A European-Inspired DC Wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
A Vespa, a Cathedral, a Museum, and a Show-stopping Bar.
The perfect ingredients for a gorgeous, classic, DC wedding packed with a whole lot of fun.
When planning their wedding, KC and Andrew started with the parish closest to their hearts, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, for their ceremony. To match the grandeur and European elegance of St Matthew’s they needed a reception venue with architecture reminiscent of their cherished trip to Rome. After stepping foot in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, they knew they had found their perfect venue complete with columns, marble staircases, and artwork.
KC and Andrew opted to complement the blush and ivory interior of Women in the Arts with dusty blue, sage, ivory and gold. The result- an elegant, colorful, fresh, summer wedding unlike any other. Bridesmaids wore dusty blue dresses with maids of honor adorned in ivory floral print gowns. Silver blue damask linens alternated with dusty blue shantung linens beneath gold and ivory striped chargers, and gold flatware at the reception. Centerpieces composed of hydrangeas, delphinium, dusty miller, and tibet ivory roses were surrounded by a variety of hurricanes and taper candles to truly enhance the romantic elegance of the space.
The square gold mercury bar filled the entrance to the museum as guests were greeted with signature drinks, a favorite being “Love Potion,” affectionately named by KC’s aunt. With towering rose and hydrangea centerpieces illuminated by pin lights, the bar served as the perfect centerpiece to the wedding
Setting the Stage
Having known each other since college, KC and Andrew were nearly always in-sync about what was important to them at their wedding. The top priority being hospitality- providing their guests with a truly wonderful experience. However, as KC explains, the stress of the wedding planning process sometimes made that difficult:
When we began the process, we both agreed that our biggest priority was to ensure that our guests were comfortable and happy. I think along the way we were so focused on that that we began to lose what we wanted ourselves. Luckily, my now-husband was always reminding me that this whole wedding was for US and our love for each other, and that we should be making decisions that will make US happy. During the stressful times, he also made sure that I had fun!
To reflect what is important to them, KC and Andrew filled their wedding with fun, personal details. To do so, they enlisted Emily Rose Ink to design an invitation featuring an illustration by Andrew, himself, of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. At the reception, each table number featured personal photos of KC and Andrew at the corresponding age. They cut their cake with an heirloom knife from Andrew’s side of the family.
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.
After the ceremony, they boarded a party bus, stocked with their favorite beverages, with their wedding party to visit the timeless architecture of the DC War Memorial.
On weekends, KC and Andrew like to explore DC on their Vespa- it quickly became clear that their Vespa needed a significant role in their wedding design:
We have a Vespa of our own, and it was our first big purchase together! We use it all around the city, although I have to admit I still don’t know how to drive it and Andrew takes us everywhere on it! We used our Vespa in our engagement pictures, and throughout the wedding planning tried to incorporate it any way that we could!
A table of miniature Vespas holding escort cards provided another grand entrance for guests attending the reception; KC and Andrew also set aside time before sunset to sneak away for sunset photos on and with their Vespa. KC’s magenta shoes provided the perfect pop of color against the stone landscape of the city.
All images by Alicia Lacey Photography
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Catering: Spilled Milk
Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography
Planning: A. Griffin Events
Florist: EDGE Floral Design
Lighting: DJ Dan Goldman, A2Z Music Factory
Music: Free Spirit
Make Up Artist: JKW Beauty
Cake: Hollis King
Dress Designer: Watters
Bridal Boutique: Kleinfelds