What was the easiest planning decision you made? The most difficult?
Both: The easiest decision we made was the date. It was two years to the day after we got engaged! The hardest decision was probably the guest list. People had told us it was one of the hardest things, but we didn’t really appreciate that insight until we started creating it. But it all turned out perfectly, we were surrounded by everyone we would want to be surrounded by on our big day.
What was the best planning advice you received?
Both: The best advice we received was not to sweat the small stuff, and that only we would notice if something went wrong or was missing! That really put us at ease on the wedding day so we could just enjoy everything instead of worrying about any small hiccups.
Did you incorporate any personalized components into your wedding ceremony?
Kelly: We had a family friend of mine play the processional for me and my dad on bagpipes. My family is Irish (I’m actually a dual citizen), and Chris’ family also has an Irish background, so it was a great nod to that heritage. Almost everyone said that’s when they started crying at the ceremony! We also included a tribute to Mary, which is a tradition in Chris’ family. Ave Maria is sung while the couple makes an offering (in our case, flowers) to a statue of Mary during the mass.
What aspects of your wedding most reflected your personality?
Kelly: The ceremony definitely reflected us as a couple; we chose readings that emphasize the importance of working as a team in a marriage. We also chose to incorporate cherry blossoms in our stamps and as a large part of the floral arrangements as a nod to our DC life. I actually ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler a few weeks before the wedding! I think what most reflected our personality though was our guests. We had so much fun seeing everyone get to know each other and let loose, and we were honored so many people made the trip for the wedding.
Which aspect of your wedding was the most unique?
Christopher: Kelly’s mom has always wanted to be a backup singer, so we asked the band to get her on stage with them for a song! It was great to see her so excited and surprised. We also had a vintage taxi as Kelly’s arrival car and our getaway car. We loved the nod to New York and had incorporated a taxi motif on our invitations and day of pieces, so it all tied together nicely.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Both: Honestly, no! While it was stressful and overwhelming at times, everything came together so beautifully we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
What moment from your day stands out the most in your memory?
Both: Between the cocktail hour and the reception we had about ten minutes just to ourselves in a separate room. It was so nice to actually take in the moment together and really spend time just the two of us on our wedding day. We had a private champagne toast and practiced our first dance, Plus, we had a spread of the cocktail hour food so we could eat!
Photos by Nathan Smith and Josh Strauss
Planning: Cynthia Holt
Cake & Catering: Gotham Hall
Floral Design: By Yena Designs
Hair & Makeup: Once Upon a Bride
Lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging
Music: New York City Swing
Stationery: Bella Figura
Venue, Ceremony: Holy Cross Church
Venue, Reception: Gotham Hall