This Washington D.C. Decatur House Wedding was my classic of classic brides. Lauren got to single-handedly witness what it was like to be an Amanda Manupella Bride last year when her friend Charlotte got married in Virginia. I had already relocated to Maryland and when I heard Lauren talking about her living in Maryland and being engaged, I completely and secretly prayed I would impress her and get an inquiry from her. Fast Forward months later and BOOM, that prayer actually came true!!! Lauren and Brian were getting married in Washington D.C. and I LOVED their choice of Venue. The Decatur House. Part of the White House historic neighborhood it actually was the ONLY venue when Lauren and Brian discussed locations that came up! Fitting, both Lauren, and Brian are Naval Officers, and the house was originally home to Steven Decatur, one of the great American naval war heroes – the perfect backdrop for a Navy wedding!
They wanted their D.C. wedding to represent them as a couple, where they met, traveled, and what it might be like to come over to their house for dinner (if only a bit fancier). Lauren told me some of their best moments have been exploring a new cuisine or simply cooking dinner together. (I swear they are Dominic and I’s spirit animals!!!) They chose varietals of wine for their Decatur House D.C. wedding native to the island of Crete, where they first got to know one another. Their florist kept the Mediterranean theme throughout the dinner with eucalyptus, lemons, and pomegranates on the tables with olive oil bottles decorated with hamsas to take away. The Hamsas was a protective ‘hand” that brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. I swear Lauren and Brian took so much time thinking of ways to make this day so so special! They knew it was important to incorporate both of their family traditions into the ceremony. A chuppah representing Lauren’s Judaism. They decorated it with Lauren’s family prayer shawl and incorporated the bells of Ireland to celebrate Brian’s Irish side of the family in this representation of our new home. Again, the most perfect and meaningful details. I LOVED it!
The weather was iffy, We got enough sunshine for the ceremony, that was beautiful. We managed to get just enough time for some romantics, and family portraits and of course, pictures in Lafayette Square in front of the White House. Although they chose last minute to move their reception indoors vs brave the rain that was on the way that evening, they were able to have a small window of time to enjoy the bourbon & cigar bar they had for their guests. They danced the night away with the best D.C. line up you could get! To include having a Baklava table vs a traditional wedding cake for guests as dessert!!!! Washington D.C. was so so good to them!!!!