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Retro Memories – Real Wedding of L + T

March 25, 2015

A bride who’s not afraid to play with color. Just take this bohemian beauty who mixed bright shades together for her joyous celebration. Lindsey and Taylor tied the knot last April, on a perfect spring day. It is evident that Lindsay and Taylor had a passion for books, as the overall blending theme portrayed through their details and expressed their love! Lindsey’s bohemia, yet retro style shined from her look to the entire design of the event.

This beauty is sweet reminder of how stunning a boho affair can be…

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Lindsey + Taylor
Virginia | April 27th, 2014
Ceremony at Aldersgate Church | Reception and Catering: Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant| Florist: Petals Edge | Cake: Occasionally Cake | Hair and Makeup: Megan Rickerson | Dress: Allure gowns



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Two Looks, One Night – Real Wedding of A + C

September 10, 2014

Today’s real wedding is nothing short of perfection. “Two looks, one night” is the best way to explain this unique wedding. The ceremony took place in the Hay-Adams Room which has rich woodwork, period ceiling details and gives off a very masculine feel. The room’s natural feel was counterbalanced by the white and creams that were brought in to soften and provide a romantic look.

Kicking everything off, the reception was fun and festive! They wanted the Top of The Hay to truly stand out and showcase itself. They went with an overall, white color scheme, but weren’t afraid to use that *pop* of color in the details, which is a DW personal favorite. After all, we know it’s about the details.

Wedding favors were Georgetown Cupcake treats [a local DC + family favorite]. The bride also made custom photo booth props and a guestbook made of vintage postcards from all the guests’ hometown, states and favorite places [wow, we love this!].

Take a look inside Ashley and Christopher’s Wedding:


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  A few of their favorite things…

Bride says: “Other than the obvious favorites – the groom; it’s hard to choose one thing because all of our vendors nailed it. From the amazing music to the lovely decor, I was thrilled to see how much everything aligned with what we were hoping for and envisioning. No doubt thanks to our talented planner, Amanda! I am also partial to a good photo booth, as indicated by the fact that I photo bombed 50% of the sessions.”


 Groom Says: “My lovely bride, Ashley, and the Pietasters as a distant, but magnificent second!”


Ashley and Christopher

April 26, 2014 | Washington, D.C

They currently live in Boston, MA

[which is fitting, because it all started in an Irish bar in downtown Boston]

Photography: K. Thompson Photography | Venue + Catering: The Hay Adams Hotel | Event Planner: Amanda McCabe, Engaging Affairs | Bridal Gown: Manuel Mota for Pronovias, Allure Bridal | Grooms Suit: Jos. A Bank | Hair: Cathleen Foster | Makeup: Nikki Fraser, Beauty ‘n the Bride| Wedding Cake: Kendalls’ Cake | Floral + Decor: Edge Floral Event Designers | Entertainment: The Pietasters and DJ Michael Cruz | Ceremony Music: The Palm String Quartet, Bialek’s | Furniture Rental: AFR Furniture Rental | Rentals: DC Rental | Invitations: Michelle’s Memos | Cake Topper: Peachwik (Etsy)| Table Numbers: BetterOffWed (Etsy) | Calligraphy + PlaceCards: Just Write Studios


Chevy Chase Club Wedding

June 9, 2014

Liz and Russell were married at All Saints Church with a reception that followed at the Chevy Chase Club. Their big day was filled with elegant and traditional D.C. style. The soiree featured soft blush and ivory hues, from the bridal party to the stationery to the decor. Thank you to the oh-so-talented Michael Bennett Kress Photography for sharing this gorgeous celebration with us! Happy Monday, all!

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The fabulous vendor team:
Ceremony: All Saints Church

Reception: Chevy Chase Club

Decor: Jack Lucky

Entertainment: Broad Sound Band

Dress: Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Hair: Maggie Sprague of Franz Sebastion Salon

Makeup: Carlos Gallegos

Video: Dolce Studio Films

Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions

Photography: Michael Bennett Kress Photography

Carnegie Institution for Science Downton Abbey Wedding

June 2, 2014

Robin and Michael’s Carnegie Institution For Science wedding was really something! Heather Sala of HJ Planners brought the couple’s vision to life, creating a Downton Abbey themed celebration. How fun is that? Scroll down and read more to hear about all of the details!

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From Heather of HJ Planners

Robin and Michael decided to have their wedding in DC because it’s the place that brought them together and the perfect destination for friends and family that are traveling from around the country — and even from around the world when it comes to some of Mike’s friends in the Navy. They chose a January wedding because they both love the winter (so much that they took a ski trip honeymoon to the Ritz Carlton in Vail, Colorado) and their venue, the Carnegie Institution, is not only historic, but lent itself perfectly to their theme.  

