Dave + Marissa

10.28.17 | Washington, DC

The Details

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart

Georgetown University
37th and O Streets Northwest
Washington, DC 20007


About Dahlgren Chapel

Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart is situated, literally, at the heart of Georgetown’s campus and is the center of Catholic life at the University. Georgetown opened in 1789 and Dahlgren was completed just over 100 years later in 1893, becoming the first building on campus funded entirely by external philanthropy. Elizabeth Wharton Drexel and John Dahlgren, whose father helped General Sherman capture Savannah for the Union during the Civil War, donated the funds.

The chapel recently underwent renovations, but it still looks much the way it did when it first opened its doors. Pay particular attention to the vaulted ceilings, the stained glass windows, and -- descended from the ceiling above the altar -- an iron cross, which has some pretty serious history on its own. It was re-discovered in the basement of Healy Hall in 1989 and is inscribed with "ad perpetuam rei memoriam," which translates from Latin as "may this be eternally remembered." It is believed to have been carried by ship from England to St. Clement's Island and St. Mary's City of the Maryland Colony by the Jesuits, which means it would have been present at the first Roman Catholic mass said in English-speaking North America.

Because of that backstory, it was used in a mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Basilica of the National Shrine in late September 2015 when he visited Washington, D.C., his first mass in the United States as Pope.

Getting to & FROM the Ceremony

We’ll have Georgetown University shuttles to and from the ceremony, leaving The Dupont Circle Hotel at 2:00 p.m. sharp, and then returning to the hotel -- where all of our festivities will take place -- at the conclusion of the ceremony. The shuttles will be dropping hotel guests off at Georgetown's front gates, where two of our ushers will meet you and direct you to Dahlgren Chapel. The shuttles will then be at the front gates after the ceremony to transport you back to the hotel.

But if you decide to travel on your own, simply have your cab/Uber/Lyft arrive at the front gates (37th and O Streets NW), walk to the main entrance of Healy Hall (right under the clock tower) and go straight through the building into Dahlgren Quad.

If you're DC-based or taking a cab/Uber to the ceremony on your own, you're welcome to hop on the return shuttles to the hotel for cocktail hour to avoid having your own vehicle the whole time. As mentioned below, there will be a little bit of time between the end of the ceremony and the start of cocktail hour (6 p.m.). 

If you're driving yourself, you may also park on campus in the lot below the Southwest Quad via the Canal Road entrance to the University, which is a short walk from Dahlgren Chapel. Georgetown is situated on a hill, so the campus is on different levels -- there is an elevator in the Village C West building that takes you up to the level of Dahlgren. If at any point you get lost, just ask a student or pretty much anyone walking around campus/the area.


Friday, October 27

10:30 p.m. - Welcome Drinks; Bar Dupont, on the ground floor of The Dupont Circle Hotel

Saturday, October 28

2:00 p.m. - Shuttles leave The Dupont Circle Hotel for Dahlgren Chapel

3:00 p.m. - Wedding ceremony

4:20-4:30 p.m. - Shuttles leave Georgetown for The Dupont Circle Hotel 

We anticipate that you’ll be back at your hotel after the ceremony between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Feel free to relax, change, freshen up, have a drink at the bar, or all of the above until Cocktail Hour begins at The Dupont Circle Hotel

6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour; Foxhall Room and the adjoining foyer

7:15 p.m. - Reception; Dupont Ballroom (across the hall)

11:00 p.m. - After Party; Bar Dupont, which is inside The Dupont Circle Hotel and just around the corner from the reception


On your response card, we ask that you indicate your choice for the evening's main course: beef, fish, or pasta. Here are additional details on those selections: 

Beef - 8 oz. USDA Prime grilled filet mignon, royal potatoes, asparagus, red wine demi-glace

Fish - Irish salmon, celeriac puree, beluga lentils, baby kale

Pasta - Burrata ravioli, sun-dried tomato coulis, basil essence

In order to allow all guests, including parents, an evening of relaxation we have chosen for our wedding reception to be an adult-only occasion. We hope this advance notice means you are still able to share our big day and will enjoy having the evening off!