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Old-World Romance – Real Wedding of L + H

July 21, 2015

Lia and Hudson’s wedding was classic, elegant, and Victorian, just like Lia wanted it to be! The wedding’s venue, The Andres Mellon Auditorium, was perfect for the occasion, as its traditional charm allowed Lia and Hudson’s romance to be showcased in a beautiful and pristine way. Both the ceremony and reception were in this venue.

The sheer white drapes that decorated the ceremony created a romantic feeling as the bride and groom said, “I do.” Lia’s wedding dress was the perfect fit for the old-world feel of the event, as its details were precise and eye-capturing. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails as they viewed the Washington Monument from the upstairs terrace of the venue. Lia and Hudson’s signature cocktail was “La Vie En Rose”.

At the reception, the groom toasted to his bride and introduced the a capella group “The Generics” from his alma mater, the University of Maryland. Dinner was a scrumptious six-course meal, catered by Federal City. Everything about the wedding was Victorian, from the gold-edged menus to the memorabilia that the couple had their guests write notes on for them.

The Gerard Carelli Orchestra played and the guests began to dance the night away! On the way out, guests were offered cigars served on silver trays and crystal Tiffany bowls wrapped in the groom’s tartan ribbon and tied with Jordan almonds. Each guest received a personal note as well, which was an intimate touch.

Lia and Hudson exited the wedding in true classic fashion – they took a vintage car tour around the monuments at night!

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Event Planning: Engaging Affairs | Ceremony & Reception Site: The Mellon Auditorium | Caterer: Federal City, Jeff Judy | Floral Designer: Amaryllis, Rick Davis | Photographer: Greg Gibson | Sound: Nomad | Dance Floor: Perkins | Draping: A Vista | Cocktail Trio & Dance Band: Gerard Carelli Orchestra |  A Cappella Group: The UMD Generics | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Shuttles and Limos: Linder and Associates | Classic Car: Regal Limousine | Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle | Make-up: Kim Giammaria | Rentals: Party Rental | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Liquor: ACE Beverage | Getting Ready, Welcome Reception & Rehearsal Dinner: The Willard Inter-Continental Hotel

Credits

  • Greg Gibson Photography

An Enchanting Event – Real Wedding of J + E

July 14, 2015

With the mountains in the background and colorful flowers in full bloom, Jenny and Eoin tied the knot. Charlottesville, Virginia, held a beautiful wedding, as a long-distance couple finally was able to be together in the same country.

Jenny and Eoin met in London and were engaged in Paris, which is why vintage postcards were set up all around their wedding day. They both studied in the UK for their Masters programs, but Jenny had to leave Europe before Eoin did. Finally, nine months later, the couple was together again, and this time for good.

The wedding details had a lot to do with the homes of both Jenny and Eoin, which are Ireland for Eoin and Virginia for Jenny. Jenny made a lot of her decor, such as the programs, menus, favor cards, etc. For their favors, they donated to two charities that were close to them: The Lost Dog and Cat Foundation and American Rivers.

It was a lovely day, filled with perfect weather and a perfect couple. Congratulations Jenny and Eoin!

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Jenny + Eoin

Charlottesville, VA – April 11, 2015

Event Planner: Day of Coordinator: Beverly Wakefield, A Grand Affair Events | Design: DIY | Florist: Jenn Pineau, Nature Composed | Ceremony/Reception Location: Early Mountain Vineyards | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: Reston Limousines |Photographer: Matt Mendelsohn | Cake + Desserts: annaB Gluten Free (cake and cupcakes), Olivia Macaron | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DC (hair by Mandy Holinger) | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Rifle Paper Company
(invitations), The Dandelion Patch (invitation envelope calligraphy), Adrianne Enos (day-of calligraphy) | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Sam Hill Entertainment, The Significant Others | Roomblocks/After Party Locations: Hyatt House Falls Church, Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring

Credits

  • Matt Mendelsohn

Perfect Pair, Perfect Place – Real Wedding of K + R

June 24, 2015

Have you ever had a place that means so much to you because of the special moments and memories you have there? For Kelly and Reed, Georgetown is this place; it is a representation of memories and love from the moment they met. Georgetown is not only the place they met, but also the place where Reed proposed, and finally, the place they spent their perfect wedding day.

After attending school at Georgetown University, they both attended graduate school in upstate New York. Yet, they knew that Georgetown was the place where their fondest memories remained, and they planned their wedding to be there.

Kelly comments on the location, “My favorite moment of the day was walking through the doors of the chapel into a place that meant so much to me and seeing all of the people we love from all phases in our lives in one room – an incredible feeling! – and especially seeing Reed at the other end.”

