Weddings

We Have Never Seen a Candle-Filled Chuppah Like the One at This NYE Wedding

Candles were a major part of the decor—though the cheetah(-ish) print linens also stopped us in our tracks.

Photographs by Kristen Gardner Photography

Elizabeth and Jonathan met as law students at the University of Maryland. Eight years after they began dating, Jonathan popped the question while the pair were on vacation in Deer Valley, Utah. After postponing their nuptials due to Covid, they hosted a black-tie wedding at the interContinental Washington D.C. on New Year’s Eve. 

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The theme: “festive elegance.” Decorated in black and gold (including tablecloths that are reminiscent of a cheetah print!), the ballroom affair included an extensive appetizer selection, a three-course dinner, plus late-night savory snacks paired with mini-milkshakes. Elizabeth’s favorite detail was the candle-filled chuppah they married under; Jonathan’s was having the judges they each clerked for officiate.

Check out the photos below. 

Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding

Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding

Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding

 

Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding

Liz + Jon Wedding
Liz + Jon Wedding

The Details

Photographer:  Kristen Gardner Photography | Venue: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf | Planning and design: Event Planning DC | Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers | Invitations: mlc designs | Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes | Hair and makeup: Ariel Lewis | Bride’s attire: Reem Acra, Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Groom’s attire: J.Crew | Bridesmaids’ attire: BHLDN | Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux | Music: Downtown Pop Quartet and Big Party Orchestra

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.