A MOD­ERN CLAS­SIC

THE CEN­TER OF IT ALL IS THE PER­FECT BACK­DROP FOR “I DO.”

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY CASEY TRUDEAU

The cen­ter of it all is the per­fect back­drop for “I do.”

Lo­cated just steps from the White House and the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, the W Wash­ing­ton DC (515 15th St. NW, 202-6612400; wwash­ing­tondc.com) com­bines his­toric views with a chic, con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic to make your DC wed­ding un­for­get­table. The land­mark build­ing, con­structed in 1917, blends a Beaux-Arts ex­te­rior with a stylish, mod­ern in­te­rior.

Theresa Glo­ria Set­timi and Vi­dal Jou­bert Nel­son en­vi­sioned a clean, clas­sic vibe with an of-the-mo­ment sen­si­bil­ity for their wed­ding, and they turned to events direc­tor Elise Kolle, founder of Pinkboxe Weddings and Events (pinkboxe.com), to help ex­e­cute their vi­sion. “Any­one who has vis­ited the W ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton, DC, knows the cool vibe the ho­tel ex­udes,” raves Nel­son. “The lobby is so chic, with the color­ful po­lit­i­cal por­traits on the wall and the black-and-white dé­cor. For a his­toric build­ing, the in­side could not be more mod­ern and sleek.”

De­tails such as die-cut cal­ligraphed ta­ble num­bers and a clas­sic white-on­black ta­blescape were com­bined with the ho­tel’s swank dé­cor for a co­he­sive look that had just the wow fac­tor the cou­ple was hop­ing for. To in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of DC into their wed­ding, Set­timi and Nel­son used hand­scripted es­cort cards fea­tur­ing the city sky­line as well as de­li­cious fa­vors from the lo­cal dessert in­sti­tu­tion Dis­trict Dough­nut (749 Eighth St. SE, 202750-1955; dis­trict­dough­nut.com). To­gether with the un­par­al­leled views of the Mall, these small hometown touches had a big im­pact.

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