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Rachel and Sean’s Magical Real Wedding

July 26, 2017

Rachel and Sean had a magical day at the beautiful Dumbarton House in DC.  The beautiful weather continued through the ceremony as we witnessed Rachel and Sean unite under the chuppah. So many smiles, so many tears, so much love easily seen between these two throughout the day!

Succulents, wheatgrasses and herbs; such as rosemary were incorporated into all the floral arrangements, giving the wedding a rustic vibe that perfectly complemented the beautiful gardens at Dumbarton. The natural look of the chuppah is a DW favorite! 

Event Planner: Chrishaun Jones of Elegance and Simplicity;  Event Catering: Spilled Milk Catering; | Florist: Elegance and Simplicity | Ceremony & Reception Location: Dumbarton House | Valet + Transportation: Reston Limousine | Photographer: Love Life Images, Elisha Coleman | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair + Makeup: Colleen the Stylist | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Just Paper and Tea | Entertainment Company: MSE Productions (Ceremony); Scratch Weddings (Reception DJ)

Credits

  • Love Life Images

An Unforgettable Simultaneous Jewish and Hindu Marriage

July 19, 2017

Where do you begin? When you have so many significant and important moments throughout the night, you start to list your absolute unforgettable favorites. This bright celebration included draping in coral, salmon, and fuchsia chiffon. The room design was warm with lots of candle light.  Mercury vases with candles lined the aisle and centerpieces for the reception giving the room a golden glow.

Susan Brinch & Milan Thakore explain their wedding as Serendipitous. I had the honor of attending, and I couldn’t agree more! We asked the couple what were their favorites throughout the day and here is what they had to say:

Our first look; the weather was perfect, we were both overjoyed with excitement and love and couldn’t keep it together! There was a lot of nervous chatter and some happy tears.

The reciting & signing of the ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, in front of our Cantor, Pundit and our families, right before the ceremony began

The Baraat, where Milan’s friends and family accompanied him to the venue in a large procession. There was a drummer, dancing and singing and was a celebration of our pending marriage. Milan arrived with his entourage and was met by my parents & grandparents, who blessed him before entering the venue, signaling the beginning of the ceremony.

Walking down the aisle with my parents, while Iain played Fields of Gold on the electric cello

Our entire ceremony, which was a Jewish Hindu fusion, was magical. We spent a lot of time on the ceremony, incorporating our favorite and most meaningful traditions and wrote our own vows, which we barely got through. The pictures capture our emotions perfectly.

 

Event Planner: Evoke DC | Design + Florist: Sarah Khan Event Styling | Reception Location: The Westin Annapolis | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Lighting Company: Electric DJVideographer: Bowen Films | Photographer: Carly Romeo & Co | Makeup and Hair- Infinity Artistry | Margaux Pivec Volatile Makeup: Miriam Ault | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Eyeglasses String Music, Iain Forrest | 

Credits

  • Carly Romeo & Co

Down By The Bay – Real Wedding of Dana and Keegan

June 21, 2017

Dana and Keegan said I Do, Down by the Chesapeake Bay. 

They were inspired for their big day by the DC Cherry Blossoms and the scenic waterfront views of the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The reception space was filled with large cherry blossom trees constructed by Edge Flowers and lots of romantic candlelight. You can tell by their faces and friends that it was filled with unforgettable memories. Dana and Keegan met in NYC  and the rest is history! These two danced the night away!

We love the outdoor games & the trolley rides!

 

 

Photography: Eli Turner | Planning + Styling: Pop the Cork Designs | Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club| Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Florals: Edge Flowers |Makeup + Hair: Blend Event | | Band: Broadsound Band |  Rentals: White Glove Rentals 

Credits

  • Eli Turner

D&d in D.C. – Real Wedding of Danielle and Doug

June 7, 2017

Today we are sharing one of our very own industry leading planners weddings on DW! You will hear the voice of Danielle Couick from Magnolina Bluebird Design and Events and how she planned her picture perfect wedding in the heart of D.C. to her husband now, Doug! Their fabulous wedding was also featured in The KNOT

Florals and Inspiration Behind the Big Day: The style of our wedding was set to be traditional and classic with a whole lot of fun. We wanted to keep everything fun and bright so we focused on fun bars, a great logo/monogram that we pulled through and designed a cocktail style reception that would allow our guests to dance, eat, converse. Being from the South I’ve always had a love of emerald green as a nod to magnolia leaves. So I incorporated a boxwood wall for our ceremony and our bar. I wanted a clean look but with unexpected touches. 

