An Elegant, Modern, Washington, DC Wedding

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 02, 2012

Lynn & Lee

September 24

Ronald Reagan Building – Washington, DC


WeddingWire’s COO, Lee Wang, celebrated his one-year anniversary with wife, Lynn, this past month, which gave us a wonderful reason to share their beautiful DC wedding!  Plus, we love sharing weddings that were planned using WeddingWire!  Congratulations to Lynn and Lee!


Our Q&A with the couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The Ronald Reagan Building is just gorgeous. The Pavilion Room is simply beautiful on its own.  We didn’t need to add lighting or cover the walls to make it a lovely wedding space.  We had our ceremony in the same room and it was completely transformed at night with just the setting of the sun. We had the entire floor to ourselves, which helped seal the deal.  We had many out-of-towners coming in and it made the most sense to keep everyone in one place. This allowed us to have a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception space without leaving the building. We worked with several amazing people at the Reagan Building too.  Our coordinators, Courtney, Karen, and Alyana, were outstanding (I mean really exceptional) and made us feel completely confident that we would be well taken care of (and we were!).  As soon as we saw this venue it was love at first sight.

What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

It’s hard to list just three things.  We loved so many things about our wedding, but we would have to say we loved our venue space – everything about it was perfect for us.  The décor from DaVinci Florists completed the look.  We had gorgeous tables with breathtaking centerpieces. Everything was elegant and just what we had in mind. We were madly in love with the food from the Reagan Building as well.  We selected four passed canapés during the cocktail hour, a duo of salmon and beef tenderloin for the main entrée, and passed sliders as a late night snack for our guests. We received so many compliments on the food that it was easily one of our favorite parts of our wedding day. Our other favorite detail was the music.  We loved our DJ, Ross Anderson, from Chris Laich Music Services.  He met with us a couple of times before our wedding day to get to know us and our taste in music.  The playlist that he used throughout our seated dinner received numerous compliments and so many requests for the playlist afterward.  He kept the guests happy and on the dance floor all night long. We were so lucky to enjoy so many things about our wedding day, but a year later we’re still talking about these three things especially.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

My husband, Lee, would tell you to “use WeddingWire” to plan your wedding.  While I certainly would agree with that sentiment too (we couldn’t have planned our wedding without it), it wouldn’t be the one piece of advice I would give.  I would tell couples to plan the wedding that best suits them.  Sure, you want to accommodate your family and friend’s requests, but you’re not going to make everyone happy with everything you do.  We planned a wedding that we wanted.  We were thoughtful about how certain things may impact our loved ones, but had to accept that we weren’t going to please everyone.  You will remember your wedding day (every last detail) for the rest of your lives.  Your family and friends will remember it, but not the way that you will. So create a memory that you want to have 50 years from now.  And remember to enjoy your day!  It really does go by so quickly.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Wow.  That’s a tough one.  The entire day from beginning to end was wonderful and there isn’t just one moment that comes to mind.  We had a blast spending time with our closest friends and family before the ceremony getting ready and taking pictures.  Our ceremony was beautifully done and we could not have been more pleased with the way it turned out. We laughed, we cried, we were married. We really enjoyed sitting down to dinner with our wedding party and their spouses too.  At one point Lee wanted to stand up and start greeting our guests at their tables, but I had to put my foot down and tell him “do not move, I’m finishing my soup” (a butternut squash soup with sea scallops…yum!).  Dinner was delicious – have I mentioned that already?  We enjoyed dancing, drinking, taking photos with everyone and just being with the people we don’t see very often.  At the end of the night we all retreated to the patio to smoke cigars and finish the wedding cupcakes. When asked about what memories we have of our day, we go through every moment of the day remembering the wonderful feelings we had. It truly was a magical day.  There really isn’t just one moment.

Lynn + Lee from Thomas Bowen Films on Vimeo.


Videographer: Thomas Bowen Films | Photographer: Steve Canning Photography | Ceremony& Reception Venue: Ronald Reagan Building | DJ: Chris Laich Music Services | Cake: Georgetown Cupcake  and Sweet Thing – Black Orchid | Florist: Da Vinci Florist | Dress Store: Hitched | Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau | Tux (groom): Hugo Boss | Tux (groomsmen): Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor | Invitations: My Gatsby | Jewelry: Midtown Jewelers | Officiant: Captain John Lea III, Chaplain U.S. Navy | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Ceremony Music: Sage String Quartet | Bridal Party Make-up Services: Blend | Bridal Party Hair: Posche Hair Artistry