I had the most difficult time narrowing down the images for this blog post. This wedding was filled with love, deep friendships, devoted family, perfect DC details, and just the most delicate personal touches which will melt your heart.
Margaret and Christian met while working at a running store. Margaret had just finished grad school and was filling the gap while looking for a “real” job (her words ha ha). Christian was employed on the Hill and worked at the running store part time to cover his race entry fees. They were just coworkers for a few months and then Christian got bold and asked Margaret to go on a bike ride with him. They had a great ride and towards the end he invited Margaret to get bagels after, but she turned him down. He was persistent, though, and asked her out again a few weeks later for a real date. Although, between asking and the date Margaret jumped in to run a few miles with Christian at the Marine Corps Marathon, so he now calls that their first date. It’s been bliss ever since as they describe it. They are very much a couple who enjoys the morning hours to train together followed by a wonderful breakfast and thought to be true to themselves, they hosted a morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception. It was beyond perfect as the sun rose and the air was crisp. Most of the world was still sleeping as my boots hit the snow and made a crunching noise outside the Josephine Butler Parks Center. It was a calming feeling to know in just a couple short hours that space would be filled with warm smiles, open arms, and Margaret and Christian would be hand in hand proclaiming their own promises to one another. Their consideration and strong devotion to have family represented in each facet of their day was incredible. There were the applesauce favors which were hand made – a tribute to the lovely hours Margaret and her Mom spent together making jams. The succulent bouquets and lavender lining the ceremony, another tribute to her Mom who was not the fondest of cut flowers.The prayer shawl, again her Mom’s; cups used from her Grandmother and pictures of Christian and Margaret as children. Each subtle detail was placed with such care and you could feel the love and effortless deliberation in each element. Wedding details are naturally gorgeous; however, these had that extra layer of beauty as you could picture yourself in the story they told. So without any more hesitation please get lost in their love and the romance of their winter wedding.
Huge thanks to Shandi Wallace for shooting with me too, she captured that super rad shot of the groom solo and the peekaboo shot of the couple through the staircase!!!
Words from the couple
Favorite activity you do together:
Oh, so many things. I think the easy answer is when we train together – run, bike, or swim. We also love cooking together. We just bought a place with a sizeable kitchen, so that’s been a treat.
Favorite part of the planning process:
I think the planning process has been quite challenging for both me and Christian. That said, there have been a number of moments that have served as a good reminder of the central purpose of the day and of why we are getting married. I am always so excited for the wedding after we meet with the rabbi. Not only is she amazing and insightful and hilarious, Jewish weddings have so many beautiful rituals and I am super excited that we get to carry on those traditions.
I LOVED buying my shoes. I’m not a good shopper, so I was dreading the whole experience (I bought my dress online). But my good friend took me to a boutique in Georgetown and the salesperson made the experience really fun and comfortable. I also found a pair of shoes that I would never, in a million years, have thought to try on.
Picking out our ceremony music was fun. We wanted live music for the ceremony and our friend suggested one of her good friends who is a violinist. We didn’t want any of the traditional wedding marches or anything too religious. It was fun to explore what others have decided to do and to figure out what works for us. Christian and the rest of the wedding party will walk down to the “Rainbow Connection” from the Muppets. It is especially appropriate because he his childhood nickname is Kermit. It’s also a beautiful song. I’ll be walking down to the theme from Zelda.
Advice to future couples:
The best advice we received was to make a list laying out what we need to have and what we want to have. It helped us prioritize where to spend money when we have limited resources as well as to figure out where we were willing to let others influence decisions (mostly what we were happy to let our parents take the lead on).
We quickly discovered that weddings are not really about the couple or what they want, but about celebrating the creation of a new family with your community. In many ways, it is really beautiful, but it also makes the planning process more stressful – incorporating the desires of others and making decisions based on what is best for the whole rather than what you may feel most comfortable with. I try to remind myself that, even if there are elements of the wedding that I would prefer to do differently, so many people are coming together to celebrate our love and relationship. It makes it easier for me to let go of the little details, that in the end, most people won’t even remember.
Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center
Wedding Coordination - Capitol Romance Wedding Coordination
Brides Dress: BHLDN
Shoes – John Fluevog
Suit: Banana Republic
Catering – The Omelette Guys
Bar/Drinks – DIY
Flowers – DIYed by a friend (terrarium centerpieces, bouquets & boutonnieres)
Altered by Ginger Root DC
Violinist – Friend
DJ: Playlist made & managed by friend
Ceremony decor: DIY dried lavender bunches on aisle & chuppah
Officiant: Rabbi Shira
Ketubah: Lauren Rosenthaul
Coffee & Cupcakes: Sticky Fingers DC
Pre-ceremony muncies: Homemade by grandma
Cake Topper: Wire runners from Etsy
Favors: Homemade applesauce made by the couple!