A Modern Chic Top of the Hay DC Destination Wedding

 

a couple from chicago and New york treat their guests to epic views and unforgettable music

 
 
 

There is nothing quite so DC as the views from the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams Hotel. Melanie and Shane wanted their destination wedding to maximize the views and create a modern, clean vibe for their guests.

Melanie and Shane met at Pennsylvania State University their freshman year. Shane is from New York and Melanie is from Chicago where they now live. Right before their wedding day, they celebrated being together for ten years which included several years of long-distance dating. Melanie completed her graduate degree in DC, so when they got engaged they wanted a central location for all their friends and family and DC was the perfect fit.

Melanie and Shane selected the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams hotel as their venue for it’s epic DC views and exceptional food and service. Once the venue was booked, their top priorities were music, a clean, modern design and their guest’s experience. With almost every guest coming from out of town, they wanted to make sure their wedding was an exceptional experience for all.

 
 
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With the unparalleled views at the Top of the Hay, Melanie and Shane chose a clean aesthetic featuring white and silver with touches of navy. Invitation Architects designed the invitation suite and all the day of stationery which featured silver foil and navy accents. Their clean, modern design perfectly fit Melanie and Shane’s aesthetic.

 
 
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Melanie worked with a local Chicago bridal salon to create a custom dress featuring an exquisitely embellished silver bodice and voluminous skirt. With his groomsmen in gray, Shane opted for a navy jacket and gray slacks. Their two year old daughter, Sophie, starred as the flower girl.

 
 
 
 
 

Another top priority for KC and Andrew were photos in and around DC- an homage to the city where they would begin their married life together. First, they met at the National Portrait Gallery for their first look and, of course, portraits.

 
 
 

Their ceremony featured an acrylic welcome sign by Invitation Architects and EDGE Floral provided an airy backdrop of white drape held back by floral ties in white and green. The wedding party processed in from the balcony up to the front where Rev. Leora Willis of With This Ring, I Thee Wed officiated the ceremony.

For the reception, EDGE Floral Event Designers suspended tealights in glass globes from the ceiling for an ethereal, romantic touch. They created white and silver centerpieces featuring white garden roses, dusty miller and brunia in silver mercury compotes.

 
 
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For the reception, EDGE Floral Event Designers suspended tealights in glass globes from the ceiling for an ethereal, romantic touch. They created white and silver centerpieces featuring white garden roses, dusty miller and brunia in silver mercury compotes.

Melanie worked closely with the team at Buttercream Bakeshop to create an elegant, geometric cake. Subtle white on white designs on the bottom tier were complemented by geometric wire forms on the top tiers.

 
 
 

Melanie and Shane were especially passionate about the music at their wedding.  Shane crafted a list of songs from each decade from the 70s to the present so there would be “something for everyone” at their ceremony and cocktail hour.

Brooksley Bishop, a versatile violinist who plays instrumental versions of modern songs, played “A Thousand Years” by Frank Ocean for Melanie’s processional. During cocktail hour, she played a range of songs from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj from Shane’s list. The reception featured Miss H.E.R., a DJ featured at some of DC’s top clubs who kept everyone on the dance floor.

Towards the end of the evening, the guests celebrated Melanie and Shane with an African Money Dance where they showered them with money to symbolize good fortune. Guests were then offered donuts and milkshakes as a late night snack. At the end of the evening, bags of Garrett’s popcorn from Chicago and cookies celebrating NYC baseball by Sugar Studio Co., were favors.

 
 
 

All images by Sam Hurd Photography

 

Creative Team

Venue: The Top of the Hay, The Hay Adams Hotel

Photography: Sam Hurd Photography

Planning:  A. Griffin Events

Florist:  EDGE Floral Design

Stationery: Invitation Architects

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Brooksley Bishop

DJ: Miss H.E.R.

Beauty: Shaune’ Hayes Make Up and Hair Artists

Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop

Favors: Sugar Studio Co. and Garrett’s Popcorn

Officiant: With This Ring, I Thee Wed, Rev. Leora Willis