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Elegant Wedding at Decatur

January 11, 2017

The couple always wanted an elegant, yet effortless and enjoyable wedding and a celebration that represented who they are as a couple. Event planner Sara Franklin shared with us: “Meghan and Mark are a super fun couple! Their interactions are very captivating, you can see the love between them with just a look. Their first dance was really wonderful and Mark’s speech to Meghan was a hoot!”
The bride’s family loves to dance at weddings so the band was a very important factor for the couple. Mark wanted a very “classic D.C.” venue with classic details that would match the gorgeous flowers designed by Duran Designs. The final result was a simple, classic and elegant day.
Event Planning: Sara Franklin from Social Scene Events | Event Design: Duran Floral DesignSocial Scene Events | Florist: Duran Floral Design | Reception Location: Decatur House | Ceremony Location: St. Dominic Catholic Church | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Lighting Company: Sugarplum Tent Company | Valet + Transportation: Fleet Transportation & Unipark Valet | Catering and Cake: Occasions Caterers | Hair + Makeup: Sue Volans & Julie Page Makeup Artists | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Paperzest | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bialek’s – Kaliedscope | Roomblocks + After Party + Brunch Locations + Details: Marriott Marquis, Hilton Garden Inn & JW Marriott

Credits

  • Deb Lindsey Photography
    Photography

Love Actually – Real Wedding of J+H

December 28, 2016

The Groom from England was visiting D.C. when he met Jacqueline out at a bar after a flag football game. They instantly hit it off and began a multi year long distance relationship until he finally decided to move to D.C. to be with her. Shortly before their wedding they moved to NYC together for work. Their wedding had a lot of subtle nods to Henry’s British heritage including involving their English bulldog, Gatsby, Henry’s traditional coattails and a Union Jack themed groom’s cake! Oh, did we mention it was during the holiday season? We are still in holiday mode and this wedding was the perfect fix! 

 

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Ceremony: Holy Trinity Church in GeorgetownReception: DARCatering: Well Dunn

 

Credits

  • Camille Catherine Photography

Brunch Wedding at Woodend Sanctuary

December 14, 2016

The bride and groom always wanted a “brunch wedding”–one that had a more relaxed and intimate feel to it. The day was full of light and love–blush decor throughout the day created a soft, bright, and relaxed ambience for family and friends. The guests enjoyed waffles, mimosas, and bloody mary’s, After a beautiful outdoor ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious brunch underneath the sun. Liz’s bridesmaids wore gorgeous dresses in pink and coral tones which were a perfect addition to the day’s color palette.

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Event Design + Planning: Atrendy Wedding | Venue: Woodend Sanctuary | Florals: Toulies en Fleur | Makeup: Real Doll Makeup | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Catering: Corcoran Caterers | Bridal Gown: Love Couture Bridal |

Credits

  • Elizabeth Fogarty Photography
    Photography

An Elegant Wedding with a ‘Southern Flair’

December 7, 2016

Steve and John met attending Dignity Washington services at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, which is Washington, DC’s Faith community for LGBTQ Catholics. After several weeks of talking after church services, they agreed to dine together. On August 24, 1998, Steve and John met at Raku, in Dupont Circle. It was a long dinner that they now look fondly on as one of their most favorite memories. Certainly an evening filled with excellent conversation and laughter. After dinner they walked around Dupont Circle and then agreed to meet a few days later for a second date. Steve and John dated for 15 years but only because they were not legally able to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, they have a tradition of celebrating their anniversaries with champagne al fresco on their patio and on the fifteenth anniversary of their first date, John got down on one knee and proposed. They gave each other wedding bands after private vows to one another and faithfully wore the rings on their right hands in protest. Both were crying tears of joy. Marriage was still not legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia but the appeals were being heard at the State level. They agreed to wait a year and then if nothing had moved forward in the struggle for marriage equality that they would get married in the District of Columbia. Steve
and John were preparing to look at wedding venues in Washington, DC when on October 6, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Marriage was now legal in the Commonwealth and they began planning the wedding! It’s almost as if the stars aligned!
When searching for the perfect spot to exchange vows, they knew they wanted to find a venue where they could do everything in one place since John’s 83-year old mother was attending. Many guests were also traveling from out of the area so they wanted a location that was convenient for sightseeing.
Considering themselves more “mature” and a little more conservative than many young couples getting married, they really hoped to craft an event that fit their personal styles and relationship. When they told their wedding planner that they wanted something elegant, sophisticated and masculine she suggested many color options and ultimately they chose black and white. They went for a simple and elegant look with a ‘Southern’ flair since they now consider Virginia their home.

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Event Planning + Design: Kelley Cannon Events | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers | Rentals: DC Rental | Chalk Art: Small Chalk | DJ: MyDeejay

Credits

  • Photography
    Lisa Blume Photography

Organic Wedding with an International Touch

November 30, 2016

Kate and Andrew met in Washington, D.C. in 2013 and were immediately drawn to each other. They dated long distance for two years, before moving in together in New York City. Andrew proposed to Kate while on vacation in Capri, Italy and they began their search for a unique wedding venue that would be the perfect fit for the joining of their large Catholic and Jewish families. Both lovers of art, they were drawn to the Arts Club in Washington, and it was the perfect location for their special day, as Kate is also an art therapist. After their spring engagement session in Central Park, we couldn’t wait for their summer wedding! They shared a first look at the Tudor Gardens before heading to the Arts Club to say I Do. They were married by Andrew’s aunts, and included many family heirlooms and both Jewish and Italian wedding traditions throughout the day. Kate and Andrew had been learning a special tango to surprise their wedding guests with, and when we heard about this at their engagement shoot, we had been anticipating this big reveal for months- all their hard work really paid off!
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Event Planning: Caroline Dutton Events | Ceremony + Reception Location: Arts Club of Washington | Florist: B Floral Event Design | Cake + Desserts: Pastries By Randolph | Hair + Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer | Invitations + Day-of Paper: Hand painted by the bride | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DC Synergy – Entertainment Exchange

Credits

  • Love Life Images
    Photography

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