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Hay Adams Wedding of Evan and Katie

August 24, 2016

After a dazzling proposal under the 4th of July lit sky, Evan and Katie were married at the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams Hotel on October 4th, 2015. The two met by chance at the dog park and were introduced by their ‘fur babies’, Gus and Harley. Their big day was one that will never be forgotten. Having lost her mother at a young age, it was very important to Katie to weave in her mother’s vibrant spirit into as many aspects of the wedding as possible. She was the inspiration behind a lot of the beautiful moments that everyone experienced that day. The venue choice was easy as the couple wanted to be married somewhere patriotic. Evan is an American hero, having served in Iraq in Korea and is currently enlisted in the US Army at The Pentagon. Katie is a South Carolina native, so there is a lot of Charleston influence on the food, flowers, and décor. Since the two met in Washington DC, The Hay Adams was the perfect choice.

After being escorted up the aisle by her Dad to Here Comes the Sun played by an acoustic trio led by Phil Kominski and his wife, Katie and Evan were married overlooking the White House by their best friend. The altar held two colorful flower pieces, and Katie’s late grandmother’s prayer book that was carried by her on her wedding day in the 1940’s.

The Top of the Hay was then transformed into a vibrant wonderland with gorgeous freshly picked garden inspired flower arrangements. Each dinner plate was adorned with a Camellia leaf from the bride’s father’s award winning South Carolina garden. After a tear-jerking toast by the father of the bride, the guests enjoyed Pierogis, a tilt to the bride and groom’s Polish heritage, and then delicious Southern fried chicken followed by a cake that looked too beautiful to eat. The signature champagne cocktail was named, ‘Mama Bott’s Bubbles’ after the Bride’s mom.

Then it was time for the Lloyd Dobler Effect to make some noise. The couple had their first dance to Van Morrison’s, Crazy Love. Guests boogied all night long to the live band playing everything from Phil Collins to Snoop Dog while enjoying Moscow Mules from the hockey inspired ice luge (a gift from the bride to the groom). Family and friends enjoyed photo opps with the magnificent back drop of the White House. The night was truly filled with the most magnificent energy, love. Everything was absolutely perfect.

 

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Event Planner: Simply Chic Events | Florist: Philippa Tarrant | Ceremony + Reception Location: Hay Adams Hotel | Rentals: DC Rental | Photographer: Taken by Sarah Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Kendall’s Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Lloyd Dobler Effect |

 

Credits

  • Taken by Sarah Photography
    Sarah and Ben

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

 

Credits

  • Abby Jiu Photography

A Celebration of Marriage- Real Wedding of B + S

April 8, 2015

Today’s Real Wedding is not only breathtaking, but also unique.

Being in the heart of the District, we believe, support and love marriage equality. Today we have the pleasure of featuring an incredible same sex wedding.

Beth + Susan were together 20 years before Maryland legalized same sex marriage. They waited patiently for those 20 years and knew that as soon as the referendum was overturned they would tie the knot!

Their wedding and reception served as a symbol of thanks to their friends and community who worked tirelessly to make marriage equality in Maryland a reality.

These lovely brides left it up to the pros to create something that was both edgy and sophisticated, and left most of the design details, large and small, in their capable hands. The outcome was nothing short of perfection!

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Susan + Beth designed the tallit that was used for the Chuppah. They even went so far as spending a weekend with the artist in Santa Barbara, California, selecting the fabrics and sewing it.  It included many personal details and symbols about their lives together.  Their four nephews carried it into the ceremony on poles.

John Farr Lighting and Jeff Johnson took great care in lighting the Chuppah and incorporating it into the ceremony setting.

“When we walked under the Chuppah for the first time, we were so moved by the beauty of the moment.”

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Susan’s Favorite Wedding Detail:

The setting and beauty of the ceremony space. Between the chuppah, which we designed and made, the lighting and flowers and the gallery were beyond beautiful.

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Beth’s Favorite Wedding Detail:

The food was delicious! Joel Wolke from Occasions Caterers suggested a dessert buffet to follow the sit down dinner.  The buffet was a wonderful way to get people up and mingling.  After dinner, people congregated around the dessert buffet chatting and joining in the contra dance!

 

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Susan Korn and Beth Handler

Longview Gallery | Washington, D.C.

 

Venue: Longview Gallery | Photographer: Greg Gibson |  Event Coordinator: Christine Godsey with Engaging Affairs | Florist: Blue Vanda Designs | Caterers: Occasions Caterers | Cake: Maggie Austin | Bride’s Attire: Robert Danes custom gown, Bergdorf Goodman | Bride’s Attire: Escada, Neiman Marcus | Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Wedding Cake Flavors: Butterscotch Toffee and Cinnamon Pistachio | Wedding Cocktail: The Hayride & a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail | | Music/Entertainment: Andrea Hoag, founder of Old Doors/New World Project | Invitations: Fourth Year Studios | Lighting: John Farr Lighting | Valet: MarcParc Inc. | Chuppah: Tallits by Sharon
| Save the Date: Jill Baron Illustrations  | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Honeymoon Spot:  Paris

 

Credits

  • Engaging Affairs

Infectious Celebration – B + R’s Real Wedding

January 7, 2015

You know when you come across a smile so amazing that once seen, it causes those looking to instantly smile. That’s just how the DW team felt when we received this submission from Greg and Garrett. Brandon and Rita’s wedding was a little bit fairytale and a whole lot of fun. Their traditional jewish wedding had a romantic ambiance that was perfectly captured. River Bend Golf and Country Club in Potomac Falls, VA served as the location for their nuptials and celebration. The black and red combination was perfect for the time of year and would go perfectly for a late fall and winter wedding.

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DW’s favorite detail is the remarkable rain shot from Greg and Garrett & the awesomely fun photo booth!

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Photography: Garrett & Greg of GH Studios | Catering and Venue: River Bend Golf & Country Club | Floral: Loda Floral Designs | Entertainment: The Source via Elan Artists |

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