A Same Sex Wedding Celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Where was I this weekend? Attending (and photographing) the must-see same-sex wedding celebration of the year. Matt and Robb tied the knot in Washington DC, and in addition to being a beautiful ceremony, the weekend also turned into a mini- reunion of sorts since Robb and I attended high school together.   So let’s reminisce together in today’s blog post.

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC
Matt (left) and Robb (right) at the Georgetown Waterfront Park

First, let me introduce you to Matt and Robb. Robb and I go waaaaaay back…all the way to the Boone High School class of 1993. We’ve kept in touch through the years and I was thrilled when he introduced me to the love of his life, Matt. Matt and Robb met on a blind date at Hank’s Oyster Bar in DC six years ago. Their same-sex wedding on Saturday was a celebration of both their love for one another and for marriage equality. Indeed, they decided to get married after Justice Kennedy retired from the Supreme Court.  While the evening was not overly political (it was still a party, after all), their wedding made a statement and all of us were there to show our support for Matt and Robb and the basic right to love one another.

Ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Flowers at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Mother-son dance at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

So let’s dive in to the details. After six years together, the priority for Matt and Robb at their wedding was to enjoy themselves alongside all of their friends and family. A stuffy, traditional wedding wasn’t their style. Instead, Matt and Robb’s wedding had an easy elegance starting with the bouquets of fresh flowers on all of the tables and the hanging foliage marking the ceremony location. Matt and Robb chose to walk each other down the aisle. The ceremony itself was a simple, but meaningful, exchange of vows and rings in front of those people dearest to the couple. After the ceremony, the couple quickly moved to their first dance, followed by mother-son dance. Midway through the dance, Matt and Robb exchanged mothers, so to speak, and it was a sweet moment for both families.

Guests mingling at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Buffet at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests mingling at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

For the reception, it was important to Matt and Robb that all of their guests meet one another. The guest count was about 140 people, and in order to facilitate mixing and mingling there were no table assignments. There was plenty of seating available, but with two buffets and two bars split between the two rooms of the venue, guests could easily walk back and forth. At the end of the evening, a cookie and ice cream truck arrived to bring out the little kid in every guest.

Moscow mule copper mug guest favors at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Invitations at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Polaroid guest book at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

The guest favors for the evening were Moscow mule copper cups, and the couple had a rainbow flag background set up for a Polaroid photo booth. These photos in turn became the guest book. Also, it’s worth noting that Robb – a former graphic designer – helped to design all of the stationery and signage for the wedding.

Platinum wedding rings at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Men's shoes at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms with embroidered tuxedo jackets at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

If you are a same-sex couple looking to throw a similar celebration, I recommend you follow Matt and Robb’s lead – especially in regards to the details of their wedding attire. Matt and Robb may have been groom and groom, but you can see subtle differences in both the lining of their tuxedo jackets and the style of their wedding rings. Also, each groom chose a different style of shoe to make a stylistic statement.  And did you catch the words, ‘I Do,’ embroidered inside the collar of their jackets?  It’s the little things that matter.

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

For Matt and Robb’s portraits, I wanted to keep the couple close to the venue so that we could save on transportation time. The venue, Malmaison (now called The Berliner), is located in the heart of Georgetown. Matt and Robb were interested in areas that incorporated the industrial feel of the area just outside of venue, so I made sure to take photos underneath the Whitehurst Freeway overpass. We also took photos by the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, located behind the venue, as well as the Georgetown Waterfront Park, overlooking the Potomac River.

It was a fun weekend and a wonderful chance to reconnect with friends of mine that I haven’t seen in years. I hope you all have the chance to reach out and rekindle friendships as I did on Saturday. Enjoy the photos!

If you would like to see another example of a fantastic same sex wedding, make sure to check out photos from Chris and Rob’s wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

Want more photos???  Please visit my website – www.KellyWilliamsPhotographer.com

Invitations at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms getting ready at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms getting ready at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms getting ready at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms getting ready at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms getting ready at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms getting ready at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Feet of two grooms at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Family portraits at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Family portraits at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Family portraits at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Family portraits at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Family portraits at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Succulent centerpieces at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Cake at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests mingling at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests through a window at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Two grooms arriving at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms and guest at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms walking down the aisle at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms walking down the aisle at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests at a ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Ring exchange at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Vow exchange at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms kissing at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Ceremony at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Crying mother at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom and mother at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

First dance at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

First dance at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Mother-son dance at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Mother-son dance at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom and guest at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom dancing with guest at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Glass lanterns at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests outside venue at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests looking through window at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom crying at toast at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms during toast at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Portrait of groom and groom for a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Georgetown waterfront at night at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Cake cutting at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Cake cutting at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Cake cutting at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guest celebrating at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Groom dancing at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Guests with sparklers at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

Grooms with sparklers at a same sex wedding celebration in Washington DC

 

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