Claire + Sam // Winter Glow at the Hotel Monaco


Swipe right for happily ever after …

On one fateful evening in 2014, a simple swipe on a phone screen forever changed the course of history. And out of match on Tinder, an epic love story - the CLAM love story - began.

Flash forward a few years, and technology played a role in Claire & Sam’s proposal too. In fact, it delayed it a few weeks since an emergency fix to a broken laptop took over the agenda for the day Sam had planned to pop the question. When it happened though, it was perfect, and it was time to start planning a high energy celebration of everything that makes this couple so special.

During their January wedding, we transported Claire & Sam’s loved ones to their own personal version of Narnia right here at the Hotel Monaco, in Washington, DC, that not even a government shutdown could put a damper on.

Their elegant navy and gold color scheme was a perfect compliment to the striking quince branch centerpieces and cozy bookworm touches that completed the tablescapes.

Best of all, their wedding day was filled to the brim with personal touches - my favorite thing! From dino cake toppers, to photos & short stories thoughtfully written about some of their most memorable travels together. From the delicious chocolate favors from the groom’s hometown, to glow-everything on the dance floor, we worked to put as much of Claire & Sam’s personalities into their day as possible, and oh what a joy it was to witness!

Katelyn took our busy schedules, abstract ideas, and made them into a beautiful wedding! We hired Katelyn on a Tuesday and by Thursday she had a list of potential venues for us. She had great checklists for us to use as we assessed our vendors so that we’d be thinking of the right questions and identifying what was important to us. She was the perfect balance of keeping us on track and respecting our busy work schedules.
— Claire O.

DC Wedding Vendors:

Planning: Katelyn Miner, The Miner Details
Venue & Catering: Hotel Monaco
Photography: Kelly Walsh Loss Photography
Lighting & Photobooth: Bialek’s Music
Floral: Petal’s Edge
DJ: Brent Peterson, Bialek’s Music
Ceremony Music: String Along, Bialek’s Music
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Beauty Associates
Wedding Cake: Baskin Robbins, Woodley Park