OMG! THIS BLIND WHINO ARTS CLUB WEDDING IS WHAT RAINBOW DREAMS ARE MADE OF!
Christine and Jenny married in a pop up ceremony in Washington DC. The couple re-created their first date by holding their reception at a food festival where they had first fallen in love 4 years earlier. With all the fun and colour, it probably won’t come as a surprise to find out that these gals found their photographer on these very pages! We just love it when that happens…!
“We chose the Blind Whino Arts Club as our ceremony location because it represented all that we wanted our wedding to be – bright, colorful, full of love and community.” They began.
“The multi-colored, mural exterior was the perfect backdrop to our pop-up ceremony with immediate family. The former church is now a community center and is located just a couple blocks from our apartment.”
“We wanted to re-create our first date surrounded by color, family, and community and since our first date included a bike ride and the food festival, we hopped into pedicabs and headed to the Taste of DC for an alternative reception. The food festival was the perfect environment to celebrate our love, exactly as it had been four years earlier!” The couple explained.
“Jenny’s former boss and longtime mentor, Congress member Karen Bass, officiated whilst our small, private tent provided an intimate space to enjoy the company of our 10 guests. Meanwhile, the thousands of festival-goers showered us with cheers and hugs when we boogied on the dance floor and explored the booths and other festivities. It was a marvelously unique way to celebrate our wedding day—and completely us!”
“We found our fabulous photographer Amy Gray on Bespoke Bride! As soon as we saw her photos of Ritika and Raj’s engagement shoot in Alexandria, Virginia, we knew Amy Gray would capture our fun and colorful wedding with lots of laughter and good cheer. We were so lucky to stumble across the Bespoke Bride blog — without it, we would not have connected with Amy since she lives in Los Angeles and we were in DC. Her photos are spectacular and she captured our laughter and giddiness perfectly. ”
“The Taste of DC team’s hospitality and generosity were incredible! We literally sent an email to a generic address on the festival website, asking about group tickets since we planned on celebrating our wedding day at the festival. We explained that we ate, drank and played giant Jenga at the Taste of DC during our first date four years earlier. Cathy from the festival team immediately called to share her enthusiasm and warmth.”
“From there, the Taste of DC went above and beyond to make our day even more special than we could have imagined. They designed a custom “Just Married” banner for our private booth and presented us with the most creative and thoughtful wedding present: our own giant Jenga set with our names engraved! They announced our first dance on the main stage and played our song (Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”) while surrounded by cheers and love from hundreds of festivalgoers. They then took us five stories into the air on a crane for an aerial view of the entire festival and the U.S. Capitol. It was truly amazing! Everything and everyone at the Taste of DC far exceeded our expectations. We truly felt like royalty.” They added.
“We initially felt guilty for not inviting our friends and our extended family. We kept the wedding small with immediate family only. We announced that we were getting married the night before the wedding through a video posted on Facebook. While we missed our friends and relatives, this was the best decision for us. We plan to celebrate with friends for a big anniversary in the coming years.”
Photography: Amy Gray Photography | Christine’s Dress: Theory | Jenny’s Dress: ModCloth | Flat Shoes: ED by Ellen | Heels: DSW | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Flowers: English Rose Garden DC | Hair and make-up: Alexis Arenas |