Congratulations Robin and Jesse

March 18, 2018. Category: anniversary, real wedding

Robin and Jesse wanted to bring the outside in for their wine country inspired DC wedding!

Robin and Jesse…

Weaving together earthy tones with mixed metals and lush greenery created a wedding that was exactly what they wanted – natural, sophisticated, and elegant.

Happy First Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Dymond, we wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

Photography: Bonnie Sen  Florist: Amaryllis

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

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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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Real Wedding – National Museum of Women in the Arts

August 11, 2017. Category: DC Wedding, real wedding, wedding inspiration, wedding planner

We always love when our clients decide on a venue that is quintessential DC and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, is one of them. As we head back there this weekend for our last wedding of the Summer we thought it would be fun to look back at one of our favorite weddings held there.

Erin and Dan first fell in love with the National Museum of Women in the Arts shortly after they started dating, so when Erin and Dan made a shortlist of wedding venues, it naturally made it’s way to the top. “The museum is both simultaneously grand and intimate,” the bride said. “The tall ceilings and gold accents throughout the space add a touch of glam while not being ostentatious.” They locked the space in for February 6, 2016 — a date that coincided with the Lunar New Year, so the couple happily included elements related to the Chinese New Year and the groom’s cultural heritage.

With the grand staircase at the NMWA in mind, Erin looked for a ball gown, and instantly lit up when she tried on this Hayley Paige strapless wedding dress, complete with a silk radzmir crossover bodice, a full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces, and a chapel-length train, it was exactly what she had wanted and would be perfect for when she walked down the staircase with her father.

Photography: Sam Hurd   Floral: Edge Floral

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National Wine Day

May 25, 2017. Category: decor, details, escort cards, inspiration, National Wine Day, real wedding

 Did you know that today is National Wine Day? Not that we need a holiday to raise a glass, but it is certainly more fun when we have a good excuse!

We love how this couple’s vineyard wedding in Charlottesville inspired them to use wine bottles as their escort cards, such a fun way for their guess to find their seat.

Photography: Jen Fariello

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Classic Romantic DC Wedding

May 02, 2017. Category: ballroom, classic, real wedding, traditional

For this sweet couple, getting married seemed more eventual than imperative. Even after dating for nearly eight and a half years, and more than enough time to think about it, they didn’t exactly have a vision for their wedding. They definitely knew the ceremony would be traditional – reflective of their shared Jewish values – and they had only one requirement for the reception: it had to be a really fun party! The couple decided on The Ritz-Carlton in Washington DC and their romantic and classic wedding quickly came to life.

The bride and groom incorporated some special details that had a personal touch, from a welcome box full of their favorite treats, to an Ariel & Ben ‘fun fact’ cocktail napkins to delicious late-night snacks and a candy buffet.

Just as they had envisioned, their guests kept the dance floor packed all night making it the perfect celebration!


Photography: Bonnie Sen    Floral: Edge Floral

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