Images: Valerie Demo Photography

An intimate elopement at a DC art gallery? Yup – I can’t think of a better post for Valentine’s Day! Gabe & Liz’s modern, intimate DC wedding was all about love, happiness & family! Surrounded by their family and full of both laughs & tears, this couple had the small, family-oriented wedding they wanted, right in their DC neighborhood. Love it – hope you guys all have a great day spreading the love to anyone & everyone in your life!

“We are having a small, family-only wedding at a local art gallery in our neighborhood. We are MOST excited about, well, marrying each other! We believe we are well suited as partners, excited to share families, and truly love each other as individuals, as friends, and as romantic partners. We are also excited to have our ceremony be simple, short and free of the distractions and expectations that large, traditional weddings put on a couple and their families.”

After getting ready with their own families, Liz and Gabe walked to the ceremony. Their wedding was held a few blocks away from their apartments at Gallery NK. It had the BEST light (and who can argue with a wedding surrounded by art). Liz and Gabe DIY’ed their entire wedding arch and set it up in the gallery, hung some twinkle lights and flanked it with bouquets from urbanstems . Liz’s aunt presided over the ceremony which included a ring warming, super emotional personal vows, and each of their parents giving the couple a special gift.

Liz wore an AWESOME dress from Modcloth, Toms, a floral crown from Etsy, earrings from Rent the Runway, a custom ruby bracelet in honor of her Grandmother Ruby… and a custom opal necklace in honor of her Grandmother Opal. She carried a bouquet from urbanstems wrapped in her Grandmother’s scarf and threw on the raddest faux-fur coat while we walked around outside for portraits that had also belonged to her Grandmother. Liz’s rings were custom made by Melissa Tyson Designs… and Gabe’s ring had belonged to his Grandfather. Gabe wore a custom suit from DC Custom Clothiers and the watch Liz had proposed to him with.

After the ceremony, Liz, Gabe and their families toasted and cut a red velvet cake (Liz’s Dad’s favorite flavor) topped with a custom cake banner reading “love is best”. Liz has lived her life by that saying and dubbed it her motto when she was a little girl. Following the cake cutting their families shared childhood photos and we walked around the area for portraits.

Vendors -> Photographer: Valerie Demo Photography | Bakery: Buttercream Bakeshop | Apparel: DC Custom Clothiers | Studio Venue: Gallery NK  | Jewelry: Melissa Tyson Designs | Dress Store: ModCloth | Jewelry: Rent The Runway | Bride’s Shoes: TOMS | Floral Designer: UrbanStems | Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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