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A classic gilded summertime wedding on Capitol Hill | Emily + Michael | Washington DC wedding photographers

Summer weddings are my favorite. There's something about the summer sunset that I just can't shake, but outdoor weddings in DC in the summer can be pretty sticky! Michael + Emily's top (and so smart) requirement for their wedding venue? Indoors, with air conditioning! And while it was my first time there, the Capitol Hill Club didn't disappoint. Emily complemented the club's existing gold decor with (DIY!) gilded pineapples, a traditional symbol of hospitality -- and from there, this  wedding just got better and better!

Capitol Hill Club wedding photography

Emily started the ultra-Presidential wedding day just three blocks away at the Capitol Hill Hotel.  Why presidential? As her dad would highlight that night in his speech,  Emily (a Washington) would be marrying Michael (a Hamilton), going from the one dollar bill to the ten dollar bill (and a hit Broadway musical!) in the process. Emily's taste is classic, lovely, with a smidge of pretty and girly, and her bridal details matched that in spades. I just love those rings, and her shoes! 

Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Hotel wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Hotel wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
503 Independence Ave SE Unit 201,
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography

Once Emily was ready, we walked over to the Capitol Hill Club to meet Michael for their first look, right outside. I love his expression when he sees her! So happy!

Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography

From there, we headed to nearby Folger Park for some more portrait snaps, and to meet their family for group photos. Michael's nephew? Totally a little heartbreaker! Who can resist such a charming young man in a seersucker suit?!

Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC

Golden pineapples!

National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography

I actually got to know Michael originally because like me, he's active in the DC urbanist community -- he started a blog called IMBY (in my backyard) DC. Emily's an urbanist, too. So during golden hour, they indulged me with a Metro pylon photo across the street from the Capitol Hill Club. :)

National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
Capitol Hill Club wedding photography DC
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography

The Capitol Hill Club is filled with portraits of past presidents... and for the wedding, Hamilton and Washington party favors!

National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography
National Republic Club of Capitol Hill DC wedding photography

thanks to the wonderful team who made this day come to life

Venue + catering: Capitol Hill Club  |  Hotel: Capitol Hill Hotel  |  Florals: Love Blooms |  Video: eMotion Pictures Wedding Films  |  Photo booth: Prop Stop Photo Booth   |  DJ: Bryan George Music  |  Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

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