A Classic Wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

With the help of the planning team at Atrendy Wedding, Kate Perito (30 and a baker) and Nick Colvin (30 and works in finance and banking) pulled off an elegant spring affair at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in their hometown of Washington, DC. The museum offered a striking backdrop for the affair, with its opulent marble details and awe-inspiring ceilings. “There is a huge balcony that wraps around the second floor so that everyone has a great 360-degree view of the room,” Kate says. “There are wide, elegant stairways and, of course, all the incredible art work.” The couple gathered their families and friends at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church for a traditional ceremony officiated by Kate’s brother. Wreaths hung on the church doors, creating an inviting feeling from the moment guests walked through the door and lush floral arrangements framed the aisle. “We were able to have the ceremony in a church that had a traditional feel, and having my brother officiate made it personal and emotional,” Kate says. “He spoke from his heart and delivered a beautiful homily that left few dry eyes.” After exchanging vows, the newlyweds hopped in the back of a vintage Rolls-Royce to take photos at landmarks around town, then joined their guests at the museum for a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing. “Cocktail hour was served in the art exhibit, and the reception and dancing were on the main floor, which is a stunning space,” Kate says. Guests sipped on signature drinks, like Champagne Sparkles and Dark and Stormies, while a string quartet played softly in the background. “The food by Occasions Caterers was impeccable, and they were a dream to work with,” Kate says. “In all the weddings we’ve attended—and there have been a lot—we’ve never had food as delicious as the black cod and beef tenderloin entree that were served at our wedding. It was a fine-dining experience that was executed flawlessly.” To let the museum's features shine through, the couple opted for a clean, simple and elegant aesthetic for the reception, complete with mirrored tabletops, lush bouquets of full white blooms and gold-rimmed stemware. After dinner, the band The Source took to the stage, packing the dance floor with their upbeat mix of hits. Some tips from Kate: “Enjoy it. It's the most fun time to plan such a special day with your partner. I loved every second of it and honestly miss the planning process. Also, I would highly recommend a wedding planner. Ours was on top of everything: She had great ideas that went along with our style, and she was a treat to work with.” —Libby MacCarthy