An Intimate Wedding In Washington, DC


With wonderful food and wonderful friends

Wesley & Brian

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: A bunch of different worlds and chapters of our lives colliding because our friends wanted to be there for our special day.

Soundtrack for reading: “You’re All I Need” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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Other Cool Stuff We Should Know About

We met on the Saturday of Columbus Gay Pride, got engaged two years later on the Sunday of Columbus Gay Pride, and got married on the Friday of Columbus Gay Pride one year after that. We had an intimate wedding ceremony on the DC War Memorial with family, and then a reception with lots of friends at the Hotel Monaco in DC.

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

The food! We were so happy that our guests got to have wonderful food at the cocktail hour and reception and didn’t have to suffer through dry chicken just for our sakes.


The Info:

Photographer: Paired Images | Location: Washington, DC | Venue: Hotel Monaco | Tuxes: Custom made by Enzo Custom Clothiers in DC | Cuff Links: Tiffany, from the Moderne and 1837 collections | Shoes: Ferragamo | Wedding Planner: The Plannery

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  • BeccaC

    What a beautiful wedding!!! I love all the red, your tuxes and the song picked to go with this post!!! Also that wallpaper is super cool too!

  • Stephanie B.

    Okay, the picture of Wesley and Brian dancing in front of the doors is EVERYTHING.

    • vegankitchendiaries

      I was going to say the *same thing*! I always see people saying they well-up reading APW and I NEVER, EVER do… but I did get some hot and watery eyes seeing these photos!

      Everything here is so wonderful! The flower girls (and their cute dresses), the cake (that topper!), all of the red details popping out of the photos, and the obvious mutual adoration between these two handsome grooms… Thank you for sharing this wedding!

      • KateS

        DITTO! that picture and the tear-wiping ones just hit me right in the feels.

        and phew! these grooms are SO. FREAKING. DAPPER.
        inspired me to go add this song to our cocktail hour playlist immediately. thanks for sharing!

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  • Gina

    I love that APW has such a variety of weddings, but sometimes I really love seeing the classic, elegant look and this wedding does it so well! Red + black = always in. Also, I’m always a fan of weddings where the food is center stage.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      It’s those tuxes, man. Those tuxes are SO GOOD.

      • KateS

        yes. totally. they are WEARING those tuxes.

    • Class of 1980

      Absolute elegance and fun … hard to pull off that combination, but they sure did.

  • Lisa

    So happy to see a wedding with some guys! And these photos are awesome. Plus, that cake is divinely tasteful. My mother would say it’s very Attractive:).

    • Class of 1980

      I said the same thing. Finally, some guys!

    • Meg Keene

      Of course the staff said the same thing: finally, some guys!

  • rh

    ahh I love this! Everything is adorable, that kiss, the little flower girl and ringbearers, that wallpaper at your venue. I hope it’s not totally creepy that I just want to run right into your photos and give you both a big hug (and break out on your dance floor!)

  • Jess

    I was just smiling the whole way through this post. The happiness is just tangible!

  • Ella

    THAT CAKE TOPPER, AMIRITE?!

    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations! :) :)

  • Erin

    That cake! Those flower girls! That wallpaper! And so much joy in these photos! Beautiful!

  • The Chaplins

    Wow! Thank you everyone for the kind comments. It really was such a wonderful day.

    FYI – We chose a panda and meerkat cake topper because those are our nicknames for each other (thank goodness for Etsy craftspeople), and the abundance of red was a nod to my cultural and red’s representation of good luck.

    We absolutely loved our tuxes. The guys at Enzo Custom Clothiers took over 20 measurements to make sure that the tuxes were 100% perfectly tailored to our bodies. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a tux in the DC area or even Philly and Manhattan as they have boutiques there too.

    Also, can’t give Katie at The Plannery and the Jesses at Paired Images for everything and the wonderful job they did!

    • Thanks for the kind words! It was a pleasure working with you. The two of you look absolutely fantastic! Congratulations!

  • Class of 1980

    As soon as I saw you two on that bus with the red flowers in your lapels, I smiled BIG.

    • Sarah

      Yes, I love the flowers too! They look amazing with their tuxedos. Are they orchids?

  • Chalk

    I got married at the Hotel Monaco in DC two years ago, and I have to agree, the food they serve is the best. Congratulations!

  • Stacy {Woodsy Weddings}

    Love these grooms and the classic black and red palette. Their cake is amazing and I love love those adorable panda toppers!

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    that faithful day 4th of April 20st 2:23pm when he came to the house to
    pick his things, that was when i knew that situation has gotten out of hand
    and he then told me he want to quit the marriage which i have built for
    over 6 years, i was confused and dumbfounded i called on family’s and
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    the father of my kids started putting up some strange behaviour, i never
    knew he was having an affair outside our matrimonial home. it dawn on me on
    that faithful day 4th of April 20st 2:23pm when he came to the house to
    pick his things, that was when i knew that situation has gotten out of hand
    and he then told me he want to quit the marriage which i have built for
    over 6 years, i was confused and dumbfounded i called on family’s and
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