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Ele­gance can be fun with the right cus­tom plan.

Just a stone’s throw from the White House and the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment in a land­mark lo­ca­tion, the W Wash­ing­ton DC (515 15th

St. NW, 202-661-2400; wwash­ing­tondc.com) lends its al­lure to the city’s cen­ter. “The ball­room was per­fect,” says Kather­ine Johnson, who chose the space for her wed­ding to fi­ancé Robert. “The sim­ple colors, his­tor­i­cal pic­tures in the lobby, beau­ti­ful chan­de­liers and stair­case—all fit in with our vibe.”

As Rhonda Holt, so­cial cater­ing man­ager for the W, ex­plains, “All our event spa­ces are cus­tom­iz­a­ble, but we def­i­nitely want to bal­ance edge with sophistication. We want it to speak to the truth of the cou­ple.”

From the cock­tail hour to the re­cep­tion in the great room, Kather­ine and Robert opted for a glam­orous color scheme of black, white, and gold, with a touch of sil­ver. And it didn’t hurt that, as Holt says, “there’s a lot of his­tor­i­cal de­tail and ar­chi­tec­ture, but it still has that W flair.”

The cou­ple also worked closely with an­other W cater­ing man­ager, Sloane Aureli, to de­sign a mean­ing­ful menu. The three-course meal be­gan with lob­ster bisque in homage to the bride’s Maine roots. Latenight food trucks added to the fes­tiv­i­ties, and guests re­ceived mini bot­tles of Cham­pagne as party fa­vors. Says Kather­ine, “Our guests popped them open and drank with straws dur­ing the af­ter­party in the POV lounge.”—C.C.

At the W, Robert and Kather­ine Johnson (ƭƨƩ ƥƞƟƭ) found tra­di­tional ele­gance with mod­ern flair, from the mini cham­pagne party fa­vors (ƭƨƩ ƫƢƠơƭ) to the af­ter­party in the POV lounge (ƥƞƟƭ).

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