An Elegant Wedding at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC

Although Courtney Shaneour (27 and an engineer) and Andrew Sayles (27 and an engineer) met as freshmen in their Engineering 101 class at the University of Michigan, it took a few years of them hanging out socially to realize that they were meant to be together.

After college, Courtney and Andrew both pursued careers in aerospace engineering (Courtney in Ohio and Andrew in Northern Virginia). But, it wasn’t long before the couple was reunited when Courtney landed a job in DC.

Since they both have a love for the great outdoors, Andrew planned a romantic proposal with Virginia’s natural beauty as the backdrop. He organized a special hike in Shenandoah National Park (the first trail they hiked together years ago), and after passing a picturesque waterfall, they stopped for lunch and photos. While packing up to head back down to the car, Andrew pulled out a little red box and asked Courtney to marry him. The happy couple drove back to DC, where Andrew planned a romantic night out on the town, complete with a historic hotel suite, limousine and delicious French dinner.

When the time came for them to pick where they’d exchange nuptials, they already had the perfect place in mind. Before Courtney and Andrew were engaged, they’d pass by the Daughters of the American Revolution in downtown Washington, DC, and joke that maybe one day they’d get married there.

The ceremony and reception were held at the historic venue. Surrounded by family and friends, the couple said “I do” on the portico of DAR with the Washington Monument as their backdrop.

Minimal decor was needed, as their venue was elegant and stately on its own. But plenty of personal touches let the couple’s personality shine through, from the menu and wine selection to the cigar bar and handmade escort cards. Aubergine with lavender and burgundy accents added warmth to the late summer celebration.  —Marissa Hermanson