Saturday, June 14, 2014, Following Ceremony
Southern Hospitality: 1815 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
After the ceremony, we will celebrate with dinner and dancing! The reception site, Southern Hospitality, is located only a short walk or an even shorter cab ride away. The cocktail hour will begin directly following photos in Meridian Hill Park.
The site is meaningful to us because Kara lived in Adams Morgan for 5.5 years before moving to their current home in the U Street neighborhood and because of the venue’s Southern flair, a nod to Jonathan’s Georgian roots. The laid-back atmosphere is reflective of our wish to celebrate with you in an atmosphere of comfort food and great music!
Why the pineapple? We wondered, as well! According to the University of Central Florida:
American colonists began importing the pineapple from the Caribbean in the 17th century. Due to its seemingly exotic qualities and rareness, the pineapple soon became a symbol of hospitality in early America. Because trade routes between America and Caribbean islands were often slow and perilous, it was considered a significant achievement for a host to procure a ripe pineapple for guests. Similarly, some accounts tell of New England sea captains who, upon returning from trade routes in the Caribbean or Pacific, would place a pineapple outside their homes as a symbol of a safe return.
Due to its association with warmth and friendliness, pineapples in America were often used as the “crowning” piece in large displays of food. Similarly, the pineapple symbol was used frequently in the 18th and 19th centuries to decorate bed posts, tablecloths, napkins—anything associated with welcoming guests. Today, the pineapple remains a fitting symbol for the hospitality industry, and pineapple-themed products still abound. From lamps to candle holders to salt and pepper shakers and beyond, the pineapple motif says “Welcome!”
This is exactly the sentiment we hope to extend to you- WELCOME to our city, our neighborhood, and to sharing this joyful day with us!