Images: Callie Riesling Photography

We’re almost to the end of the week, thanks to the holiday, but I feel like there’s still so much to do before we leave town. While I’m very much looking forward to a little getaway, I’m still feeling a bit stressed about leaving the safe space of our home. But like Bree said, getting out of the city should do wonders for our mental health, and I think we could all use a bit of a reset these days.

But don’t worry…we’ll still be bringing the love! Today we’ve got Phil & Emily’s bright and fun spring wedding, complete with a Macarena as part of their first dance, and a special guest toast!

We wanted a fun, comfortable, yet classy wedding that fit the season and location. Our colors were subtle and soft, and highlighted the floral colors of spring. We incorporated many blues to fit the groom’s Greek heritage. The groom wore Greek cufflinks and bitcoin socks. The bride wore her sister’s wedding veil. The groomsmen’s suits were blue with a coral tie to have a fun, spring element, and the bridesmaid’s dresses were teal to compliment. We incorporated many blues to fit the groom’s Greek heritage.

The venues were near and dear to us. The groom went to grade school with his brothers and several friends at the church, which was in a central location for everyone to get to quickly. The reception venue was where the bride’s aunt had her reception, and was located on a military base that we both frequented growing up.

We relied heavily on family for planning, and friends on the day of to make the reception activities run smoothly. Our photographer was the bride’s friend from back home in Colorado, another friend navigated buses to get to and from the reception, another friend drove us to and from our first photos as a married couple, and circled the National Mall while our photographer quickly worked, and the best man had a special guest offer a video message – Brett Farve. We made sure to incorporate Greek music and had an improvised traditional Greek dance for an exciting moment. 

The day was not perfect, but it felt it to me, and when it came down to it, really all that mattered to us was being in one room with the people we loved. Our wedding was so special and truly unforgettable. From our ceremony to the after party, it was jam packed with family, friends, old memories, and of course, ouzo. We’re so thankful for our family and friends who helped pull off our day.


Photographer: Callie Riesling Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. Thomas More | Reception Venue: Patton Hall | Caterer: Five Star Catering | Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe | Florist: Royalty Flowers, Inc. | Linens: DC Occasions | Bride’s Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca | Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse


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