The Details
Ceremony Herb Garden
Reception Meadow
Photographer Tony Powell

Family-only ceremony in the Rose Collection followed by a party in the Meadow.

Review from the Bride:

The National Arboretum was the most perfect place to get married. It is the most gorgeous, scenic and natural space Washington DC has to offer. While spacious, it’s a hidden gem in the Capitol. Covid was an ongoing and constant concern for us and safety + comfort levels of our guests. The outdoor space gave us peace of mind with the added benefit of not having to worry about the perpetual mask on/mask off mandates du jour. That being said, for intimate and safety sake we opted for a small family ceremony in the herb garden followed by a tented reception in the meadow to include our best of friends. A perfect indoor/outdoor option. I’d usually subscribe to more being more but the space is already so plush and gorgeous you don’t need to kill yourself over added decor. It would be like bringing sand to the beach. (I’ll note: Sidra Forman did our flowers. Bouquets, installations around catering, centerpieces etc. – They were beyond stunning – and you can NEVER have too many flowers) With our wedding being in the fall- the sun starts to set a little earlier so we paid a lighting company to have the columns lit up – it was worth every penny. They glowed in the distance and set a dreamy / historical mood. Made for the most romantic and special photos too!! Natalie and her team are responsive, professional, offered creative solutions at every turn – provided great vendor suggestions and all around were a delight to work with. My excitement and concerns were always mirrored by Natalie and team. I felt as though we were mutually invested in the wedding and the outcome was equally important to them. I could not recommend this venue any more. I feel so very lucky to have had the opportunity to get married at The National Arboretum and start our lives together surrounded by such beauty. A sincere thank you to all.

The Vendors

Caterer: Occasions Florists: Sidra Forman Tent: A Grand Event Band: Will Gravatt Band Bride Accessories : JENNIFER BEHR Wedding Dress for Ceremony: Lein Studio Wedding Dress for Reception: Oscar de la Renta Lighting: AtMO Designs