Everyone’s Talking About

Same-Sex Engagement!

April 11, 2016

What advice would you give newly engaged couples?

John:  The wedding is about YOU.  Take all the advice you can get but ultimately, do it your way.

Steve:  Secure a wedding planner – early in the process – that you have a connection with.  Let the wedding planner focus on all of the detail and work through the stress so your wedding day is relaxed and fun.  Find a great photographer as you cannot be in all places at one time.

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. They have a tradition of celebrating their anniversaries with champagne al fresco on their patio and  on their 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 that is when the planning began….

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Planner: Kelley Cannon Events | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Photographer: Lisa Blume Photography 

Credits

  • Lisa Blume Photography

Long View Gallery

March 28, 2016

Long View Gallery has 8,500 square feet of unique industrial gallery space perfect for the modern couple. Each wedding at Long View Gallery is customized to reflect the client’s taste, palate and style. No two weddings look the same, as every item is hand selected to arrive on event day.

“Creativity is key at our location as we believe anything dreamt is possible. Working with the best teams in the industry, every wedding at Long View Gallery is Pure Art.”

Long View Gallery. P’art Gallery. P’art Event Space. All Art.

 

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Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

. Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Credits

  • Abby Jiu
  • Paul Morse
  • Sweet Root Village

Wollam Garden’s + a design team of experts!

March 3, 2016

As a flower farm located just 60 miles outside of Washington, DC, Wollam Gardens has been a longtime friend of the wedding industry. With the skilled help of local artist, David Braun, Wollam Gardens is now home to a beautiful event pavilion that is located in the middle of the farm’s lush gardens and natural beauty. For Wollam Garden’s official debut of this new wedding pavilion, we crafted a delicate and graceful design based on the pavilion’s natural palette, accenting the venue’s acres of flowers and artfully handcrafted architecture. A dream team of DC & Northern Virginia vendors came together to bring our vision to life. Sweet Root Village effortlessly created stunning floral displays using flowers from Wollam Gardens rolling gardens. Their mixture of graceful cascades over the pavilion entryways and flowing centerpieces adorning the luncheon tables brought a light touch of color to the earthy pavilion’s salvaged wood structure. Guests were treated to a light, farm-to-table inspired fare from Heirloom Catering, detailed on a hand designed menu from Shrimp Salad Circus.

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Venue: Wollam Gardens | Event Planning & Design: Tart Event Co. | Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography  | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Calligraphy: Shrimp Salad Circus | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design |Rentals: Sammy’s Rental Inc. |Linens: Glamour Linens

Credits

  • Amelia Johnson Photography

Holiday Wedding

December 14, 2015

Why is December and January frowned upon when selecting a wedding date? Here at DW, we think it is a great idea to host a winter sorriee with your dearest friends and family! It doesn’t have to be all red and green. Get inspired by the warmth that this holiday season can provide!

 

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Crushin’ on Chuppahs

December 7, 2015

 

 

The start of chanukah has us thinking of chuppahs and we are crushing on these today!

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