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Bright and Beautiful – Real Wedding of Raquel & Brian

March 22, 2017

Raquel and Brian are the ultimate couple. They met in September 2010 as Americorps volunteers and maintained a long-distance relationship while Brian went to medical school in Boston and Raquel went to law school in New York. They moved to DC together in 2015 and are now your typical doctor-law DC power couple. Their wedding was nothing short of perfection! 

The design was inspired by my Mexican heritage, and I made a conscious effort to mix old with new. I wanted to use traditional design elements like wooden tables, lace, and talavera tiles to bring warmth to the industrial reception space. At the same time, I wanted the flowers to feel young and colorful, rather than going with a more traditional design.”

“My favorite part of the day was the first dance. Brian and I moved from friendship to dating in part because we took a salsa class together, so we wanted our first dance to be salsa. We invested in lessons before the wedding to refresh our moves, and would practice at home. Brian especially worked really hard to become a strong dance leader. It was so fun and rewarding to surprise our family and friends with the dance! It’s also something that we can continue to do to relive a little bit of the magic from that day.”

Event Planner: Gingerwood Creative  | Event Catering: Well Dunn CateringFlorist: Crimson and Clover |  Reception Location: Longview GalleryCeremony Location: Cathedral of St Matthew the ApostleRentals: Big Top Entertainment  + Vintage Affairs  + Plants AliveLighting Company: John Farr Lighting DesignCake + Desserts: Sweets by E Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DCFavors + Special Details: Poptarts – Ted’s BulletinInvitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: JP StationaryEntertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Marquee Artists + Bobby Jae


  • Taylor and Ben Photography

Elegant Wedding at the Park Hyatt

March 15, 2017

Arielle and Casey’s top priorities for the wedding day were fun and food. Food plays a big role in their life (Arielle is a trained pastry chef and her dad is an amateur chef extraordinaire) so the dinner menu was carefully curated by the couple – they wanted guests to feel as if they were eating something special and unlike anything they had seen at a wedding before. Her father created signature chocolates as the favor for guests to take home. The band, from Philly, kept everyone on the dance floor all night. For design, Arielle wanted something sassy with a classic look without a color in sight. We worked with Paperzest to create a gray scale invitation suite, each piece adorned with a different patterned backer. The amazing team at Edge took our ideas of silvers, grays and whites and created a fun floral design for the ballroom. – Kaitlin Przezdziecki, Wedding Planner

Design & Planning : Cheers Darling Events | Florist : Edge Event Floral Design | Videographer: Rimas Videography | Rentals: DC Rental | Venue / Catering : Park Hyatt DC | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair: Blo Dry Bar | Music: Love Jones Band | Make Up: Blend Make Up Artistry | Paper Goods: Paperzest | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Chocolate Favors: Father of the Bride


  • Lisa Zeising

Warm and Romantic Affair

March 9, 2017

This stylish NYC based couple Becky & Harry planned a warm wedding filled to the brim with elegance at the glamorous venue, The Fairmont, which is surrounded by all the breathtaking architecture Washington D.C. has to offer. Becky is a Bethesda native and Harry is a southern-born Doctor. The two met at a bar in NYC and instantly became the perfect couple.Their elegant Spring wedding included a color palette of peach, navy, white, silver and rose gold accents.
Becky wore an off the shoulder lace sheath dress by Lela Rose and fashion forward Jimmy Choo heels. Her bridesmaids selected any navy chiffon dress of their desire from Jenny Yoo. Harry wore a classic navy suit, and opted for a succulent boutonniere. They served classic Manhattan’s as a specialty cocktail and had a friend create the cutest signage to personalize their event and tie in their beloved fur-baby.
The huge crowd pleaser at this wedding was the excellently executed chuppah decor. With light and airy drapery that paired beautifully with hanging peach, green, and white blooms. Rose gold and peach accents on the table cards were a perfect compliment to the white linens and silver chargers. They incorporated three types of centerpieces, low and lush, tall arrangements and tables that were set with candles and rose petals. All worked together to create a warm romantic glow throughout the room. For dessert, the infamous and impossibly delicious cupcakes from Baked and Wired were served.
Design & Coordination: Margo Fischer, The Bright Occasions | Venue: The Fairmont Washington D.C. | Wedding Cupcakes: Baked and Wired | Officiant: Rabbi Laila Haas | Florist: Yellow Door | Ceremony and Reception Band: Marquise Band | Piano: Steve Long | Hair Stylist: Kayla Dreesen, Jewel Hair Design | Make-up Artist: Rachelle Glorioso, Blend Event | Transportation: Sunny Limo | Rentals: DC Rental and La Tavola Fine Linen | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose, Hitched | Suit: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Rings: Baron Jewelry | Invitations and Day-Of Paper: Minted