My only requirement was that my bouquet have dahlias, white Phalaenopsis orchids, and Lambs Ear. When I was kid my grandmother had gardens and we walk through them. I would pull a leaf from the Lambs Ear and rub it in between my fingers. Since then it has always been a happy reminder of her and brings me calm. I also wanted magnolia topiaries and white orchids but left it up to them on how they used them. 

 I made Doug’s boutonniere out of feathers and included a fly fishing lure called a wooly bugger. Someone literally got hooked because the lure was MIA at the end of the wedding.

Our guests stayed at The Mayflower Hotel which was just blocks from our venue. Upon arrival, guests received welcome boxes that we designed. “Welcome to D.C. Y’all!” was burned into the tops of the boxes, a nod to my Southern roots and the D.C. flare. We created a D&d theme that carried through and used the same font from our invites for all of our collateral. The welcome boxes offered up a few favorites, Berger Cookies and Goetze’s Caramels from Baltimore, Andes mints and mini cans of Perrier to pull the color scheme through and dark chocolate covered pretzels as a nod to our favorite sweet. Custom welcome letters let our guests know of the weekend events, directions and details. 

We also did a late night bite with mini bags of Ruffles and French onion dip. If you have ever been to any party hosted by my grandmother, mother or me, you’ve had ruffles and French onion dip. There is something that it is so good no matter how fancy your party is! 

We had six specialty drinks. Moscow Mules, Pink Champagne, Jack and Gingers, Sidecars, Cosmos and Budweiser. It was more of a his and hers cocktail menagerie! Our cocktail selection varies depending upon mood so we decided to serve them al! Our calligrapher used a vintage brass tray that belonged to my grandmother, to display as signage. Our dear friends that own a big band- Radio King Orchestra created a playlist of tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s for cocktails that played in the background.

Everyone still raves about our food. Like I said, we wanted to focus on fun and the experience so we served what we love. We don’t necessarily need fancy but we need good and homegrown. We chose to do stations over a seated meal. The first station was a pulled pork BBQ station and being from North Carolina this was probably the most time consuming decision possible! HA! We spent lots of time doing “research” to make sure we got it right. While Occasions Caterers did most of our food service and food and it was outstanding, we called on the pros at Pork Barrel BBQ (winners of Shark Tank) to make the ‘cue happen. We also tapped them for our “Get Saucy” sauce buffet. When Doug and I were dating we had a garden at a nearby co-op. We had no idea what we were doing but it brought us together and gave us a great hobby. We ended up putting 17 tomato plants in 2 10’x4’ beds (about 3 times as many as we should). We had the best tomatoes of our life! We served heirloom tomatoes and homemade bleu cheese dressing from a personal recipe. The other station featured our favorite- a taco bar with made to order guac and mini margaritas! 

Event Planner: Danielle Couick | Event Catering: Occasions CaterersDesign: Revolution Events; Fabrication Events; Showtime Events; Creative CoveringsFlorist: Philippa Tarrant | Reception Location: The Decatur House on Lafayette Square | Ceremony Location: The Decatur House on Lafayette Square | Rentals: Perfect Settings (rentals); Creative Coverings (linen) | Lighting Company: John Farr Lighting | Videographer: Bowen Films | Valet + Transportation: MJ Valet | Photographer: Rodney Bailey; |  Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Co. Favors + Special Details: Favors- donation to the Alzheimer’s Association | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Invites: The Dandelion Patch; Day of Paper: Party Favorites

Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Millenium Band (Washington Talent Agency); Elliott Smith (soloist/acoustic guitar player); Gospel Choir (ceremony)

Credits

  • Rodney Bailey

Julie and Jon’s Real Wedding

May 24, 2017

“The anticipation leading up to seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle, and then finally seeing him, was wonderful. I think we were both smiling so widely as I walked down the aisle.  Aside from the ceremony itself, one of my favorite moments that I’ll always cherish was when Jonathan and I ducked away during our cocktail hour at the Women’s Museum  and took in a bird’s eye of view the scene below — the feeling of having every single one of our friends and family in one place and enjoying each other’s company was completely overwhelming in a really touching way.”

I wore several things on my wedding day that were so very meaningful. First, Jonathan’s three brothers and his dad gave me a special gift at our rehearsal dinner.  It is a silver cuff bracelet that is worn by each member of the family in memory of Jonathan’s mom, Karen, who passed away in 2002.  The cuff, which bears Karen’s initials on the inside, is a touching way to honor her memory, and signifies the unity and closeness of the family. Fall in love with this romantic soirée.

 

 

Photography – Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography  | Planning – Jen Guiler for Elizabeth Duncan Events  | Flowers – Philippa Tarrant  | Catering – Well Dunn Catering  | Venue – The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Credits

  • Abby Jiu Photography
    Lisa Ziesing

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