Leslie + Adam // Oktoberfest at St. Francis Hall

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Prost to the Newlyweds…

A chance Halloween meeting, at a Capitol Hill dive bar, brought Leslie and Adam together. Little did they know that very spot would eventually serve as the site of their wedding rehearsal dinner just a few years later. 

Both avid travelers, this happy couple planned a European getaway, which included a stop in Munich to celebrate a few days of fun at Oktoberfest - a spot Adam decided was perfect for a proposal. And thus, the idea for #coxtoberfest was born. 

During their Fall wedding, we transported Leslie & Adam’s loved ones to their own personal Oktoberfest tent right here at St. Francis Hall, in Washington, DC.

Their wedding day was filled with nods to German tradition. A much tastier version of the "log-cutting ceremony" with their cake, a mini-barrel tapping ceremony to officially start the reception, an Oompah band playing cocktail hour and a bridal party decked out in traditional German fashion.

Having been fortunate enough to spend two Oktoberfests in Munich ourselves, planning a reprise at home for Leslie & Adam’s wedding day was a truly unforgettable experience! 

My husband and I have said many times over the past year that hiring Katelyn was probably the single best decision we made in planning our wedding, and probably the best value too. She is highly organized, friendly, responsive, and professional, but also goes above and beyond to make sure our wishes and personalities are reflected in her results. I highly recommend Katelyn, in fact I would give more than 5 stars if possible, and will hopefully find an excuse to work with her myself again soon!
— Leslie M.

DC Wedding Vendors:

Planning: Katelyn Miner, The Miner Details
Venue: St. Francis Hall
Catering: RSVP Catering
Photography: Roman Grinev Photography
Lighting & Reception Design: S&P Events
Officiant: A.C. Warden, Capital Ceremonies
Floral: Petal’s Edge
DJ: Phil Kominski, Bialek’s Music
Band: Edelweiss, Bialek’s Music
Transportation: Fleet Transportation
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry

Stephanie + Jimmy // Capitol View Wedding Day

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Red, white & something blue …

Stephanie & Jimmy met as summer interns, almost a decade ago, in their home state of New Jersey. Drawn to the magic living inside the Beltway, Stephanie made the decision to stay in DC after her graduation from American University, and Jimmy followed not long after.

Shortly after Jimmy’s move to DC, he proposed on Steph’s favorite holiday - the Fourth of July - at her favorite place, the U.S. Capitol.

It’s no coincidence that their celebration culminated in a reception at 400 Capitol View, overlooking that special spot. Their wedding day featured elegant nods to their adopted hometown, including hand-drawn table numbers depicting sites around Washington, and a bridal party dressed to the nines in shades of red, white and blue.

Katelyn is an absolute life saver when it comes to wedding planning! In the months (more like year) leading up to my wedding she was always available to bounce ideas off of and helped me pull together all of the details to make a perfect ‘DC Chic’ wedding ... My wedding was the absolute best day ever and I couldn’t have done it without her! I highly recommend!
— Stephanie

DC Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Capitol View at 400
Catering: Corcaran Caterers
Photography: Rosie Omar Photography
Stationery: Maura Whitman
Florist: Bergerons 
DJ: Dapper DJs
Photobooth: Monumental Moments 
Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: Bridal Beauty Associates
Room Block: Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill

Caitlin + Peter // Rustic Winter Wedding

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Love in the room from the floor to the ceiling …

Just days after Christmas, Caitlin and Peter said “I do again” during a beautiful vow renewal ceremony, followed by a picture-perfect reception. Just ask the Father of the Bride, who snapped a selfie during his toast a la Ellen at the Oscars.

Having met at a hometown haunt on Thanksgiving Eve just two years prior, this bride and groom are the definition of a whirlwind romance. In fact, they didn’t even live in the same city until after they said “I do” that first time around.

Love knows no bounds though, and we’re so glad we got to help these two (finally) celebrate in style. From the glowy atmosphere of their ballroom reception, to the rustic details that complimented the season, this gorgeous winter wedding was the perfect way to cap off a fantastic year of planning together.

As someone that is very organized myself, Katelyn blew me away with her ability to plan and execute. From logistics to pep talks, Katelyn covers it all. The best part about working with Katelyn is that she never lets the details and planning take away from the joy of the celebration.
— Caitlin

Katelyn + Alex // A well-traveled wedding day

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You are my greatest adventure …

We debated whether or not our wedding should feature in the portfolio, but in the end, couldn’t resist showing you where it all began.

Our wedding, fondly dubbed “happily ever binder” by my darling bridesmaids was my first real foray into large scale event planning. And, the most fun I’ve ever had.

The countless spreadsheets, daydreams (and sometimes night terrors) about reception details, hours spent carefully curating the perfect Pinterest inspo board and the never-ending stream of vendor email threads brought out in me what I was born to do.

Not only did I find my perfect life partner, I found my calling too.

For our May wedding, we infused the traditions important to our families with personal touches that showcased our story - particularly our love of travel. Our table numbers were named after places we’d visited, our centerpieces featured old-world mini-suitcases and our guest book was a map marking out places of significance on our journey so far.

We had a cookie bar (as Pittsburgh tradition — and my sweet-tooth of a husband — demanded), more hydrangeas than we knew what to do with and a balloon drop on our dance floor.

It’s a day I’m grateful about for so many reasons, and one that filled me with a joy I’ve never known before. And that is what I aim to deliver to the couples I work with now in my role as a wedding planner. An unforgettable day that exudes who they are and that fills them with happy memories that can last a lifetime.