Garden Whimsical

Ornate Glamour

July 16, 2014

Today, we are sharing with you at styled shoot at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, DC. The True Story Studios and team were inspired by the ornate glamour of the early 20th century. Delicate silver and gold details are woven throughout the shoot, while still incorporating lush garden elements into the table setting and European bouquet. The gowns (“Lisette” by Rivini and “Orange Blossom” by Claire Pettibone) each feature beautiful lace and embroidery. The lovely models in the shoot were also just married!

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Photography Credit: True Story Studios

Styling Team:

Event Planning & Styling: Elegantly Chic Events | Venue: Tudor Place | Bridal Attire: Hannelore’s of Old Town | Groom Attire: Matt’s Tailor and Tuxedo | Flowers: Wedding Muse | Cake: Gateau | Stationary: Jennifer Borkowski | Hair:- Claire Liscouski at Maude Hair | Makeup: Samantha McDonald

 

Be Ripe

May 16, 2014

Although it is rainy here in the district, just think what it will do for your tomato plants…

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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

Hotel Monaco Alexandria Wedding

April 1, 2014

Hello and Happy April! Today’s sunny wedding took place at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria. The talented Sweet Tea Photography caught all of Caitlin and Jeff’s details, including the lovely colorful flowers by Petal’s Edge Floral Design, the gorgeous calligraphy by Lettering by Lynne, to the sweet ride from Old Town Trolley Tours.

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From the bride and groom:

We were planning to be married on Long Island, NY, but found that planning remotely to be more challenging than we expected (at the time,

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I was working and going to graduate school full-time). Just to see what was available in our area, we started looking at venues in Old Town suggested by others. We looked at the Hotel Monaco and instantly fell in love with the spaces and with their staff – Allison Manning is the best! It’s also in the heart of Old Town, which has been our home for several years, and we were excited to share that with our friends and family.

Initially we wanted to have a nautical-themed wedding and blue and gold seemed to fit that theme. When we found our dream venue – not nautical themed – the colors fit the place and the season. We were really hoping for a classic meets modern look. Our florals were inspired by an arrangement that we received for our engagement, a low, glass cylinder filled with brightly colored seasonal flowers. We met with Rebecca at Petal’s Edge Floral Design and she was able to make our vision a reality while introducing us to new and exciting flowers.

Our favorite moment from our wedding day was the “first look.” We decided that seeing each other before the ceremony would really help with “butterflies” and nerves and make for great photos as well. I would recommend future brides to plan early, ask thorough questions, and read the reviews of your potential vendors. Most importantly, go with the flow!

It was important to us to incorporate family touches while making the event our own. Our cake topper was Jeff’s parents, used at their wedding 33 years ago. We needed something to liven-up the table settings – Caitlin really liked the idea of table runners and selected a pattern and fabric. Jeff’s mom made our table runners, which we were able to share with our families after the reception. Instead of a traditional guest book, we enlarged and printed on canvas a photo from our engagement shoot for guests to sign. It now hangs in our home. For favors, each guest received votive candles and a matchbox with the DC skyline printed on it. The candles were fall scented and from a candle company in Jeff’s hometown. Caitlin’s something old were her grandmother’s pearls, which her mother had strung into a bracelet. Her something blue was blue shoes, which was really fun – all of the guests kept asking to see them!

The fabulous vendor team:

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria

Photographer: Sweet Tea Photography

Calligraphy: Lettering by Lynne

Hair & Makeup: Sugar House Salon & Day Spa

Band: The Jangling Rienharts

Florals: Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery

Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours

April Showers

March 28, 2014

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