A Traditional Gray Wedding in Washington, D.C.
Liz and Paul, A Capitol Couple
Liz and Paul first met while working at the same law firm in Washington, D.C. They quickly became friends, but it took a couple of years—when the two happened to be single at the same time—for their friendship to develop into something more. Four years later, they were engaged, and on September 29, 2012, the pair wed at an elegant historic mansion in the same city in which they first met.
A Neighboring Venue
Liz and Paul lived a block away from Meridian House, an old French-inspired mansion, for years and loved its historic architecture and outdoor gardens. After learning they could book the space for a wedding, the pair knew they had found their perfect venue.
The Bride’s Bouquet
Liz toted a bouquet of double white freesia, garden roses, blushing bride protea, white snowberry, and various herbs.
The Custom Ring Pillow
The Ceremony Programs
Simple programs were topped with the same wax seals that were on the invites.
Glass cylinders filled with freesia, basil, and lavender lent a sweet fragrance to the outdoor ceremony.
Liz’s father escorted her down the aisle to “Empty” by Ray Lamontagne.
The weather was warm and sunny as the couple exchanged vows in the mansion’s adjoining garden. Family members recited several readings, and a string quartet played songs by Adele, Coldplay, and Radiohead.
Cocktails and Charcuterie
A wooden farm table served as an antipasti station during cocktail hour. It boasted a wide variety of cheeses, meats, and breads, as well as a stately olive branch arrangement.
Custom Cocktail Napkins
Simplesong Design created logos for the signature drinks—Moscow Mules for the groom and Spiked Lavender Lemonade for the bride—and stamped them onto cocktail napkins.
The Seating Chart
Seating assignments were displayed on a large chalkboard surrounded by a white wooden frame. The table layout was drawn in gold, and everyone’s names were calligraphed alphabetically below.
The Table Numbers
Gilded table numbers on mini wooden easels guided guests to their seats.
Dinner is Served
A menu of roasted baby beet, organic roasted chicken, and woodland mushroom terrine was served family style on tables topped with candles, green-and-white centerpieces, and vintage glassware.
The First Dance
The pair took their first married spin to “When the Stars Go Blue” by Ryan Adams.
“Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs on framed chalkboards marked the bride and groom’s chairs.
Guests also enjoyed a mini pie bar with flavors including apple, sour cherry, peach, blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb, as well as a gelato cart and a coffee-and-macaron station.
Cupcakes to Go
Photography: Holland Photo Arts
Venue: Meridian House
Wedding Planner: Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events
Catering and Cake: Erica Fredericks of Design Cuisine
Flowers and Rentals: Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events
Officiant: Bill Cochran of Say I Do Your Way
Invitations and Day-of Stationery: Suann Song of Simplesong Design
Reception Music: DJ D-Mac & Associates
Hair: Remona Soleimani
Makeup: Laura Bateman
Ring Pillow: Looploft
Lighting: Event EQ