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Cultural Elegance

Jimmy Tran and Camela Bulacan

April 19, 2017

Cultural traditions are what make weddings so incredibly meaningful. They tie the past to the present, and the traditional tea ceremony is the perfect example.We couldn’t think of a better way to spend the beginning of your Big Day taking a look at todays real wedding with this gorgous and relaxed couple! Todays classic elegant D.C. wedding took the time to honor their famlies and their elders by doing a traditional tea ceremony and tying the knot at the well known Dahlgren Chapel where they were able to include some of their Filipino traditions! Their elegance and styled day ended on the dancefloor with the ultimate dance party!



Event Planner: Elizabeth DuncanEvent Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Florals: Blooms Reston FloralReception Location: DAR Ceremony Location: Dahlgren ChapelRentals: DC Rental Photographer: Elizabeth FogartyCake + Desserts: Breeze Bakery Hair + Makeup: Red Door Spa Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Wedding Paper DivasEntertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ DMAC 

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  • Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

A Cultural Soirée – Real Wedding of Amar and Seema

May 4, 2016

“We are a couple that met a few years ago and endured a long distance relationship between DC and Texas before our wedding. Amar created an elaborate scavenger hunt leading Seema throughout DC with friends and family waiting at every stop for his proposal. That kicked off a year of planning their dream wedding.” – Seema Patel

Their vision was to have an upscale luxury DC wedding with the casual touches of the groom’s Texas background while highlighting the importance of culture.

The ceremony was traditionally indian starting off with the jaan where the groom’s family dances their way up to the ceremony entrance and the bride’s family welcomes them. The couple was inspired by the idea of a royal indian wedding choosing jewel tones for the ceremony colors. After the ceremony, the emotional vidaii happened where the bride’s family gives her away to the groom officially.

The reception inspiration was a classy DC dinner party. Classic colors were chosen including rose gold, black and white. Rose gold sequin table cloths were used with crystal candelabras, black lamps and white calla lilies. During the reception, the couple wanted to marry their two cities with themes from both DC and Houston. Each table had a DC metro sign which corresponded with the metro ticket table card that each guest received. Their families did a flash dance with cowboy hats to bring in some Texas flair!

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“We wanted a special way to thank our guests at midnight – we surprised them with the captain cookie food truck as they were leaving the reception, it was special that we were able to get in the truck and make/hand out sandwiches to our guests!”ASP-SAW-2102

Planner: Project Bride DC  | Design + Florist: Liz Decorations | Reception Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Ceremony Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Photographer: Ajit Singh Photography  | Desserts: Captain Cookie and the Milk Man Food Truck | Hair + Makeup: Ana Buitrago | Entertainment Company: Maxx Entertainment |  Meet & Greet- The Willard Intercontinental, DC 

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  • Ajit Singh Photography

Assigned Love – Real Wedding of C+A

February 24, 2016

 

Can you imagine meeting your forever in law school, on the first day? Well this lucky couple had assigned seats next to each other starting with their first class of the day in law school…you could say, the rest was history, but first:

What was the bride’s first impression? “Nice voice, well-dressed. Why is he always late to class?”

What was the groom’s first impression? “Beautiful smile, and very attentive in class.”

…then the rest was history, after their first official date at Square restaurant in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA

6 years later, they were engaged!

Alex tricked Candice into flying back to Cambridge for another event and pretended they were meeting a friend at Upstairs on the Square, their first date spot.  Suddenly, Alex was on one knee and the bartenders were pouring champagne!

A mix of spring greens, soft blush and creamy white florals made this day glorious. The bride’s bouquet was a mix of garden roses, hydrangea and freesia while the guest tables included some ranunculus, sweet pea and peonies, almost every brides dream flower line-up?! Right!

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Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: DIY bookmarks with each guest’s name — they did double duty as place cards and wedding favors, and fit the reception’s library setting!

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Biggest Surprise of the Wedding:

(1) The wedding coinciding with the peak of cherry blossom season.

(2) How good a dancer Candice’s father was!  ajp-477 ajp-539

Event Planner + Designer: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events |Florist: Sidra Forman Flowers | Reception + Ceremony Location: DAR | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker | Officiant: Justice O’ Connor | Speciality Food: Seven Seas | DJ: Bialek’s Music

 

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  • Abby Jiu Photography

Enchanting Real Wedding for B+N

October 28, 2015

“Incorporating special elements from both mine and my husband’s cultures and sharing that with all our family and guests was one of the most important moments that made the day so special.” The Chinese and Jewish cultures that represented B+N truly shaped the day. This was the first time many of their guests were able to experience and see traditions from both cultures. The design was fun, modern and elegant. The A. Dominick Events team did an amazing job playing with the gorgeous palette of dark blue, rose gold and light pink.

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Favorite DW Detail….

“My husband and his friends have a quirky tradition where they wear temporary tattoos at weddings and parties.  usually they are cartoon characters typically found in party stores.  for our wedding, Neal’s cousin (a graphic designer) drew a custom design with our faces that we produced into temporary tattoos for all the guests to wear at the after party!”

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“The Chinese “double happiness” symbol on the invitation, the Jefferson memorial icon on the reply envelope, boxwood & candle wall, string quartet playing specially selected processional and recessional music, reading of “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard during the ceremony, and the personalized temporary tattoos were just a few things that made our day memorable.”

Event Coordination: A. Dominick Events | Photographer: Jeff Greenough | Makeup: Amie Decker | Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona | Flowers / Floral Design: Edge Floral | Catering/Rentals: The Ritz-Carlton | Paper Materials: Cheree Berry Paper | Chairs/Linens: DC Rental | Ceremony: String 4 |  Entertainment/Band: Elan Artists/Project M Band| Lighting: Frost Lighting | Escort Cards/Place Cards: Lettering By Lynne

Credits

  • Jeff Greenough

Artistic Appeal – Real Wedding of J + D

July 7, 2015

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was filled with love on August 23, 2014 as Jie Shi and Dynne Sung tied the knot with family and friends standing by their side. The wedding had continuous music flowing throughout the night, performed by a harpist, an a cappella group, a quartet, and a pianist. Along with the music, the museum was so kind as to open up their downstairs galleries to the guests of the wedding.

Other features of the night included a surprise dessert bar, and as a party gift, guests were given impressionable art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Sparklers filled the air when the couple made their exit into a new life together.

The bride’s favorite parts of the night were when “the string quartet played two traditional Asian songs that we dedicated toour parents in honor of their respective cultures: Korean “Arirang” and Chinese “Jasmine.” Also, the wedding cake had four tiers of alternating flavors, banana nut and red velvet – each representative of our favorite childhood sweets.”

The groom’s favorite details were that “servers passed two specialty drinks, his “Jack Rose” and her “Fresh Start” – each representative of our own personalities and tastes. Also, we had the downstairs art galleries opened to our guests. It was a chance to see some amazing artwork at their own leisure and provided a breathtaking backdrop for pictures. The party favors were art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art so that guests could take the museum experience home with them.”

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Jie + Dynne

Washington, D.C.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art | First Look Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Officiant: Lawrence B. Lindsey | Videographer: Toy Box Productions | Photographer: Anny Photography | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Letterpress Stationary: The Dandelion Patch | Bride’s Gown: Love Couture

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  • Anny Photography

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