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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) |

Credits

  • Mike Morby Photography

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

Credits

  • Mike B Photography

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

Credits

  • Abby Jiu

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

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