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DC War Memorial Wedding: Quentin & James

Robin Shotola Photography

Sept. 13, 2014

James and Quentin met online and shortly thereafter, in person. They endured a long-distance relationship for several months and eventually Quentin moved to be with James in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

The Proposal

After 11 years together, Quentin created a memory book highlighting the activities and trips taken by the couple on the 11 year anniversary of their first date. The last page of the book read, “Will you do the honor of being my husband?” and upon reaching the page, Quentin produced a ring. James said yes and the rest is history!

Robin Shotola Photography

The Planning

The couple started planning over a year out with a very specific vision for their wedding. They chose vendors who understood their goals. They advise other couples that there will be stress, but by following your instincts, you can enjoy a dream wedding day.

Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Quentin and James wanted an intimate wedding and searched for a venue that would fit the bill. The circular nature of their site — the DC War Memorial — meant that they could surround themselves with friends and loved ones. The venue also featured a semi-secluded location that provided reasonable privacy while still being outdoors.
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography
Robin Shotola Photography

Quentin and James’ Wedding Planning Advice

“Be true to who you are as a couple, don’t let anyone tell you what your wedding should or should not be. Weddings do not have to conform to any set of standards. Have fun and make it something you and your guest will remember for years to come.”

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer:  Robin Shotola Photography // Shoes: Cole Haan // Jewelry: David Yurman // Museum:DC War Memorial//Location:District of Columbia War Memorial//Bakery: Grassroots Gourmet // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Knot Standard//Transportation:On the Town Limousines // Hair Stylist:PR at Partners Friendship Heights // Caterer:Range by Bryan Voltaggio

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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