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Wine is for Lovers: Alison and Greg’s Real Wedding!

May 17, 2017

Together, they have visited over 130 wineries in Virginia, California, New York, and Oregon and can trace their family history back to the Revolutionary War. They did not meet until they were 27, but grew up 10 minutes away from each other attending rival high schools and if that isn’t fate, I am not sure what is! The details of their wedding were well thought out, both in design and food and beverage. Guests raved all night about their dining experience before they hit the dancefloor. Their love is palpable through their wedding day photos and we can’t wait to reach out to Alison and Greg and get some wine recommendations! Happy Wedding Wednesday!

 

Event Coordinatior: Caroline Dutton | Event Catering: Main Event Caterers | Florist: J. Morris Flowers | Ceremony and Reception Location: Meridian House | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Valet + Transportation: Limousines, Inc. Photographer: Elisha Coleman, Love Life Images | Cake + Desserts: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Renee’ Polcher | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bachelor Boys Band |

 

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  • Love Life Images

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

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  • Taylor and Ben Photography

Hay Adams Wedding of Evan and Katie

August 24, 2016

After a dazzling proposal under the 4th of July lit sky, Evan and Katie were married at the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams Hotel on October 4th, 2015. The two met by chance at the dog park and were introduced by their ‘fur babies’, Gus and Harley. Their big day was one that will never be forgotten. Having lost her mother at a young age, it was very important to Katie to weave in her mother’s vibrant spirit into as many aspects of the wedding as possible. She was the inspiration behind a lot of the beautiful moments that everyone experienced that day. The venue choice was easy as the couple wanted to be married somewhere patriotic. Evan is an American hero, having served in Iraq in Korea and is currently enlisted in the US Army at The Pentagon. Katie is a South Carolina native, so there is a lot of Charleston influence on the food, flowers, and décor. Since the two met in Washington DC, The Hay Adams was the perfect choice.

After being escorted up the aisle by her Dad to Here Comes the Sun played by an acoustic trio led by Phil Kominski and his wife, Katie and Evan were married overlooking the White House by their best friend. The altar held two colorful flower pieces, and Katie’s late grandmother’s prayer book that was carried by her on her wedding day in the 1940’s.

The Top of the Hay was then transformed into a vibrant wonderland with gorgeous freshly picked garden inspired flower arrangements. Each dinner plate was adorned with a Camellia leaf from the bride’s father’s award winning South Carolina garden. After a tear-jerking toast by the father of the bride, the guests enjoyed Pierogis, a tilt to the bride and groom’s Polish heritage, and then delicious Southern fried chicken followed by a cake that looked too beautiful to eat. The signature champagne cocktail was named, ‘Mama Bott’s Bubbles’ after the Bride’s mom.

Then it was time for the Lloyd Dobler Effect to make some noise. The couple had their first dance to Van Morrison’s, Crazy Love. Guests boogied all night long to the live band playing everything from Phil Collins to Snoop Dog while enjoying Moscow Mules from the hockey inspired ice luge (a gift from the bride to the groom). Family and friends enjoyed photo opps with the magnificent back drop of the White House. The night was truly filled with the most magnificent energy, love. Everything was absolutely perfect.

 

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Event Planner: Simply Chic Events | Florist: Philippa Tarrant | Ceremony + Reception Location: Hay Adams Hotel | Rentals: DC Rental | Photographer: Taken by Sarah Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Kendall’s Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Lloyd Dobler Effect |

 

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  • Taken by Sarah Photography
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Love Notes – Real Wedding of M + Z

April 6, 2016

Both music teachers, Zach and Marie incorporated music in the most enchanting ways for their big day. For their first look, Zach surprised Marie with a private performance of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me” on guitar on the campus of Georgetown University. During the ceremony, the couple arranged a choir to perform the beautiful piece “This Marriage” by Eric Whitacre during the lighting of their unity candle. The musicians consisted of the bride and groom’s closest friends, and to make things even more special, Marie’s brother Brian officiated the ceremony. Zach’s dad even grabbed his guitar and joined the band onstage at the reception for a show stopper! The gorgeous July day could not have been memorable and perfect for the couple.

From the bride’s lace gown to the garden rose bouquet to the DC details at their Georgetown wedding – everything at this wedding breathed romance. Zach and Marie grew up locally and share a great love for the capital city, so they knew they had to incorporate the district’s amorous elements into their wedding. Their love for the city was seen through the table numbers as DC neighborhood names and the favors as cherry blossom seeds. Don’t forget the Georgetown Cupcakes and monument-themed cookies and chocolates for dessert!

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Zachary Tilkens and Marie Crenwelge Tilkens

Florist: Petals by Emmanuel  | Reception Location: Pinstripes DC, Georgetown, DC | Ceremony Location: Saint Mary Mother of God, Chinatown, DC | Cake + Desserts: Georgetown Cupcake and House of Crumbs | Hair + Makeup: Lori Nansi | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Mitchel Wynnyk – Custom Designer, Basecamp – Printer | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: The Bachelor Boys Band |

 

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  • Brittany Custer Photography

Something Special – Real Wedding of A+J

March 2, 2016

Anjuli and John met nine years ago in the summer of 2006. They were both working for then-U.S. Senator Clinton of New York. Anjuli was a health care case worker in Clinton’s New York Senate office, and John worked at Clinton’s Political Action Committee in Washington. John needed help joining the 9/11 health program (he had worked for FEMA at Ground Zero after September 11th), someone suggested he talk to Anjuli, and the two started a conversation that continues to this day.

When Anji said she was moving to Washington to attend Georgetown Medical School, John offered to buy her a drink and show her around town. They met, hit it off, and became dear friends but nothing romantic developed. They developed a strong foundation in friendship, they both journeyed through jobs, graduate school, and life events.

In summer 2013, John was living in Bologna, Italy finishing his dissertation while Anjuli was in Washington serving as pediatrics chief resident at Georgetown. When John came to Washington for a visit, the two met for another drink, and this time dinner, and admitted their feelings for each other. Neither of us remembers exactly who said what first, but we both knew it was the start of something special.

When Anjuli visited John in Italy that fall (our fourth date!), the two shared many adventures – an emergency room visit, a trip to Tuscany, a car breakdown, and great laughs and conversation through them all and over many delicious meals. After Anjuli whirlwind visit to Italy, John sailed home at Christmas intent on life with Anji.

On their first New Year’s Day together, John and Anji took a walk downtown, shared black-eyed peas for good luck, and reflected on their year. We built a life together, supporting each other through the completion of our respective residency and dissertation. We got to know each other’s friends and families. We traveled to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Italy again, and New Jersey.

On their second New Year’s Day together, John suggested taking that same walk as part of a new tradition – he proposed to Anjuli on Memorial Bridge in Washington D.C….the rest is history!

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John’s father built the APhA Building, so the building had personal connection and meaning for the couple.

 

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Anjuli Srivastava and John Gans, Jr.

September 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Event Planner: Tabitha Roberts, Roberts+Co Events | Florist: Shelly Bagdasian, B Floral and Event Design | Reception Location: Potomac View Terrace, American Pharmacist’s Association Building | Ceremony Location: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church | Catering Company: Occasions Caterers | Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images | Cake + Desserts: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Brewed Engravers | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Washington Virtuosi for the ceremony; Miles Stiebel, MSE Productions for the reception | Wedding Colors: Navy and Purples | Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier from Hitched Salon | Invitations + Day of Print: The Dandelion Patch 

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  • Love Life Images

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