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Why District Weddings?

July 24, 2015

Happy Friday, readers! Today we want to discuss a little bit about District Weddings and why we want YOU to be involved!

WHY should you use District Weddings as a source of inspiration for your upcoming wedding?

We provide posts filled with inspiration every weekday, whether it be the real wedding of a lovely couple or a color palette that we can’t get enough of. We have weekly features of DC vendors that we want you to use, and we also have other suggestions that may help you out as well. This summer we have focused on honeymoon destinations, welcome bags, DC weddings, and other topics that any bride or groom could find to be helpful.

Our editor, Jeannette Tavares, is dedicated to running a high-end wedding blog that motivates you to have the most beautiful wedding possible. Her motivation and love for the DC wedding market is unmatched, and she sets the tone for a helpful blog that is always filled with new ideas.

WHY should you advertise with us?

District Weddings loves its vendors, and we want to help your company grow! Our blog is proven to be a resource for DC wedding planners, and your company is sure to receive attention stemming from our site. If you are interested in being on our blog roll, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can receive more information under our “Say Hello” tab about advertising.

WHY should you submit your wedding for a feature on DW?

Share your wedding with readers! During the wedding planning process, it is helpful to visualize certain parts of the wedding and think of new ideas. So much hard work is put into a wedding, and that should be shown to everyone. If you want to submit your wedding, click “Say Hello” on our site, then click “Submissions”.

We love our readers and appreciate your involvement every day!

Old-World Romance – Real Wedding of L + H

July 21, 2015

Lia and Hudson’s wedding was classic, elegant, and Victorian, just like Lia wanted it to be! The wedding’s venue, The Andres Mellon Auditorium, was perfect for the occasion, as its traditional charm allowed Lia and Hudson’s romance to be showcased in a beautiful and pristine way. Both the ceremony and reception were in this venue.

The sheer white drapes that decorated the ceremony created a romantic feeling as the bride and groom said, “I do.” Lia’s wedding dress was the perfect fit for the old-world feel of the event, as its details were precise and eye-capturing. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails as they viewed the Washington Monument from the upstairs terrace of the venue. Lia and Hudson’s signature cocktail was “La Vie En Rose”.

At the reception, the groom toasted to his bride and introduced the a capella group “The Generics” from his alma mater, the University of Maryland. Dinner was a scrumptious six-course meal, catered by Federal City. Everything about the wedding was Victorian, from the gold-edged menus to the memorabilia that the couple had their guests write notes on for them.

The Gerard Carelli Orchestra played and the guests began to dance the night away! On the way out, guests were offered cigars served on silver trays and crystal Tiffany bowls wrapped in the groom’s tartan ribbon and tied with Jordan almonds. Each guest received a personal note as well, which was an intimate touch.

Lia and Hudson exited the wedding in true classic fashion – they took a vintage car tour around the monuments at night!

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Event Planning: Engaging Affairs | Ceremony & Reception Site: The Mellon Auditorium | Caterer: Federal City, Jeff Judy | Floral Designer: Amaryllis, Rick Davis | Photographer: Greg Gibson | Sound: Nomad | Dance Floor: Perkins | Draping: A Vista | Cocktail Trio & Dance Band: Gerard Carelli Orchestra |  A Cappella Group: The UMD Generics | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Shuttles and Limos: Linder and Associates | Classic Car: Regal Limousine | Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle | Make-up: Kim Giammaria | Rentals: Party Rental | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Liquor: ACE Beverage | Getting Ready, Welcome Reception & Rehearsal Dinner: The Willard Inter-Continental Hotel

Credits

  • Greg Gibson Photography

Tuxedo Thursday: Lapel

July 16, 2015

Lapel is a premium tuxedo rental brand, started in 2013 by brothers Graham and Seth Sowash. They offer slim fitting, high quality tuxedos and suits to guys who are looking for a better rental option. District Weddings knows that Lapel deserves the spotlight, so we caught up with them to ask some questions about the brand and why it is truly the “better black tie.”

 

District Weddings: How long has Lapel been in D.C.?

Lapel: We starting renting in DC in 2013, our first rental was actually for New Year’s Eve 2012.

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Taking a step back, a year and a half or so before that first rental, my brother Seth was preparing for his wedding and was looking for options for his groomsmen. He knew how terrible rental tuxedos were and thought that there had to be something decent out there. It turns out there wasn’t – nobody was offering a premium rental tux. So, we decided to get to work creating one; a rental that we ourselves would feel good wearing. Seth ended up wearing our first production sample on his wedding day. It fit better than the custom tux he had ordered online.

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DW: What do you think makes Lapel the “better black tie”?

L: Everything about our service is a step or two above the other guys, from top-notch customer service to the suits and tuxedos themselves. To put it simply, we just care more.

Early on we decided to design everything we offer from scratch. We didn’t want to be held back in any way by the status quo in the rental industry, ill-fitting, cheaply made suits. It turns out that all rental tuxedos are made by a few big manufacturers that buy the rights to a designer’s name, slap it on a cheap suit, and sell them to shops and rental chains across the country. No matter where you go, you get the same stuff.

We went about it a different way; sketching our own designs and finding manufacturers to make everything to our liking. We produce our own suits, shirts, shoes, and accessories. Our tuxedos are designed with a flattering slim fit and made from a smooth and lightweight 130s wool.

