Megan & Jordy’s wedding day was nothing short of a D.C. lovers dream.
I first met Jordy back in 2017, when I was attending a wedding planning conference in Tallahassee, Florida as he was my boyfriend’s (now my husband’s) best friend from college. Jordy is extremely intelligent, witty, and one of the best, most caring and kind humans to walk this earth.
Fast forward to 2019, when Jordy officiated my husband and I’s wedding, with a completely custom ceremony script; that after proof-reading only the first paragraph, had me in tears. Truly, all I read was the first paragraph, and the rest was heard for the first time as we were getting married.
Between mine and Jordy’s first meeting and my wedding, is when I was met Megan. She is equally brilliant, hilarious, a straight shooter (which I absolutely love) and perfect for Jordy.
The two started planning their wedding during the height of the pandemic in 2020, and decided on the Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown as their venue. The Fairmont is a stunning hotel in the heart of Georgetown that encompasses a very modern, elegant design focusing on metallic tones with deep accent colors such as emerald and turmeric.
One of the very first conversations I had with Jordy & Megan when it came to their wedding was that they wanted portraits at The National Mall (yes, the one with the Lincoln Memorial, the Capital…). Which, on a busy weekend in D.C. would need extra time allotted for travel, parking, and the actual portraits, beyond having to fight the crowds.
Their design focused on rich burgundy, paired with crisp whites and organic greens, with both gold and silver accents to tie everything together within their event space.
When the weekend finally arrived, we held their ceremony rehearsal in the Colonnade Ballroom of the Fairmont. Following this, guests boarded transportation provided by BLS Limo Group, to Gatsby, the location of their rehearsal dinner. One of Megan & Jordy’s favorite meals together is ‘breakfast for dinner’, so thats exactly what was served. I don’t know about you, but French toast with a cocktail just hits different, in the best kind of way. The private event space in Gatsby overlooked the Washington Nationals baseball stadium, and proved as great entertainment during dinner, as we were fortunate enough that it was also the night of a home game.
Come wedding day Megan & her wedding party started hair and makeup their suite at the Fairmont with the fabulous Brushed Beauty team. Before long, Mikaela Marie Photography & Paul Kwak Films arrived and began shooting the couples details. Including items such as Megan’s gown, which was an Essence of Australia design purchased from The Bridal Boutique Columbia, in addition to her accessories from Olive & Piper and several family heirlooms; and of course, her bouquet from the oh so talented Floret & Vine.
Once Megan’s details were shot, Mikaela Marie & Paul Kwak went to see Jordy, who was also getting ready on property. One of my favorite things about this couple is their attention to detail, all of which included Jordy’s custom tailored tuxedo that was lined with pictures of him and Megan (made and purchased from Brimble & Clark); in addition to a custom ring box built by a member of their wedding party.
Once we had these two dressed to the nines, we had their first look, and talk about a moment! The Fairmont has this beautiful grand staircase with the most stunning chandelier that runs the entire length of the lobby, containing hundreds of hung gold and silver metallic shapes. With Megan at the top of the stairs, and Jordy at the break, I truly don’t think there was a more perfect spot for this moment. As soon as Jordy turned around (and beyond his jaw dropping at his beautiful wife-to-be) he walked up the stairs to Megan, kissed her, grabbed her hand, and assisted her as they walked down the stairs together. There was not a dry eye in sight!
While all of this was happening, the rest of the Just Us team was busy getting the ceremony set and all of the items for their reception staged. The Colonnade Ballroom has this stunning raised platform in the middle of the space, similar to a white gazebo, and was used as the backdrop in which Floret & Vine covered the columns with viney greens.
As guests arrived they were greeted to the musical stylings of DJ Cubie with Mixing Maryland. Megan & Jordy are big fans of old school hip hop, so for a refreshing twist we played hip hop classics, turned classical covers. The ceremony was performed by Jordy’s sister, Colleen Taggart, and held at the base of the stairs leading up onto the raised platform. Before we know it, Megan & Jordy were breaking the glass, we celebrated in mazal tov, and the two were pronounced as husband and wife!
After the ceremony, guests made their way to the out of the ballroom and into the stunning courtyard at the Fairmont for cocktail hour. Something that Megan & Jordy adored about the Fairmont is the charm of this courtyard. It was eloquently furnished with comfortable yet stylist & modern settees; we had butler passed hors d’oeuvres, heaters, and a top shelf bar to ensure everyone stayed warm on this chilly November night. While guests were enjoying cocktail hour, the Just Us Team in addition to the Fairmont’s banquet team completely flipped the ceremony space into their luxurious reception- all while our newlyweds took their family and wedding party portraits. After such, and something that I always try to schedule just a few minutes for, Megan & Jordy had a first look of their reception space and their reactions did not disappoint!
Before we know it, DJ Cubie was introducing the wedding party, and our new Dr & Mrs. Right after their introduction they went straight into their first dance (which Megan choreographed from her years of prior dance experience). Megan’s father blessed us with a lovely welcome toast which included the “transfer of Megan’s cell phone bill’, and dinner was then served by the wonderful banquet team at the Fairmont. Following dinner, guests enjoyed toasts from the best man and matron of honor, cake topped with dinosaurs (yes, dinosaurs), and parent dances. Megan & Jordy also enjoyed a traditional Filipino money dance, and the Jewish Hora, to celebrate both families cultures. And let me tell y’all, seeing the excitement and happiness on Jordy’s sweet momma’s face as she was hoisted on a chair into the air for the hora is something I will never forget.
Our newest Dr & Mrs, and all of their friends and family then danced the night away, to top off the most magical of D.C. wedding days, and I truly couldn’t have been happier to be a part of their planning journey and fabulous wedding weekend; and of course, to have them as close personal friends.
Love the Just Us Weddings Team