A Classic Christmas Wedding in DC

This classic Christmas wedding in downtown DC included a winter theme, with Christmas trees and garland, gold accents and magnolia leaves, and portraits outside the festively dressed Willard Intercontinental hotel. 

Get more Washingtonian Weddings inspo:

Newsletter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Hannah, a career coach and chief of staff to the CEO of a software company, and Sean, a Topgun graduate and naval flight officer for the US Navy, met in high school—she went to Stone Ridge in Bethesda, and he to Gonzaga in DC. Though they dated briefly then—they were friends for ten years before romance (re)ignited in the summer of 2018. They dated for three short months in person before Sean was deployed. Immediately upon his return seven months later, he popped the question on the dock of her family’s home the Chesapeake Bay. 

At their “Winter in Washington”-themed wedding a few years later, the pair exchange vows at the St. Aloysius Church at Gonzaga College High School, then celebrated with nearly 200 loved ones at the Army Navy Country Club, which was decorated in navy blue, greenery, white roses, boxwood, and Magnolia leaves from the bride’s grandparents back yard, plus lots of warm lighting. 

For an extra sentimental touch, Hannah walked down the aisle to a song her folk-musician sister from Nashville, Liv Greene, wrote about their love story and performed, and the pair lit the same unity candle that Hannah’s parents lit at their wedding. At the reception, gold-sprayed oyster shells that the families collected served as place cards, 

The pair cut a “White Christmas Coconut Cake” with a US Navy sword that Sean’s parents used at their wedding, and the groom’s cake mimicked the pair’s Yeti cooler, stickers and all. 

Check out their video by Travel House Films, here. 


The Details

Venue: Army Navy Country Club | Planning and design: Completely Coordinated | Florist: Meg Owen Floral Designs | Invitations: Minted | Hairstylist: DC Looks | Makeup: Mimi Tran | Bride’s Attire: Romona Keveza from Carine’s Bridal Atelier (ceremony and reception); Jill Jill Stuart jumpsuit (exit) | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Azazie | Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux | Music: Bachelor Boys Band | Transportation: K&V Limousine Service

Amy Moeller

Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.