On their wedding day, Jordan Quinn, a government relations professional, and Matthew Canter, a real estate consultant, created a story of portraits of their favorite Washington, D.C., spots with photographer Kate Headley.
“As Maryland locals and now D.C. residents, we wanted the entire weekend to center around our neighborhood,” Jordan says. That meant not only capturing their go-to haunts, but also sharing what they love about The District with their 175 wedding guests. The couple held the celebration at Long View Gallery, an art gallery in an industrial-turned-trendy area known as Blagden Alley, and hosted all the guests’ accommodations at The LINE DC, a modern hotel housed in a former church. They collaborated with their caterer, Occasions Caterers, to serve Uncle Joe’s corn chowder during dinner, and concocted a fig-and-bourbon Old-Fashioned signature cocktail inspired by Matt’s endless search for the "best bourbons in the area."
It all came together with the help of Julie Vieira of Vieira Events. “We had very little parameters around the wedding ‘vision’—we wanted an intimate dinner party feel, despite having 175 people in a room, and a guest-focused evening,” Jordan says. “Julie Vieira helped us make that a reality.”
Steph B and Co. designed the couple's invitation suite, which included an extra special detail: The bride’s sister Shannen, an artist, painted the watercolor pattern that was featured as the main background.
The couple also welcomed each guest with a box of delicious provisions, including their favorite La Colombe draft latte, Route 11 potato chips, and Boxed Water.
Jordan was really excited about her dress. She took her entire family, including her father, along to her first, and only, bridal gown shopping appointment at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. She tried on a total of five gowns, but this ivory crepe gown with a halter neck by Oscar de la Renta was the clear winner.
“This dress was classic and simple, yet totally modern for an art gallery wedding,” Jordan says of her Oscar de la Renta gown.
This dress was classic and simple, yet totally modern for an art gallery wedding.
Jordan accessorized with her mother’s aquamarine ring, Jimmy Choo heels, and a veil from Carine’s Bridal Atelier.
Jordan wanted modern black accents as part of the wedding décor, so her florals featured deep jewel tones, including her bouquet. Her floral designer, Sweet Root Village, put together a mix of garden roses, dahlias, calla lilies, orchids, ranunculus and snowberries in rich colors such as merlot and mauve.
Before the wedding celebration commenced, Jordan and Matt staged photos with their photographer Kate Headley at some of their favorite local spots, including the House of the Temple, a Masonic temple in Washington, D.C.
The couple actually grew up about 15 minutes apart in Maryland, but didn’t meet until a post-college night out at the Town Hall, a popular D.C. bar, with friends. Five years later, Matt popped the question in front of the Washington Monument, a nod to their new life together in The District. “Matt and I took a walk from our U Street apartment down to the monuments, where he completely surprised me,” Jordan says of the proposal. “Our two best friends were there snapping pictures and friends and family celebrated at RPM that evening.”
One motivating factor for wedding planning? Sharing their favorite parts of D.C. with their family and friends. That’s why they chose Long View Gallery, an art gallery in Blagden Alley. It’s a former industrial area-turned-trendy hang out with coffee shops, boutiques, and bars. “It really gave us the opportunity to build out our own vision versus having to adhere to the vibe of a hotel or ballroom,” Jordan says. “The industrial, unfinished yet intimate space was exactly what we needed.”
Jordan’s bridesmaids all picked their own black gowns. “I didn’t want the role of a bridesmaid to become a job for my friends,” Jordan says. She also skipped the traditional bridesmaid bouquet—her girlfriends wore floral cuffs instead.
“We wanted a venue that reflected our neighborhood and city that we met in; somewhat of an empty space where we could build out the vision; and a space that felt like an intimate dinner party with family and friends,” Jordan says of landing on Long View Gallery, a space where they had actually attended events before.
One way the couple created intimacy for their large guest list was to hold their ceremony in the round. A massive floral chandelier hung above the “altar” area, and guests sat in smoky grey lucite chairs.
Jordan and Matt grew up in different religions, so they weren’t particularly traditional about the ceremony. They did, however, honor the idea of the Jewish chuppah. “We still wanted a nod to the chuppah, which represents the home we are building together,” Jordan says of using the floral chandelier as a canopy.
Ceremonies can sometimes be an afterthought. We took a totally different approach. This created way more work, but resulted in an intimate experience for us as a couple and our guests. It was our ultimate highlight of the day
For her vows, Jordan read aloud a letter Matt wrote for her when they first started dating. She admits he didn’t pre-approve her sharing the words, but she felt it most accurately showed who he is. “This letter perfectly sums up how genuine and loving Matt is and has been from day one,” the bride says.
“Ceremonies can sometimes be an afterthought,” Jordan says. “We took a totally different approach. This created way more work, but resulted in an intimate experience for us as a couple and our guests. It was our ultimate highlight of the day.”
While guests sipped signature cocktails—a fig-and-bourbon old fashioned—the event space was flipped into the reception. “A mix of textures including lush darker velvet linens, lucite chairs, wood farm tables, and plenty of candlelight created a modern, chic, intimate vibe for the dinner space,” Jordan says. The couple also skipped a designated dance floor so that the entire room could become the dance party.
“The tabletop itself was a simple modern aesthetic mixing matte plates in linen and black with sleek gold flatware and clear stemware to really allow the carefully selected menu to shine,” the bride adds.
Jordan says that picking out the wines became a fun experiment. She, Matt, and her father blind-tasted a short list of wines available at the venue to choose their favorites without bias.
As self-proclaimed "foodies," Jordan and Matt spent a lot of time curating a menu for the celebration. Hors d’oeuvres included barbecued duck taquitos paired with shots of Modelo beer and blue crab, grapefruit and asparagus in sesame cones, while the main meal featured Uncle Joe’s corn chowder and seared halibut with cauliflower puree. “It was spectacular from start to finish,” Jordan says.
“Put the guest at the center of all your decisions,” Jordan advises of wedding planning. “Your friends and family have supported and strengthened your relationship. Your wedding is an opportunity to both celebrate that relationship and say thank you.”
The couple felt strongly about not having a wedding cake, so they opted for passed desserts including vanilla milkshakes with dulce de leche donut holes, mini apple pies, and rainbow sprinkle ice cream sandwiches.
Without a designated dance floor, Jordan says the party was “boundless” as a live band played. The celebration ended a “major highlight”: late-night snacks of Shake Shack burgers and chicken sandwiches.
Venue Long View Gallery
Planner Julie Vieira of Vieira Events
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Hair & Makeup Hair and Makeup by Claudine
Maid of Honor's Dress Alexis
Mother of the Bride's Dress Rene Ruiz
Groom’s Attire Enzo Custom
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands Boone & Sons Jewelers
Floral Design Sweet Root Village
Stationery Steph B and Co
Music Lucy Black Entertainment
Catering Occasions Caterers
Accommodations The Line DC
Videography Shaking Hands Productions
Photography Kate Headley