Elyse and Alex’s Wedding | The Willard Hotel | Washington, DC
What a special start it was to our 2016 wedding season, photographing Elyse and Alex at the extraordinary Willard Hotel, in downtown Washington, DC. Elyse’s fabulous family and I go way back. I first had the good fortune to meet them all more than a decade ago when they asked to me photograph Elyse’s sister Jill’s Bat Mitzvah. And then two years ago we all gathered together once again for their sister Amy’s wedding to Jon at Westchester, NY’s Tappan Hill. So you can imagine that when Elyse and Alex asked me to come down to DC to photograph their wedding I jumped at the opportunity. April in DC, The Willard Hotel, Cherry Blossom season and all that, what could be more perfect. As it turned, warm weather late in March brought the cherry blossoms out early, and as Elyse describes so well below, we woke up to a mix of rain and snow, initially throwing our outdoor plans off a bit. But never letting that stop us, we ventured outside and the sun followed us all the way to Freedom Plaza, with the Capitol building off in the distance and their picture perfect wedding day off to a grand start. As best told by Elyse and Alex:
“Alex and I first met in jail in August 2012. We had both signed up for a public interest pre-orientation program at GW Law School, which included touring Arlington County Detention Facility in Virginia. We discovered that were in the same law school section and had all of our classes together. We very quickly began to spend most of our time together, and our deep friendship soon developed into more. Alex proposed in December 2015 at The National Zoo in Washington, DC. We then went to dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date, and Alex surprised me by having both of our families there!
Having met and fallen in love in DC, Alex and I knew that we wanted to have a Washington wedding. After visiting The Willard Hotel it was clear that it was the perfect locale- it was elegant, with two gorgeous rooms for the ceremony and reception, and had a long history, which made it feel very “DC”. The Willard is just down the street from the U.S. Capitol and around the corner from The White House, and we loved that our guests would truly feel that they were in Washington upon arriving at our wedding.
Alex and I wanted a romantic, classy, and warm wedding, and April 9th was as magical of a day as we had hoped for. Our spring wedding started off with a very unexpected light snow shower but turned into a gorgeous sunny day in time for Bruce to capture us in front of the Capitol. We will forever remember posing for photos on Freedom Plaza with the wind blowing out my wedding gown and not feeling the chill at all.
Every detail was exactly as we had envisioned. The Willard, especially our wedding coordinator Kalynne, made sure that the day ran so smoothly-the attention to detail was truly incredible. Edge Floral Event Designers did a beautiful job with the floral arrangements-roses and hydrangeas in different shades of purple and cream. Kim Pozzi and her band, Creations Music, set the tone for the liveliest, happiest and most fun night. The Willard’s reputation for incredible food was another top reason we chose the venue, and everything was outstanding-especially the dessert table! It was so special having all of our family and friends there to celebrate the start of this chapter of our lives.
Bruce took the most beautiful shots of the day and were are so grateful he agreed to come down to DC to capture another milestone for our family. His photos exude the happiness and love of our wedding day, and we can’t thank him enough for allowing us to relive the special day over and over!”
Thanks for your kind words, Elyse and Alex. Thanks for including me in your amazing celebration!
Venue: The Willard, Washington, DC
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy
Rings: I. Gorman Jewelers
Bridal Hair: Hair by Giselle
Bridal Make-Up: Lorna Basse
Flowers: Edge Floral Event Designers
Invitations: Joni Greenspan, Side-Lines
Band: Creations Music