Congratulations Catherine and Chris

November 04, 2018. Category: anniversary, DC Wedding, gallery wedding, modern wedding

This lovely couple enjoy exploring “the real DC,” so a modern venue in their favorite neighborhood was a priority Long View Gallery  provided the perfect backdrop to allow them to include details that reflected who they were as a couple.

Caroline and Chris wanted to make sure all of their guests felt as if they were entertaining them in their own home.

Live music, outstanding food and great cocktails were very important.

They included elements in their cocktail hour that originated from their childhoods: lobster rolls from Chris’ home town of Gloucester, MA, chips and seven layer dip as part of a long running family joke for Catherine.

They also picked craft beers from locations that were special to their relationship, to reflect their first date. Chris and Catherine also both love cheese and charcuterie, so they included a large cheese bar in the cocktail hour, and family-style charcuterie boards at each table during dinner. Their wedding felt intimate, warm and welcoming exactly what this couple wanted!

Happy First Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Hayes

We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and many more days exploring your favorite city!

Photography: Eli Turner    Floral Design: Sweet Root Village

See more of their modern gallery wedding featured on United With Love 

 

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Congratulations Blaine and Justin!

October 28, 2018. Category: anniversary, DC Wedding

The groom proposed on a cool night in January in the middle of a beautiful pine forest on his farm. He had a candlelit path to a small area next to the lake with hundreds of lights hung up and a love seat next to a blazing fire with hot chocolate ready.

In the moment he asked Blaine to marry him, Justin pulled a string that uncovered a large lit up “Marry Me?” letters behind them – He literally lit up the whole forrest!

So it was only fitting that this adorable couple’s wedding invitations included vintage  postage stamps of pines and a wedding full or endless and gorgeous greenery.

One of the couple’s favorite memories of the day was when they each messed up their vows and the entire room erupted in laughter.  It completely lightened the mood and put everyone at ease!

They opted to forgo the traditional sit-down dinner and assigned seats for themed food stations (raw bar, Italian, etc) and a combination of community tables, high tops and low tops.  This allowed their guests to eat, dance and wonder when and wherever they wanted.

They also knew they wanted to forgo the traditional cake for Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Happy First Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Fitchett!

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

Photography: Abby Jiu    Venue: The Ritz-Carlton    Floral Design: Amaryllis 

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Congratulations Betsy and Rachel

September 30, 2018. Category: anniversary, DC Wedding, fall wedding, garden wedding, real wedding, Washington DC

Betsy and Rachel wanted their wedding to be personal and romantic with an industrial feel and the The Ritz Carlton Georgetown had the exact aesthetic that they were looking for — exposed brick, enormous windows, steel beams and a beautiful garden for their outdoor ceremony.

Gravitating to darker and richer tones, the couple created custom navy and copper wedding invitations by Flourishing Penguin 

Navy and copper details were threaded throughout their wedding decor and accented with lavish greenery and gorgeous floral arrangements by Highway to Hill 

The couple wanted to include their three cats and a dog in their wedding day since they couldn’t be there, so they named a signature drink after their fur babies!

Happy First Anniversary Betsey and Rachel we wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

Photography: Lissa Ryan Photography  

See more of this sweet couple’s wedding feature on Love Inc Magazine 

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Congratulations Jermaine and Scott

September 16, 2018. Category: anniversary, DC Wedding, fall wedding, real wedding, weddings

This handsome couple wanted a wedding that was “classic and elegant without pretense,” so they chose the Meridian House—a historic D.C. home known for its impressive European-style architecture for their gorgeous September wedding!

This dapper duo arrived to their wedding, in a 1964 Rolls-Royce with a eucalyptus garland. Amaryllis Floral & Event Design covered the doorway 
with white Tibet roses, smilax vines, bush ivy, and eucalyptus creating a stunning backdrop to welcome their guests.

Their intimate garden ceremony focused on family: Scott entered with his sisters, and Jermaine with his mom – each chose a sibling to be his “best person.”

After the couple exchanged emotional vows, guests enjoyed cocktails in the property’s grove of linden trees, then moved indoors for dinner.

The couple wanted a “romantic but modern” reception, so they opted for pillar candles on risers, chic tableware, and tall beveled glass vases filled with flowing white dendrobium orchids (along with other mixed florals).

The couple’s chic invitation suite by Cheree Berry Paper was inspired by the gilded mirrors, gold trim, and architecture of the Meridian House.

 Marigold & Grey created welcome boxes that showcased “their story,” popcorn from Scott’s home state of Iowa, Mississippi cheese straws for Jermaine, gourmet chocolates from their home in Washington D.C., homemade “Ted’s Tarts” from their favorite comfort food restaurant, and of course, a Beyoncé cookie, because they’re big fans and even chose “Halo” as the processional song for their ceremony!

Happy First Anniversary to one of the loveliest couples we have had the pleasure of knowing!

We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and many more adventures.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography

See more details of this adorable couple’s wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

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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

Check out more photos from this event in our Portfolio Section!

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