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Unforgettable Expressions – Real Wedding of K+S

February 3, 2016

“Steve and I met during our senior year at William & Mary. We were introduced by our best friends, who happened to be dating at the time. They wanted to set us up, but we just became friends. We talked more and more, and I often sought his advice with other guys I was seeing. Finally he had enough of his advisory role and we started to date! We both lived in DC for a few years before Steve proposed. I’ll never forget the weather that Saturday — it was a beautiful sunny day, but more importantly, earlier in the week Steve said he checked the 5 day forecast and saw great weekend weather that meant we should go out for brunch and a long walk. Ever the suspicious one, I obviously assumed that him checking the weather in advance meant he was planning to propose (and so I painted my nails, asap). Sure enough, after a yummy meal at Hank’s Oyster Bar, we walked down to Dupont Circle and Steve dropped to one knee! What I didn’t see coming was the proposal afterparty – we went to Bar Dupont for a quick celebratory drink only to find 20 of our closest friends already there, popping bottles and taking our picture! After having such a great start to our engagement in Dupont Circle, having our wedding at the elegant Fairfax on Embassy Row Hotel right around the corner was only fitting. We were married on November 7, surrounded by the best friends and family a couple could ask for!”

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Kara Starr & Steve Roney

 November 7, 2015 | Washington, DC

Photographer: Abby Grace Photography | Florist: Emily Harmon of Love Blooms | Ceremony and Reception Location: The Fairfax on Embassy Row | Cake + Desserts: Cakes by Megan | Hair + Makeup: Dry Bar and Modern Bridal Studio | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Caitlin Creative Works | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bobby Jae via Marquee Artists |

Wedding Colors: Black, Antique Gold, Blush


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Understated Elegance- Real Wedding of N + J

January 6, 2016

They met way back in Kindergarten, and Nikki told her mom, “I’m going to marry Jonny,” when they were in Third Grade.That spark lasted all the way through grade school, middle school, high school, and college (when they eventually started dating). This October, Nikki’s prediction came true as she married Jonny at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. With it’s rich patterns and colors, beautiful views, and elegant ballroom, the Country Club was a perfect fit for this classic black tie wedding which understated elegance.

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Event Planner: Cherry Blossom Events | Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design | Reception Location: Army Navy Country Club Ballroom | Ceremony Location: Army Navy Country Club Terrace | Valet + Transportation: Limos, Inc | Photographer: Rachael Foster Photography | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair + Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: East Coast Entertainment, Elegance | Wedding Colors: Navy, Gold, Champagne


 Nicole Steffen & Jonathan D’Auria

October | Virginia

Rachael Foster Photography (54 of 54)


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A presidential affair- Real Wedding of C+R

November 5, 2015


When the grandmother is the flower girl and the inspiration came from John F. and Jacky Kennedy’s Wedding, you know it is fabulous! Christine Nolan and Richard Essig tied the knot this past July at the beautiful Hay Adams over looking the White House, how fitting for presidential inspired wedding. C+R truly thought of every detail that went into their big day, from the vintage-inspired wedding invitations to the warm and cozy rehearsal dinner at the historic Tabard Inn, the weekend was nothing short of perfection. A few special moments through the day surprised C+R and their guests. Christine’s  violin teacher from Juilliard played a beautiful piece at the ceremony as a gift to them and…..

President Obama landed in Marine One on the White House lawn during dinner. Guests oohed and awed from the balcony and the celebration continued!



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Christine Nolan and Richard Essig

July 18, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Wedding Colors: Blush, Palm Green, and Cream with hints of Rose

Event Planner: Hay Adams Hotel| Florist: The Ociana Group | Reception Location: Top of the Hay, Hay Adams Hotel | Ceremony Location: St. John’s Church of the Presidents | Photographer: Mike Morby Photography | Cake + Desserts: Kendall’s Cakes  | Hair + Makeup: Matthew Ray Makeup, NYC and Elle Alise | Invitations and Day-Of Paper: Designed and created by Christine Nolan (bride) | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Michael Cummella- DJ MAC | After Party: Off the Record Speakeasy (bottom floor of Hay Adams Hotel) |  Brunch:  The Willard Hotel Presidential Suite (Mimosa and juice bar) |


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Today’s Real Wedding Feature: Elegant Lakeside Love

August 26, 2015

Take an elegant lakeside wedding then add a secret garden edge to it… It all adds up to Nikki + Matt’s wedding day. This wedding proves that a neutral color palette can make a powerful statement. Some of our favorite wedding features include: the bridesmaids’ deep mauve gowns, the gold foil dinner menus and the cascading blooms. Combining all of these elements turned this river estate wedding into a one-of-a-kind feté.

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Nikki and Matt | Wye River Estate

September 2014

Photography: Mike B Photography | Videography: Jake Messina | Florist: Intrigue Designs   | Venue: Wye river estate | Catering: Chefs Expressions/Jennifer Oellegrino | Rentals and Tent: Eastern Shore Tents & Events


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Classy and Charming – Real Wedding of K + J

July 28, 2015

When looking at Kaitlin and Jeff’s wedding, the perfect way to describe it can be wrapped up in one word: “classy”. This was the look that the couple was going for, and they certainly accomplished exactly what they wanted from this day!

The wedding was made up of navy, white, and soft pink colors, and all of them blended perfectly. The feeling of the wedding was gentle, yet exciting and romantic. Kaitlin explains her favorite details in her own words:

I loved how the first floor changed between the ceremony and reception.  The ceremony was beautiful with an arch of flowers and greenery that we stood in front of.  Then when we came downstairs from cocktails for dinner it was amazing to see how the space had been transformed for the reception.

The wedding was located at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which was the perfect place for Kaitlin and Jeff’s classy and sophisticated wedding.


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Kaitlyn + Jeff

November 1, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Event Planner:  A. Dominick Events  | Design: A. Dominick Events | Florist: Amaryllis | Reception Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Ceremony Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Rentals: Design Cuisine | Lighting Company: Frost Lighting | Photographer: Abby Jiu | Cake + Desserts: Design Cuisine | Hair: Amie Decker Beauty | Makeup: Kim Giammaria | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: The Dandelion Patch + Sugar Paper | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Andy Kushner Entertainment + Design Sound Connection


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