Decatur House on Lafayette Square

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05/03/2021
Decatur House Fall Wedding

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Happy Earth Day from the Decatur House Courtyard 🌎🌍🌏 #earthday
04/23/2021

Happy Earth Day from the Decatur House Courtyard 🌎🌍🌏 #earthday

Happy Earth Day from the Decatur House Courtyard 🌎🌍🌏 #earthday

#tbt to this beautiful king’s table in the Carriage House. Whether you use rounds, king’s or farm tables (or a combinati...
04/15/2021

#tbt to this beautiful king’s table in the Carriage House. Whether you use rounds, king’s or farm tables (or a combination!), the versatile Carriage House will look stunning for your special event #dcevents #dcvenue #dceventvenue

#tbt to this beautiful king’s table in the Carriage House. Whether you use rounds, king’s or farm tables (or a combination!), the versatile Carriage House will look stunning for your special event #dcevents #dcvenue #dceventvenue

Don’t mind us, we are just obsessed with our flowers in the Courtyard and English Garden 😍🌸🌺🌷🌻🌼
04/09/2021

Don’t mind us, we are just obsessed with our flowers in the Courtyard and English Garden 😍🌸🌺🌷🌻🌼

Don't wait! The deadline for our summer promo is almost here!Safely celebrate summer in DC at Decatur House! Take advant...
04/05/2021

Don't wait! The deadline for our summer promo is almost here!

Safely celebrate summer in DC at Decatur House! Take advantage of a limited time discounted rental rate on our eight (8) hour block of time. For more details email [email protected] or [email protected]
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Don't wait! The deadline for our summer promo is almost here!

Safely celebrate summer in DC at Decatur House! Take advantage of a limited time discounted rental rate on our eight (8) hour block of time. For more details email [email protected] or [email protected]
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#dcwedding #decaturhouse #loveislove #dcweddingphotographer #brides #grooms #dcweddingplanner #covidwedding #dcweddingvenue #smallweddingsdc #HCTGvenue #decaturhouse #decaturhousewedding #historichome #historicvenue #dcevents #dcweddings #washingtonianweddings #stylemepretty #washingtondc #dcweddingflorist #dcweddinginspo #dccatering #dmvevents #dceventplanner #reopensafely #outdoorweddings #miniweddings #microweddings #dceventvenue

03/31/2021

A moment of zen from the Courtyard 🌸
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#dcweddinginspo #dcweddingvenue #dcweddingplanner #dcvenue #dceventvenue #historicvenue #outsidevenue #hctgvenue

Have you checked out our Pinterest page lately? We've organized and added pins to help you get inspired for your wedding...
03/29/2021
Weddings @ decatur house

Have you checked out our Pinterest page lately? We've organized and added pins to help you get inspired for your wedding here at Decatur House! #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue #dcweddingplanner #dcweddingphotographer #outdoorwedding #outdoorweddingvenue

Discover decaturhouse's collection, Weddings @ decatur house

Cheers to the weekend, beautiful weather and gorgeous spring flowers! 😎🤩💜 #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue
03/26/2021

Cheers to the weekend, beautiful weather and gorgeous spring flowers! 😎🤩💜 #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue

Cheers to the weekend, beautiful weather and gorgeous spring flowers! 😎🤩💜 #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue

😍😍😍😍 with Simply Breathe Events Darling Photographers Rocking Bird Flower Co. #decaturhouse #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue #...
03/23/2021

😍😍😍😍 with Simply Breathe Events Darling Photographers Rocking Bird Flower Co. #decaturhouse #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue #dcweddingplanner

Spring has officially sprung and I’m trying to figure out how I ever lived these past few months without sun and blooms. Time to ditch these coats and catch some rays ☀️. Photo cred: @darlingphotographers // Florals: @rockingbirdflowerco #simplybreatheevents #dcweddingplanner #purplewedding #decaturhouse #decaturhousewedding

#tbt to a fantastic dinner in the Carriage House. We are eagerly awaiting when we can safely have large gatherings once ...
03/18/2021

#tbt to a fantastic dinner in the Carriage House. We are eagerly awaiting when we can safely have large gatherings once again! #reopensafely #safeevents
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#Repost @cgandcoevents with @get_repost
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Simple classic and just pretty table design for B+L’s reception. Photo @amydeputy | Band @bachelorboysband | Rentals @dcreventrentals | Catering @spilledmilkdc | Strings @cherryblossomstringquartet | Hair & Makeup @amiedeckerbeauty | Florals @edgefloraleventdesigners

