A Very Festive Red and Gold Christmas Wedding at Gaylord National Resort

This may very well be the most Christmas-y Christmas wedding we’ve ever seen, and we love every bit of it. Simply Breathe Events helped Meaghan Cassidy and Ryan Dofflemeyer bring their dream holiday wedding to life, from the Christmas light socks worn by the groomsmen to the bright red berries in the bride’s bouquet. All of the festive celebration was captured by Dyanna Joy Photography.

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Meaghan and Ryan met the way many love stories begin these days–on She was the second date he’d lined up, and after they met for a first date at Circa, he decided to cancel his third. They bonded over the New York Giants during their long conversation, and by the end of the date Ryan was convinced they had a connection.

They’d dated for a little over a year when they took a trip to the Jersey shore over the 4th of July holiday weekend. A romantic proposal on the beach was followed by 17 months of planning to prepare for their perfect Christmas wedding.

Knowing they wanted to have a Christmas theme for their December 13, 2014 wedding, Meaghan and Ryan chose to marry at the Gaylord National Resort, which was decorated to the nines for the holiday season. Gold bridesmaid dresses and red and green florals added to the festive decor, as did the tree ornament place cards.

Candy Cane Kiss cocktails and lantern centerpieces added some wintry elements to the reception, and at then end of the night, all of the guests were sent home with their own bit of greenery in a package that read, “Meet me under the mistletoe.”


Venue: Gaylord National Resort | Photographer: Dyanna Joy Photography | Event Coordinator: Simply Breathe Events | Bride’s Gown: Alvina Valenta, Kleinfeld Bridal | Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein, Macy’s | Hair & Makeup Artist: Mandy Hollinger and Audrey Lee, Bridal Artistry | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Florist: Love Blooms | Caterers: Gaylord National Resort | Videographer: Tweed Weddings | Music/Entertainment: DJ Ricky Bulles, Bialek’s Music | Invitations: Minted

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.