by olivia | Mar 8, 2021 | Wedding
Yuri and Ryan’s wedding, like many this year, hit a few bumps in planning. After initially deciding to throw a large wedding, the couple had to change their plans and trim their guest list—thanks COVID. Their pivot to a microwedding was stunning and we’re so thrilled they made this call with the help of their wedding planner. Every inch of this celebration was on point: the gorgeous floral designs, the color coordination, the romantic table decor.
With the help of wedding planner Sarah Kazemburg, they turned their original plan of a large wedding into a charming and intimate ceremony. This new wedding plan brought us to the rooftop of The Line Hotel in D.C. and incorporated blush and terracotta tones, making us fall in love more than ever before. If you’re looking for inspiration for a romantic and simple wedding, keep scrolling to see the photos taken by Kate Ann Photography to see why we’re completely in love!
Yuri and Ryan
The Line Hotel in Washington D.C.
Rooftop Views at The Line Hotel DC
First, we picked DC because it’s the place where we fell in love. Second, The Line Hotel matched our style perfectly. It was the only place we looked at. Not only is it located in Adams Morgan—one of DC’s most diverse neighborhoods—The Line is a restored church that was left vacant for 30 years. The history incorporated into the hotel and its reflection of the community is fascinating.
Music From the Heart
I walked in with my dad to the spanish acoustic guitar version of “Tu Me Acostumbraste” by Natalia LaFourcade for the processional song and we chose “Tu si sabes Quererme” for the recessional. Our first dance song was totally out of left field: we picked Dig by Incubus. The lyrics “If I turn into another, dig me up from under what is covering. The better part of me, reminds me that we’ll always have each other, when everything else is gone” resonated true to our relationship.
Let’s Keep It Simple
The most important thing to me while planning our wedding was the guest list and officiant. I went down from 180 guests to 30. It was hard not to invite extended family—everyone understood the situation—so we stuck with immediate family members and a dozen of our closest friends only. Ryan’s best friend was ordained just so he could officiate our wedding!
Wedding Advice for Brides-to-Be
Invest in a great photographer. I have many friends say they wished they had taken the time to find one that understood their vision. Also, it’s true what they say about couples not eating: our wedding was just 30 people and I still didn’t get a chance to finish my meal! Make sure you have plenty of snacks and food waiting in your hotel room or wherever you will be afterwards.
Congratulations to Yuri and Ryan on their rooftop wedding at The Line Hotel! Huge thank you to Kate Ann for capturing and sharing this gorgeous ceremony with us. If you’re looking to throw your own beautifully intimate wedding, check out this micro wedding timeline to get you started!
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by riley | Oct 3, 2020 | Wedding
Is there anything more beautiful than a sunset wedding? We don’t think so! Jenna and Mike’s golden hour rooftop elopement at the LINE Hotel in DC looks like it came straight out of a magazine. The couple went into planning with no idea of what they were looking for until they fell upon Shelly Pate Photography who helped them organize their modern and sleek elopement.
With Mike himself acting as their officiant, the venue being in the state where they met and live together, and takeout from their favorite wine bar—which they fell in love with after a trip to Barcelona—these two made sure that their ceremony was completely unique and personalized. This sunset elopement is the epitome of making sure your special day is all about the love you and your partner share. Bonus points in this case that it also happens to be absolutely stunning.
Shelly Pate’s Take on the Day
“Jenna and Mike have known all along that New Years Day would be the day they chose to become man and wife. Besides all of the significance of the start of a new year, it was also the day that they found their way back to each other a few years ago and rekindled the love that was always there.
When I met them, they were just in the beginning planning of their day; they had not even chosen where they were going to get married. I immediately sprang into action because I love helping plan these intimate elopements to perfectly reflect a couples’ values and personality.
They two met and live in DC so they really wanted to exchange vows in a spot that celebrated that. They wanted to keep their ceremony private, so it was just the three of us on the balcony at sunset overlooking the city as they became husband and wife. DC is a self-solemnizing state so they married themselves! Their closest friends were waiting with champagne to celebrate the night away with the new Mr + Mrs!”
Jenna and Mike
The Line Hotel, Washington D.C
Wedding Day Advice
My advice would be to do what feels true and right for yourselves as a couple – I think in planning a wedding it is very easy to have a lot of opinions thrown at you and ideas of what is traditional or trendy at the moment and that can sweep you up and make it harder to objectively think about what would make you and your partner the happiest.
The Couple’s Most Memorable Part
I think the most memorable part of the day was our vows and Mike marrying us. I had a loose layout of the day in my head and I thought that we would get ready and then do a first look and then take pictures around the hotel so that after we returned to the suite balcony to do our vows we could immediately start celebrating afterward. As any good plan goes, however, we got a little behind schedule and by the time we did the first look it was close to sunset and we would lose the daylight to do our vows on the balcony if we took pictures first. We decided to spur of the moment just do it right then, which made the vows feel really spontaneous and special (even on a planned elopement day).
Why the LINE Hotel DC
Besides loving the look of the Line Hotel in D.C., we were also excited to get married in Adams Morgan because it is the first place Mike and I lived together in D.C. We also didn’t want to pay a venue fee or deal with jumping through a lot of hoops with a venue since we were having a small planned elopement. We were able to privately say our vows outdoors looking at the DC skyline (with a reliable backup in case of bad January weather), have beautiful decor and backdrops for photos, eat, play music, and dance with a couple of our friends, and have somewhere to stay over rather than just going back to our apartment on our wedding night. It was pretty one of a kind to get all of those things in one venue!
Congratulations again to Jenna and Mike on their special day. And big thank you to Junebug member Shelly Pate Photography for sharing this rooftop elopement with us! To see more of Shelly’s work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!
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