#tbt to a fantastic dinner in the Carriage House. We are eagerly awaiting when we can safely have large gatherings once again! #reopensafely #safeevents
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Simple classic and just pretty table design for B+L’s reception. Photo @amydeputy | Band @bachelorboysband | Rentals @dcreventrentals | Catering @spilledmilkdc | Strings @cherryblossomstringquartet | Hair & Makeup @amiedeckerbeauty | Florals @edgefloraleventdesigners

Safely celebrate summer in DC at Decatur House! Take advantage of a limited time discounted rental rate on our eight (8)...
03/15/2021

Safely celebrate summer in DC at Decatur House! Take advantage of a limited time discounted rental rate on our eight (8) hour block of time. For more details email [email protected] or [email protected]
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#dcwedding #decaturhouse #loveislove #dcweddingphotographer #brides #grooms #dcweddingplanner #covidwedding #dcweddingvenue #smallweddingsdc #HCTGvenue #decaturhouse #decaturhousewedding #historichome #historicvenue #dcevents #dcweddings #washingtonianweddings #stylemepretty #washingtondc #dcweddingflorist #dcweddinginspo #dccatering #dmvevents #dceventplanner #reopensafely #outdoorweddings #miniweddings #microweddings #dceventvenue

Safely celebrate summer in DC at Decatur House! Take advantage of a limited time discounted rental rate on our eight (8) hour block of time. For more details email [email protected] or [email protected]
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#dcwedding #decaturhouse #loveislove #dcweddingphotographer #brides #grooms #dcweddingplanner #covidwedding #dcweddingvenue #smallweddingsdc #HCTGvenue #decaturhouse #decaturhousewedding #historichome #historicvenue #dcevents #dcweddings #washingtonianweddings #stylemepretty #washingtondc #dcweddingflorist #dcweddinginspo #dccatering #dmvevents #dceventplanner #reopensafely #outdoorweddings #miniweddings #microweddings #dceventvenue

What a beautiful day in DC! 😍☀️🌸🌺🌷🌻🌼
03/09/2021

What a beautiful day in DC! 😍☀️🌸🌺🌷🌻🌼

What a beautiful day in DC! 😍☀️🌸🌺🌷🌻🌼

Hello Spring ☀️🌞💛 We missed you!! We are so excited that the days are getting longer and the flowers will start to bloom...
03/02/2021

Hello Spring ☀️🌞💛 We missed you!! We are so excited that the days are getting longer and the flowers will start to bloom soon!🌻🌼🌸🌺
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#Repost Bohemia Events + Design with @get_repost
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One of the things a great wedding planner can’t do? Control the weather, although we really REALLY try. ⠀

Laura + Mike’s wedding day skirted the weather line all day, I don’t think I’ve ever paid closer attention to the weather on a wedding day than I did on their day. A big rain came through and stopped JUST in time for us to set their ceremony outside. The wedding and weather Gods were on their side.⠀

You’d never know we had any worries looking at this photo of their al fresco reception! Double tap if you wish we could control the weather! ⠀

Photo by Jennifer Bosak Photography // Venue @decatur_house_rentals // Florals by Cedar and Lime Co // Lighting by Frost Lighting // Rentals from Select Event Group

Hello Spring ☀️🌞💛 We missed you!! We are so excited that the days are getting longer and the flowers will start to bloom soon!🌻🌼🌸🌺
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#Repost Bohemia Events + Design with @get_repost
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One of the things a great wedding planner can’t do? Control the weather, although we really REALLY try. ⠀

Laura + Mike’s wedding day skirted the weather line all day, I don’t think I’ve ever paid closer attention to the weather on a wedding day than I did on their day. A big rain came through and stopped JUST in time for us to set their ceremony outside. The wedding and weather Gods were on their side.⠀

You’d never know we had any worries looking at this photo of their al fresco reception! Double tap if you wish we could control the weather! ⠀

Photo by Jennifer Bosak Photography // Venue @decatur_house_rentals // Florals by Cedar and Lime Co // Lighting by Frost Lighting // Rentals from Select Event Group

#safeevents #saveevents Mayor Bowser Governor Larry Hogan Governor of Virginia Reopen Safely!! Events in Washington, DC ...
02/23/2021

#safeevents #saveevents Mayor Bowser Governor Larry Hogan Governor of Virginia

Reopen Safely!!

Events in Washington, DC bring in over $1 billion in estimated tax revenue annually to the city.

Currently, DC is actively losing events to Virginia, Maryland, and other states.

Events need more time to plan: i.e. if the permissible capacity of restaurants changed tomorrow, establishments would be able to handle and manage changes easier than the events community. Events need more runway to plan.

Increased capacity at venues is the starting point to get the whole industry back to work.

The DC event industry is READY and WILLING to do whatever we have to move on to the next steps.

🚨How to do this safely🚨

☑️The events industry is prepared to re-open while following all COVID-19 compliance guidelines from the city.

