Countryside of England to DC, The wedding to remember!

August 31, 2016

Cristin and Piers planned for an elegant wedding in the countryside of England.   One double-booked English venue later came the necessity of a Plan B.  Cristin and Piers arrived at the brilliant, albeit last-minute decision to have their wedding in Washington DC, closer to family.  Thankfully the Anglophile couple’s favorite English band was able to travel.  Being in the design industry coupled with extensive travel led the couple to an old-world-meets-contemporary-luxury aesthetic for their wedding.

The Anderson House was the perfect venue to marry sleek modern design with antique flair.  The Anderson House is rich in architectural detail.  This served as a pleasing counterpoint to the light and airy color palette and florals.  Cristin designed the all-white paper suite herself as well as the C+P monogram used throughout the decor.  Cristin’s stunning Oscar de la Renta gown was complimented by her Grandmother’s white gold and diamond bracelet.

Thankfully Plan B in this case was not second best.  Cristin and Piers got ready on separate floors of Cristin’s Grandmother’s nearby home.  Guests danced the night away and exited to monogrammed sugar cookies as they sent the couple off with sparklers.  Cristin and Piers’ wedding was a fully charged celebration of a love that has already learned the importance of improvising!

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Photography:  Amelia Johnson Photography   Coordination:  Atrendy Wedding  | Venue:  Anderson House Bride’s Dress:  Oscar de la Renta  | Groom’s Attire:  Salvatore Ferragamo  | Catering:  Ridgewells | Pastries:  Marina Karina Cakes Cake:  Marina Karina Cakes Stationery:  Bliss and Bone Floral Design:  Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs  Hair Styling:  Julie Jackson Stylists | Band:  Brit Pack Bride’s Shoes:  Jimmy Choo Ceremony Music:  String of Pearls Trio Lighting:  Bialeks Music | 

Showers & Parties- What is OKAY…

August 29, 2016

As you all know, during the wedding planning process, there is more than just one big event. Several small events greet you along the way, like your bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party and more! We tried to break it down for you….

  1. Who hosts the bridal shower? Anyone from the bridesmaids to the mother of the bride to the mother of the groom can host a bridal shower. In any case, the hostess should consult with the bride about the guest list, because shower guests should also be invited to the wedding. *Keep in mind, that it is nice for the mothers to host this event, since it can become costly for your bridal party.
  2. Can you dictate what type of shower you would like? It’s a good idea to discuss the shower with bridesmaids—or whoever is hosting—but avoid demands, especially those that dictate the budget.
  3. Do you need to play games at a shower? No way! You can get creative with showers, everything from cooking classes to mixology classes to just a nice cocktail party.
  4. Do you have to open gifts at a shower? Totally up to you and the host! Sometimes it can be painful and embarrassing, not the mention long. You aren’t doing anything wrong if you skip this portion of the event.
  5. Who hosts the bachelor/bachelorette party? Normally the best man/maid of honor will put the plans together for the fun weekend! Lots of brides and grooms like to include other girlfriends invited to the wedding, so be sure to get that list from the bride and groom.
  6. Do you have to go away for your bachelor/bachelorette party? It is always smart to cater to your audience. Although, you might want a trip, not all your friends might be able to afford it! Be thoughtful and smart. The most important thing is that your surrounded with people who want to celebrate you! View More: http://rianerobertsphotography.pass.us/gardenbridalshowersubmission

Credits

  • Diane Roberts Photography

Hay Adams Wedding of Evan and Katie

August 24, 2016

After a dazzling proposal under the 4th of July lit sky, Evan and Katie were married at the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams Hotel on October 4th, 2015. The two met by chance at the dog park and were introduced by their ‘fur babies’, Gus and Harley. Their big day was one that will never be forgotten. Having lost her mother at a young age, it was very important to Katie to weave in her mother’s vibrant spirit into as many aspects of the wedding as possible. She was the inspiration behind a lot of the beautiful moments that everyone experienced that day. The venue choice was easy as the couple wanted to be married somewhere patriotic. Evan is an American hero, having served in Iraq in Korea and is currently enlisted in the US Army at The Pentagon. Katie is a South Carolina native, so there is a lot of Charleston influence on the food, flowers, and décor. Since the two met in Washington DC, The Hay Adams was the perfect choice.

After being escorted up the aisle by her Dad to Here Comes the Sun played by an acoustic trio led by Phil Kominski and his wife, Katie and Evan were married overlooking the White House by their best friend. The altar held two colorful flower pieces, and Katie’s late grandmother’s prayer book that was carried by her on her wedding day in the 1940’s.

The Top of the Hay was then transformed into a vibrant wonderland with gorgeous freshly picked garden inspired flower arrangements. Each dinner plate was adorned with a Camellia leaf from the bride’s father’s award winning South Carolina garden. After a tear-jerking toast by the father of the bride, the guests enjoyed Pierogis, a tilt to the bride and groom’s Polish heritage, and then delicious Southern fried chicken followed by a cake that looked too beautiful to eat. The signature champagne cocktail was named, ‘Mama Bott’s Bubbles’ after the Bride’s mom.

Then it was time for the Lloyd Dobler Effect to make some noise. The couple had their first dance to Van Morrison’s, Crazy Love. Guests boogied all night long to the live band playing everything from Phil Collins to Snoop Dog while enjoying Moscow Mules from the hockey inspired ice luge (a gift from the bride to the groom). Family and friends enjoyed photo opps with the magnificent back drop of the White House. The night was truly filled with the most magnificent energy, love. Everything was absolutely perfect.

 

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Event Planner: Simply Chic Events | Florist: Philippa Tarrant | Ceremony + Reception Location: Hay Adams Hotel | Rentals: DC Rental | Photographer: Taken by Sarah Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Kendall’s Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Lloyd Dobler Effect |

 

Credits

  • Taken by Sarah Photography
    Sarah and Ben

UrbanExec Socks

August 22, 2016

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Founded upon the style needs of the modern professional, UrbanExec Socks provide men with sure-footing on their ascent up the corporate ladder.

As men opt for the clean lines of designer suits, and office culture ditches the daily necktie, there are few ways to accessorize without being over-the-top. UrbanExec Socks decided there was an important element missing from today’s businessman attire: stylish, comfortable, premium dress socks.

Whether heading into a client meeting, grabbing drinks after work, or catching an early tee time, the naturally wicking nylon microfibers keep on-trend colors vibrant with a beautiful sheen; while the luxury Performance Skin™ ultra comfort fit and innovative fiber blend keep the mid-calf fit snug all day without any crouching or folding. UrbanExec Socks is proud to be made in the USA. Take it from the pros at District Weddings, they are amazing. Our DW grooms can’t stop raving, including my very own groom!

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Boutique Wedding with S+D

August 17, 2016

Stephanie and Dion got engaged while on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina – the couple were bike riding near the water when Dion popped the question.

In planning their wedding, Stephanie and Dion incorporated a bunch of DIY and personal details, including a hand-calligraphied chalkboard seating chart and a shadowbox “guest book” in which the guests were asked to pin words to the bride and groom.   Stephanie’s sorority sisters performed a song and dance for her during the reception, which got the party started!

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Coordination and Chalkboard Signs – Hello Love Weddings | Florals – Saivita | Venue and Catering – Trummer’s On Main |

 

Credits

  • Lissa Ryan Photography

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