Most of their guests were from out of town, so Kevin and Zoe wanted to have their wedding at a hotel for convenience to them. They were looking for a place with some outdoor space for pictures and a cocktail hour, and when the saw the Fairmont, they knew it was perfect. It had just been remodeled, and the ballroom had beautiful skylights. The Fairmont also has a bit of meaning, as Zoe is from Canada and the Fairmont is a historic hotel chain in Canada.
Zoe wore a white strapless silk ball gown from Legends Romona Keveza. Says Zoe of her experience, “I travelled home to Toronto so I could try dresses with my mom. We got it from Kleinfeld Toronto. The dress meant so much to her so I let her pick it out and it was her wedding gift to me. I kept the jewelry very simple and wore a diamond tennis bracelet my father had given me when I was a teenager. I wore blue shoes as my something blue.”
The ceremony was really a highlight of the day. Their officiant, Bill did an outstanding job and took time to get to know the couple and their story beforehand. It was traditional but very personal, and he tailored it to them very well. The also wrote their own vows. The bride, while not usually sentimental, was in tears (as were many of the guests). Each of the couples godmothers did readings, and Zoe’s father walked her down the aisle.
The couple reports one special part of their wedding was how diverse the crowd was. The bride comes from a multicultural background: her mother is from Portugal and her dad is from Jamaica, and she was born and raised in Canada. So many of their friends come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, too. They had everyone there: people from Canada, the US, England, white people, black people, Latinx people, Indian people, Asian people, Middle Eastern people, mixed race, gay, straight, just everything! They felt it a beautiful reflection of being a 21st century couple with all the wonderful diversity surrounding them.
The couple reports that the wedding coordinator at the Fairmont, Bob Mikolitch, was outstanding, doing so much that they didn’t need a week-of or day-of coordinator. And on top of that, since the couple was honeymooning at the Fairmont in Hawaii, he called ahead to them. They treated the newlyweds like royalty there and they had the best trip of our lives. The Fairmont is a special company.
Words by Amber Marlow
Photos by Adam Mason
Photography | Adam Mason Photography
Videography | David Salebe Videography
Venue | Fairmont Hotel Washington DC
Music, Photo Booth, and Lighting | Bialek’s Music
Florals | Violet Gardens
Officiant | Say I Do Your Way
Invitations | Minted
Bride’s dress | Legends by Romona Keveza
Tuxedos | Men’s Wearhouse
Rings | Boone and Sons
Makeup | JKW Beauty
Hair | Alison Harper
You matter. Your story matters. More than materialism or Pinterest ideas. Mason Photography's goal is to create photos that represent your story, not put you in a box. When you see those photos of loved ones and they represent those people so well, that's my goal. Memories lasting forever and telling a story that spans across generations is what this job is really about. I'm Adam, a Washington, DC Wedding Photographer! I was born for meeting people and telling their stories.