An Elegant Fall Wedding at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Tower in Washington, DC

Andrea Jacobs (32 and a senior director in market research) and Nicole Zelazny (33 and a higher education student-affairs professional) celebrated their newlywed status with a bash for 140 friends and family members at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Tower in Washington, DC. “We were searching for a DC location, since we had so many out-of-town guests,” Andrea says. “The city has so much to offer, and we wanted to make it easy for our guests to take advantage. Many of them toured around earlier on the day of our wedding or extended their stay to spend a few days sightseeing.” For their ceremony and reception, the couple chose the Pavilion Room at the Ronald Reagan Building because of its beautiful architecture and soaring skylights. While the brides wrote their own vows, they also incorporated a reading of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. Jewish traditions were incorporated as well, including the ketubah signing, wine ceremony and the breaking of the glass. In lieu of a flower girl and ring bearer, Andrea and Nicole had four chuppah bearers. “In keeping with the theme of unity, one person from both the maternal and paternal sides of each of our families carried the chuppah,” Andrea says. The dinner reception included a rollicking dance party and Andrea and Nicole celebrating with the hora. “We enjoyed one of the longest horas,” Andrea says. “And Nicole and her mom experienced their first ride in the chair.” —Marissa Hermanson