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Historic DC Wedding: Ron & Jon

Connor Studios

Aug. 30, 2014

Ron and Jon have one of those great love stories where they met in passing in Rehobeth, but Ron was still living in Pittsburgh so nothing happened right away. They did keep in touch via phone and texts, and almost a year later Ron was coming back through DC on his way back to the beach, so they set up their first date – and they got caught in the June 29th, 2012 Derecho! Luckily they didn’t mind that their evening together was extended many hours to weather the storm.

In 2014 they took a trip to Costa Rica and each secretly planned to propose marriage to each other – so that obviously turned out quite well.

Since the vast majority of their friends and family would be coming to the wedding from out of town, they set their sights on hosting a quintessential DC wedding weekend. They kicked off the weekend with a dapper rehearsal dinner, using Jon’s favorite color orange to accent the hotel’s linens and chairs. The dinner started with a rooftop terrace cocktail hour, which lead into a three-course gourmet plated dinner and finished with the roasting and toasting of the grooms-to-be. Special guests also left with a white chocolate White House from the hotel’s pastry team.

The wedding was hosted at a wonderful historic property looking onto the White House. The grooms’ escorted their mothers to music played by a string quartet while their dads waited at the altar, serving proudly as their Best Men in the courtyard ceremony.

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The cocktail reception was held in the historic parlors of the property. Drinks flowed and gourmet hors d’oeuvres were passed. The string quartet continued their performance and guests relaxed and chatted with the newlywed grooms.

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Dinner was held in the courtyard under a clear top tent strung with Edison lights, which we chose due to a threat of rain earlier in the week. Happily the rain stayed away, and guests enjoyed toasts from the grooms’ fathers before the meal featuring Indian Curry, Mediterranean Mezze and Steak House Bites.  After dinner, guests were invited into the Carriage House to dance the night away. After the grooms’ first dance, they shared a touching dance with their mothers. During the first dance break, the catering staff passed alcoholic popsicles, which were well-received at this August wedding.

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On Sunday, the grooms hosted a Survivors’ Brunch at their home. We tented the front garden to add some shade, and guests stopped in to visit over the course of the late morning and early afternoon. Again we featured Jon’s favorite color orange, and used some of the flowers from Friday’s dinner.

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Photographer: Connor Studios, Michael Connor // Caterer: Occasions Caterers // Wedding Planner: Bellwether Events
 // Rentals: DC Rental
 // Cake: Fluffy Thoughts // 
Pipe & Drape and Stage: Fabrications
 // Tent: Sugarplum Tents
 // Venue: Decatur House, Washington DC
 // Flowers & Lighting: Elegance & Simplicity // 
Ceremony Musicians: String4
 // Reception Entertainment: Horizon via Sam Hill Bands

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