A Classic Black-Tie Wedding at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC

Lauren Ashley Nanna (33 and a director of global administration at a private equity firm) and Robert George Martin (54 and a commercial real estate broker and developer) said “I do” at the chic Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, DC. Inspired by the classic elegance of their stately venue, Lauren and Robert outfitted their wedding with a simple yet sophisticated color scheme of white and gold with dark wooden accents. The ceremony space, a handsome mahogany-paneled room, was embellished with dimly lit candles and planters filled with white roses. Lauren and Robert exchanged vows under a chuppah adorned with boxwood and white roses. “The focal point of the space was a chuppah with boxwood and white roses,” Lauren says. “The mood of the ceremony room being a very intimate, romantic space dictated the same elegance for the reception,” she says. Dinner and dancing took place at the Top of the Hay, the hotel’s rooftop venue, which offers stunning views of Washington DC. Tables were topped with tight structured arrangements of white roses and hydrangeas, along with gold and crystal accents. Personal touches were found throughout the reception, such as a mirrored seating chart, a signature bourbon cocktail dubbed the Pedaler (a nod to the couple’s love for biking) and a New York City skyline groom’s cake. The couple kicked off the dance party with their first dance to “One” by U2, and then the band the Source kept the dance floor packed. “Rob loves tequila, so with the help of [wedding planner] Jeannette and the Hay-Adams crew, we passed iced tequila with all the fixings on the dance floor,” Lauren says. “It was the perfect treat to keep the night moving and a fun surprise to Rob.” After an evening of dancing, guests moseyed down to the Hay’s basement bar, Off the Record, for an after-party. —Marissa Hermanson