So, there we were, officially married, and the first thing I said was, "It stopped raining!" It looked like it would start up again, but I was so happy that it wasn't raining!
We went back into the church for a few formal photos. I really didn't want to do any of these, but at the insistence of just about everyone, we did, and once again, thanks to our amazing photographer, we were finished with church photos in ten minutes.
We rented and Old Town Trolley to transport our bridal party, which ended up being the greatest idea ever. I was adamant that I didn't want a limo, and I wasn't too keen on the idea of a party bus either. When I stumbled on the trolleys on a DC wedding blog, I called them right away.
|Our photographer snapped this on the trolley and posted Instagram!|
The sign was a DIY I made for our ring bearer.
Our first stop was the Capitol.
We took pictures with the bridal party there, plus some sibling shots, and of course some shots of just the two of us. I don't have any of these yet, but someone snapped this one while we were taking pictures.
|Me, my husband (!), my dad, brother and sisters|
From there, it was a short walk across the street to the Washington Monument where we had way too much fun enjoying the first moments of our married life. Our photographers were incredible and we had so much fun with them. The bridal party was off riding around the Mall on the trolley, and we got time to just be alone together and take it all in, advice I had been given by a lot of people.
|Another IG Shot from our photographer. We loved him too.|
We had our reception at Old Ebbitt Grill. We got there around 5:15, which gave me time to bustle my dress and take a walk around our reception venue while all of our guests were still waiting outside.
Then, we headed up to the rooftop for our cocktail hour. Old Ebbitt's roof top overlooks The White House and the Washington Monument. It's one of the best views in DC and is incredible. I knew that 99% of our guests would be traveling (some from as far away as Guam and Hawaii!) so I wanted there to be a view, so that everyone could at least see some of DC! I loved walking through the cocktail hour and hearing everyone say, "Is that the White House?!" and jumping in to say, "Yup!"
|Bottom Right is The Pilot and me with my mama (our dresses kind of matched, which I loved)|
Just before 6:30, everyone started making their way downstairs. I snuck back to the oyster bar and ate 15 (!) oysters before the bridal party headed downstairs together for the reception.