art gallery reception in washington dc


The couple eloped in California over the Thanksgiving weekend, but they wanted to host a reception for their friends and family back in DC. With three months to plan, we helped them pull it all together and throw a party to celebrate their new chapter. 



The rundown: 

Guest Count: 150
Urban Industrial Chic
Dinner: Heavy Hors d'oeuvres by Well Dunn
Budget range: $30,000 - $40,000

Planning and design by Christine

Color palette:

Planner's Notes:

Dan + YJ both have incredibly impressive careers. YJ is a senior international business development lead at Richard Branson's super high speed rail company, Hyperloop One. She was until May 2016, a diplomat for the State Department in Washington, implementing the Iranian nuclear agreement and working toward peace negotiations in Syria. 

Dan was the director of speechwriting for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. He previously worked with Mrs. Clinton on her book “Hard Choices" and "What Happened." Needless to say, they are a pretty cool couple. 

Though they are living in sunny California now, they wanted to come back to DC and celebrate with their family and friends. Well Dunn Catering helped us plan the menu and handle rentals. We brought up Paisley and Jade to create two comfortable lounge areas in the front of the gallery. Amanda Burnette created lush, yet simple, floral arrangements that we scattered on cocktail rounds and Leap Light and Sound covered the gallery with bistro lights to soften the space and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. 

With a room full of political gurus and speechwriters, the majority of the evening was filled with thoughtful prose about the couple and their journey together. There were rumors that Dan's old boss would make an appearance to wish the couple her best. Not only did she arrive in style, but also with her husband in tow. 


Photography: Photoladylove
Venue: Long View Gallery
Caterer: Well Dunn Catering
Florals: Amanda Burnette
DJ: Cam DiNunzio
Lounge Furniture: Paisley and Jade
Lighting: Leap Light and Sound

Christine was absolutely terrific. She’s calm under pressure, easy to work with, has great taste, and made planning our wedding party in DC drama-free FUN. Would recommend her to anyone in Washington or Virginia. With something this important, you really want an ally in your corner who you can trust and rely on — and that’s who Christine was for us.
— Groom, Dan