Their ceremony was at Dahlgren Chapel on Georgetown’s campus, and their reception was at the Colonnade Room at the Fairmont Hotel. “At the end of the night, we had buses to take everyone to The Tombs (a staple of our college experience) to continue the festivities. It was truly our perfect day,” Kelly said.

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Kelly + Reed

August 9, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Melissa Tuck Photography | Venue: Ceremony: Dahlgren Chapel | Venue: Reception: Colonnade Room, Fairmont Hotel | Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander 8557 | Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup: Perry Warren | Florals: Yellow Door Floral Design | Reception music: DJ Beach | Invitations: Cheryl Van Beveren, mother of the groom | Rings: Blue Nile | Transportation: ING Limo

Credits

  • Melissa Tuck Photography

Dancin’ in the District – Real Wedding of M + J

June 17, 2015

Maria and Joseph’s real wedding, which took place at the Fairmont Hotel, was a celebration of two lovebirds. The couple met at the University of Pennsylvania, where Maria was auditing an International Relations course that Joe happened to be the TA of. Coincidentally, a mutual friend was also auditing the course and introduced them, thus resulting in the two meeting and hitting it off!

A few of the couple’s favorite things from the wedding were coming back to DC for their wedding as well as their incredible band, which had their family and friends dancing all night long. Maria explains, “We also had some really touching speeches from my sister and Joe’s best man that we’ll never forget. Lastly, we loved sneaking out between family photos and the ceremony to get some photos of just the two of us in Old Town — that was hands down the best decision we made!”
The couple’s wedding had shades of purple and ivory and was filled with all sorts of different flowers that were perfect for their summertime nuptial. Pictures of the beautiful wedding are featured below for you to enjoy!
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Venue: Fairmont Hotel | Event Coordination: Karson Butler Events | Photography: k. thompson photography | Flowers: Dragonfly | Lighting: Frost | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Hair: Julie Jackson, Hair by Jewels | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Band: DC Synergy | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy: Grace Edmunds | Videography: Shaking Hands

Credits

  • K. Thompson Photography

Romantic Reminiscing – Real Wedding of C + K

June 10, 2015

Who could have guessed that a corporations class and a big bag of books would lead to a mountaintop proposal and a life filled with happiness? Certainly not Caroline and Kyle, but this is exactly what happened in their love story.

The two met when they both were attending George Washington University Law School. Kyle approached Caroline in the gym and asked if she was in his class, although he knew she was because he had helped her lift her huge bag of books over a row of people one day when she was late to class. The bride and groom both said their first impressions of one another occurred when he helped her with her books – Caroline felt embarrassed about the situation, but Kyle said he thought she was adorable because of how flustered she was.

For their first official date, the pair went to Cafe Divan in Georgetown, although they had already spent quality time walking back from the gym and grabbing smoothies together. The two hit it off and dated for four and a half years after Cafe Divan.

In April 2013, Kyle popped the question at Shenandoah National Park. Kyle and their dog Roxy went ahead of Caroline on the hike, and when Caroline reached the top of Hawksbill Summit, he was waiting for her and led her to the overlook, where he proposed. They were engaged for 13 months before being married.

The bride says that her favorite detail in the wedding was the sprigs of lavender that were placed in front of each menu. “They made the room smell magnificent and added a bit of that country garden feel,” she explains. The groom’s favorite wedding detail was the wedding band. “We also did some late night snacks, which I think were a big hit – milkshakes and sliders,” he adds on.

Caroline and Kyle’s wedding, set at St. Regis D.C., had hues of purple, ivory and gold, but the colors were not what lit up the room. The smiles on the bride and groom’s faces were all the lighting that the wedding needed as the couple was clearly excited about their big day and so in love. Even though there was rolling thunder on the day of, there was so much excitement that nothing could put a damper on it. Congratulations to Caroline and Kyle!

 

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 Caroline + Kyle

May 25, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The St. Regis | Photographer: Eli Turner | Bride’s Gown: Cristiano Lucci, Bridal Beginnings  | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang, The Men’s Warehouse | Hair Dresser: Shana Brown | Makeup Artist: Shaune Hayes | Event Coordinator: Claire Matthews, SoCo Events | Cake: St. Regis | Florist: Barbara Von Elm, Growing Wild Floral | Caterers: The St. Regis | Transportation: RMA Worldwide | Videographer: Michael Brazda | Music/Entertainment: Ceremony: The Palladio String Quartet, Band: The Jangling Reinharts | Invitations: Michelle’s Memos. | Lighting: PSAV | Menus and Programs: Sprites Ink | Chuppah: Charm City Chuppah’s

Credits

  • Eli Turner
    Eli Turner Photography

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