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!
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.
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!
April showers are around the corner… instead of getting depressed from the wet days ahead, allow them to inspire you with the beauty + inspiration they can provide. After all…Silver white winters that melt into springs, are a