year because it’s usually when the area photographers are able to climb out of their wediting black holes and actually submit all their awesome my way. September to December can be a bit of a light submission period for me because photographers are just too damn busy shooting and editing to really put submissions together (how dare they do their jobs ;-p). So I love this time of year as a wedding blogger, because I get to not only see but SHARE all the radness they’ve been working on the past year.
From the bride:
I’m one of those weird people who was not only born in Washington, DC but still chooses to live here as an adult–with no real intention to leave. So, when my very “classic american boy” now husband proposed to me, the color scheme was very clear: red, white and blue. That came to me before any other ideas; and then it drove the planning for the rest of the event. I wanted to capture that patriotic element, without being too “in your face” or cheesy; the Hotel Monaco was the perfect for that.
The very old school Washington architecture with the modern decor were exactly what I wanted. The Monaco also has a very special well of arranging the ceremony– it’s done in the round with us in the middle so that we were literally surrounded by our family and friends.
–> CLICK INSIDE FOR THE REST OF THIS PATRIOTIC DC WEDDING AT HOTEL MONACO <–
The feeling of our wedding was warm and comfortable and lots of fun; we were not the kind of Bride and Groom who weren’t going to party just as hard as our guests. My dress was a big part of that too. The tea length was all about dancing; and I think in a way, when people saw it, it instantly set the tone for the whole event. It was going to be a GOOD TIME. The American flag sunglasses we passed out on the dance floor certainly got that message across as well.
Aside from this overall theme and venue, the most important things to us were: a good band, a good meal and a good bar. We were really lucky in being able to find all of that. We’re huge music people with an embarrassing percentage of our disposable income going to concerts on a regular basis. We wanted to basically feel like we were at a really great live show with all of our friends and family. Not only did Sound Nation do that, but they were extremely amenable to learning some more songs (with a red, white and blue theme, a lot of Bruce Springsteen was needed).