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Jiayan & Nick – Modern Real Wedding

December 14, 2017

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).

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)


  • Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Fall Countryside Wedding – Real Wedding of Abby and Russell

December 5, 2017

Abby + Russell’s fall garden wedding in the countryside of Northern Virginia epitomized everything sweet and charming. They diverged from the typical fall palettes of bold and deep colors and instead  chose to focus their design elements on pale pinks, gold, thistle blue, and navy. Abby and Russ honored both their preppy D.C. roots and the beautiful, natural surroundings of their venue. They stuck with classic design elements in their invitations and cake but brought in natural, organic, and romantic touches with their beautiful textured table linens, just-a-tad-rustic florals, and the gorgeous, intricate back of Abby’s Maggie Sottero ballgown.  They treated their guests to hot apple cider before their afternoon garden ceremony on the property of the historic Raspberry Plain Manor, then celebrated the night away with dinner, drinks, and dancing.

Event Catering: Purple Onion Catering | Florist: Rick’s Flowers | Ceremony + Reception Location: Raspberry Plain |Photographer: Anna + Mateo |  Cake + Desserts: Edibles Incredibles | Hair + Makeup: Lauren Gherig | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Wedding Paper Divas | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ + String Quartet: MSE Productions |


  • Anna + Mateo

2018 Wedding Hair Styles

December 4, 2017

Getting married in 2018? Starting the hair and makup trial process– we are predicting that messy fly-aways will still be stylin’ next year too! But our eyes are on the following:

The Elegant Ponytail

Middle Part–sleeked 

Voluminous Curls

The Clean, simple, low bun 

and… braids will never be out!

Royal News!

November 29, 2017

Now, the wedding plans…

Location: St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle 

Prince Harry and Markle will wed in Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, which dates back to the 15th century and has been home to royal family weddings including Harry’s uncle, Prince Edward and his first cousin, Peter Phillips.”Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there over the last year and a half,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.


Our bets…


Carolina Hererra

Elie Saab

J. Mendel

(now, we wait to see…)



Markle would be the first American to marry a member of the British royal family since King Edward VIII began his relationship with Wallis Simpson, who was also a divorcée, in the 1930s. Edward went on to abdicate the throne and marry Simpson in France. Markle will become a British citizen, Kensington Palace said in a statement Tuesday, and she will be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England prior to the royal wedding in 2018.


The Host: 

The queen confirmed she will host the wedding of Harry + Markle

…stay posted with more details!

Cyber Monday/Wedding Deals!

November 26, 2017

We all love a great deal, right?! Now hop on those computers and make a few clicks to the best deals in town!

Artifact Uprising– SAVE 10% on $10+, 15% on $100+, 20% on $200+ | Use Code: BEMERRY

{amazing for wedding albumns for family members, save-the-dates and gallery walls}

ZOLA– Have items on your registry that you need now or really want? Hop over to Zola to get 20% off of anything! | Use Code Holiday20*

BHLDN: The Once-A-Year holiday sale – one sale you won’t want to miss! | Use Code: STOCKUP

Bauble Bar: Earings for your bridal party? We got you covered with 35% off! | Use Code: CYBER35

Eddie Parker: Got your eyes on that signature clutch? The brand is offering 40% to 70% off its signature clutches.

WET Swimwear: Bachlorette party? We got you covered with WET, they have an amazing special going on from 11/24 to 11/27 | Use Code: WETblackcyber

RIFLE PAPER: Up to 30% off sitewide

Target– We are huge target fans, for pretty much everything: 15% off sitewide beginning early morning November 27th

Pretty Plum Sugar: Matching PJS? we got you covered with awesome site-wide deals at PPS | Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY17DEAL

Bloomingdales: 25% off a large selection of items. PLUS, free shipping. Valid 11/27

NORDSTROM: extra 20% off selected sale items with free shipping + returns on Cyber Monday


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