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After Ellen and Chris's wedding ceremony at St. John's Church at Lafayette Square, guests were shuttled to a private club in Dupont Circle for a truly fabulous reception.

As you can see from all of these photos, the building is seriously gorgeous on its own. Ellen and Chris's floral designer, Jeff from York Flowers, expertly designed each arrangement for the space that would hold it, gilding the space with spectacular pieces that he and his team mostly built on site.

After a cocktail hour featuring music by The DC Transit Band's jazz combo, Ellen's parents welcomed the wedding guests to the party.

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After the welcome, the multiple dining rooms were formally opened. Now seriously, are these rooms not amazingly gorgeous? And note that the flowers are color-keyed to each room. So lovely.

That beautiful wedding cake was designed by Ellen and Chris and created by Fancy Cakes by Leslie.

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After dinner came the first dance, leading into one of the finest dance parties I've ever seen. There's just something about a live band, and it's hard to beat the DC Transit Band. They're excellent musicians with awesome energy, and they're great at reading the crowd and keeping guests on their feet all night long.

Ellen made a special point of getting a photo with her college friends and their families, which is a trend we're seeing a lot lately — and loving!

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Next up, Ellen and Chris's exquisite formal photos!

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