Thursday, 28, June 2018

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The Dupont Circle

Leigh & Stephen

When heavy snow blanketed D.C. a few winters back, Leigh Newman and Stephen Acton didn’t hole up at home to ride out the midweek storm -- they went out...on their first date.

After meeting online, the couple connected IRL at Adams Morgan favorite The Diner for a breakfast date that eventually turned into a relationship, an engagement and, of course, a wedding.

Leigh & Stephen

Leigh's Wedding Dress


Leigh and Steve took over The Dupont Circle and Bar Dupont for their September 23, 2017 evening nuptials and reception, saying “I do” in front off family and friends who’d traveled from all 

Leigh & Stephen

over the country to celebrate with them. “Walking down the aisle and seeing all of our loved ones in such a beautiful space was one of the most special moments of wedding,” Leigh recalls.

With so many out-of-town guests attending, it was important for Leigh and Steve to find a venue that set the right tone for the entire wedding weekend. “The hotel is really beautiful and we knew the instant we visited that it was a place all of our guests could have a great time, both on the wedding night and throughout the weekend as hotel guests. It couldn’t be in a better location and has great food.”

Leigh & Stephen

The newlyweds also made sure to incorporate as much of the hotel as possible for the perfect backdrop for their wedding photos. “We both loved taking photos before and after the wedding on the top floor of the hotel. It’s such a perfect location and awesome space". 

And, there’s one thing that could convince them to do it all over: the food. “The tasting was one of our favorite experiences before the wedding,” says Leigh. “The food at The Dupont Circle is delicious, and the staff was so great about letting us try different dishes. It was a lot of fun. Just thinking about it makes us want to get married again! We used The Heights room on Level Nine, and the views and clean decor of the room turned out great in our photos.”

“We had a great experience, so I would definitely recommend the hotel to friends. I was pretty stressed out about the planning process, and David put us at ease with a clear timeline for managing to-do list with the hotel. Overall, the hotel staff was extremely professional, so friendly, and accommodating throughout the wedding planning process. David always had great suggestions and was responsive anytime we had questions. We couldn’t have asked for more!”


Leigh & Stephen

Get to know the happy couple


Hometown: Steve is from Los Angeles and Montgomery Counties and Leigh hails from Asheville, NC. Now, they live near Adams Morgan.

Occupation: We’re both public servants. Steve is a lieutenant in the District of Columbia Fire Department, and Leigh works for the federal government.

Leigh + Steve’s wedding dream team:


Interior & decor: Leigh’s mother
Flowers: UltraViolet Flowers in Georgetown
Hair & makeup: Alina Karaman

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