I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to get to know this wonderful family. Often with event management – because couples engage our services closer to the wedding date – we’re not given the chance to get to know the couple’s family as well as we wish we could before the big day. That said, while helping tie up the final details with Maggie remotely (she and Chris live and work in PA), I had the pleasure of meeting and working with her lovely parents. Affable and welcoming, they made it easy to work out the kinks together and ensure that the day was just so.
For Maggie & Chris, it was important that their Washington D.C. wedding and reception celebrated their story and that of their families’ rich heritage. Born into a third-generation D.C. lineage, Maggie’s family has long called the District home, while Chris’ immediate family emigrated to the U.S. from China not so long ago. The couple took care to incorporate little details in to their day to celebrate their family’s culture. Reds were included within their wedding colors as a nod to the traditional Chinese symbol of happiness, prosperity and good fortune (while also tying in their alma mater, Boston College), and Maggie’s Irish heritage was celebrated as her Uncle played the bagpipes to welcome guests to the ceremony and reception sites.
ST. JOSEPH’S ON CAPITOL HILL
Drawn together during their time at Boston College where Chris was on the crew team, the couple said their vows at the beautifully restored church and D.C. institution, St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill. Maggie’s mother works there, and Maggie grew up going with her family to St. Joseph’s, which has stood in the shadow of the Capitol Building for the past 140 years. Maggie’s mother graciously took me on a tour of this amazing space prior to the wedding date – and shared its history and painstaking restoration efforts.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS WEDDING
After the ceremony and then taking pictures at the D.C. Arboretum, the couple hosted their cocktail hour, dinner and reception at the classically beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Lovingly fêted by their friends and family during dinner served on the mezzanine, the party continued with dancing in the Great Hall downstairs (replete with an impromptu conga line!) long into the night. Maggie, Chris, their family and friends exuded so much warmth and sincerity – it was such a joy to be a part of this wonderful wedding day. Sláinte!