Surprise Wedding Ceremony at Lupo Verde and Union Market in Washington, DC | Sara and Garrick

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Sara and Garrick were keeping a pretty big secret. They told their friends and family that they were having an engagement party at their favorite restaurant, Lupo Verde, but they were actually planning a surprise wedding! A few close friends and family members were in on the plans, but the majority of the guests had no idea. I don’t know how they managed to keep the secret through all of their planning!

I loved every minute of this day – from the family portraits at Union Market to the flash mob dance that kicked off the wedding ceremony. I’m so glad I got to be a part of it!

 Groom getting ready at The Darcy Hotel in Washington DC
 Bride getting ready at The Darcy Hotel | Washington DC Wedding Photography
 Family photo while getting ready for the wedding | The Darcy Hotel

Garrick, Sara, and Sara’s daughter Charlotte all got ready that morning at The Darcy Hotel. I loved seeing how sweet Garrick and Charlotte were together!

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 Bride and her daughter in the lobby of The Darcy Hotel | Candid DC Wedding Photography
 Bride and groom in the lobby of The Darcy Hotel | Washington, DC Wedding
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 Hanging out in the lobby of The Darcy | Candid Washington DC Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography

From the hotel we headed over to Union Market to take photos by the Never Give Up mural and heart wall!

 Wedding photos at the Never Give Up mural at Union Market | Washington DC Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
 Bride and groom photos at the Never Give Up mural and heart wall at Union Market | Washington DC Wedding Photographer | Megan Rei Photography
 Bride, groom, and daughter photos at the Never Give Up mural and heart wall at Union Market | Candid Washington DC Wedding Photographer
 Candid wedding photos at Union Market heart wall | Washington DC Wedding Photography | Megan Rei Photography
 Union Market DC Wedding Photos | Dress by Carol Hannah | Suit by Suit Supply
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This is Garrick's go-to photo pose - "prancing deer." I mean I can see why, it's so graceful.

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 Union Market Roof Sign
 Walking down the street at Union Market | Photojournalistic Wedding Photography

While Sara waited in line for coffee, Charlotte checked out all the tiny plants at the shop nearby!

 Tiny plant at Union Market DC
 Getting coffee at Union Market | Documentary Wedding Photography in Washington DC
 Getting coffee at Union Market | Documentary Wedding Photography in Washington DC

Instagramming and making a very important decision - choosing a wedding hashtag.

 Getting Peregrine Espresso coffee before the wedding ceremony
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 Crossing the street at Union Market | Lifestyle wedding photography
 Crossing the street at Union Market | Lifestyle wedding photography
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Just two doors down from Lupo Verde is Ice Cream Jubilee, so we stopped in for some ice cream before the guests started to show up!

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 Lupo Verde entrance
 Wedding date
 Business cards for Lupo Verde
 Candid photo at Lupo Verde before the surprise wedding
 Bride and daughter getting ready before the guests arrive
 Greeting guests at the engagement party/surprise wedding | Documentary Wedding Photographer in Washington DC
 Greeting guests at the engagement party/surprise wedding | Documentary Wedding Photographer in Washington DC

These are the exact stools that Sara and Garrick sat at on their first date! They also joked that this might have been where Garrick was sitting when he first swiped right :)

 Bride and groom sitting at the stools where they sat on their first date
 Documentary style photos at a surprise wedding at Lupo Verde
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 Bride laughing with her best friend | Candid and documentary wedding photography in Washington DC
 Wedding guests hugging on 14th St | Washington DC Wedding
 Wedding guests hugging on 14th St | Washington DC Wedding
 Outside patio of Lupo Verde | Setting up for the surprise wedding ceremony | DC Wedding Photographer

Sara and Garrick are good friends with the owners and all the staff at Lupo Verde, so I made sure to get photos of them too! They worked hard all day and threw an amazing party!

 Bartender pouring wine for wedding guests at Lupo Verde | Candid Wedding Photography
 Staff preparing the Prosecco for wedding toasts
 Waiter at the door of Lupo Verde
 Appetizers before the wedding ceremony | Documentary Wedding Photography in Washington DC
 Behind the bar at Lupo Verde | Candid Photography in Washington DC | Megan Rei Photography
 Charcuterie appetizers at Lupo Verde for the engagement party and surprise wedding
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And here comes the flash mob dance! It began upstairs in the far corner of the restaurant, and people filed in to lead all of the guests downstairs and out to the patio.

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 Wedding guests joining the flash mob conga line
 Lupo Verde staff watching the flash mob and surprise wedding
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 Bride and groom join the conga line as everyone heads out to the patio for the wedding ceremony

Once all of the guests were out on the patio, the big reveal happened! I loved all of the reactions.

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 Emotional groom during the wedding ceremony at Lupo Verde
 A sweet glance from the bride during the ceremony | Documentary Style Photography

When you get married on 14th Street, you’re going to get some extra wedding guests :)

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The toasts from family and friends were so perfect - a good balance of laughter and tears :)

 Bride and groom toasts on 14th Street
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 Photo of Lupo Verde with wedding guests on the outdoor patio
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And we'll end this blog post with another prancing deer.....

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Venue: Lupo Verde

Getting Ready: The Darcy Hotel

Portraits: Union Market and Ice Cream Jubilee

Dress: Carol Hannah and BHLDN

Suit: Suit Supply