The Circular Ceremony Setup at This Gold Museum Wedding is Total Genius

There’s a lovely modern flair to Emily Jones and Brennan Decker’s “art nouveaux” themed wedding. We love their glam gold reception, but our favorite part might just be their in-the-round ceremony seating. Take a look for yourself in the photos below by Kurstin Roe Photography.

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After mutual friends introduced them, the real bonding between Brennan and Emily happened over trivia nights at a local bar, where they’d meet up each week and inevitably end up talking long after the game had ended. Both were soon smitten. “Brennan is an amazing conversationalist: he’s a human encyclopedia and he also has a fantastic sense of humor,” says Emily, while Brennan says he was stunned that “this beautiful, smart, fun girl liked my jokes so much.”



After dating for two years, some of which was long distance as Brennan worked towards a PhD at University of Cambridge, Emily made a trip to England to surprise Brennan for Valentine’s Day. Little did she know that he had been planning a surprise of his own. While she was in town, Brennan asked her to be his wife with Emily’s grandmother’s engagement ring.






For their June wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Emily baked over 400 chocolate chip cookies to properly welcome guests into town. The pair followed their in-the-round ceremony at the National Museum of Women in the Arts with a quick photo session outside the White House, which they got to and from via Uber. Meanwhile, guests got started on a cheese and beer cocktail hour, which was a nod to Brennan’s Wisconsin roots.






After a night of dancing with loved ones and swaying on their own to “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney, the newlyweds made their exit, with plans to honeymoon in France.


Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Photographer: Kurstin Roe Photography | Event Planner: Roberts & Co. Events | Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau, Hitched | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein, Bethesda Custom Tailors | Hair & Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Company | Caterers & Cake: Design Cuisine | Florist: Holly Heider Chapple | Transportation: Uber | Music/Entertainment: The Innocenti Strings, Bachelor Boys Band | Invitations: Lucky Luxe | Lighting, Staging, Pipe and Draping: Bialek’s Music | Furniture Rentals and Draping: Amaryllis | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Day-of Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Rentals: DC Rental | Cheese Bar: Cheesetique | Alcohol: Ace Beverage | Hotel Block: Grand Hyatt

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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.