Bright and Blissful – Real Wedding of M + K

May 27, 2015

When Maureen and Kyle met through mutual friends at a Labor Day barbeque in 2009, they were unaware that they would be set up on a blind date just a few months later. And when Kyle said he wanted to show Maureen a new card game in June 2013, she did not know that the cards he dealt her would propose one of the most important questions of her life: “Will you marry me?”

About a year after the proposal, Maureen and Kyle’s summer wedding took place in Washington, D.C. Their ceremony occurred at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and their lively reception happened at the Hotel Monaco. Their wedding colors were as bright as their smiles, with shades of coral, red, and ivory.

Before the wedding, the couple put their love on display and took pictures around some of the most iconic places in D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian. Their love for each other can be seen in the way that they smile when they look at each other, and this love was shown throughout their wedding day. Maureen and Kyle’s wedding is the epitome of a summer wedding as it was bright, warm, and filled with sunshine.


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Maureen + Kyle

July 12, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Venue: Hotel Monaco DC | Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography | Florals: Phillip Tarrant Floral | Catering: Poste | DJ: Bialek’s, Brennan Sullivan | Invites: Dandelion Patch | Hair: Julie Flury, Jewel Hair Design | Make-up: Bridal Artistry | Transportation: Bayside Limo


  • Sweet Tea Photography

The Dress Hunt Duty

May 26, 2015

In preparation for one of the biggest days of her life, a bride must hunt down and choose the most iconic piece of her wedding: her dress. If you are one of the people she brings along to make this vitally important choice, there are a few things you should do to make sure that she knows how honored you are to be with her.

1) Reassure her consistently.

A bride has the choice of who to bring with her to hunt for a dress, and the fact that she has brought you means that your opinion means a great deal to her. Do not be overly critical or opinionated – she needs your reassurance now more than ever.

2) Be honest and affirm what you know she is thinking.

Reassuring the bride does not mean that you have to lie to her. If you feel as though she looks uncomfortable in a dress or perhaps is faking her love for it due to someone else’s opinion, tell her what you know she needs to hear. Sometimes, a bride needs to hear someone echo what she is thinking in order to be strong enough to say no to a dress that her entourage may love.

3) Remember that this is HER wedding.

Because it is her wedding that she is planning for, she has every right to choose a dress that you may hate. The most important part of the process is to be supportive of her, even if you may not agree with her decision.

The bride is looking to you for affirmation, support, and especially excitement. This is one of the hugest milestones in her life and she has chosen you to celebrate with her – make it count for her and express how thankful you are to be a part of her dress decision!

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  • Michael Kress Photography

An Open Back Affair

May 25, 2015

As summer is coming in full swing and DC is heating up to the 80-90 degree region, we are loving open back dresses here in the District. The open back dress is crafted in such a way that makes a bride feel the breeze on a hot summer’s day while also accentuating her curves. We are swooning over these BHLDN  open back beauties!




A Fresh + Airy Wedding Styled by Lauryn Prattes Styling

May 21, 2015


Just in time for this long weekend up ahead, we thought the perfect wedding to share would be Morgan and Ross’s bayside wedding. They were married at Stoney’s in Brooms Island, Maryland, a venue selected by Morgan’s mother just before she lost her battle with cancer. Situated in a quaint town along the Chesapeake Bay, the venue was the perfect landscape for a preppy nautical affair.

Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events did such a fabulous job with this wedding. Talk about covering every single detail…The wedding featured a fresh and airy color palette of navy, mint and crisp white. Tuscan wood chairs brought a slight rustic feel which paired well with the romantic and whimsical details.

Upon arrival, guests were treated to bottles of lemonade while they waited for the ceremony to begin. A framed map made by the father-of-the-bride served as the guests’ seating chart where each name was adorned by a small golden anchor.

The anchor theme was repeated throughout the event: a navy anchor pattern adorned the back of the groomsmen’s ties, Mr. and Mrs. anchors hung on the backs of the bride and grooms chairs, and a vintage anchor from Morgan’s mother decorated the dessert bar.

As guests left the reception they received to-go bags of mini-ice cream sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper to enjoy on the ride home.

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Event Planning and Design: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events | Venue: Stoney’s Brooms Island | Wedding Photography: Amy Rockwell Photography | Detail Photography: Sweet Root Village | Floral, Lighting, Drape and Styling: Sweet Root Village | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Farm Table and Dessert Bar: Something Vintage Rental | Band: Ocean Street  | Linens: La Tavola | Desserts: Buttercream Bakery | Stationary: Paper Daisies | Calligraphy: West Sheridon Calligraphy | Transportation: Z Best Limo | Brides Gown: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids: JCrew | Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse

Modern Memories – Real Wedding of K + A

May 20, 2015

When you walked into Kristie + Andrew’s wedding, you felt completely at home. The couple assigned family members and friends to greet and welcome wedding guests upon their arrival at the Carnegie, creating a warm and inviting environment. With the music strumming familiar tunes and laughter humming, dancing children were plentiful.

A classic color palette of navy, champagne and gold was used throughout their attire and décor, while the flora featured succulents, pebbles, and Manzanita branches. In concert, these elements created a delicate juxtaposition between modern and rustic.

Kristie has a love for the written word, inspiring her to incorporate a unique font for her wedding day programs and signage. She also enlisted the hand-lettering skills of her new sister-in-law on her wedding invitations and escort cards.

We hope you enjoy this classic DC Wedding!

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Kristie Lee +  Andrew Jen

 Saturday, November 15, 2014

Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC

Event Planner: Howerton+Wooten Events | Attire for the Bride:  Hayley Paige Londyn Gown via Lovely Bride DC  | Attire for the Bridal Party: The Watters® Posey via WeddingtonWay | Attire for the Groom: His fathers tuxedo | Attire for the Groomsmen: Suitable | Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Caterer: Main Event Caterers  | Florist: Falls Flowers  | Hair and Make-Up: O-Nal Hair Salon | Susan Lim Makeup Artist | Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting | Entertainment: Scott Entertainment | Photo Booth: DMV Premium Photo Booths | Photographer: Mike Sperlak Photography | Stationery: Grooms Sisters | Transportation: American Eagle Limousine | Videographer: Ryan Geldermann, Wedding Cinematographer |



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