Meridian House–one of DC’s most elegant wedding venues.
If there was ever a wedding that could be described as ‘Jane Austen meets Washington’, this was it. Cody and Jessica are expats who work and live abroad, but wanted to be married in Washington DC because of political and friend ties. Meridian House was their number one venue option at which to be married, and I can see why they picked it! By far my favorite DC wedding venue so far, the sheer beauty and classic grace of the house and grounds transported all of us into a place with an otherworldly feel; a novel where the day and everything in it was absolutely perfect. Designed by the same architect who designed the Jefferson Memorial, the house had high ceilings and fireplaces and marble pillars and floors and a sweeping staircase that greeted you as you entered the front door. Talk about making a grand entrance!
Everyone got ready for the day at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel, before heading out to the wedding venue, in the beautiful Meridian Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. A path from the house leads down through the garden to the site of the ceremony, where everyone waited in breathless expectation for the arrival of the bride. A string quartet, similar to what the original owners of the house probably listened to on occasion, played as Jessica walked down the aisle and during the reception. In the back garden there’s a beautiful fountain and outdoors area where the guests gathered after the ceremony for their cocktail hour. The reception was held in the library, which was full of tall bookshelves and floor length windows.
The event was planned by one of DC’s best wedding planners–Caroline Dutton, who didn’t miss one detail that could add to the storybook feel of the wedding. The guest list included several embassy officials, which only added more class to the event.
Cody and Jessica’s love for each other was so evident from their emotional first look, to the tender way Cody treated his bride, and teared up when he saw her walking down the aisle. Their first act as husband and wife was a planting ceremony, where they planted and watered a tree that symbolized the life they were starting together. It was the perfect touch to an absolutely beautiful day.