Throwing a New Year’s Eve Wedding? Let This Wedding Be Your Guide.

This NYE wedding at the Conrad Washington, DC is an instant all-time fave.

Photographs by Adam Barnes.

Alex and Chris met as students at Wake Forest, but it wasn’t until after graduation—when she came to DC to work on the Hill and he for a political-research firm—that things heated up. They don’t agree about which outing serves as their “first date,” but four years after one memorable dinner at Espita, Chris proposed at the Willard’s Round Robin Bar.

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Immediately following a ceremony at Saint Mary Mother of God, the theme of their New Year’s Eve wedding at the Conrad Washington, DC was a play on their last names: “Let the Goodman Times Rolle.” The florist recreated Alex’s mother and mother-in-law’s bridal bouquets for each to carry. For her own arrangement, Alex chose white tulips, as her mom held; white orchids, like those in Chris’s mother’s bouquet; and white ranunculuses, to represent herself. The couple’s dogs inspired the escort display, with replicas of the pups in party hats and inscribed hats to direct guests to their tables. At each seat: a personalized party popper. The festive pooches reappeared on the menus and atop the wedding cake. As midnight approached, the pair offered espresso martinis followed by a Champagne toast and a surprise confetti drop.



The Details

Planning and design: Christie Luhrs of Grit & GraceFlorist: Springvale FloralInvitations: Hall Creative CompanyCake: Buttercream BakeshopHair and makeup: Up Dos for I DosBride’s attire: Mira ZwillingerBridesmaids’ attire: Sabina Musayev, plus various black gowns • Groom’s attire: CanaliGroomsmen’s attire: Cardi International, National Tuxedo RentalMusic: Prime Time from Washington Talent AgencyTransportation: RMA TransportationVideographer: SVC FilmsProduction and decor: Event RevolutionNeon sign: Grofik InstallationsCalligraphy: Jessica McSweeneyPhoto booth: Hot Pink Photo BoothRentals: Select Event GroupLinens: La Tavola

This wedding originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.