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In addition to providing an excellent product, we believe customer service is key. I heard from guys who’ve rented from national chains and had a salesman insist on putting them in a suit two sizes too big, despite the guy’s objection. We want our customers to feel confident that the people fitting them into their tuxedos know what they are doing, so we use the best custom tailors and menswear shops we can find. These are guys that sell custom clothing for a living; they know how young men like their suits to fit.

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Another advantage to being a small company is that we are flexible; we can adjust to changes quickly. Whether that means taking care of a customer last minute, or a broader level adjusting to changes in the current style, we’re able to make moves where others can’t.

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We’re also working with LLS, the leukemia and lymphoma society this year to help raise money for blood cancer research. It’s a cause that is meaningful to us. Less than a year after starting the business, Graham was diagnosed with leukemia. After chemo, a stem cell transplant, and months in the hospital under the care of some amazing doctors and nurses, he is in remission and doing awesome. It was a tough time for our family, but it reminded both of us how lucky we are.

DW: What is the most popular suit at Lapel?

L: We started out with a peaked lapel tuxedo, which is the classic and will probably always be the most popular. This year we’ve added a shawl collar tuxedo as well as a gray 3-piece suit for a less formal option.

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DW: Why is it important to you to have a location in D.C.?

L: We chose DC first of all because it’s where we’re from, or close to it. It’s a classy city, a stylish city, and in addition to hosting some amazing weddings, there are a lot of black tie balls and fundraisers to take care of.

In the beginning, while we were designing the line and ordering inventory, we were also looking for the best independent menswear shops in DC to partner with. After speaking with Kosta at Geoffrey Lewis Custom Tailors, we knew we had found the right guy. Geoffrey Lewis is a family run shop on H Street, downtown. In addition to being a really stylish guy, Kosta is one of the nicest people we’ve ever met.

As well as renting from Geoffrey Lewis, this year we’ve added an appointment only location in Rockville, MD. Outside of the metropolitan area, we’ve expanded down to Charlotte, North Carolina, partnering with the custom menswear shop Abbeydale.

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If you have any questions, email Graham at graham@rentlapel.com, or visit their website at www.rentlapel.com.

 

 

All photos provided by Lapel.

 

 

 

Credits

  • Brittany Custer Photography
  • Christine LeGrand
  • Theo Mercado

An Enchanting Event – Real Wedding of J + E

July 14, 2015

With the mountains in the background and colorful flowers in full bloom, Jenny and Eoin tied the knot. Charlottesville, Virginia, held a beautiful wedding, as a long-distance couple finally was able to be together in the same country.

Jenny and Eoin met in London and were engaged in Paris, which is why vintage postcards were set up all around their wedding day. They both studied in the UK for their Masters programs, but Jenny had to leave Europe before Eoin did. Finally, nine months later, the couple was together again, and this time for good.

The wedding details had a lot to do with the homes of both Jenny and Eoin, which are Ireland for Eoin and Virginia for Jenny. Jenny made a lot of her decor, such as the programs, menus, favor cards, etc. For their favors, they donated to two charities that were close to them: The Lost Dog and Cat Foundation and American Rivers.

It was a lovely day, filled with perfect weather and a perfect couple. Congratulations Jenny and Eoin!

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Jenny + Eoin

Charlottesville, VA – April 11, 2015

Event Planner: Day of Coordinator: Beverly Wakefield, A Grand Affair Events | Design: DIY | Florist: Jenn Pineau, Nature Composed | Ceremony/Reception Location: Early Mountain Vineyards | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: Reston Limousines |Photographer: Matt Mendelsohn | Cake + Desserts: annaB Gluten Free (cake and cupcakes), Olivia Macaron | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DC (hair by Mandy Holinger) | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Rifle Paper Company
(invitations), The Dandelion Patch (invitation envelope calligraphy), Adrianne Enos (day-of calligraphy) | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Sam Hill Entertainment, The Significant Others | Roomblocks/After Party Locations: Hyatt House Falls Church, Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring

Credits

  • Matt Mendelsohn

Artistic Appeal – Real Wedding of J + D

July 7, 2015

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was filled with love on August 23, 2014 as Jie Shi and Dynne Sung tied the knot with family and friends standing by their side. The wedding had continuous music flowing throughout the night, performed by a harpist, an a cappella group, a quartet, and a pianist. Along with the music, the museum was so kind as to open up their downstairs galleries to the guests of the wedding.

Other features of the night included a surprise dessert bar, and as a party gift, guests were given impressionable art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Sparklers filled the air when the couple made their exit into a new life together.

The bride’s favorite parts of the night were when “the string quartet played two traditional Asian songs that we dedicated toour parents in honor of their respective cultures: Korean “Arirang” and Chinese “Jasmine.” Also, the wedding cake had four tiers of alternating flavors, banana nut and red velvet – each representative of our favorite childhood sweets.”

The groom’s favorite details were that “servers passed two specialty drinks, his “Jack Rose” and her “Fresh Start” – each representative of our own personalities and tastes. Also, we had the downstairs art galleries opened to our guests. It was a chance to see some amazing artwork at their own leisure and provided a breathtaking backdrop for pictures. The party favors were art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art so that guests could take the museum experience home with them.”

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Jie + Dynne

Washington, D.C.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art | First Look Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Officiant: Lawrence B. Lindsey | Videographer: Toy Box Productions | Photographer: Anny Photography | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Letterpress Stationary: The Dandelion Patch | Bride’s Gown: Love Couture

Credits

  • Anny Photography

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