Real Wedding: Andrea and Dan

Inspired by the city, this black-tie wedding featured a ceremony at the DAR and DC-centric party favors.

Andrea and Dan moments after their wedding ceremony on October 13, 2012. All photographs by Jodi Miller Photography.

Washington has played a special part in the relationship of Andrea Palm, a senior adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Dan Utech, who works on the White House Domestic Policy Council, from the beginning. The two met when both were working as staffers for then-Senator Hillary Clinton. After several years and numerous dates at their favorite restaurant, Ray’s the Steaks, they got engaged in Paris over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend.

For the wedding that followed five months later, the couple opted for black and white decor and a DC theme, complete with a weekend tour of the White House, city-inspired wedding favors, and a scenic ceremony on the balcony at the National Society of Daughters of the Revolution.


Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography

Wedding Venue: National Society of Daughters of the Revolution

Event Planner: Karson Butler Events

Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca, Love Couture Bridal

Hair: Karen Windsor

Makeup: Carola Myers

Groom’s Tux: Hickey Freeman

Caterer: Design Cuisine

Wedding Cocktail: Both French sparkling wine and rosé as guests entered cocktail hour

Cake: Kendall’s Cakes for the wedding cake, Design Cuisine for the groom’s cake

Wedding Cake Flavors: Red velvet

Florist: Edge Floral Event Design

Wedding Flowers: Orchids, hydrangeas, and roses in shades of white, purple, and green

Music/Entertainment: Sage String Quartet, Joshua Walker Band, and MyDeejay

First Dance Song: “The Nearness of You,” performed live by the Joshua Walker Band

Invitations/Paper Goods/Calligraphy: Minted, Little Bit Heart and Meant To Be Calligraphy 

Lighting: Frost Lighting 

Transportation: Sunny’s Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation

Favorite Wedding Detail: “Too many to pick a favorite, but our niece and nephew were super as flower girl and ring bearer!”

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “How quickly it went, in spite of everyone telling us in advance how quickly it would go.”

Wedding Theme: Classic, Timeless

Where They Currently Live: Capitol Hill