This elegant Willard Hotel wedding was such an amazing example of the heights a DC celebration can really reach. Candice and John said that they “fell in love with the Willard because of the architecture and its potential to create an intimate space”, and they really took advantage of all this luscious venue had to offer. Chic, stunning, offering tradition with a unique twist – I loved being part of Candice and John’s wedding day!
When she was reflecting on her relationship with John, Candice said, “When I am pressed for an exact moment in time when I fell in love with him, I am lost for words. I just know that our love was born from a deep friendship and mutual determination to live life to the fullest, and now, to take care of each other until our last breath.” Wow. As you can tell, this Willard Hotel wedding was permeated with such a powerful sense of love.
We had planned to take their couples’ photos across the street from the Willard Hotel, in a pretty outdoor spot. But when the time came, it ended up raining.. So we had to think creatively to come up with an alternative, and we ended up shooting in a relatively dark staircase. Luckily, I was equipped with the perfect lighting to nail the shots – and I really love the way that they turned out in the end.
If you’re inspired by these Willard Hotel wedding photos, check out this guide to 11 chic wedding ideas that never go out of style. For a venue deep-dive, take a look at my guide to a Cosmos Club wedding. Here in DC, we’re lucky enough to have so many beautiful wedding venues – and I wish you the best of luck in finding your perfect one.
Photographer: Kyla Jeanette
Venue: Willard Intercontinental DC Hotel
Video: Riverlight Films
DJ: Mixing Maryland DJs
Florist: PETALOS DC
Hair and Makeup: Shine Tina
Rentals: Honeywood Rentals
Photo Booth: The Prop Stop Booth
Tuxedos: Lapel Tuxedos
Lighting: Smerf Events