Wedding planning can be stressful, but trying to do it when the groom is in Afghanistan seems like a whole other feat. As I went through this elegant affair, I not only was in awe of SoCo Events, but also of the adoration shown by this couple in every stunning photo by Justine Ungaro. As we honor our veterans today, I’m also recognizing the love shared with this celebration and soaking up every bit of it.
From SoCo Events… Classic and sparkle were the theme for this elegant DC wedding. The groom was doing a tour in Afghanistan when the wedding planning began and it was so important for the bride to include him in as much of the planning process as possible. When she saw the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in all its grandness, she just knew that Clay would love it. Tradition was important to the bride and groom, so the decor kept to a theme of classic ivory and gold, but with hints of sparkle to represent the bride’s love of all things shiny!
The Bride’s favorite wedding detail was champagne sequin tablecloths- they made the whole room sparkle! The Groom’s favorite wedding detail was the balcony that overlooked the entire venue where he and Regina had a few quiet moments together watching their wedding from above.
Their biggest surprise of the wedding was when the priest had asked them several questions via email regarding marriage, what they love about each other and why they want to be married and told them not to share our answers. During the ceremony the priest read exerts from each of their answers which was a huge surprise to both of them. It was as though they wrote their own vows but didn’t know it and didn’t have to say them themselves.
Some wedding favors and special décor details that standout were five white Jordan almonds wrapped in a tulle bag and tied with a ribbon and a tag explaining that the five almonds represent five wishes for the new couple: health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life.
Photography: Justine Ungaro | Event Planning: SoCo Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: Saks Jandel | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Andrew Mellon Auditorium | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Cocktail Music: Marquis Band | Music: Marquis Band