We began working with Robin and her mom about 9 months before the wedding, and were thrilled when they told us the theme – Downton Abbey! We knew there was so much that could be done and so many fun angles to explore with inspiration from the show.

Downton Abbey is a a British television series set in the English countryside in the early 1900’s. Getting to know the show itself means understanding the time period and setting; the difference between 1915 United States (much more Gatsby and flapper-style) and 1915 England (more lace, pearls, tea cups –  generally more conservative). To ensure that all of the vendors selected were on the same page, we asked each to watch the series.

We took an ultra classy, rich in era details approach to Robin’s wedding to make her day truly Royal.

The color palette was pearlescent pink, light gold, and jewel tones of purple, pink and gold.

It was all in the details, from the colors to the menu to the English touches that could be seen everywhere. The venue was grand with large pillars, marble, and a beautiful portico, similar to the feel of the Downton Estate.

The menu included English dishes: Mini Shepherd’s Pies, Beef and Yorksire Pudding Canapes, Goat Cheese and Figs, Rosemary Chicken, Sweet Cream Butter Biscuits, Port Poached Pears and Brie, and Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin. Each station was laid out in similar fashion to that of Downton’s Dining Room and named according to the characters – Lord Grantham’s Supper, Mrs. Patmore’s Garden, Lady Grantham’s Banquet, and Daisy’s Dessert Delights. Each table was named for a character in the series, as well – Mary and Matthew, Sybil and Branson. And the Signature Drink was the Lady Edith.

We intertwined satin ribbon with jewels and created hooks to give a more luxury feel to the Chiavari chairs. We searched antique stores in Berlin, MD for all of the photo booth props and accent table decor. The photo booth included pipes, hats, necklaces, tea cups, and gloves. Gold sequin linens were brought in to add a modern twist on this historic theme.

Each sign throughout the venue gave guests a reminder of the show with clever sayings. The stationery was a pink pearlescent with gold print.

Robin, the stunning bride, wore the hair piece that Lady Mary wore in the series on several occasions. Her shoes were shipped from London. The dresses for the bridesmaids were jewel toned and each bridesmaid wore a broach. Guests arrived in time period gowns and tuxedos.

The florals were different for every table – eucalyptus in a bell jar, candelabras, lush florals, candlesticks set in crystal holders. We wrapped the bannister to the rotunda in florals, similar to the show’s own bannister garland on Lady Mary’s wedding day.

The escort cards were on silver serving trays, surrounded by pearls, ladies gloves, perfume bottles and feathers. The scotch bar was written on an antique mirror. The favors were English Tea in small tins. Even the dessert diminutives were presented English style on a tiered silver server.

It was an enchanting night, and truly a Royal Affair.

The fabulous vendor team:

Venue: Carnegie Institution For Science  
Wedding Designer & Planner: Heather Sala, HJ Planners
Wedding Dress: Christos from Bridals By Lori
Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Sequin Linens: Nuage Designs
Sedan: RMA
Makeup Artist: Shaunda Jenkins, Bridal Artistry
Hair Stylist: Mandy Hollinger, Bridal Artistry
Beverages: ACE Beverage
Draping: Fabrication Events
Ceremony Music: Fred Lieder
Lighting & Photobooth: Dan Goldman
DJ: Dan Goldman, Bialek’s Music
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Florist: Janet Flowers
Photographer: Ruben Photography, Ruben Gamarra

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch

Signs: Stationery by Stephanie

Spring Photo Shoot from A. Dominick Events

May 6, 2014

Hello dear readers, are you all ready for a HUGE dose of pretty? Planners extraordinaire A. Dominick Events recently teamed up with florist Saivita and DC Rental to create pure magic at The Loft at 600 F Street.

Photographer Bonnie Sen captured all of the details right here for you!

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After meeting the lovely Saivita and hearing about her love of all things flowers, we dreamed up the idea of doing a photo shoot together.  As planners, we are often amazed at how different a table can look by changing the rental elements even with the same flowers.  And these lovely images were born.  Sai provided a few gorgeous arrangements of blush roses and trailing Jasmine all set in concrete cubes.  The juxtaposition of concrete against the exposed brick, at The Loft at 600 F Street, made perfect sense.

Our first look was inspired but the adorable teal plates and loads of clear glass candlesticks (all rentals are from DC Rental).  We loved how the mix of clear and color played together for a polished but still romantic look.

The second table look was inspired by gold accents.  Gold is huge this year, but can become too much very quickly.  By mixing the Tuscan cross back chairs, with the lacy chargers and the gold the overall effect is rustic but current and dressy enough for a DC bride.

Bonnie Sen did an amazing job capturing the all of the looks and details and as always was a pro to work with on the shoot.

The fabulous vendor team:

Planner: A. Dominick Events

Rentals: DC Rental

Venue: The Loft at 600 F Street

Photography: Bonnie Sen

Florist: Saivita

Farm Table: Something Vintage

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