Images: Valerie Demo

Do the weeks feel somehow longer since last Tuesday or is it just me? I’ll admit I am still riding the struggle bus over here and wondering if/when these feelings will ever end. I want to feel “normal” again, but when I start to, I get nervous about my complacency. It’s a roller coaster indeed, but I’m trying to take more of the happy while I can. With that, I have a gorgeous DC elopement to share today from the insanely talented (and super boss lady) Valerie Demo. Enjoy her gorgeous images & this truly romantic love story.


Rachel and Deaglan. Their story is like a rom-com. One year ago, Rachel and Deaglan met at Churchkey for drinks after not seeing each other for many many years. It was literally love at first-re-site. It only made sense that when they decided to get married, that it be in Washington DC where they had fallen in love again. Rachel, who lives in Texas, and Deaglan, who lives in Pennsylvania… flew into DC to take the plunge.

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They were married in the whiskey bar in the bottom of Pinea in the W Hotel in the heart of DC where they were staying. Their vows were sweet and endearing and their ceremony was full of so much love and so many tears. David Andrew Smith was on hand to play an entire list of amazing songs and they had a first dance and a champagne toast.

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After some portraits in the lobby and a change of dress… we hopped into an uber and headed to Churchkey for a few beers… because what else would be more appropriate than going back to the place where they knew it was forever.

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Vendors -> Photographer: Valerie Demo Photography | Musicians: David Andrew Smith | Floral Designer: Greenworks Florist | Officiant:Rev. Kiana Hebron | Beauty: Style Me Bar | Venue: W Hotel Washington, DC | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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