Prior to planning (and all throughout) we just wanted our wedding to a huge celebration. We both have huge families and many friends from each of our colleges and our home town, so we really were just so excited to have all of the people that we care about together. Since we were together for nine years before getting married, we had already met every person at our wedding... to know me was to know Kyle and vice versa. We were really excited about that because for many people there, it was watching two people that you know and love get married - not watching one person that you know and love get married to a stranger that you barely knew.
The color palette was navy with yellows, greens and whites. I always liked the idea of a rustic farm wedding but that wasn't going to happen in a middle of a city, so we just brought different elements of that to the day - some wooden crates, bright colored flowers, table numbers on burlap hearts and twinkle lights.
We wanted to have little touches of DC throughout the day since nearly everyone was coming from NY or NJ to visit our city. We had DC pictures (cherry blossom trees and monuments) on the menus and made sure to include one of our favorite DC beers (DC Brau Corruption).
As cliché as it sounds, it really is impossible to choose a favorite moment. We loved our band and how much fun everyone was having on the dance floor. We loved the monastery gardens where we got our pictures taken and how different and beautiful it was. Mostly, we loved celebrating the best day of our lives with everyone that we loved.
I chose the flowers that I did based on color. I really love brightly colored flowers and green and yellow are my favorite colors. I chose sunflowers with whites and greenery for the bouquets and boutonnieres. The centerpieces and large flower crate at the place card table had orange, red, yellow, greens and whites in them - zinnias, gerbera daisies, hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, chamomile and snapdragons. You'll notice there was no pink or purple at the entire wedding - that wasn't an accident :)
We had a Funfetti cake with buttercream frosting. When Kyle turned 25 years old, we were visiting our home town. He requested that his mom make him a Funfetti cake and she refused because she said that no respectable 25 year old lawyer ate Funfetti (hahaha). We got the cake to be Funfetti flavored as a surprise to his mom and the rest of our guests. Our caterer used to solely make cakes so we were very excited to have her make ours - it was delicious and beautiful.
My gown was bought at Bridal by Elena in Gambrills, Maryland. The consultant for my bridal appointment actually picked it out for me even though I said I didn't like it... I swore I would never have a strapless dress. I tried it on to make her happy (and make a point that it would look terrible on me) and I ended up loving it immediately and choosing it that day.
We were really excited that Jackie was available to shoot our wedding. Both Kyle and I are pretty darn awkward in front of the camera and Jackie made us feel so comfortable and natural. I'm sure part of it is that I've known her forever, but she also has such a presence in how she directed us that it never felt weird or forced. It was lots of fun to have her there too since she knows my family so well and our many quirks!
Our advice to anyone planning their wedding would be to take some time throughout the day and just stand back and look around together. Everyone always tells you how fast the day will go, and that couldn't be more true. It helps to take a few moments to just take everything in.
Ceremony: St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Reception: St. Francis Hall
Flowers: Convention Floral
Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band
Caterer: Teatime Delicacies