THE WEEK­END AF­FAIR

YES, IT IS POS­SI­BLE TO HOST AN IN­TI­MATE MUL­TI­DAY CEL­E­BRA­TION FOR AL­MOST 250 PEO­PLE. HERE’S HOW.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY CASEY TRUDEAU

Yes, it is pos­si­ble to host an in­ti­mate mul­ti­day cel­e­bra­tion for al­most 250 peo­ple. Here’s how.

After a five-star en­gage­ment at the At­lantis Re­sort in the Ba­hamas, Angie Hegazi and Brian Kear­ney knew they needed a wed­ding venue that re­flected that same so­phis­ti­cated feel­ing, but with enough space to host 245 friends and fam­ily. The Man­darin Ori­en­tal DC was the per­fect fit: It ex­uded re­fined style, with an ex­pan­sive gar­den lawn for the cer­e­mony and a ball­room for the re­cep­tion.

“We wanted our guests to have sev­eral op­tions to min­gle,” says Hegazi, “so we cre­ated sep­a­rate seat­ing ar­eas through­out the ball­room. There were also so­fas placed next to the dance floor, [so that] any­one who might be too shy to dance could still feel like they were part of the fun. We didn’t want any­one to have to wait to get a drink, so ad­di­tional bars were added.” The bars were es­pe­cially well-stocked: The cou­ple of­fered a wine that Kear­ney had blended at their win­ery, Ad­dax, in Napa Val­ley, for the wed­ding.

The Grand Ball­room ac­com­mo­dates 500 guests, so the trick was ad­just­ing the scale. “To give such a large room a more in­ti­mate feel, white pipe-and-drape [sets were] used to fill in any gaps, and ad­di­tional sit­ting ar­eas sur­rounded the cus­tom bar,” says the ho­tel’s direc­tor of cater­ing, Marie St­ef­fany.

The new­ly­weds wrapped up the week­end with a next-day brunch in the light-filled gallery, com­plete with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and an out­door ter­race.

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