A Simple and Elegant Wedding at Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C.

Steve Coppinger, 32, an executive buyer, married Maggie Gillespie, 31, an anesthesiologist, in a beautiful and elegant wedding in Washington, D.C. Aft

Steve Coppinger, 32, an executive buyer, married Maggie Gillespie, 31, an anesthesiologist, in a beautiful and elegant wedding in Washington, D.C. After meeting through mutual friends, Steve and Maggie were friends for five years before they began dating. For the proposal, Steve planned a "DC tourist day", which included stops at the National Zoo and the Jefferson Memorial. "We were all alone on the side of the memorial and I was ready to head to the Smithsonian but Steve called me back — as I turned around he was down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him," Maggie says. The couple knew they wanted to get married in DC and ended up choosing St. John's Episcopal in Lafayette Square as the location for the ceremony and Old Ebbitt Grill as the location for the reception. "We knew that we wanted a spring wedding, and given the location of the church we envisioned our guests strolling past the White House as they walked from the ceremony to the reception," says the bride. A timeless and understated color palette of gray, navy and white helped the bride and groom achieve and simple and classic look at their nuptials. Following the church ceremony, guests attended a cocktail hour on the rooftop of the Old Ebbitt Grill with stunning views of the nation's capital. The reception followed downstairs in the restaurant's atrium. Instead of serving a sit-down dinner, guests had access to food stations and could eat whenever they pleased. Maggie and Steve decided to skip other traditional aspects of a reception, including toasts and a cake cutting, and focused on having a good time with their family and friends. "I'm sure every couple says this, but it was easily the most meaningful and most fun day of our lives — would not have changed a single thing," the bride says.

Simple and Elegant Wedding Invitation
"My favorite thing about the dress was how lightweight and comfortable it was — I would have worn that thing all weekend if I could have," Maggie says. "The girls at Hitched did an amazing job with the alterations, and helped me shorten the dress so I could wear my Kate Spade flats and Tory Burch flip flops for the ceremony and reception (myself and high heels do NOT get along) ."
Sparkly Kate Spade Bridal Flats
Maggie's five bridesmaids donned sophisticated navy blue dresses with open backs. They also wore different necklaces from designer Erin McDermott.
Navy Bridesmaid Dresses with Open Back
Light Bridal Bouquet with Hints of Green
"Steve wore the same suit as the groomsmen but had a different tie and pocket square to set him apart," Maggie says.
Gray Groom Suit with Navy Tie and Navy Pocket Square
While planning their wedding, the couple was also looking for a church to join and instantly fell in love with St. John's Episcopal in Lafayette Square. "We loved the congregation there and decided to not only join the church but that it would be a beautiful location for our ceremony," Maggie says.
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square
Medium-Length Bridal Veil
Bride and Groom Recessional
Bride and Groom with Washington, D.C. Backdrop
"One of the greatest benefits of our venues was their inherent beauty which meant we had to do very little in terms of decorations," says the bride.
Reception Welcome Table with Floral and Frame Decor
Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C.
Lantern Centerpiece with Simple Greenery
Gold Reception Chairs
The band DC Fusion kept most people on the dance floor the whole night. "Steve and I really wanted the night to just be a fun celebration so we didn't have any toasts, speeches or cake cutting the night of the wedding — we just danced it up the whole time with our guests!" Maggie says.
The bride and groom decided against a wedding cake, instead serving delicious cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.
Georgetown Cupcake Tower
The bride's sister made wedding koozies for guests to take home that incorporated the bride's hometown in Virginia, the groom's upbringing in Maryland and Washington, D.C. for bringing the couple together.
"The night really did just feel like a big party with all of our best friends and at the end of it all we were married," the bride says.