When we were contacted to photograph the Inauguration Luncheon at the Trump Hotel in Washington DC, we were very excited not only for the historic event but for the chance to shoot inside of this amazing building. The transformation of what was once The Old Post Office building
is absolutely stunning inside and out. (Throw in a champagne cart and some celebrities and we have the hottest new hotel in DC!) The luncheon was in the Lincoln Library Room and the guests ranged from senators to military heroes. The event started with a cocktail hour followed by lunch and dessert. The overall feeling of the event was the Republican victory, but the main purpose was to have Lyette Reback from Believe With Me speak about her organization. Believe With Me is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping out America’s Gold Star families – those who have lost a loved one in the service of our nation’s military – by renovating homes, providing Christmas Gifts and so much more. We also got to hear from ‘Gold Star Mom’ Karen Vaughn on how they just built a brand new home and the amazing interaction with Lyette and her team. The mood swung to solemn and mournful as everyone listened and realized how much these families experience and how much these heroes give. The host, Nancy Pickard, wrapped up the speeches and summarized the amazing work being done. She thanked her guests for coming as dessert was served and the historic luncheon continued.