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Easy yet Elegant affair – Real Wedding of Mike and Madeleine

February 21, 2018

“On a chilly Friday in December, Mike and I met for lunch, but what I didn’t expect was for us to be engaged by the end of it. Mike took me to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, our favorite monument in D.C., where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We spent the rest of the day together, having lunch at the Hay-Adams Hotel, walking through the National Gallery of Art, and ending the day with dinner at our first date spot, Zaytinya. The day couldn’t have been more perfectly planned until I felt familiar hands on my shoulder and turned around to see my mom and dad. Their presence on that special day and the fact that Mike had asked both of them for their blessing before he proposed, meant the world to me”  – Madeleine

Behind the Big Day: On July 2, 2016, we were married at St. Aloysius Church in D.C. with the reception at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD. We wanted the day to feel easy – an elegant yet casual affair. We kept the color palette neutral with pops of blue from hygrandeas and delphiniums.

To add to the ease of the day, we had food stations with open seating. I heard so many compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed the relaxed setup. Our band, Nightsong, had everyone up on their feet the whole night. I don’t think we left the dance floor for more than ten minutes!

At the end of the night, we exited to our friends and family waving jingle bells with red, white and blue ribbons. It was the perfect send-ff and a great tribute to the Fourth of July weekend.

The whole day couldn’t have felt more relaxed and genuine to Mike and I.

Florist: Karen Kallmyer Florals | Reception Location: Columbia Country Club | Ceremony Location: St. Aloysius Church of Gonzaga High School | Videographer: Jeremy Raco | Photographer: Sarah Bradshaw | Hair + Makeup: Hair Stylist: Jessica Kang of Lux Studios | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Nightsong


  • Sarah Bradshaw

Heartfelt Real Wedding Julia Parnell and Darren Lurie

February 6, 2018

Let the Flowers Do the Talking

The bride and her mother wanted the day to be classic, elegant, and not over the top.

We wanted to showcase the gorgeous gilded ballroom of the Cosmos Club rather than trying to compete with it. So, we worked with the ladies at Sweet Root Village, who designed the perfect ‘elegant-yet-loose and springy’ arrangements with varied shades of pink, ivory and green. The couple wanted to incorporate cherry blossoms, but rather than using them in the floral arrangements, we had the cake decorated with delicate sugar cherry blossoms, and the donut favors were iced with tiny cherry blossom branches.

A Piece of Cake…

The gorgeous (and delicious) cake by Catherine George was definitely a showpiece of the wedding. The white on white, three tier cake featured fondant symbols of the places around the world that are special to their families – Big Ben from London, “foo dogs” from Hong Kong, and of course the Washington Monument and the Capitol to symbolize DC. The finishing touch were the delicate sugar cherry blossoms crowning the cake.



Event Planner: Joyce Ozturk; Bash | Reception Location + Event Catering: Cosmos Club | Design: Bash | Florist: Sweet Root Village | Videographer: Bowen Films | Photographer: Stephen Bobb Photography | Cake + Desserts: Catherine George Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Hair by Remona; Leah Margosis Makeup | Favors + Special Details: Astro Doughnuts | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bialek’s Music – String Along Quartet; DJ D-Mac & Associates – DJ Rhome Anderson

Ethereal Real Wedding of Ryan and Alex Steffen

January 31, 2018

 Making their dream wedding a reality

Alex and Ryan wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception, but because of the timing of their engagement and their move up to NYC in August 2017, July was really the only month that would work.  With that in mind, they set out to find a venue that allowed them to bring the outdoors in.
The Westin Georgetown’s Promenade was the perfect canvas to create a garden-inspired fete, complete with air conditioning and hardwood floors!  Alex wanted the overall aesthetic to be soft, romantic and classic; something she could show her daughters in 20 years and not feel like it screamed “2017”.

That special touch…

Being the family-driven, DC locals that they are, Alex and Ryan made a point to incorporate personal details throughout the day.  The pens guests used to sign the guest book were pens Ryan had snagged from NYU at his orientation.
In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to an organization close to their hearts.  And in a nod to the city of DC, guests were treated to soft pretzels from The Pretzel Bakery as they departed at the end of the night.
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Event Planner: Alexandra Nesterak Events | Event Catering: Westin Georgetown | Florist: Petals Edge |Ceremony & Reception Location: Westin Georgetown | Rentals: Select Event Rentals | Lighting Company: Pike Productions |
Videographer: Reflexion Videography | Photographer: Finn Lively Photo | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts |
Hair + Makeup: Kelly Unthank; Updos for I Do’s | Favors + Special Details: The Pretzel Bakery |
Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Shine Invitations | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: BroadSound | Roomblocks | After Party | Brunch  Locations + Details: Westin Georgetown | Photo Location: Tudor Place


  • Finn Lively Photo

Lauren and Matt’s Meridian House Winter Wedding

January 24, 2018

Flawless Winter Wedding

Lauren and Matt’s Meridian House winter wedding was held on a perfectly crisp January day with soft light and warm joy that spread from beginning to end. From the stunning ivory and taupe stationery suite to the ivory and green florals, the elegant tone was set for their guests who traveled from near and far to spend the day celebrating this sweet couple.

Location, Location, Location

The excitement begin at the Willard Hotel; carried over to Union Station for portraits; and later with the wedding festivities at the incredible Meridian House, a former Ambassador’s home constructed in the 1920s. Each room of the Meridian House is full of character and history. Notice the intricate French paintings and antique oriental porcelain adorning the space. Dinner was held in the library room and dining rooms, where heartfelt toasts preceded an amazing first dance in the ballroom.


Event Planner: Rex & Regina | Event Catering: Well Dunn Catering | Florist: Growing Wild Floral | Ceremony + Reception Location: Meridian House | Photographer: Audra Wrisley | Cake + Desserts: Milk Bar Store | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Jenn Heller | Rentals: Vintage Affairs 



  • Audra Wrisley

Real Wedding of Allegra and Brendan

December 20, 2017

Sentimental Surroundings

Brendan and I met at the White House as interns seven years ago, and it was important to us to be married at a location that was meaningful to us and close to the White House. As a DAR descendant, I had always had it in the back of my mind as a potential wedding venue, and when DAR was flexible to allow us to mix up the format to be able to dine outdoors, our decision was a no-brainer.

All in the Details

It was also important to us that each detail be meaningful – the family photos, the biscotti, the fact that our minister knew Brendan growing up. We wanted it to be classic and understated but elegant, and we wanted our guests to feel at home. We had so many amazing moments and details, one special moment/fun fact was that our first dance was choreographed by my uncle and godfather, who is a professional dancer and who made it so much fun for us both.

From the Heart

I put a lot of thought into the readings during the ceremony. Since I studied literature, I looked for readings that were unusual – the CS Lewis reading was about learning to love even when things aren’t perfect, and the Pablo Neruda sonnet is a favorite of mine. The Robert Louis Stevenson poem I picked for Brendan, who loves all things Scottish, and for me because he’s a favorite children’s author of mine.

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Event Planner: Bright Occasions | Event Catering: Occasions Caterers | Florist: Yellow Door Floral | Reception + Ceremony Location: DAR | Videographer: Mwendo Films | Photographer: Bonnie Sen Photography | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: The Dandelion Patch | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Nightsong via Entertainment Exchange |


  • Bonnie Sen

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