☑️Most venues, planning/producing companies, and catering companies have a COVID compliance officer on staff.

☑️Venues have made adaptations of their facilities to accommodate reopening guidelines.

☑️All vendors have adapted to accommodate COVID-19 compliance guidelines.

☑️The events industry is inherently creative and will introduce event adaptations to fit the new guidelines.

#washingtondc #dcevent #dcevents #dceventscoalition #dceventvenue #dceventpro #safeevents #dcweddings DC Events Coalition

Love is love. We hope that on this Valentine’s Day you feel the love because you certainly are loved 💜💜 .....#Repost @im...
02/14/2021

Love is love. We hope that on this Valentine’s Day you feel the love because you certainly are loved 💜💜
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So far, this is one of my favorites from Jenny and Nate's wedding at Decatur House. Classic and lovely 👰

Speaking of doors (see our last post 👉) we absolutely love the front door to the Decatur House. This grand entrance is p...
02/09/2021

Speaking of doors (see our last post 👉) we absolutely love the front door to the Decatur House. This grand entrance is perfect for guest entry and photos! #decaturhouse #dcwedding #dcweddingvenue
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Going into this weekend like...

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📸 @theobservatorydc

Venue (and one of the most fab doors in DC) @decatur_house_rentals

Wedding Planning 🙋🏻‍♀️😉 / @eleganceandsimplicityinc

#decaturhouse #dcweddingplanner #microwedding

Our grand French doors that connect the Carriage House and Courtyard are perfect for a grand entrance ✨#weddingwednesday...
02/04/2021

Our grand French doors that connect the Carriage House and Courtyard are perfect for a grand entrance ✨#weddingwednesday #decaturhouse

With Sugarplum Tent Company Something Vintage Rentals The Ociana Group @susangagecaterers on IG

Wedding planning can be stressful no matter what. If you need some extra help navigating all the ins and outs of plannin...
02/03/2021
Magnolia Bluebird design & events

Wedding planning can be stressful no matter what. If you need some extra help navigating all the ins and outs of planning, we recommend checking out the guide below. You can't go wrong with expert advice by the amazing Magnolia Bluebird design & events! #dcwedding #dcweddingplanner #dcweddingcoordinator #dcweddingvenue #decaturhouse

We know navigating the ins and outs of the wedding planning world can be a bit challenging. We were thrilled to work with our friends over at Washingtonian Weddings to create this handy guide to help you figure out if you need a planner, design, coordinator, stylist or all of the above! Let us know if you have any questions.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2021/01/19/from-our-guide-wedding-planners-designers-managers-what-do-they-do/

#tablescapetuesday transports us directly to summer! With all of the gloomy DC weather ❄️we have been having we are read...
01/27/2021

#tablescapetuesday transports us directly to summer! With all of the gloomy DC weather ❄️we have been having we are ready for some ☀️🌞
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#Repost Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design with @get_repost
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Chic Summer setting!! A perfect al fresco celebration staged at the historic Decatur House with Magnolia Bluebird design & events 📷 @jodiandkurtphoto @decatur_house_rentals #amaryllisinc #eventdesign #eventdecor #floraldesign #stagingandstyling #tablescape #smallbusiness #alfresco #dcevents #weareevents #dceventscoalition #teamamaryllis

#tbt to this gorgeous celebration that has us looking forward to when we can have all of our friends and families togeth...
01/22/2021

#tbt to this gorgeous celebration that has us looking forward to when we can have all of our friends and families together to celebrate life’s wonderful moments in the safest possible way 💛
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Michele Hodges Events Sugarplum Tent Company Occasions Caterers @williamthomasfloral on Instagram @stevecanpix on IG

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Lovely wedding this weekend with a great family !

We are honored to be named, yet again, one of Washingtonian Weddings best wedding vendors! To be recognized and included...
01/13/2021

We are honored to be named, yet again, one of Washingtonian Weddings best wedding vendors! To be recognized and included in a list of the best event professionals in the Washington D.C. area is such a huge honor. Thank you to Washingtonian Weddings and our event partners who made this possible. We miss you and can’t wait to create timeless memories with you once again soon!

#motivationmonday has us daydreaming of gorgeous flowers just like this stunning centerpiece by @David Beahm Experiences...
01/11/2021

#motivationmonday has us daydreaming of gorgeous flowers just like this stunning centerpiece by @David Beahm [email protected] with yummy bites from Occasions Caterers displayed in the historic Decatur House. Check out Carats and Cake for more images from this wedding with an all-star event team!
Planning: Evoke Design & Creative photography: @AbbyJiu on Instagram
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@occasionscaterers created the ultimate spread for Lily & Brad's #DCWedding -- Planner @evoke_dc -- Photography @abbyjiu -- Flowers @davidbeahm -- Lighting John Farr Lighting Design

01/04/2021

Happy New Year! 🎆

We hope you & yours had a healthy and joyous holiday!

