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RSVP TODAY FOR THE AISLE SAVVY BRIDALSHOW

January 8, 2018

Newly Engaged? Unsure of where to start?

We have just the answer for you!

Aisle Savvy is a one of a kind wedding experience for the stylish, chic, social, and totally unique couple! You will be able to sample hors d’oeuvres from catering vendors, sip creative contemporary cocktails, and even enjoy decadent cake tastings. Don’t worry, there is even a gentlemen’s lounge for grooms to enjoy munchies, local craft beers, pampering and shave products, and more! We will be back next week with even more details. Mark the date now!

What will you be able to experience? 

Guests will be given gift bags packed full of products, special offers and a sleek planning tool.

They can also take part in hair and makeup trials courtesy of the cities chicest exhibitors and relax with massages and manicures at Aisle Savvy’s mini-spa

Event: Aisle Savvy Bridal Showcase

Time/Date: January 21 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Springfield Town Center, 6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA 22150

RSVP HERE

Real Wedding of Tessa and Tom

January 3, 2018

I had a total bridal moment when the church doors opened and it was time for me to walk in.

We love Holy Rosary so much! It is the church that we belong to and have been going to for a few years. It is so beautiful and has such a grand feeling while still being very small. When those doors opened and I saw the church all decorated and everyone staring back at me…it was a feeling I will never forget.

Memorable Moment

One of my favorite moments was when my cousin Jamey sang our first dance song with our rockin’ band, Black Tie.

Hidden, Personal Detail

The details that went unnoticed was most our cookie table. This is a long standing family tradition. While the cookie table goes back longer than anyone in my mom’s family can trace, the actual table, the Lazy Susan itself, is also a family tradition. The table was built as a gift for my parents wedding and has been used in almost every Salvi family wedding since then.

The tradition is that the bride’s family and friends bake all of the cookies to show their support and love for the couple. My family has what type of cookies they are making down to a T. I didn’t even have to ask. As soon as Tom and I got engaged the first thing people said was along the lines of, “Congratulations! Now, we better start baking.”

When I explained our tradition to Tom’s family they jumped right on board – it was amazing! They were as excited about it as my family was. With both of our families and many friends contributing we had over 2,000 cookies! The entire day and night was magical!

Wedding Coordinator: Simply Breathe Events | Photography: Camille Catherine Photography | Wedding Dress Store & Designer: Elegance by Roya / Badgley Mischka | Tuxedos – Tom – Suit Supply / Groomsmen – The Black Tux  | Venue: The Westin Georgetown | Bridesmaids Dresses: Diamonds and Lace Bridal – State College, PA | Florist: Kerr Kreations (Altoona, PA) | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair & Makeup: Style Me Bar | Band: Black Tie, via: Bialek’s Music | Videographer: In Depth | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Transportation: Reston Limousine

Credits

  • Camille Catherine Photography

Aisle Savvy Bridal Experience!

January 2, 2018

Newly Engaged? Unsure of where to start?

We have just the answer for you!

Aisle Savvy is a one of a kind wedding experience for the stylish, chic, social, and totally unique couple! You will be able to sample hors d’oeuvres from catering vendors, sip creative contemporary cocktails, and even enjoy decadent cake tastings. Don’t worry, there is even a gentlemen’s lounge for grooms to enjoy munchies, local craft beers, pampering and shave products, and more! We will be back next week with even more details, mark the date!

Event: Aisle Savvy Bridal Showcase

Time/Date: January 21 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Springfield Town Center, 6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA 22150

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This event is free but you must RSVP in advance

Real Wedding of Allegra and Brendan

December 20, 2017

Sentimental Surroundings

Brendan and I met at the White House as interns seven years ago, and it was important to us to be married at a location that was meaningful to us and close to the White House. As a DAR descendant, I had always had it in the back of my mind as a potential wedding venue, and when DAR was flexible to allow us to mix up the format to be able to dine outdoors, our decision was a no-brainer.

All in the Details

It was also important to us that each detail be meaningful – the family photos, the biscotti, the fact that our minister knew Brendan growing up. We wanted it to be classic and understated but elegant, and we wanted our guests to feel at home. We had so many amazing moments and details, one special moment/fun fact was that our first dance was choreographed by my uncle and godfather, who is a professional dancer and who made it so much fun for us both.

From the Heart

I put a lot of thought into the readings during the ceremony. Since I studied literature, I looked for readings that were unusual – the CS Lewis reading was about learning to love even when things aren’t perfect, and the Pablo Neruda sonnet is a favorite of mine. The Robert Louis Stevenson poem I picked for Brendan, who loves all things Scottish, and for me because he’s a favorite children’s author of mine.

Event Planner: Bright Occasions | Event Catering: Occasions Caterers | Florist: Yellow Door Floral | Reception + Ceremony Location: DAR | Videographer: Mwendo Films | Photographer: Bonnie Sen Photography | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: The Dandelion Patch | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Nightsong via Entertainment Exchange |

Credits

  • Bonnie Sen

Jiayan & Nick – Modern Real Wedding

December 14, 2017

A Personal Touch

We made an effort to have the wedding reflect our personalities and background. Nick’s brother officiated the ceremony, and we weren’t afraid to inject some levity in the form of Game of Thrones references in our wedding program (which was a huge hit).

A set of bright red lanterns, brought by Jiayan’s parents from China, hung in the walkway separating the two main rooms in Long View Gallery. And Nick’s father reclaimed wood to hand make the end tables we used in the main seating vignette.

A longtime friend of Jiayan’s family, who is a skilled Chinese calligrapher, sketched the “double happiness” and “love” Chinese characters that Sarah Drake Design used to create stamps for the gold wax seals for the invitation suite.

The night was also not complete without a champagne bar with all the fixings (Jiayan’s favorite), bourbon bar (in line with Nick’s Kentucky roots), and cake truffles from Momofuku (from which we order regularly thanks to our sweet tooth).

A Bit of History

We like to think of our wedding as a lovely culmination of a series of unexpected events.

For anyone who is a fan of college football, our relationship is heresy – Nick is a graduate of Ohio State University and a lifelong Buckeye fan from the state of Ohio, and Jiayan is graduate of the University of Michigan and a devout Wolverine hailing from the Mitten.

Eight annual rivalry games, two law degrees, a dog, and a move to Washington, D.C. later, we decided to celebrate our unlikely union with our family and friends in a laid-back ceremony in the nation’s capital!

Design + Event Planner: Pam Barefoot | Event Catering: Occasions Caterers | Rentals: Select Event Group +Paisley & Jade | Ceremony + Reception Location: Long View Gallery | Lighting Company: John Farr Lighting 

Photographer:  Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Cake + Desserts: Occasions (cake), Momofuku (desserts) | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker | Favors + Special Details: Truffles, Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Sarah Drake Design | Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ D-MAC, St. Charles String Quartet (ceremony)

Credits

  • Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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