There was one wedding tradition that I definitely wanted to break...skipping the cocktail hour.
When we were planning our wedding, we opted to skip the receiving line in favor of joining everyone at the cocktail hour. It was an awesome decision.
We held our cocktail hour on the rooftop of the Old Ebbitt Grill. We had the most delicious snacks...passed hors d'oeuvres, a cheese plate, hummus and crudites. It was incredible.
We even had a raw bar because I love oysters!
The view overlooked both the White House and the Washington Monument. I loved walking through the space and seeing the monuments and having it feel so much like home.
We skipped a receiving line so we could jump to pictures but the cocktail hour space was narrow enough that as we made our way from one end to the other, we were able to see and talk to everyone and not feel rushed the way we would have in a receiving line.
|Some of my best friends from my college days, including Carolann!|
|My gorgeous little sisters|
|Everyone was having an awesome time!|
|My college roommates!|
|The sun came out!|
Toward the end of the hour, the venue staff started ushering everyone downstairs for the reception, so it was just the bridal party on the roof. I walked over to the oyster bar and there were about 15 left. My mom, dad and I just sat there devouring them. It was awesome! Our cocktail hour was unbelievable. It was awesome. I still can't believe that the sun came out, and it was so great to be up on the roof with everyone admiring our favorite things about DC!
Come back next week for shots from the reception!