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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

Love Actually – Real Wedding of J+H

December 28, 2016

The Groom from England was visiting D.C. when he met Jacqueline out at a bar after a flag football game. They instantly hit it off and began a multi year long distance relationship until he finally decided to move to D.C. to be with her. Shortly before their wedding they moved to NYC together for work. Their wedding had a lot of subtle nods to Henry’s British heritage including involving their English bulldog, Gatsby, Henry’s traditional coattails and a Union Jack themed groom’s cake! Oh, did we mention it was during the holiday season? We are still in holiday mode and this wedding was the perfect fix! 

 

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Ceremony: Holy Trinity Church in GeorgetownReception: DARCatering: Well Dunn

 

Credits

  • Camille Catherine Photography

Grandeur Wedding at the W Hotel Washington

September 7, 2016

It is not hard to believe that this beauty pageant contestant planned her own grandeur and glamorous wedding at the W Hotel Washington last fall. Both the ceremony and the reception were self-designed by the bride with help from a family friend who is a floral designer. The day was adorned in blush and gold elegance with white and pink roses and hydrangeas. Photographer Carl Elixir shared some of the couple’s favorite moments: “We took the couples out on the street of DC for a few last shots, and the street lights of DC just became the most beautiful backdrop for us. Pedestrians saying congratulations to the couple, cars passing and honking; this all made the couple so happy at the end of the long day.”

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Photobooth: Guest House Events | Drapes: Quest Drape | Lighting: PSAV | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair & Makeup: Thoa Nguyen of The Golden Hairpin and Tuyet Nhi Le | Invitations + Day-Of Paper: Wedding Paper Divas | Entertainment: DJ KNOM | Videographer: Danyar Studios 

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Credits

  • Carl Elixir Photography
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Countryside of England to DC, The wedding to remember!

August 31, 2016

Cristin and Piers planned for an elegant wedding in the countryside of England.   One double-booked English venue later came the necessity of a Plan B.  Cristin and Piers arrived at the brilliant, albeit last-minute decision to have their wedding in Washington DC, closer to family.  Thankfully the Anglophile couple’s favorite English band was able to travel.  Being in the design industry coupled with extensive travel led the couple to an old-world-meets-contemporary-luxury aesthetic for their wedding.

The Anderson House was the perfect venue to marry sleek modern design with antique flair.  The Anderson House is rich in architectural detail.  This served as a pleasing counterpoint to the light and airy color palette and florals.  Cristin designed the all-white paper suite herself as well as the C+P monogram used throughout the decor.  Cristin’s stunning Oscar de la Renta gown was complimented by her Grandmother’s white gold and diamond bracelet.

Thankfully Plan B in this case was not second best.  Cristin and Piers got ready on separate floors of Cristin’s Grandmother’s nearby home.  Guests danced the night away and exited to monogrammed sugar cookies as they sent the couple off with sparklers.  Cristin and Piers’ wedding was a fully charged celebration of a love that has already learned the importance of improvising!

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Photography:  Amelia Johnson Photography   Coordination:  Atrendy Wedding  | Venue:  Anderson House Bride’s Dress:  Oscar de la Renta  | Groom’s Attire:  Salvatore Ferragamo  | Catering:  Ridgewells | Pastries:  Marina Karina Cakes Cake:  Marina Karina Cakes Stationery:  Bliss and Bone Floral Design:  Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs  Hair Styling:  Julie Jackson Stylists | Band:  Brit Pack Bride’s Shoes:  Jimmy Choo Ceremony Music:  String of Pearls Trio Lighting:  Bialeks Music | 

Luxury Wedding Vibes with B&D

August 3, 2016

Our dream was for it to be traditional yet modern; detail oriented and completely our style. Our wedding was magical, timeless, luxurious and fun!  Our crystal chuppah that also served as a gorgeous centerpiece above the dance floor, is something we will never forget. The STUNNING floral wall that served as the backdrop during our ceremony and then for the band during the reception, was a personal favorite.  Guests were trying to guess the total number of flowers!

The reception was certainly one of our favorite moments of the night – three different floral centerpieces dripping with ivory blooms atop sequined linen tables and mirrored top tables with gold pedestals. Perfect lighting complete with pinspotting to accent each centerpiece, the cake, the crystals, it all!  Our wedding logo featured throughout, on the custom white dance floor, etched into the backs of the bride/groom ghost chairs, the cocktail menus, and more!

Even though we wish we could go back to our wedding day and do it all over again, we are so grateful that we have the most stunning photos/video from the wedding so that we are able to relive it all the time! Truly a night to remember and a fairytale having only just begun… -Barak & Danai

 

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Special Moments: I wore my mom’s veil for photos, she showed it to me months before we realized how perfect it matched my dress and it made for a sentimental moment!

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Event Planner: Jennifer Stiebel of Soco Events |Design & Floral: Amaryllis Event Design | Ceremony & Reception Location: Park Hyatt Washington | Lighting Company: Amaryllis Event Design | Photographer: Moshe Zusman Photography | Cake + Desserts: Cake by Naomi Gallego at Park Hyatt Washington | Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Nour | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Custom – Calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Elan Artists – The Source for the reception and DJ Basscamp for the afterparty

Credits

  • Moshe Zusman Photography

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