New Look, for Carine’s Bridal

December 5, 2016

We are so excited to also share that  CBA is now the new home of Vera Wang, Naeem Khan, and Oscar de la Renta. This is exciting news as CBA just marked its 10th anniversary this month.

After a decade of helping thousands of brides select their dream wedding gown, Carine’s Bridal Atelier has expanded to a new 6,400 square foot location at 1623 Wisconsin Ave NW in Georgetown. The store has also expanded its couture wedding gown collection to include new additions of Vera Wang, Naeem Khan, and Oscar de la Renta.

“We are thrilled to welcome brides to our elegant, expanded new home,” said Carine Krawiec, owner of Carine’s Bridal Atelier. “By nearly tripling our floor space, we can now feature more designer gowns for our brides to choose from. Additionally, our new intimate setting and spacious fitting rooms complete the bridal gown shopping experience both for our brides and their friends and family.”

Want the actual boutique experience? Look no futher! I had the recent opportunity to be a CBA bride and it was the most magicient experience!

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  • Abby Jiu

Organic Wedding with an International Touch

November 30, 2016

Kate and Andrew met in Washington, D.C. in 2013 and were immediately drawn to each other. They dated long distance for two years, before moving in together in New York City. Andrew proposed to Kate while on vacation in Capri, Italy and they began their search for a unique wedding venue that would be the perfect fit for the joining of their large Catholic and Jewish families. Both lovers of art, they were drawn to the Arts Club in Washington, and it was the perfect location for their special day, as Kate is also an art therapist. After their spring engagement session in Central Park, we couldn’t wait for their summer wedding! They shared a first look at the Tudor Gardens before heading to the Arts Club to say I Do. They were married by Andrew’s aunts, and included many family heirlooms and both Jewish and Italian wedding traditions throughout the day. Kate and Andrew had been learning a special tango to surprise their wedding guests with, and when we heard about this at their engagement shoot, we had been anticipating this big reveal for months- all their hard work really paid off!
Event Planning: Caroline Dutton Events | Ceremony + Reception Location: Arts Club of Washington | Florist: B Floral Event Design | Cake + Desserts: Pastries By Randolph | Hair + Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer | Invitations + Day-of Paper: Hand painted by the bride | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DC Synergy – Entertainment Exchange


  • Love Life Images

Natural and Warm Winery Wedding

November 23, 2016

Nothing could ruin this couple’s perfect and unforgettable wedding day…not even rain! The couple had planned for a rain backup plan all along, but as soon as their bridal party started to arrive the rain stopped and they moved the ceremony to the veranda. “Guests created a human aisle for us to walk down, allowing us to get some great facetime in. Then, guests converged onto the veranda, creating a close, casual, and warm ceremony despite the unseasonably cold temperature outside” shared the bride. It was such a personal and intimate way to incorporate their family and friends into the celebration. Fresh flowers, pops of color, and twinkly lights were all incorporated into the decor and feel of the wedding. The reception had a very natural and effortless, yet inviting beauty to it.

The bride’s favorite moment was just before the ceremony with her bridesmaids, “The four of them had taken the letters of my name to create a story of our friendship. Each part unique to us with funny moments and some tough times we were there for each other. It was such a special moment to be reminded of how fantastic each of these women are and a reminder of their friendship and support.”

“It’s tough to narrow down all the special moments” said the groom, “but seeing everyone coming down the aisle through the stable doors was amazing. All the most important people in my life at one time, with the most beautiful bride in the world following behind.”

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Design: Blooming House Collective | Florist: Affordable Arrangements | Ceremony + Reception Location: Bluemont Vineyard | Rentals + Lighting: Crowning Additions | Valet + Transportation: Road Yachts | Cake + Desserts: Alexandria Pastry Shop | Hair + Makeup: V Studio | Invitations + Day-Of Paper: Minted | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Ceremony music: Erika + Curtis , DJ: Anthony Simpson | Roomblocks + After Party + Brunch: Lansdowne Resort | Rehearsal Dinner: Yummy Pig BBQ


  • Mary Neumann

Fall Desserts

November 18, 2016

Thinking about surprising your friends and family with some amazing fall desserts? We have gathered our favorite fall-inspired desserts so you can celebrate Thanksgiving (and Friendsgiving!) the right way. Enjoy and happy holidays!!

Twix Cake


Southern Living

Snickers Cake


Southern Living

 Caramel Apple Pie Cookies


Cincy Shopper

Pumpkin Donut Holes


Damn Delicious

 Pumpkin Cannoli


A Treats Affair

Rustic Spring Wedding at Springfield Manor

November 16, 2016

On a beautiful spring day the bride and groom tied the knot with the Catoctin mountain as a backdrop for the ceremony. The couple’s first trip together was to Longwood Gardens where they stayed at a bed and breakfast enjoying delicious food and exploring the area. Months later, the groom took her back and popped the question.

“I knew that I wanted a neutral color palette for a Spring wedding”, shared the bride. “I’ve always loved light pinks, grey, and gold and loved how well they all coordinate together. The venue inspired our overall ‘theme’. I loved the vintage look and feel of the venue, and how it almost felt European, with the lavender fields and rustic vibe. We used the lavender field as inspiration for our escort cards, had mini French macarons for favors, and incorporated lots of local wines in our bar. I was going for a simple, elegant look. Nothing overly dramatic, but I wanted to include little details that our guests would remember and that would elevate the overall look and feel of the wedding.”
Everything from the bouquets, to the flowers down the aisle, had pops of light spring colors. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in neutrals blush and grey which were perfectly complemented by their colorful bouquets. All of the wedding stationery was designed by the bride’s good friend and bridesmaid with beautiful calligraphy, floral liners, and blush ribbon. The bride’s gown was designed by Matthew Christopher– a strapless design with floral lace and swiss dots all over.
“Our favorite memory was just being surrounded by all of our friends and family the entire evening, singing, dancing and laughing the night away. We also loved hearing all of the kind words our loved ones had to say about our relationship and us. Our Maid of Honor and Best Man had two of the greatest speeches in wedding history!”


















Day-of-Coordinator: Nora Ellenes from NoLo Weddings + Events | Florist: Sweet Blossoms | Cake: Sweet & Savory Cakes | Catering: Carriage House Inn | Transportation: A Touch of Class Limo | Dress Designer: Matthew Christopher | Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Entertainment: EventPro DJ Jacob Jensen | Officiant: Dr. Emily Cook | Hair Stylist: Melinda Bunce from Ariel Lewis | Makeup Artist: Sarah Youngquist from Ariel Lewis | Paper: Winnie Nham


  • Lisa Blume Photography

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