Donovan House Hotel DC Wedding

Intimate dinner weddings. A few loved ones. A few friends. You have built a small community and you want to sit at the same table as them on your wedding day! Candy, the wedding planner, and I have worked many weddings together, but small dinner party weddings are something couples keep coming to her to plan because I just don’t see anyone else doing them so well!

Fernando and Neil came up from Texas to get legally wed in DC. With destination weddings, they tend to already narrow down the guest list. But these gentlemen made the wedding feel like like they were hosting an elegant dinner party with a very important beginning- after more than 20 years, they were finally going to be married. The Donovan House Hotel has dark walls and dim lights surrounds the whole hotel.

Candy filled the hotel with candlelight to reflect the mood, and I couldn’t help but feel like a rainstorm had just swept over the city, killing the power, and we were all going to sit down and make the best of it with candle flames bouncing off the walls. It was time to take the very nicest things out of the fridge, before they spoiled, and actually enjoy them- not wait for another day. But there was no rainstorm and there was power- but Fernando and Neil knew how to make everything feel special and yet never stuffy. You can’t be stuffy with people you have known for decades. Sitting around these tables were the key people Neil and Fernando could call. They are the ones who would answer the phone at 3am if they needed help. Or the ones waiting for them at the airport.

These people had waited so very long to watch Fernando and Neil get married. And this wedding team, every single person, made this intimate dinner wedding just that.

Venue: Donovan House Hotel with Holland Mitchell overseeing the evening
Planner: Candy + Co.
Officiant: George B. Walker
Caterer: Zentan
Cake: SugarBakers
Floral and Decor: Bella Figura

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