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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

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

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 |

 

Credits

  • 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

Credits

  • 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 |

 

Credits

  • Taken by Sarah Photography
    Sarah and Ben

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