A St. Regis Funky and Elegant Fiesta - District Weddings

A St. Regis Funky and Elegant Fiesta

August 29, 2011

Emily and Hiram were married at the St. Regis this past May and this wedding was totally their own!  Emily owns an Italian market on the Eastern shore and Hiram is from Mexico so the couple worked with planner Kate Harlan of Simply Chic Events to create a funky yet elegant fiesta to honor their respective heritages.

The couple embraced the elegance of the St. Regis ballroom while staying true to their own personal style.  Hiram is a composer, and his close friends provided the ceremony music.  Later in the evening. guests were surprised when District Taco arrived late night for a little street food action just outside of the Astor Terrace at the gorgeous St. Regis.

Happy Monday and enjoy this fun, fun, fun wedding!

From the oh-so lovely bride:

Hiram and I wanted to have a wedding that represented us as a couple by enjoying great food, in an elegant but comfortable outdoor space. This was the first time our families were going to meet so we wanted everything to be just right!

We debated renting a property and using a caterer versus going full-package with a hotel. We shopped around both options until we found the St. Regis. We loved their outdoor Astor Terrace, just off the Astor Ballroom and we were very excited about what their kitchen could do for us.

The wedding was in early May so the weather allowed us to have the ceremony outside on the terrace. After the ceremony we lead our guests to the lobby and the hotel salon for cocktails while the staff transformed the outdoor space into a super-cool lounge complete with strings of lights overhead (a brilliant idea from our planner Kate Harlan). After cocktails we led everyone into the ballroom which was exquisitely decorated with a mix of floral designs in mercury glass and glass and a wash of peach light. The inspiration for the whole color scheme was a previous design that we had seen in floral designer Philippa Tarrant’s portfolio.

We worked closely with the St. Regis on every aspect of our dinner menu. Events planner Haydee Gamez and chef Andrew Roche accommodated our desire to incorporate seasonal flavors that Hiram and I seek out each spring; wild ramps and morels, as well as our favorite Italian wines. I am in the food business myself and I was very pleased with the high quality and value of the dinner that was served.

To honor my husband’s Mexican heritage, we hired District Taco to serve late-night snacks from their cart. Haydee Gamez and the St. Regis had no problem with this service and even let the guys roll up on the lawn to be closer to our guests. I need to note that again, this was one of Kate Harlan’s great ideas and it is something that our guests are still talking about!

While the East Village Exchange was rocking the ballroom, the terrace was a wonderful escape for us to spend some time talking with our families and friends. Everyone was so receptive to the use of the terrace, first as a serene ceremony backdrop and then as a magical lounge area complete with rented sofas from AFR. Seriously though, I hardly left the dance floor that night because that band is incredibly talented!

Picking the East Village Exchange (from Elan Artists) was something that my husband was insistent on because he’s a composer and many of our friends are musicians. We knew that the East Village Exchange would deliver a high-quality performance in a variety of styles. When we asked them to learn a Mexican song for us they had no problem getting it completely right.

Our documentarian for the event was the fabulous Kate Headley, who clicked the night away using film cameras exclusively. Her prints are so evocative and beautiful, they are as real to me as my own memories of our wedding. We received our album exactly when it was promised to us so we were able to re-live the night shortly afterwards. Hiram and I had the time of our lives at our wedding and we owe it all to our superb vendors.

The fabulous vendor team:

Photography: Kate Headley Photography

Ceremony: St. Regis, Washington DC

Reception: Astor Ballroom and Astor Terrace at St. Regis, Washington DC

Florist: Philippa Tarrant

Wedding Planner: Kate Harlan, Simply Chic Events

Lighting: FROST Lighting

Furniture: AFR Furniture Rental

Hair: Petra Gephardt

Makeup: The Andre Chreky Salon

Late Night Bites: District Taco

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