elegant red and ivory washington dc wedding: the ceremony

It's no secret to anybody who's worked with me or knows me that the ceremony is my favorite part of every wedding day. I mean, it's the whole reason for the day, right? Getting ready time is sweet and receptions are amazing fun, but the ceremony is where the magic of turning two separate people into one new family happens. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

Ellen and Chris's wedding ceremony at historic St. John's Church at Lafayette Square, right across the street from the White House, was so beautiful. Filled with tradition, love, music, family, joy... it had it all.

Thank you to photographer Marisa Guzman-Aloia for capturing these wonderful storytelling images!

Enjoy!

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st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner
st. john's church lafayette square washington dc wedding planner

Next up, Ellen and Chris's incredibly gorgeous wedding reception!

These awesome Washington, D.C., wedding vendors contributed to Ellen and Chris's wedding day, and every last one did a fabulous job. Thanks again to all of them!

the vendor team

BAND: The DC Transit Band

CAKE: Fancy Cakes by Leslie

CATERING: Provided by the venue

FLOWERS: York Flowers

GUEST HOTELS: the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC and the Mayflower Hotel

HAIR: Blo Blow Dry Bar

MAKEUP: Tica Beauty

NAILS: Mimosa Salon

ONSITE EVENT CHILDCARE: Nannytainment

PHOTOGRAPHY: Marisa Guzman-Aloia Photography

TRANSPORTATION: Awards Limousine Service

VENUE (FRIDAY LUNCHEON): Mount Vernon

VENUE (REHEARSAL DINNER): Casa Italiana

VENUE (WEDDING CEREMONY): St. John's Church Lafayette Square

VENUE (WEDDING RECEPTION): A private Washington, D.C., location

VENUE (SUNDAY BRUNCH): The Mayflower Hotel