We are excited to jump-start 2021 with one of our favorite things - Cherry Blossom inspiration!!! Check out the stunning wedding that Washingtonian Weddings featured below 👇
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Vendor Team: Photography: Costola Photography; Catering: Spilled Milk Catering; Floral: LynnVale Studios, llc Cake: Bakeshop; Planning and Entertainment: Black Tie Entertainment; Late Night Bites: District Doughnut, Hair & Makeup: Georgetown Bride; Grooms Attire: Suitsupply; Groomsmen Attire: THE BLACK TUX; Bridesmaid Attire: Bella Bridesmaids; Bridal Gown: @elliesbridal on Instagram and Choreographer: @champlifestyle on Instagram

#washingtonianwedding #dcwedding #cherryblossom #washingtondc #decaturhouse #historicvenue #historichome #weddinginspo #dcweddinginspo #dcweddingphotography #dcweddingplanner

The White House Historical Association’s Special Events Department wishes you & yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday ...
12/23/2020

The White House Historical Association’s Special Events Department wishes you & yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday filled with joy, laughter and love!
The White House Historical Association offices and the historic Decatur House will be closed for the winter holidays from 12/23 at 5:00pm and will reopen at 9:00am on Monday, January 4th for normal business hours. If you need to reach us, email [email protected] or [email protected] and we will get back to you after the break.
We look forward to connecting with you after the holiday. ❄️

This beautiful parquet flooring and wood representation of the great seal of California was installed in one of the Deca...
12/21/2020

This beautiful parquet flooring and wood representation of the great seal of California was installed in one of the Decatur House upper parlors, duly named the California Room, between 1872 and 1874. When General Edward Beale and his wife Mary Beale purchased the property in 1871, the couple made several changes to the interior of the home including adding this striking parquet flooring.

Photo credit: @whitehousehistory White House Historical Association

As a part of the Decatur House collection, “Diana and her Handmaidens” is displayed in the upper level parlors of the hi...
12/19/2020

As a part of the Decatur House collection, “Diana and her Handmaidens” is displayed in the upper level parlors of the historic home. Historians believe the painting was completed ca. 1800 by an unknown painter in the school of Jacques-Louis David, a painter who embodied the style known as Neoclassism. This painting is just one treasure you will find in the Decatur House collection. We encourage you to visit our Digital Library to see and learn more about the objects on display. Go to the link in our bio for more information.
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Photo credit: @whitehousehistory White House Historical Association

It is likely that General Edward F. Beale acquired Utagawa Kunitsuru’s series while living and working in California. At...
12/16/2020

It is likely that General Edward F. Beale acquired Utagawa Kunitsuru’s series while living and working in California. At that time California was the country’s primary port for Asian trade. It is estimated that they came to Decatur House sometime between 1872 and late 1873. Previously the panels, which depict the seasons, were originally displayed as wallpaper.
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To learn more about each panel visit our Digital Library and the article by History Fellow Sarah Fling (link in bio)
Photo credit: @whitehousehistory White House Historical Association

One of early Washington D.C.’s most sophisticated rooms, the front hall of the Decatur House is a brilliant example of B...
12/13/2020

One of early Washington D.C.’s most sophisticated rooms, the front hall of the Decatur House is a brilliant example of Benjamin Latrobe’s work. Latrobe was the architect behind the Decatur House, Capitol and St. John’s Church across H Street. These beautifully carved doors are part of the front hall’s rear apse covered by a semidome. The curved doors were made specifically to fit the lines of the apse, the semi-circular recess leading toward the Grand Staircase of the home.

Photo credit: @whitehousehistory White House Historical Association
Check out more Decatur House details by visiting the link in our bio 👆

Many of the objects on display at Decatur House belonged to the Beale family, the last private owners of the home. Inclu...
12/09/2020

Many of the objects on display at Decatur House belonged to the Beale family, the last private owners of the home. Included in this impressive collection is a beautiful ornate mirror. The mirror features a carved wooden frame with a large eagle finial at the top and is located in the living room of the Decatur House. Inscription on the back reads “To Gen. E. F. Beale (sic) by his old shipmate, Francis Garland, a Mexican veteran and one of the Old Cumberland Crew”
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For more information on this and other objects from the Decatur House collection, visit link in our bio.

Photo credit: @whitehousehistory White House Historical Association

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1610 H St NW
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Metro: Farragut West (Orange), Farragut North (Red) Metro Bus Accessible (visit wmata.com for routes)

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