A Luxurious Wedding at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Erin Kilroy (26 and a nonprofit administrator) and John Simpson (27 and an engagement consultant) wanted their wedding to be both cozy and elegant. "O

Erin Kilroy (26 and a nonprofit administrator) and John Simpson (27 and an engagement consultant) wanted their wedding to be both cozy and elegant. "Our vision was 'refined comfort,'" Erin says. "We wanted it to feel like a dinner party where guests could relax while also feeling like they attended something special." Their wedding at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., perfectly aligned with this vision. As photographed by Eli Turner Studios, Erin and John's marriage was a luxurious evening with a color palette of emerald green and gold. The hall's library was converted into a dining area, and its long wooden tables were adorned with green goblets, gold chargers and bouquets of viburnum and hydrangeas. Flower arrangements also included tall gold branches decorated with ivory roses and surrounded by tea lights. "We wanted to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out," Erin says. She and John invited their guests to enjoy a hot cocoa and hot cider bar on the portico, where they provided lounge seating as well as a space for dancing. One standout detail at this stunning wedding was Erin's bouquet, which included gold-painted leaves and pink-tipped roses along with white hydrangeas and baby's breath. It looked beautiful with her Enzoani ball gown, which suited her perfectly. Thanks to her planner from Karson Butler Events, Erin narrowly avoided a disaster with her wedding dress before the ceremony. "Somehow my sleeves were too big and wouldn't stay on my shoulders," she says. "So my planner cut them off. I was so relieved. Things will wrong on your wedding day, but it always turns out okay!"

"We incorporated our colors and style into our invitations using traditional font with gold foil confetti trim," Erin says. "We tied the invitation suite together with metallic twine and packaged it into emerald green pocket envelopes."
John customized Erin's engagement ring to incorporate her late mother's gemstone into its design. The round-cut diamond ring features a yellow gold halo and an encrusted white gold band.
Enzoani Ball Gown with Cap Sleeves
Erin carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, baby's breath, pink-tipped roses and gold leaves. "We wanted to keep the flowers earthy and natural," she says.
"I knew I wanted deep emerald green in a flowy fabric for my bridesmaids, and I wanted all of the girls to pick their own style from the same designer," Erin says. "But when all the bridesmaids picked the same style, I didn't argue. They looked amazing!"
Bouquets with Hydrangeas and Gold Leaves
Ceremony at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill
Processional at Downtown D.C. Wedding
Dining tables were arranged with gold vases of hydrangeas and viburnum, gold-trim chargers and emerald green goblets. Table numbers were indicated with mossy block numbers.
Stylized Menu with Gold Border
"The space is a functioning public library, so guests were able to browse through the stacks, and many found books on their own family trees! It was awesome to know that people took advantage of the venue," Erin says.
"We had branchy centerpieces with tea lights, and we used champagne linens with a texture similar to tree bark that had a slight shimmer," Erin says.
The wedding cake was flavored with strawberry cream and chocolate hazelnut. It was decorated in gold and featured a basset hound topper that represented Erin and John's pet dog.
"To warm up guests from the cold, windy night, we had a DIY hot cocoa and hot apple cider bar where they could add their own alcohol and toppings. We paired it with doughnut holes and also offered sliders and caramelized bacon."
"We limited the number of slow dances to three because we wanted it to be an upbeat party," Erin says. Their reception music was provided by My Deejay Inc.