The Mayflower Hotel DC Wedding
Jillian & Daniel
Jillian & Daniel’s epic Jewish wedding was one for the books! It always helps when you have the amazing vision of Jillian Jenkins from Elle Ellinghaus Designs pull together a grand, classy wedding at one of my favorite hotels: The Mayflower Hotel in the heart of Washington DC.
We spent the morning with the bride and groom opening each others’ gifts surrounded by their loved ones. I always love it when they do the first look between the bride and daughter. Tears were shed, and I can’t imagine to shed my own for my own daughter’s wedding (Lord willing, if we have a daughter). Followed after was the first look between Jillian & Daniel which occurred right outside the hotel with some bridal party photos after with the wonderful husband and wife team of Audra Wrisely Photography. I believe this was my third time at this hotel, and I was surprised how fresh everything still felt in terms of getting our shots. It helps us that every photographer has their own vision and style which helps in the different parts of a venue or location being used. I also love how the hotel is in the heart of DC and right on the streets to capture the busyness and fast paced environment. It’s no New York, but DC still has its own life, history, and beauty.
We then began to setup for the ceremony while capturing the Ketubah signing as well. I can definitely appreciate and love Jewish traditions having studied the Bible in seminary and on my own time. Although I am losing my ability to read Hebrew, the songs and spoken language still resonate throughout the signing, ceremony, and even the Hora dance!
After the ceremony, we began to setup for the reception and I am always in awe of Jillian Jenkins and her designs for a wedding, especially the reception. Such beautiful work!
Upon entering for their grand entrance, the reception officially began with their first dance surrounded by all their loved friends and family, hilarious and heartwarming toasts from both sets of parents, hilarious toasts, and the traditional hora dance, all guided by the fabulous Black Tie Band.
We were honored to have captured such a full wedding experience in somewhat of a familiar setting of the Jewish custom with awesome vendors and a beautiful venue! We are blessed we can do this and create everlasting memories like these for our couples!
Congrats again, Jillian & Daniel! Mazel Tov!