// HISTORIC GLAMOUR
ELEGANCE CAN BE FUN WITH THE RIGHT CUSTOM PLAN.
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.
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