I just adore this bride’s timeless style, and I love it even more knowing that she wore her grandmother’s I. Magnin wedding dress from 1963. She and her groom were wed in Washington D.C., and Laura Gordon shot these lovely portraits for them at the Capitol.

Elizabeth’s “something blue” was a lace-edged handkerchief embroidered with her name in blue thread.

Says the bride, “Our absolute favorite part of the day was when we first saw each other from down the aisle. At that moment we both felt completely relaxed.”



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  From the beginning we knew we wanted to have an intimate gathering that captured the feeling you have when you’re at a great dinner out with friends and family. We started by looking for great restaurants that had a private space large enough to fit our guests. We settled on Charlie Palmer Steak because of the wonderful food, beautiful atmosphere and location right near the Capitol.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We had a traditional Catholic ceremony but didn’t feel the need to have a traditional reception with a DJ and dancing. Not having a dance floor allowed us more time to visit with friends and family and helped to achieve the feeling of the intimate dinner we wanted.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Early on in the wedding planning, a friend pointed out to me that a wedding is one of the only times when everyone you love is together, celebrating and supporting you as a couple. At times, when the anxiety of wedding planning wore on me, remembering this would help me focus on what was important.

What advice do you have for other brides?  While your wedding is a celebration of your marriage, the most important people in attendance are your guests. When planning, consider how the event will go from their perspective and be as organized as possible to ensure the day flows well and guests are comfortable. You don’t have to go crazy, but small considerate details will be remembered.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Most wedding guests are looking forward to having a great meal- an investment in a great caterer will really go far to make an event. Great photography is another smart purchase. Wedding photographs will be are shared with family and friends for years to come. A great photographer helps capture the excitement of the day and all the details you spent so much time planning.

Photographer: Laura Gordon / Church: Our Lady Queen of Peace / Venue, catering: Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington D.C. / Vintage Dress Restoration: Orange Resortation Labs / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Earrings: Kate Spade / Veil: Nina / Suit: Tailor Made Man / Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Floral Designer: Sara King, Park Florist / Cake: Balducci’s
  • Timeless Washington D.C. Wedding Portraits

    9 January 2014
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    1. Laura Gordon

      I feel so incredibly honored to see Liz & Brandon’s gorgeous wedding on your blog today! Thank you for the beautiful feature!!!!

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    2. Emilia Jane

      SO BEAUTIFUL Laura!!! Congratulations on the lovely feature <3 XXOO

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