A Luxurious, Spring Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC

McKenzie Walsh (27 and in advertising and marketing) and Alexander Walendziak (28 and a civil engineer) had been dating for six years when they went o

McKenzie Walsh (27 and in advertising and marketing) and Alexander Walendziak (28 and a civil engineer) had been dating for six years when they went on a romantic getaway to Cape Cod. They spent the day at Martha's Vineyard and on the way back, they stopped by a lighthouse on the coast. "It was there, on a bench overlooking the ocean at sunset, that he asked me to marry him," McKenzie says. Since the couple met while attending college in Washington, DC, they thought it was only fitting that they get married there. They chose the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as the venue for their spring wedding. With a color palette of purple, ivory and green, McKenzie and Alex's wedding was luxurious and sophisticated. "We loved the idea of creating a romantic evening full of soft illumination, as if our guests were spending the evening in a garden alight with flowers and lanterns," McKenzie says. Their floral design beautifully carried out this vision, with mossy wood slab and candlelight centerpieces and a tree-like arrangement that greeted guests with escort cards hanging from its branches. At this gorgeous wedding, McKenzie and Alex were nothing but smiles as they celebrated their union surrounded by all of their loved ones.

Alex wore a white ranunculus boutonniere with his Vera Wang tuxedo and black bow tie.
McKenzie wore a two piece Monique Lhuillier wedding dress with a flowing ball gown skirt. The dress had a beaded bolero, which McKenzie wore to the ceremony, and a beaded, strapless bodice for the reception.
McKenzie carried a bouquet of white peonies with pink centers, deep purple violets, dusty miller and lily of the valley on her spring wedding day.
The bridesmaids dressed in floor length, taupe dresses by Jim Hjelm while the groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos with bow ties to the spring wedding.
The ceremony was held at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC. "I've been singing in choirs for most of my life and I wanted the music to be a large part of our ceremony," McKenzie says. "We had a full choir and we worked very closely with the choir director when picking out our music. It made the entire experience so etherial for both of us."
Bride with Her Father at DC Processional
The bridesmaids carried bouquets with ivory and lavender roses with their taupe dresses.
Bride in a Cathedral Veil with Her New Husband
Escort card tags hung from ribbons off a beautiful, tree-like structure at this ballroom reception.
The ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton was illuminated by purple uplighting for the reception.
Centerpieces consisted of candles on wood slabs arranged with ivory and purple roses, purple calla lilies and moss.
The five tier, white wedding cake was decorated with purple and white flowers and presented on a rustic wood slab.
Newlyweds Celebrating with a Toast at Their Hotel Reception