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Hotel Monaco Alexandria Wedding

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

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River Farm Wedding

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The fabulous vendor team:

Ceremony and Reception Location: River Farm

Photography: Love Life Images

Dress: Galina from David’s Bridal

Shoes: Sperry Top Siders

Suit/Tux: Dash’s of Old Towne

Florist: Bloom Florist

Caterer: Avalon Caterers

Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop

Ceremony music: Palladio String Quartet

Reception music: Davis Event Group

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas


Strong Mansion Wedding

Lisa and Harrison were married in September of last year at Strong Mansion. The lovely garden venue paired nicely with the couple’s traditional style – and the pictures by Kelly Ewell Photography speak for themselves!

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From Kelly, the photographer…

It’s impossible to ignore the beautiful grounds at Strong Mansion. Green grass, a fountain-filled pond, stone steps that served as a waiting ceremony spot, and even the abundance of small frogs that leapped around the water’s edge. But there was a scramble for umbrellas on Lisa and Harrison’s wedding day and the outdoor ceremony they had planned was looking like it would have to be scrapped in place of the Plan B ceremony under the tent.  Luckily we had time on our side.  Because Lisa had left key pieces to her wedding dress on the shuttle bus she rode over to the mansion, so all we could do was sit and wait for the bus to be located and her dress retrieved.  So with a little bit of a delay and about half an hour before Lisa was set to walk down the aisle to marry Harrison, the rains stopped and fresh dry white chairs were set outside to hold their ceremony outside after all. Clouds remained overhead but the rains had passed. With this fortuitous turn of events, Lisa and Harrison had luck on their side as they started their lives together as husband and wife!

The fabulous vendor team:

Venue: Strong Mansion
Officiant: Samuel Seligman
Caterer and Cake: Elegancia Catering
Hair: Hair by Nicole
Make Up: Le Mariee
DJ: Starlust Entertainment
Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography

Dumbarton House Garden Wedding

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday! Today I have the incredibly sweet wedding of Lauren and Aaron at the Dumbarton House!  Thank you to Sweet Tea Photography for sharing it with us! Natural, casual, comfortable and beautiful to boot – I think I am in love!


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