With the iconic National Cathedral in the background adding a touch of history and classic romance to the occasion, Mamie and Nick read their vows to one another in the Bishop's Garden.
Romance and simplicity defined Mamie and Nick's wedding ceremony, which took place in the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Unlike most municipalities around the world, Washington D.C. allows for self-officiated weddings, so this couple was able to guide themselves through the ceremony. Not only did their ceremony include the traditional exchanging of vows, but the couple also took a few moments to read letters that had been written by their friends and family, allowing them to feel connected to those who were not able to be there in person.
While many of their human family members and friends could not be in attendance, this couple was able to include their dog in their wedding. Sandy served as an official ring bearer, and was an attentive guest throughout the entire ceremony.
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple retreated to a quiet area of the gardens in order to enjoy a small picnic together that included wedding cake and champagne.
Washington DC Couples Dog Preparing for Bishops Garden Elopement and is ready to walk down the aisle
Two close friends of the couple work to prepare Sandy, the couple's dog, for his walk down the aisle.
National Cathedral Wedding Ceremony Picture of DC bride and groom saying Vows with foliage in bloom at Bishops Garden
Standing amongst the foliage in bloom in the Bishop's Garden, Mamie and Nick are immersed in a world of their own during their intimate wedding ceremony.
Sandy, looking dapper in his floral collar, looks up at his parents and watches them intently during their wedding ceremony.
With Sandy taking pride of place between them, Mamie and Nick exchange rings in the garden.
Now officially husband and wife, Mamie and Nick take a moment to share the love with their beloved dog, Sandy. By including their dog in their wedding ceremony, they were able to create a unique and personal experience.
Holding hands with one another, the bride and groom allow their dog to lead the way as they take a stroll in front of the National Cathedral.
Washington National Cathedral Wedding Cake Cutting after simple ceremony in the garden with an intimate picnic
After the simple ceremony in the garden, the couple enjoyed a fitting reception together — a picnic for two that included a wedding cake and two glasses of champagne.
A DC bride and groom image session at the National Cathedral as they take separate staircases toward the entrance
In this powerful portrait, the bride and groom take separate staircases toward the entrance of the National Cathedral. This image symbolizes the individual paths that led them to the place where they would begin their lives together, as one unit.