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Weddings are all about planning. Once a date is set and vendors secured, you then spend the next six months to a year finalizing details. Elopements on the other hand, are a bit different. Though they can involve being planned out way in advance, they are often done in a shorter time frame. These two planned out their elopement in a very short period and even made some details happen on the day! See how a last-minute elopement is planned in Washington, DC and why it can still turn out to be AMAZING!
I’ve shot at the LINE DC Hotel in Adams Morgan from many angles and for different stages of the wedding day. It’s been used for anything from getting ready to a sunset rooftop elopement. The LINE DC is an all-inclusive wedding venue that truly has an endless supply of spaces to capture your day!
Navika and Kyle knew they wanted to elope in Washington, DC but they were completely flexible on the location. Flexibility is so key when planning to elope, particularly for a last-minute elopement! What sold them on this location was the fact that they could book it quickly and that it had a great view. The LINE DC perfectly provided all that they needed with a view of Washington, DC as the backdrop to their ceremony.
You should also choose a venue like the LINE DC that incorporates everything you love into your day–including your fur baby! It is one of the few hotels that does not charge an additional pet fee. The couple’s dog, Kobe, could be part of the wedding day and stay with them too! Another pet-friendly hotel in the DC Metro Area that I would recommend is Revival, a boutique hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.
The bride got ready in one of the hotel rooms joined by Kobe and her two closest friends. The vows then took place on the rooftop followed by fun photos taken on the epic staircases found in the front lobby and entrance (see below!). The hotel boasts a classic, simple style that I would recommend for anything from larger weddings, elopements, bridal sessions, engagement, and boudoir! You especially can’t beat the LINE DC rooftop for your ceremony!
The bride decided to hire hair and make-up artists through an app called Glamsquad. You can book any beauty service and they come directly to you! By selecting your date and region, they match you with an artist that fits your needs. Glamsquad services the entire DC Metro Area! It can be very difficult to book a hair and makeup artist for a last-minute elopement so Navika was very happy with Glamsquad’s results!
Another down-to-the-wire decision that worked out was getting a cake! Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, DC came in strong to save the day! An OREO cookie cake was the only cake option left that day and it ended up being such a fun flavor for them! They loved it!
I am 1000% for including your pet on your wedding day! That’s why I always encourage choosing a pet-friendly wedding venue like the LINE DC! I see my own pups as part of my family, so I believe very strongly about incorporating them into your day. This couple even had an adorable pup groomsmen outfit so that Kobe really looked the part! You can make it work so that your pet is included in your wedding!
While it can totally work to do a guest-free elopement adventure, these two opted to have a few of their closest friends in attendance. Their guests ended up playing key roles in their elopement day success! The bride’s best friend, Jen, was literally THE best that day! She put together Navika’s bouquet, Kyle’s boutonniere and used some additional florals to decorate the top of the cake!
Having friends present also provided someone to watch Kobe and give him little breaks to just be a pup! They also stuck around to watch the ceremony from afar as the couple exchanged vows. Later that evening, the newlyweds rented some bar space and were able to spend time with friends as another great way to keep others involved.
I captured Navika and Kyle’s engagement session a few months back in Washington, DC. Before their session, they kept saying how awkward they usually appear in photos. As you can see, they were completely wrong! We had such a fun time together!
They knew that they were going to elope somewhere in Washington, DC, and that they wanted to keep things just for them and a super small group of friends. And of course, Kobe had to be included!
The couple loved, “Just how stress-free everything was. I feel like we were both able to really enjoy our day and it was truly just about the two of us (and our dog!). Our elopement was exactly what we wanted!”
Yours can be too! Tell me all about the elopement day that you are dreaming up!
Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Cake | Buttercream Bakeshop
Venue | the LINE DC Hotel
HMU | Glamsquad
Dress | Lovely Bride (designer Sarah Seven)
Earrings | Mejuri