Classic Black Tie Wedding at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

March 24, 2019. Category: anniversary, black tie, classic, uncategorized

This sweet couple had a spectacular wedding day even though every unexpected thing that could happen, did. Luckily for us Jen and Jamie took everything in stride and they had the perfect wedding day despite some aforementioned hiccups!

Wishing you both very happy first anniversary!

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After scouring the DC events calendar, Jen and Jamie decided March 24th, 2018 was the perfect day to have a wedding in DC. There were no “scheduled” events, the weather would be great, and the Cherry Blossoms were sure to be in full bloom. They booked their venue – the Andrew Mellon Auditorium – right in the heart of Washington, DC. A few weeks prior to their wedding date, the unfortunate reality set in that snow was in the forecast and the largest anti-gun march ever would be the same day!

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The week prior to the wedding, two funny things happened. First, one of Jen’s bridesmaids unfortunately had the wrong wedding date planned. She was leaving for Tokyo for her spring break that Sunday. And guess what? She wasn’t supposed to return until a week and a half later. Jen says she learned just how strong their friendship was when the bridesmaid said she’d fly back early from Tokyo to be there for the big day!

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Second, the Monday before the wedding, the couple learned all streets surrounding the Mellon Auditorium would be closed until 6:00 pm on their wedding day. This meant their 5:00 pm wedding ceremony couldn’t happen until 7:00 pm when the streets were open.


The road closures meant no vendor trucks could get near the Mellon Auditorium on Saturday; everything needed to be at the venue by Friday. This included everything from tables and chair to flowers… and a refrigerated truck (guarded by an overnight security guard) with all of their food!

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Within two days, they collected email addresses for all 235+ guests, and notified them via Paperless Post about the last minute schedule change. Thank goodness for technology – everyone noted the change and they were good to go! After the 5” of snow hit and completely shut down DC that Wednesday, they thought nothing else could possibly go wrong and they were right – everything after Wednesday was perfect.


Saturday evening was filled with delicious food, tasty cocktails, and amazing music and dancing.

Happy Anniversary Jen and Jamie

We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and adventure!

Photography: Eli Turner Floral Design: Edge Floral

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A Very Married Christmas!

December 22, 2017. Category: anniversary, black tie, DC Wedding, holidays, luxurious, real wedding

With the Christmas holidays so close, we can’t help but dream of last year’s amazing winter wedding! Read more about all the details from this real DC wedding below or pop over and check out more photos from their big day in our portfolio section.

When Griffith and James got engaged, Griffith knew she wanted a white winter wonderland celebration!

Out-of-town guests were welcomed at the hotels with lavish welcome gifts featuring a collection of the couple’s favorite snacks: his, hers and ours nuts, Popped Republic’s popcorn, sugar cookies decorated with the couple’s crest and a silver snowflake ornament in a custom “Married Christmas” muslin bag. The welcome note was hand painted by Happy Menocal.

The ceremony was a lovely, traditional service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown. Lush white flowers with bright greenery from the church’s flower guild set the stage for the special event. The bride walked down the aisle in her stunning Oscar de la Renta gown carrying a bouquet of lily of the valley and white lilac. The bridesmaids wore ivory separates: high-low taffeta skirts and cashmere embellished sweaters. The groom and groomsmen looked dashing in their black tuxes, with the groom standing out in his lily of the valley boutonniere.

Guests bundled up after the ceremony for their shuttle over to the reception at a private DC club. They were greeted by carolers dressed in festive, holiday attire.

Once inside, the guests found their hand painted escort cards on the entry table which was covered in a custom hand stamped green and white patterned linen. The cards were displayed on a collection of heirloom silver trays, collected by the mother of the bride, and interwoven with greenery and magnolia blooms.

Sipping on the signature “Good Tidings” cocktail, guests mingled while a string quartet played holiday classics by the fire.

For dinner, guests were invited up the stairs past the club’s enormous Christmas tree, decked in white and gold ornaments. Upstairs, the tables, flowers and decor showcased the white winter wonderland – huge white floral arrangements mixed with white taper candles in vintage silver candlesticks, custom monogrammed napkins featuring the bride’s initials, silver candy dishes with white and green chocolate candies and personalized menus topped with the couple’s hand painted crest designed by Happy Menocal. Each guest’s chair also held a vintage botanical print, wrapped in green velvet ribbon and secured with a wax seal featuring the couple’s initials. The bride and groom’s table held a pair of glittered bunnies, a symbol of their Easter time engagement.

A ball of mistletoe hung over the entrance to the ballroom, creating a perfect welcome to the night’s festivities. The band was set on a custom stage that matched the wood paneling in the room with a backdrop of a festive tree, twinkling and glowing as they played.

The couple cut their all white wedding cake, covered in white sugar flowers, and then hit the dance floor. Later in the evening, guests donned santa hats and reindeer antlers. Mini hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches were passed to dancing guests and a back room opened, revealing an amazing dessert display. Snowflake sugar cookies, gingerbread men and peppermint bark surrounded a storybook gingerbread castle. A hot chocolate bar was set with snowflake shaped marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate curls, cinnamon donut holes and cookie straws. Guests could prepare a cup and take it to go in cups emblazoned with the couple’s crest.

At the end of the night, they were sent off through a path of sparklers to their antique white Bentley. For anyone craving a last late night bite, DC Slices was on hand with pizza to make sure no one went hungry. It was a spectacular event!

All photos by Kate Headley

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Congratulations Allison and Doug!

August 29, 2016. Category: anniversary, black tie, classic, timeless, traditional

The Top of the Hay, at The Hay Adams Hotel was the perfect backdrop for this couple to host their timeless black tie affair! With its French doors leading to the wrap-around balcony with a commanding view of The White House, iconic Monuments, and the Potomac River, they knew it was the perfect spot for their reception. With a beautiful custom save the date that told a bit of their story from the Beach to D.C. from Cheree Berry Paper they were able to add some personal and unexpected details to their classic and traditional wedding.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. DuShuttle on your first anniversary!

We wish you a lifetime of Love, Laughter and Happiness!

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Photography: Jodi and Kurt Photography  Florist: Edge Floral

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