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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

Southern Charm- Real Wedding of E + P

December 16, 2015

These warm temperatures have us crushing on this Real Wedding!

They were married overlooking the Potomac river and farmland at Riverside by their close family friend, Jim Smalley. Jim created an intimate christian ceremony that surrounded the couple with prayers and special readings while the stood in front of a iron arch adorned with floral arrangements. Guests held cocktail hour and reception in the refurbished barn, where they enjoyed a specialty cocktail of “Chattanoogie” which was a play on a Kentucky Mule. Dessert were delicious local pies and ice cream, and the couple cut a cake created for them by a close friend. Erica and Peters were from Nashville and wanted to bring some of their southern roots and traditions into the wedding, along with a romantic touch with their color story of peach, blush, mint, and gold. While they did bring in some elements such as mason jars that typically have passed in trends, they wanted to be authentic to their own style as they are the type to pass the moonshine and have great home parties that have the same down home feeling!

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Special Moment: They performed the “coup de marriage” which was a family tradition spanning 10 previous weddings where the couple competes to finish a small dual cup of champagne to see who will wear the “pants” in the marriage. The lady ALWAYS wins! All of the previous 10 couples came up to cheer on the couple and it was the first time all 10 were in the same room at the same time.

 Erica Verdin and Peter Mertz

September 20, 2015 | Leesburg, VA

Event Planning: Roberts & Co Events | Design: Roberts & Co. Events | Florist: J. Morris Flowers | Reception Location: Riverside on the Potomac | Ceremony Location: Riverside on the Potomac | Rentals: DC Rentals | Valet + Transportation: Chariots for Hire | Photographer: Lelia Marie Photography  | Cake + Desserts: Colleen Sullivan (family friend Cake), Pies from Savoir Faire Catering | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Etsy Eloquent Paper Shop Invitations/ BettyLou Designs for Day of paper | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: DJ Mike Bell from Mydeejay | Wedding Colors: blush, peach, sage, cream.

 

Credits

  • Lelia Marie Photography

Love at First Sight – Real Wedding of A + R

September 16, 2015

Amanda really wanted a romantic destination wedding, so she incorporated poplin swag, hanging lanterns, rifle paper table numbers with each country they had visited, postcard escort cards and amazing floral garlands. Their love for traveling, was truly evident as they decided to incorporate as many traveling memories and fun details into their big day.

In November 2008, Amanda and Rob met at a crowded bus station in the middle of Istanbul. They were both en route to an expat Thanksgiving gathering with mutual friends. Rob had only just moved to the city from North Africa a few days earlier, but he knew from the moment he saw her maroon galoshes that he was smitten. The years that followed saw them enjoy some of the best parts of expatriate life, as they traveled across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

In June 2013, Rob proposed to Amanda alongside the Bosphorus. Later that summer, they moved to Washington, D.C. where Amanda began her nursing career, and where they found themselves beginning a very different adventure: adjusting to life in their native country, after a combined decade of life abroad.

Before they knew it, they were tying the knot + celebrating from friends and family from all around the world!

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Special Moments included: “Walking into cosmic love by Florence and the Machine, First look in the Shenadoah Gardens, and speaking about our travels abroad.”

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Amanda + Robert  | 05/23/2015

Bluemont Vineyard | Virginia

Event Coordination: Pop The Cork Designs | Florist: Petals and Promises | Reception Location: Bluemont Vineyard | Ceremony Location: First Presberytian Church | Rentals and Lighting: Revolution Event Design and Production | Photographer: Sam Hurd Photography | Cake + Desserts: The Cake Boutique | Hair + Makeup: Sass Salon | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: BP Invites Caligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Beat 2 Beat DJ |

Credits

  • Sam Hurd Photography

The Perfect Blend-Real Wedding of J + A

January 28, 2015

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This wine loving couple tied the knot at The Stables at Bluemont Vineyard which served as the beautiful scenic backdrop for their nuptials. The vineyard was lit up with lanterns, candles and tons of details that the bride made to make the day just perfect. The day was exactly how they envisioned: beautiful weather, remarkable vistas and a true celebration surrounded by family and friends!

“Alan and I have always shared a love for wine. Our first trip we took together was to Napa, which was an amazing experience. I think that trip set the theme for our engagement and wedding reception. We got engaged at a vineyard with a picnic lunch and our dog, Apollo, at our side. We then searched for the perfect reception venue. We wanted something rustic for our family and friends to enjoy good food and drinks and of course wine.”

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11/16/13 | Virginia

Photography: Documentary Associates | Church: St. Catherine of Sienna | Reception:  Bluemont Vineyard | Event Planner: SOCO Events | Flowers: J. Morris Flowers | Dress: Allure Bridal

Mr. and Mrs. Bass – K + J’s Real Wedding

November 19, 2014

NYC couple Karen and Jeremy planned a destination wedding for close friends and family at Pippin Hill Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.  They wanted to keep the wedding relaxed, and even poked fun at wedding traditions along the way — confetti instead of rose petals, donuts instead of dessert. These unique touches outwardly reflected their personality for all to see.

The confetti canons were a personal favorite, which they had their friends launch as K+J walked down the aisle after the ceremony. Beyond this, they added many details incorporating their own style. Programs were printed on popcorn bags, and their custom logo incorporated a bird (for Karen’s last name Segall) and a fish (for Jeremy’s last name Bass) on all sorts of personalized details (cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, etc.).

At the event, guests danced the night away  with an awesome band (a real rock and roll band) The Dexter Lake Club Band, from Brooklyn and their ended on a sweet note, eating K + J’s cake which was brought down from Momofuku in New York.

Kate Headley did such a remarkable job capturing this wedding, we are totally in love!

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District Favorite: Karen’s parents surprised the couple during toasts by tracking down the stool Karen fell off of while their first date!

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Karen and Jeremy

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Photography: Kate Headley | Venue + Catering: Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyard | Month of Wedding Coordinator: Maureen McKenna at Just a Little Ditty | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Makeup: Moxie Salon | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Floral: Nature Composed | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band
Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Favors: Carpe Donut Food Truck

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