This past Saturday Kelsea and Louis tied the knot at Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC, in front of their closest friends and family. Not only did they have a beautiful spring day for the celebrations, but they also got to take some of their wedding photos across the street at the National Portrait Gallery. Every detail showcased their elegant DC style, and I loved how it all came together! Shoutout to Jorian at A. Griffin Events for planning the day perfectly, from start to finish.
Kelsea and Louis met at work as interns seven years ago and starting dating the following year. When Louis planned a sweet proposal, they were living in Manhattan. He rented a car and drove Kelsea up to Poughkeepsie where he proposed on the bridge overlooking the river and valley. Afterwards, they celebrated at a local winery and had dinner back in the city!
Since then, Kelsea and Louis have been busy planning a beautiful wedding in DC and finding the most epic locations for their NYC engagement session last fall. Including meaningful details was extra important to these two, and it really showed! Kelsea tied her grandmother’s sapphire ring onto her bouquet, and she also pinned a piece of lace from her grandmother’s dress to her own wedding gown. It’s always my favorite when family legacies are included in the day.
Kelsea also had her two sisters and new sister-in-law as her bridesmaids. I had so much fun getting to know all of them! The whole wedding party did an amazing job during portraits at the National Portrait Gallery as well. So many visitors to the gallery wished Louis and Kelsea congratulations as we wandered around taking photos, making the afternoon even more special.
All of the toasts were right on point. From tears to laughter, they had all the bases covered. Kelsea’s dad even surprised her with a special song during their father/daughter dance! And their unique wedding favors are one of my favorite ones yet. They had custom hot sauce labels designed by Emily Baird Design, and a sign saying, “Thanks for spicing up our night!” Needless to say, they were a hit with everyone. (Scroll down to see for yourself!)
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. McCracken! I wish you so much happiness as you start on this adventure together. Thanks so much for trusting me to capture such a special day!