Every Inch of This DC Pop-Up Wedding Was on Point


No one in the district has swagger like them

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Samantha, accounting clerk & Yeshi, gsa compliance officer

Sum-up of the wedding vibe: A fun-filled celebration of love!

Planned budget: $10,000

Actual budget: $9,000

Number of guests: 75

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Where we allocated the most funds:

We allocated the most funds to the reception, which we held at Policy. There was no venue rental fee, only a food and beverage minimum ($2,000)—which worked perfectly for us. We offered a signature cocktail, Rum Punch, instead of the traditional beverage packages.

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Where we allocated the least funds:

Décor! I made our centerpieces using Dollar Store vases, spray paint, glitter, spray adhesive, waterproof LED lights, and floating candles. Everyone loved them and even asked to take them home!

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What was totally worth it:

Having a POP! Wedding! Everything went so perfectly—better than either of us imagined.

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What was totally not worth it:

Aside from needing a place to prepare, the hotel room probably was the least worth it—mostly because we wanted to go to our home and get into our bed!

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A few things that helped us along the way:

Being able to have healthy dialogue and healthy disagreements. This helped us compromise with each other’s (at times outlandish) ideas, and it all worked out for the best!

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OUR best practical advice for OUR planning selVES:

Even though time is scarce, be patient and allow room for flexibility as much as possible. Plan B’s (and C’s) are helpful!

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Favorite thing about the wedding:

Everyone had such an amazing time! By choosing to go as nontraditional as possible, we had the opportunity to really enjoy ourselves. After all was said and done, a ton of our guests told us to “Do it again!”

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Anything else TO SHARE:

Throughout the planning process we had amazing support from family and friends. Samantha has a huge family all around the DC and Maryland area, while Yeshi’s family is mostly in Jamaica, with the exception of her mom, sister, and nephews. There was a lack of support and attendance by Samantha’s mom, Yeshi’s dad, and a few older family members, because of their religious beliefs, but the day went on as planned. We were extremely happy that Samantha’s closest friends’ moms came and stepped in as maternal support. With all the love and support that surrounded us, all the world’s problems and missing family members seemed to fade into the background.

Yeshi has taken in Sam’s ten-year-old son Jayden like her own. He was such an instrumental part in our wedding planning and ceremony. Jayden was responsible for holding and presenting the rings at the ceremony, and was so excited to finally be able to wear his snazzy new suit that matched Yeshi’s. From the day that we explained to Jayden how our love and relationship was different from others, he has been our number one supporter. He often wonders why everyone just can’t love who they want and be happy for one another.

It was so important for us to stay grounded and have clear minds throughout this process. We had a ton of things going on in our lives already, and of course the wedding planning only added to it. No matter what we were faced with as far as those who were not supportive and any emotions that came with those decisions, we knew that we were making the absolute best decision ever, and nothing anyone said would deter us from our happiness!


The Info:

Photography: Pop! Wed Co | Venue: Pie Sisters | Location: Georgetown, Washington, DC | Reception Photography: Andrew Graydient | Samantha’s Dress: Nordstrom | Samantha’s Shoes: Amazon | Yeshi’s Suit: ASOS | Yeshi’s Shoes: Nordstrom | Yeshi’s Tie and Shirt: Macy’s

 

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  • Gray

    Everything about this wedding is just so cool!! I love the big smiles on everyone’s faces. Samantha and Yeshi look so in love. I hope I look even half as happy as these two on my wedding day.

    • Minx der Führer

      Thank you so much Gray <3

    • We certainly are! Thanks <3

  • kth201

    Gorgeous pictures! Love the one of Samantha grabbing Yeshi’s ass — so fun and beautify shot.

    And, good Lord, that skirt! Amazing! Where is that from???

    • stephanie

      Her dress is from Nordstrom, and I just found the specific link: http://bit.ly/1OurTNf. I’ll update the post!

      • kth201

        Thanks! And only $298???? That’s amazing!

        • stephanie

          Right?!

    • Minx der Führer

      Thank you!

  • Nicole

    This is one of the most beautiful/hottest things I have EVER.SEEN.

    • Minx der Führer

      Thank you Nicole <3

    • That is so sweet of you … thank you!!!

  • Christina McPants

    THE CROP TOP AND THE SKIRT OH MY GAWD. You can see the love at this wedding, congratulations to all three of you!

    • Minx der Führer

      Thank you so much Christina!

  • Jessica

    I think I have a crush on this couple.

  • touchdownton abbey

    These are all the vibes I want for my wedding. I’m so inspired. You know when wedding pictures make you tear up- it’s good stuff.

    so much love and so much fun. Congrats!

    • Minx der Führer

      So sweet, thank you!

    • That means so much <3 Thank you!!

  • Erica G

    This looks like a wedding I WANT TO BE AT. The style is ON POINT. Everyone looks like they are so insanely happy and in LOOOOOOVEEEE!

    • Minx der Führer

      Thank you Erica, I wish we could do it all over again!

  • brakell-basicinvite

    The love and happiness is pouring out in these photos! Looks like such a fun day. Loving it!!

  • the cupboard under the stairs

    This is amazing. The post-ceremony pictures look like a straight up fashion shoot!! Somebody help me think of reasons why I need that top-skirt combo in my life.

    • I know – that is where my brain went too! So much cool.

    • Minx der Führer

      It’s so hard for me not to wear it everywhere I go lol

  • Speaking of fashion models, get a load of these little guys! :)

  • gonzalesbeach

    what a beautiful wedding! and that picture of the three of you hugging – heart-explode. congrats!

  • CMT

    Where did the happy hour go??

    • Cleo

      I was coming here to ask the same thing….

      But while I’m here, everything about this wedding is awesome. So fun, full of love and the photos are just SO genuine, full of personality.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Technical glitch made it disappear. We’re working on restoring it!

  • Sarai

    SO disappointed that on the very rare Friday night I don’t fall asleep myself getting my toddler to bed that there’s no happy hour!

    • Ashlah

      There was one…it’s mysteriously disappeared :/

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Technical glitch! We’re working on getting it back up and running.

  • Lawyerette510

    Everything about this makes me swoon! Congratulations and wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

  • N C

    Best wedding pictures EVER!

  • NST Pictures

    This wedding is so creative and beautiful! Love the photography!

    Love,
    NST Pictures – Cinematic Weddings
    http://www.nstpictures.com
    Instagram: @nstpictures

  • OK So the couple shots on what must be the most perfect pink street in D.C give me life!!

  • Amoli Sharma

    Congratulations….and really both looking gorgeous..thanks for sharing lovely blog..wedding is really best part of the life…www.pendulumevents.com

  • Brittany Wilkerson

    Congrats! You guys seem like a wonderful couple and I got teary eyed reading that some of your family members weren’t supportive, I’m glad it didn’t take away from a beautiful and fun wedding day. Can I ask where Samantha got her dress? It. Is. Gorgeous!!!