A Cultural Soirée – Real Wedding of Amar and Seema

May 4, 2016

“We are a couple that met a few years ago and endured a long distance relationship between DC and Texas before our wedding. Amar created an elaborate scavenger hunt leading Seema throughout DC with friends and family waiting at every stop for his proposal. That kicked off a year of planning their dream wedding.” – Seema Patel

Their vision was to have an upscale luxury DC wedding with the casual touches of the groom’s Texas background while highlighting the importance of culture.

The ceremony was traditionally indian starting off with the jaan where the groom’s family dances their way up to the ceremony entrance and the bride’s family welcomes them. The couple was inspired by the idea of a royal indian wedding choosing jewel tones for the ceremony colors. After the ceremony, the emotional vidaii happened where the bride’s family gives her away to the groom officially.

The reception inspiration was a classy DC dinner party. Classic colors were chosen including rose gold, black and white. Rose gold sequin table cloths were used with crystal candelabras, black lamps and white calla lilies. During the reception, the couple wanted to marry their two cities with themes from both DC and Houston. Each table had a DC metro sign which corresponded with the metro ticket table card that each guest received. Their families did a flash dance with cowboy hats to bring in some Texas flair!

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The most special moment was after the ceremony when I had an emotional embrace with my grandfather who had a huge role in raising me! ASP-SAW-1680ASP-SAW-1785ASP-SAW-1787ASP-SAW-1869
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“We wanted a special way to thank our guests at midnight – we surprised them with the captain cookie food truck as they were leaving the reception, it was special that we were able to get in the truck and make/hand out sandwiches to our guests!”ASP-SAW-2102

Planner: Project Bride DC  | Design + Florist: Liz Decorations | Reception Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Ceremony Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Photographer: Ajit Singh Photography  | Desserts: Captain Cookie and the Milk Man Food Truck | Hair + Makeup: Ana Buitrago | Entertainment Company: Maxx Entertainment |  Meet & Greet- The Willard Intercontinental, DC 

Credits

  • Ajit Singh Photography

Flower Crown

May 3, 2016

Flower crowns are becoming more and more popular, especially as we see a rise in “bohemian chic” and al fresco weddings. We love the look and think between the right bride and the appropriate style, it is the perfect compliment. Don’t assume the bride is the only one who can wear it – the look may not scream, “you,” but it could be ideal for a flower girl or even your furry friends a part of the big day. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right flower crown for you.

  1. Make Sure it Works With your Story – There are a number of different styles and flowers that you can put together to find the perfect look for you. Don’t assume every crown is perfect for every story!
  2. Choose Flowers that will Last – You want your crown to stand the test of time. After all, you will be wearing it all day. Be sure to select flowers that have longevity and are appropriate in your climate.
  3. Be Picky about Placement – We all different hair placement, different parts, different tones. Play around with the placement of the crown before securing in place. It may look better across the forehead of the bride in the magazine, but sitting back on you!

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Credits

  • K. Thompson Photography

Bloomerent

May 2, 2016

Bloomerent connects hosts with florists in their area and then allows them to either list their centerpieces to be shared or pick from a list of available centerpieces to opt into. Customers are rewarded for sharing by receiving a portion of their money back, dependent on whether they are the first or second event. Florists receive leads from Bloomerent and make additional revenue as they repurpose fresh flowers for a second event. The process is a win/win solution for both customers and florists while offering a green alternative. Our very own, Sidra Forman is a part of this community!

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Bloomerent was founded to reduce floral waste, send florists new business and save customers money. Our service connects event hosts with a handpicked community of florists and allows them to share flowers arrangements between two events in close proximity. Flowers are used for only a few hours when they have a lifespan of 3-14 days. By sharing centerpieces, you not only give these blooms a second life but you save money for going green.

Credits

  • Bloomerent

Yes to Cobalt

April 29, 2016

We cannot get enough of this gorgeous blue hue – It is such a power color and can be used through subtle details or to make a bold statement. It’s a versatile color that can be easily paired with a variety of accent colors. We love how this bride used it in her choice of attire!

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Credits

  • Ellis Studio

Addressing Wedding Invitations

April 26, 2016

Figuring out how to properly address your wedding invitations can prove to be a daunting task. As a general rule of etiquette – the outer envelope should be more formal and the inner envelope more casual. Below we have listed out a few different scenarios you may find helpful!

Married Couple:

Mr. David and Mrs. Elizabeth Myers

Married Couple who Uses Different Last Names:

Mr. David Myers and Mrs. Elizabeth Wylie

To an Unmarried Couple Living Together

Mr. David Myers and Ms. Elizabeth Wylie

Families with Children Under Eighteen:

Mr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Myers {on outer envelope}

Mr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Myers

Jacob, Daniel and Kathryn {on inner envelope}

Unmarried Guests Eighteen and Older:

Ms. Elizabeth Wylie

Unmarried Guests in a Relationship:

Mr. David Myers and Guest

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Credits

  • Patricia Lyons Photography

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