Intimate, patriotic sunrise US Supreme Court elopement | Elizabeth + Daniel

Super excited to share this perfectly-timed elopement on the blog this week! When you get a call from a client in the Florida Keys… who’s planning to come to DC for the Independence Day holiday to elope in a city they love… and who proceeds to trust you entirely in visioning the celebration…. well, this is what you get! And I’m pretty pleased with it, if we’re being honest with ourselves. Elizabeth and Daniel, who you can follow online as the Florida Fishing Couple, are so sweet, so trusting, and so enthusiastic!

I knew from the moment I got off the phone with Elizabeth that she was something special. Every suggestion I made to evoke what she was describing she wanted, she enthusiastically agreed to! When she said she was thinking sunset but was worried about the heat of the day and avoiding crowds, she didn’t bat an eyelash at my suggestion of sunrise instead. When she said she loved the white marble of the monuments, I counter-offered the US Supreme Court, knowing that at sunrise, the direction of the light would be better than, say, the under-construction Lincoln Memorial, and that we’d likely have the place to ourselves. She said it would be just the three of us — no witnesses, no officiant — and I felt honored. I connected her with my gal Brittany of Izzy B Makeup, and she rocked a beautiful updo and fabulous red lip when I arrived well before dawn at the JW Marriott.

I asked after her plans for a bouquet, and she said she wasn’t really sure but 100% embraced the offer when I mentioned I dabble in floral arranging and offered to take care of it. (Yes, I did all those florals myself the day before!) She request red, white, and blue — as their details would be patriotically-themed… oh, and did I mention?!? We did all of this with a 4:30am start time, on July 4th itself. We wrapped up by about 8am, and I sent these newlyweds off to Ted’s Bulletin Barracks Row to celebrate their vows with a DC-favorite breakfast. Elizabeth + Daniel, you’re incredible and I wish you all the happiness!

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The couple, who are frequent travelers, grabbed a suite at the JW Marriott. Watching the sun come up down Pennsylvania Avenue felt intimate, quiet, and so special.

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Elizabeth honored the tradition of “old, new, borrowed, blue” with this beautiful old beaded handbag, her fabulous jeweled blue stilettos, this borrowed bible from a dear friend, and her killer new wedding dresses. (The short number she saved for dinner on the town that night!)

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As the couple headed up the stairs to the now-closed grand entrance of the Supreme Court building, we had the place completely to ourselves. I hung back just out of earshot while these two shared the emotionally-charged vows they’d written for one another.

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After that first kiss, it was time to rock some Supreme Court portraits! The US Supreme Court is hands down my favorite “federal Washington” place to photograph in DC — over any of the monuments, over the US Capital, anything!!

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