A Wedding in Washington, DC

I haven't posted anything in the last few days because I'm in Washington, DC right now. We attended the wedding of our family friends, Katie and Sven. Incidentally, they were recently interviewed about their impending nuptials by Politico. The ceremony took place on the roof of the Hay Adams Hotel, across the street from the White House.

White House
This is the view from the roof of the Hay Adams Hotel.

Hay Adams Hotel

The President and the First Lady didn't make a surprise appearance, but from what I heard, Angelina Jolie was staying in the hotel and Reese Witherspoon was filming her new movie two blocks away.  Love was in the air, the weather was perfect and I couldn't imagine a more beautiful or glamorous place to be.

The ceremony was very moving. The Father of the Bride got teary-eyed giving away his baby girl. There was a beautiful array of appetizers served after the "I Dos", like seared medallion of Ahi Tuna with sesame seeds and yakiniku sauce, veggie eggrolls, petite goat cheese tarts, chicken satay, spinach puff pastries and lamb chops. The reception followed downstairs. It was funny because the main meal brought me back in time; it was exactly what we served for our wedding reception: duo of grilled filet mignon and pan-seared Chilean sea bass, garnished with fresh vegetables and chateau potatoes.

Ahi tuna appetizers


The party ended with a very original arctic-themed wedding cake, since the couple first met there while on vacation. Everyone enjoyed the band, and Katie got to dance with her father, her new husband, and my little sister-in-law.

wedding cake

Wedding first dance

As the night wound down, Sven capped a day filled with memories with a picture with his buddies, smoking cigars in front of the Ferrari he got to use on that special day.


As my 4-year-old little sister-in-law would say: "Katie, you looked like Princess Giselle [from the movie Enchanted], I wish you a lot of happiness with your prince" 

Wedding vows


[-] Posh - Guest-nick
Total POSHness of this party is at like 98% (the Obama's would've had to come by to hit 100). I love that section of the city, everything is so clean and beautiful, and the views are spectacular. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in our fair city (and appreciate your tourist $$ to boot! :) )

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[ Posted at 10:22 AM on 6/22/09 | Reply ]
[-] I love your dress! - Guest-JessicaFoodmayhem
Where did you get it?

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[ Posted at 7:36 PM on 6/22/09 | Reply ]
[-] Tadashi dress - Jackie
I got the dress at Bloomingdales. The brand is Tadashi.
[ Posted at 4:09 PM on 6/23/09 | Reply ]
[-] A Wedding in Washington, DC - Guest-Natasha5StarFoodie
Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! Sounds like it was a beautiful wedding, thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

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[ Posted at 8:44 PM on 6/22/09 | Reply ]
[-] A Wedding in Washington, DC - Guest-Jenofa2eatwrite
What lovely photos. The cake is very original in style - just beautiful. You looked very glam, too!

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[ Posted at 1:58 PM on 6/23/09 | Reply ]
[-] wedding - Guest-Alexis
All my best wishes to the newlyweds!
[ Posted at 10:40 AM on 6/24/09 | Reply ]
[-] unconfidentialcook - Guest-unconfidentialcook
Looks like a beautiful wedding from start to finish, and everything in between.

unconfidentialcook Website Link
[ Posted at 2:50 PM on 6/24/09 | Reply ]
Beautiful pictures!

Hélène Website Link
[ Posted at 10:41 PM on 6/24/09 | Reply ]
[-] A Wedding in Washington, DC - Guest-RobinSue
You look lovely. What a beautiful dress and a wonderful looking wedding. And to think you were just around the corner from where I live. Great city isn't it!

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[ Posted at 6:27 AM on 6/26/09 | Reply ]
[-] Great to meet you! - Guest-RyanRayborn

It was great to meet you guys this weekend. What a great wedding. I'm going to have to try one of your recipes, although I'm not much of a cook.

Take Care!

Ryan Rayborn Website Link
[ Posted at 1:00 PM on 6/26/09 | Reply ]
[-] Love the post! - Guest-KatieRoe
I love this post! Thanks for putting up some pictures from our wedding. We hope you and your family had as much fun as we did!!


PS I LOVED dancing with your little sister-in-law!
[ Posted at 4:10 PM on 6/26/09 | Reply ]


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