If weddings are special, then second weddings are twice as special! I can’t say that for all second weddings but in the case of John and Dominique (second wedding for both) it was for sure! A beautiful and completely unique space, family members helping out with the wedding program and the reception and a great atmosphere throughout made for a magical evening.
The Mansion on O near Dupont Circle is actually five townhouses which have been joined together to form a totally unique hotel/reception space/art gallery. One of the owners of the mansion is on the board of directors for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland so the space is filled with guitars, autographed photos and memorabilia from the likes of The Beatles, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Esperanza Spaulding, Prince, and countless others. There’s artwork every where including one very expensive looking painting just sitting on the floor of the elevator!
Dominique planned most/all of the ceremony which included cellists (one a family member) and an a vocal soloist. A cocktail hour followed in the adjacent room and the music included Frank Sinatra, Jon Hendricks, Van Morrison, Carla Bruni and Louis Armstrong.
The first dance was “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole. A lovely dinner followed and the rest of the evening felt like a really elegant all ages dinner party. Ages ranged from 2 to 70 and between them John and Dominique brought five children to the reception.
Musical highlights of the reception were Al Green’s “Lets Stay Together”, Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” and “No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool which turned into an impromptu kids’ breakdancing session! “The Brady Bunch Theme” was also played as a special nod to all kids getting a new family on this special day!