Classic and Joyful Fall Washington, DC Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jan 21, 2013

Alison & Len

October 6

Washington, DC


Q & A with the Bride:

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

One was the timeless/historic nature of DAR and the second was the breathtaking portico with views of the Washington Monument.  It was the perfect location and our guests couldn’t stop raving about it!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I think the most important and best decision we made was to have a cocktail-style reception.  Our guests spent the whole night socializing, dancing, eating, and drinking rather than being held to the tight schedule of a sit-down dinner.  It was awesome hearing so many of our guests say “It’s over already? Can we get an extra hour?”  And, FYI, our guests got plenty of food (I mention that because it was a concern for us during planning)!
  2. The music.  There was the perfect mix of music to keep everyone on the dance floor the entire reception.
  3. The location.  I was born and raised in DC but my husband is from New York.  It was important to me to have a “very DC” wedding and DAR was exactly that.  Both our out-of-town and local guests were in awe of the DAR – the building, the view, and the overall atmosphere.  DAR was also the perfect backdrop for stunning pictures!

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

Our first look.  It was absolutely the best decision Len and I made when planning our day!  The first look was an amazing moment.  The sequence of photos captured by our photographer, Meredith Hanafi, are our absolute favorites!  Also, the first look made seeing each other a private moment that we could really enjoy. 


Photography: Meredith Hanafi Photography| Venue: DAR Constitution Hall | Floral Designer: Franklin 2.1.5. Floral Design by Jennifer Lodato  | Caterer: Occasions Caterers | Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Hotel: The Mayflower Renaissance | Officiant:  Rev. Kirsten Blom-Westbrook | DJ:  DJ Ahmed Khan