Getting Ready for a Wedding at The LINE DC | Jessica and Brendan Washington DC Photographer

Bride and groom standing next to each other and laughing | bride standing behind groom with her chin on his shoulder | Brooke Michelle Photography


February 20, 2023

Jessica and Brendan had a super unique day that started with them getting ready for their wedding at The LINE DC. The couple lives in DC, so they wanted to choose locations throughout the city that meant the most to them. They chose different locations for their getting ready space, ceremony, and reception venue, so it was fun getting to capture them at each of these places throughout the day.

Getting Ready for Wedding at The LINE DC

To start the day, they decided to get ready for their wedding at The LINE DC. Jessica and Brendan loved that the hotel is housed in a 110-year old church and that the rooms are decorated so that they feel more like a home, rather than a hotel. Jessica got ready in her room with her mom and bridesmaid. She wore a flowy chiffon gown with off the shoulder sleeves that was a dream to photograph! She carried a hand-tied, asymmetrical bouquet full of pink and white flowers that was understated, yet elegant. Brendan got ready in his room with his best man and wore a blue suit and tie that looked so vibrant in the photos!

Ceremony on Steps of the Scottish Rite House of the Temple 

After getting ready for their wedding at The LINE DC, the couple headed to their ceremony. Their ceremony location was so unique because it was a building they walked past frequently and admired every time they walked by. They thought it would be perfect for a wedding, so they ended up asking the building for permission to have their ceremony on the front steps. It was a minimalistic ceremony with only chairs set up for the guests to watch the couple exchange vows. I loved getting to take photos at such a unique ceremony site!

Golden Hour Photos

After the ceremony, the couple stuck around to take some photos in the area around their ceremony location. There was an area nearby that had some beautiful trees, stairs, and a fountain where we got to take some beautiful couple’s shots. Once we were done, the couple headed over to their reception. 

Reception at Couple’s Favorite Restaurant 

Jessica and Brendan have been together for eight years, so they have several restaurants that they love in DC. They rented one of their favorites, lapis, for their reception. The restaurant already had some decor, so they chose low floral arrangements for each of the tables. After dinner and toasts, Jessica and Brendan cut their cake which was a white, three tier cake with fresh flowers. After that, it was time to dance. The dance was held in the basement, so it gave off speakeasy vibes. It was perfect for Jessica and Brendan’s small, intimate reception!


Photographer: Brooke Michelle Photography

Getting Ready Location: The LINE DC

Ceremony: Scottish Rite House of the Temple

Reception: lapis

Planner: Janie Kaplan

Florist: She Loves Me DC

Cake: Tansy Massey-Green

Hair: Mariel Jimenez

Makeup: Cynthia Lorena

Wedding Dress: BHLDN – Wtoo by Waters

DJ: Les Talusen

Invitations: Minted

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