Gelila & Zewerede | National Museum of Women in the Arts Wedding | Washington, DC


Gelila and Zewerede chose to consecrate their marriage in a sacred space where they could “borrow” the purity of Christ, suspended above their union in a perfect blue-skyed fresco. The Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church recognizes that beauty is fundamental to understanding God’s love of creation and the ornate interior exquisitely expressed the joy of the couple’s initiation of life together.

Haloed by stained glass, Gelila and Zewerde each bore a ceremonial crown solidifying their roles as King and Queen of the new household. Saints oversaw the proceedings, celestial attendees in this merging of many worlds: physical, emotional, spiritual.

The Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church interior wedding ceremony
Wedding rings and blessings for Orthodox wedding
Bridesmaids with garden rose bouquets at the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
Bridesmaids celebrating at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

'Orthodox’ translates to “true praise”, a theme that winds seamlessly into a sacred space of another nature: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, selected to be the couple's Washington DC wedding venue. Twin themes of overcoming social adversity and achieving an eternal legacy link the energy of church and museum.

The couple embracing at The National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington DC wedding venue
The National Museum of Women in the Arts wedding venue
The bridge with rose bridal bouquet, groom, and groomsmen
The bridge and groom posing together at The National Museum of Women in the Arts wedding

At the head table, the couple clinked shining champagne flutes arranged on velvet taupe linens. A silhouette of candlelit monet glasses sprawled across the table like a mountain ridge sunrise.

Illuminated by alcoves of light, guests partook in a shared meal reminiscent of another iconic mystical supper. Greenery splashed down in delicate curls in the candle wall, connecting nature with society. A single rose head dozed on every napkin in invitation to join this holy garden of heaven, earth, and love.

The couple at the head table backlit by candle wall
Dining table with garland, roses, and monet glass at wedding venue
Candle and greenery wall at the wedding reception at The National Museum of Women in the Arts event design project
Aerial view of the dining table and floral design with floating candles
The couple dances at the wedding venue in Washington DC

Beneath the intimate lighting, florals seemed to glow with a baroque nuance. The coral, ivory and peach color scheme brought a certain delicateness to the impact of a striking black wedding cake. Garden roses and spray roses nestled with Salal and Italian ruscus stood dramatically in gold vases.

Floral design of guest tables at The National Museum of Women in the Arts wedding venue
Rose centerpieces for wedding
Black wedding cake with roses
The bride reacts to the sight of her wedding cake
Black wedding cake at The National Museum of Women in the Arts wedding
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Above, gilt chandeliers hung star-like with rings of tapering candles accompanied with special effect room lighting by The LightSource Company In the dreamy radiance, they could've been the silent avatars of those fresco saints.

Wedding reception at The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Couple dancing at Ethiopian wedding
Couple dancing at The National Museum of Women in the Arts wedding venue
Wedding at The National Museum of Women in the Arts

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