Love. It’s what makes weddings possible. It’s also what makes the really amazing weddings stand out from the ordinary. Sure, you can spend thousands to have the fanciest decor/food/venue, but if the people attending aren’t really there because they love you and the commitment you are making it’s just going to become another fun event. I can certainly say this wasn’t the case for Betsy and Brendan.
I think Steve, the father of the bride, put it best in his speech when he talked about how Betsy and Brendan just emit a type of love that draws people deep into their lives. There isn’t a judging spirit, just one of wanting the best for others and loving them no matter what happens. And yes, while the ceremony at the historic Universalist National Memorial Church and reception at the Whittemore House in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC were absolutely stunning, it all took a backseat to pure excitement and love their family and friends poured out throughout the day.
All that love and excitement did have plenty of time to build, as Betsy and Brendan first started dating way back in 2002. As high school sweethearts, they stayed together throughout college and law school until things finally settled down enough for Brendan to propose. Debra (being one of Besty’s closest cousins) also had the honor of being in the bridal party, and made the wedding have a whole lot deeper meaning for me. She also looks really good in a bridesmaid dress.
We all started out at Betsy’s gorgeous apartment for everyone to get ready for the day. Afterwards we headed to the gorgeous National Arboretum for Betsy and Brendan’s first look and to do some photos before the ceremony at the Universalist National Memorial Church near the Dupont Circle. Afterwards we all headed to the Whittemore House, home to the Woman’s National Democratic Club, for a reception filled with plenty of dancing, great food, drinks, speeches, and of course, plenty of love.
Thanks again for having us Betsy and Brendan! We had an incredible weekend!!
Ceremony: Universalist National Memorial Church
Reception: The Whittemore House
Planning & Coordination: A New Leaf Events
Catering: Mindy’s Distinctive Catering
Flowers: Succultents & Saffron Floral
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
DJ: Scorpio Entertainment
Photographer: J. Jones Photography
Harpist: Melissa Dvorak
Officiant: Bruce Johnson