Eager to beat the Washington DC summer crowds, these two lovebirds – and Shannon Moffit in tow – started bright and early, visiting the Lincoln Memorial and the beautiful reflecting pool. Decked out in chic ensembles, engagement pics were captured and special memories were made – see them all in our Vault gallery right this way!
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From Shannon Moffit Photography… Rachel and Vince live a true city lifestyle, so it was only fitting for us to meet in the heart of Washington DC for their engagement session. If you have ever been to Washington DC in the summer, you know that it can get crowded, so we decided to start bright and early as the sun crept across the reflecting pool and up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was quite the peaceful experience! Rachel looked stunning, first wearing a deep blue cocktail dress with bow, and second wearing a pink cap-sleeve dress. A gold chunky necklace, earrings, gold band engagement ring, and nude pumps completed her classically elegant look! Vince’s suit also looked sharp and made Rachel’s outfits pop. These two are getting married in Charlottesville next spring!
From the Bride-to-be… Vince and I camped and hiked in the proposal spot two years ago. We wanted to recreate that trip because the view at the top of the mountain is so beautiful. The top is basically a saddle and grassy meadow with a 360 view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We got to the top and he acted like he had to get something out of his first aid kit for a blister. I was snapping pictures and wasn’t paying him any attention. Once I sat down beside him (again, not paying him any attention), he asked me to stand up and then said the most beautiful things about us and our lives together. It was the sweetest thing and I continue to tear up as I think about it.
Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints
Just when I thought we’d seen it all, Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography sends along this stunner of a celebration that totally redefines modern glamour. An effortless orchestrated soiree by Grit and Grace Inc., it’s one of the sweetest ceremonies we’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing, and thankfully we’ve got it all waiting for you to fall in love with too via The Vault!
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What is the story of how you met?
Eddie was the president of a LGBT tennis club in DC (Capital Tennis Association). Michael was a new member and they met at a holiday social. Michael introduced himself as a new member and they spent the night talking about movies and tennis and found a fun connection. Eddie followed up with a Facebook friend request and that led to a first date!
Who popped the question and how?
Michael popped the question at Christmas of 2014. He gift wrapped a set of bespoke cufflinks of two grooms and asked the question as we opened up Christmas gifts.
Favorite part of your wedding day?
Being able to spend time with all of friends and family. We were blessed to share the day with so many friends at such a beautiful location. The toasts from our close friends over the years were incredibly special and heartfelt and captured our relationship, personalities and friendships with so many.
What were your connection to Friday’s location and officiant?
Joe was the first openly gay federal judge appointed by President Clinton in 1996. We met Joe a few years back at wedding of another friend that he officiated. We got to know Joe the year better leading up to the wedding and found him to be such a loving, charming and generous person. He loves marrying people and was so gracious in offering his time and chambers for the ceremony for our direct family members.
Did you wear anything specific or meaningful on your wedding day?
We had a couple of special items for our wedding day. Our suits were designed by Jill Lynn from Trunk Club and we had some fun details in the suits like “I do” embroidered underneath our collars and the date of the ceremony embroidered inside the jacket. Jill also helped design custom matching vests and ties for both the ceremony and the reception. Lastly, my cousins Staci and Alex had “equal” sign tie tacks made special for the day as a wedding gift using pieces of my grandmothers wedding ring. They were such a surprise and such a lovely gift.
Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning + Design: Grit & Grace Inc | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Occasions Caterers | DJ: Shea Van Horn | Venue: D.C. Carnegie Library | Custom Bar: Revolution Event Design And Production | Getting Ready Venue: St. Regis, Washington, DC
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Photography: Jackie Averill | Event Planning: Luxury Barn Weddings by Kristin Rockhill | Florist: Luxury Barn Weddings by Kristin Rockhill | Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Pink Cake Box | Stationery: April Lynn Designs | Makeup: Make Me Glam | Hair: Val Hairstyles | Barn : Updike Farmstead Weddings | Gowns: BHLDN | Lounge Furniture: Mazz Entertainment | Rentals: Newtown Rental | Stylist: Luxury Barn Weddings by Kristin Rockhill