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Post-Elopement Celebration at the Newseum

Our clients wanted to elope. They also wanted to celebrate a bit with their friends and family. So they did both! We had a blast planning and designing this celebration. We didn’t even call it a wedding.

Our clients wanted a cocktail style reception with no formal seating and not too much structure to the evening in general. With a combination of low cocktail tables, hightops, sofas, bar tables and long kings tables, we were able to provide sufficient seating without using traditional round tables (check out the floorplan below). We also organized an LED screen rental you can see in the picture below for the rolling display of their elopement photos. We had two rooms to work with and so one room became a more relaxing lounge space while the other had a more upbeat feel with the bar and the dance floor.

From a design perspective, our couple wanted a warm feel with elements inspired by nature, mixed with rich jewel tone colors and a splash of Indian inspired motifs to honor the bride’s heritage. Variety was the name of the game when it came to the food and beverage options. At the bar, guests could choose from 4 signature cocktails, 5 craft beers, 2 scotches, in addition to standard beverage options. They served a delicious selection of passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts, as well as savory stations.

All photos by Amber Wilkie unless otherwise stated. Enjoy! Vicky

Newseum 7th floor wedding reception cocktail style

In one room, we created an intimate lounge with comfortable leather sofas and wood coffee tables from AFR, below the slideshow of photo from the couple’s elopement. I also loved the lighting gobo the lighting designer at the Newseum found for us to inject a bit of an Indian flavor. Photo: Vicky Choy

AFR event furniture rental Newseum rustic jewel tones leather

In a larger adjacent room, we continued with the same leather sofas from AFR around the white dance floor. Photo: Amber Wilkie

Newseum 7th floor wedding reception organic wood barnwood grey bar

My favorite bar design to-date! We situated the square, gray barnwood bar in the center of the room. On the left and right sides of the bar are tables where guests can sit in pub height chairs and “belly up” to the bar.” I also loved the ceiling treatment Studio DBI designed for us. Bar: Perfect Settings. Photo: Amber Wilkie

For another shot of that awesome bar, click here.

Newseum Washington DC Wolfgang Puck Catering wedding bar scotch

Our clients were into their beer and scotch and those were highlighted in the choices for their guests. Photo: Amber Wilkie

AFR Vermont table Newseum wedding

We used two of AFR’s Vermont tables for communal seating, especially for elderly guests. Studio DBI designed the floral arrangements and runners to coordinate with the rest of the decor. Photo: Vicky Choy

Studio DBI Newseum Wedding

Loved the textural arrangements from Studio DBI paired with rattan linens from Party Rental. Photo: Amber Wilkie

Bhavna Naik henna artist Washington DC Newseum party

For fun entertainment, we hired a henna artist to paint henna designs for guests of all ages! Henna Artist: Bhavna Naik. Photo: Amber Wilkie

dholi mastana dc wedding reception Newseum

Our dhol player not only greeted guests as they arrived at the reception but also played during dancing. Dholi: Dholi Mastana. Photo: Amber Wilkie.

Newseum wedding fun cocktail napkins

Fun facts about the couple were printed on cocktail napkins from Photo: Amber Wilkie

Newseum Wolfgang Puck Catering textured buttercream cake

A simple textured buttercream cake from Wolfgang Puck Catering pastry chef. Photo: Amber Wilkie

Little Bird Creative wedding advice book guestbook

Another fabulous design from Little Bird Creative. Carina designed a booklet with pages where guests could write a tip for the couple on things like what they should name their first puppy, where they should travel to, what they should do for their first anniversary. Photo: Vicky Choy

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Venue and Catering: Newseum / Wolfgang Puck Catering
Floral & Event Design Partner: Liza Bourkard, Studio DBI
Graphic Designer: Little Bird Creative, Carina Herman
Photographer: Amber Wilkie & Julia Devine
DJ: DJ D-MAC & Associates
Transportation: Reston Limo
Hair Stylist & Makeup artist: Mandy Hollinger
Dhol Player: Dave Gupta, Dholi Mastana
Henna Artist: Bhavna  Naik
Furniture Rental: AFR and Perfect Settings
Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party
Linens & Other Equipment: Party Rental

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