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From the moment we met, Tim has always held a special place in my heart and my life. We’re a rambunctious, passionate and silly couple with a penchant for ice cream and sightseeing. As proud Washingtonians, we live in the heart of the city and our only regret is not yet having a dog.

We began our freshman year of college up in New England, which is detailed here in our engagement story. Being a bit of a chatterbox and fashionista, in school I gravitated more toward my girlfriends than romantic relationships. During college you’d be hard-pressed not to find Tim at every social function imaginable. Together, we formed a flirty and sporadic but close friendship. After many twists, turns and laughs we turned our companionship into a romance four and change years ago.


I’m a native of Chevy Chase, Maryland and Tim split his time growing up between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and York Harbor, Maine. As a result, we share a mild obsession with crab cakes, boating and anything by the water. Our initial thought when planning our wedding was to celebrate by the shore, which was completely dislodged when we saw the Meridian House. The house is a residential building designed by John Russell Pope, who designed the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art (West Building) and the National Archives. The house is surrounding by historic gardens, and we think it’s just plain magical. It also doesn’t hurt to keep the majority of our planning activities close to home!

Fall might be the busiest season for weddings in Washington, D.C. After getting engaged, we lazily enjoyed two months of calm and saw the Meridian House for the first time last September. And we feel pretty fortunate about our timing; October venues typically book over a year in advance in District, and we were faced with only one or two open fall weekends at each location. An early tip: If you’re getting married in a metropolitan or popular destination location, secure the spot around 14 months in advance – you’ll feel lucky you nabbed your dream location and can rest a bit before moving on to your band, stylists and photographer.

Chrissy Marcum & Duane Tenney

On October 5th we hope that Mother Nature is kind, and plan on a garden ceremony with cocktails in the linden grove followed by intense dining and dancing inside. We quickly learned to embrace a good thing and selected a neutral color palette to mimic the elegance of our site. We’re sticking with pops of ivory, nude, champagne, rose gold and taupe to punctuate the day, thought the best accessory by far will be the bubbly! Our trusted confidants at Simply Chic Events are helping us bring to life a classic, romantic and sophisticated party, the best of which involve at least one drunk uncle, two to three dress tears, buckets of happy tears and loads of sugar.

We are having such a joyful time and are flattered to share some of the details and experiences with the Grey Likes Weddings community. Cheers!

Pippin Hill


Median House image via Realistic Wedding via Engaged to Ever After; all other photos copyright of the author.


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