When you walked into Kristie + Andrew’s wedding, you felt completely at home. The couple assigned family members and friends to greet and welcome wedding guests upon their arrival at the Carnegie, creating a warm and inviting environment. With the music strumming familiar tunes and laughter humming, dancing children were plentiful.
A classic color palette of navy, champagne and gold was used throughout their attire and décor, while the flora featured succulents, pebbles, and Manzanita branches. In concert, these elements created a delicate juxtaposition between modern and rustic.
Kristie has a love for the written word, inspiring her to incorporate a unique font for her wedding day programs and signage. She also enlisted the hand-lettering skills of her new sister-in-law on her wedding invitations and escort cards.
We hope you enjoy this classic DC Wedding!
Kristie Lee + Andrew Jen
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC
There is something seriously sweet about this wedding. I think it’s the bride’s contagious smile that she had from the moment she woke up that day! This simple but festive celebration took place at the stunning Kimpton property, Hotel Monaco. The couple had their elegant Jewish ceremony and their fun loving reception both on property, easily transforming the look from a memorable ceremony to a fun and festive dance party! We fell in love with the images of Sam Stroud Photography; he perfectly captured the day as it unfolded.
The couples favorites moments included: The first look, the hora and their first dance…
Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we are switching things up a bit…Today, the bride, Tara, will be telling you about her remarkable wedding that sparked on the weekend of the 4th of July. That weekend, fate lit the fuse on her future relationship, and today, they are sharing their beautiful wedding with us all!
“When we envisioned our wedding, we knew we wanted a classic and elegant affair but also wanted it to feel like an intimate gathering of our very closest friends and family. Washington, D.C. was an obvious choice to host our special day. After all, it was the 4th of July four years earlier in our nation’s capital that sparked our romance. Located just steps from the White House, the beautiful ornate architecture and classic glamour of the St. Regis Washington, D.C. made it the perfect venue for our Washington wedding. The Astor Terrace provided the ideal backdrop for our ceremony complete with a vibrant magnolia tree, colorful flowers in bloom and a tranquil fountain. The beautiful crystal chandeliers and ornate gold details in the adjoining Astor Ballroom glistened in the candlelight creating a warm and inviting space perfect for our intimate gathering.”
“Because our wedding would be a destination for many of our guests, we wanted to introduce Washington, D.C. in a fun and exciting way. Our welcome bags included an itinerary of the weekend activities, a map, tourist guide, personalized postcard and some of our favorite local treats, including our namesake Berger cookies from Baltimore and Route 11 chips made in Virginia.”
“Along with making our guests feel welcome in our favorite city, it was really important to honor some of the most special women in my life on my wedding day. My bouquet was wrapped in lace from my mother’s wedding gown and decorated with a locket containing a photo of my maternal grandparents on their wedding day. I wore my favorite fragrance that had my new initials and wedding date etched on the bottle, which was an engagement gift from my mother-in-law. We also wrapped an extra piece of my dress’s accent belt around my Maid of Honor’s bouquet.”
Their special moment:
“While it is impossible to pick one favorite part of our wedding day, one of the most special moments for me was our first look. I will never forget the magical feeling I felt when I saw Daniel for the first time that day. As soon as I saw his face, I felt a sense of calm and peace that did not leave me the rest of the day. A close family friend, the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys officiated the ceremony, making the moment even more special. Both Daniel and I have clerked for Judge Humphreys at some point in our careers.” – The Bride
“While it might sound crazy, I truly enjoyed planning every part of our wedding day down to the most seemingly minor detail. However, the wedding would not have come together without our fabulous vendor team! Anne Kelley of Atrendy Wedding was extraordinarily organized and creative and made me feel at ease knowing every detail would be perfect. It was such a blessing to enjoy an incredible celebration of our love with the most important people in our lives. I wish we could relive that day over and over again. Thankfully, we have the most beautiful photographs and a wedding film that perfectly captures the sights, sounds, and emotions of our most special day that we will treasure forever.”
“The moment the church doors opened and we saw each other for the first time, was truly priceless; nothing beats that moment.” -Terra
“WOW,” is what we think. Talk about classic + timeless. The ladies of Karson Butler Events delivered on this beautiful wedding with details that were stunning in more ways than one! Using a navy, light grey and blush pink color palette, this wedding had a memorable, soft and romantic vibe.
180 of their closest friends joined for a full night of celebration that ended with late night snacks that even grandma stuck around for. (Now, that’s a party!) A DW Favorite + a special moment that stood out for this bride and groom was the “Arch of Swords” following the ceremony. This was especially significant to the groom, as he was a Naval officer, as were his parents.
The Details…welcome bags with items from their college and hometowns, which included: Garrett popcorn from Chicago, VA peanuts, Kansas City bbq sauce & more! YUM!
His + Her Favorite Detail from the Wedding: “Since we’re both avid readers, one of our favorite things about our reception venue was the built-in bookshelves in the Paris Ballroom. We decorated these bookshelves with family photographs, including our parents’, grandparents’, and even some great-grandparents’ wedding photos, as well as bottles of “F” wine that my mother collected.”
250 family and friends gathered to celebrate true love on this crisp, spring day! Denise and Devin tied the knot at the beautiful Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in late May.
The bride said: “Although I know I am biased, since almost every bride believes her wedding to be unique and perfect, I found ours to stand out because of how personal it was. I married Devin as he wore his Marine Corps dress blues, and danced our first song as he wore his civilian tuxedo. His exit out of the Marine Corps after 11 years as a fighter pilot took place only a month and a half after our wedding.”
During cocktail hour, they brought their Paris engagement to life by incorporating Parisian details such as: French martinis that were passed to the tunes of Bon Musique, a French jazz band. The couple and amazing design team brought the outdoors in by creating a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” ambiance.
“Our families, friends, and wedding team exceeded our expectations in every way to make our wedding one of the greatest days of our lives, one that we will never forget.” – Denise
A DW Favorite was the gospel choir from the ceremony…The bride says it is still a talking point and memory for them!