An Ultra-Luxe Wedding at Willard InterContinental in Washington, DC

We can't get enough of this luxurious DC wedding. Jackie McKesey (26 and a medical student) and Donovan Gholar (27 and a personal fitness trainer) too

We can't get enough of this luxurious DC wedding. Jackie McKesey (26 and a medical student) and Donovan Gholar (27 and a personal fitness trainer) took glam to the next level with their festive celebration at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, DC. With a palette of ivory, gold and blush accents that highlighted the venue's existing color scheme, they transformed the hotel's already-stunning Grand Ballroom into an enchanting dream. Alternating long and round dining tables arranged with chiavari chairs featured tall, dome-shape vases and wreaths of ivory hydrangeas, lisianthus, orchids and pops of blush roses. Place settings were set with gold and ivory dinnerware and glittery gold place cards. And everywhere you looked, there were candles. "I wanted the whole wedding to glow," Jackie says. The romantic candlelight from various crystal candelabras around the room echoed the ornate chandeliers above the two-story space. But the focal point of the reception had to be the sweetheart table backdrop, gorgeous white draping that spanned the entire back wall of the ballroom. Although Jackie and Donovan planned a super-chic affair, they weren't afraid to have fun with it. For their entrance, their bridal party walked in to "Yeah x3" by Chris Brown. Then Jackie and Donovan walked in to "Look at Me Now." "We ended up dancing with the rest of the bridal party in the middle of the dance floor," Jackie says. Eli Turner Studios captured all the beautiful details and fun moments from the day. 

Elegant Gold, Black and White Wedding Invitations
Jackie carried a bouquet made up of blush roses, ivory ranunculus and white calla lilies.
Jackie wore a strapless, satin drop-waist ball gown by Hayley Paige that featured a stunning ruffled tulle skirt.
Jackie's bridesmaids wore strapless, floor-length dresses in different shades of pink. They carried ivory and blush bouquets that were similar to Jackie's bouquet.
Donovan wore a custom white Alton Lane tuxedo with black lapels and a black bow tie.
The ceremony took place in the ballroom at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, DC. The space was arranged with gold chiavari chairs and a white ceremony aisle down the center. Jackie and Donovan had a traditional Lutheran ceremony and a unity-candle ceremony. The row of candles at the altar echoed the beautiful chandeliers that hung above the space.
Ballroom Recessional Wedding Portrait
Jackie and Donovan entered the reception with their wedding party to the tune of "Yeah 3x" and "Look at Me Now" by Chris Brown.
Lush Escort Card Display
The grand ballroom at the Willard InterContinental was beautifully draped with sheer white linens for the reception. The draping added heigh and dimension to the space, and it perfectly coordinated with the chandeliers and decor.
Cascading Ivory and Blush Sweetheart Table Decor
Crystal candelabras on the reception tables cast a warm glow throughout the space.
Some dining tables at the reception were decorated with tall glass pilsner vases topped with dome-shape flower arrangements. The blush and ivory flower arrangements included hydrangeas, lisianthus and roses.
Gold Place Cards With Gold and Ivory Dinnerware
Ivory Wedding Cake With Blush Cake Flowers
Jackie and Donovan provided their guests with tons of desserts at the reception. This included a chocolate fondue fountain with fruits, donut holes, marshmallows and pretzels for dipping.
Willard InterContinental Sparkler Exit