  • Deb Lindsey Photography

Up Up and Away – Real Wedding of Jeff and Bernadette

March 1, 2017

Jeff told her that they were meeting someone here at 6:00am. Bernadette began to ask if every person that pulled into the Dunkin Donuts was the person they were waiting for. Finally a big truck with a basket in the back of it pulled in and Jeff said “they are here!” There was a big hot air balloon on the side of the truck and Bernadette asked “Are we going on a hot air balloon ride?!” Jeff smiled and said “Yes!”

They rode over to the launch site where they got to help set up the balloon. Unfolding it and holding the sides open as two large fans filled it with air. Jeff helped tip the basket over as the balloon pilot lit the fire. As the balloon filled they hopped in and quickly started to rise off the ground. The balloon quickly rose up above the trees, cows, and farmland below. As the sun rose above the mountains they could see the morning fog still hanging above the trees to the North. It was a breathtaking! Ten minutes into the flight Jeff handed his phone to the pilot and asked if he would take a picture of them. He got down on one knee and asked Bernadette to marry him! She was overjoyed and said “Yes, of course!” They spent the rest of the hour flight filled with joy as they took in the beautiful view and the peaceful moment they had alone.

Then came their amazing wedding day, a little rain the first half of the day just couldn’t stop the momentum of these two love birds! A DW favorite was this… “She was handed a  gift, a shoe box, she looked a bit confused until she opened it…and there it was…EVERYTHING.  Jeff had saved every receipt, game ticket, trinket…their entire dating history.” He knew from the beginning that she was the one.”

The reception and details didn’t go unnoticed. We loved the blush pink detailing throughout the entire design.

The incredible reception was full of fun, family, friends and laughter and the LED balloon sendoff was the perfect way to end the evening…just as their engagement began, with bright balloons.

Venue: Rixey Manor | Florals: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise | Wedding Dress: Stell York from Amy’s Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Combatant Gentlemen and Tie Obsessed on Etsy  | Catering and Servers: A Taste of Elegance  | Hair: Lauren Meisel | Make Up: Lorna Basse | DJ: Deon from Black Tie entertainment  | Cake: Gateau | Cookie Bar:  Mariann Mooney


  • Lieb Photographic
    Michelle Lieb

A White Wedding – Real Wedding of Amanda and Brian

February 9, 2017

Amanda & Brian always knew when planning a January wedding that snow was a possibility, so they were delighted when the forecast called for a few inches! Despite the freezing temperatures, these two (and their wedding party!) braved the cold. Every detail from the elegant gold welcome mirror and hot cider bar to the oversized seating chart and branches dripping in florals proved that nothing went unthought. They chose plum and gold for the color scheme to warm up an otherwise chilly day! Guests enjoyed dancing the night away in the Carnegie rotunda.

Event Planner: Roberts & Co Event Planning Event Catering: Spilled Milk CateringFlorist: Petal’s Edge Reception and Ceremony Location: Carnegie Institution for ScienceCake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts CakesFavors + Special Details: Chouquette Artisan ChocolatesInvitations and Day-Of Paper: Minted Entertainment Company/Lighting:  Bialek’s Music | Roomblocks/After Party /Brunch  Location: The Jefferson Hotel Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Co


  • Alicia Lacey Photography

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