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Sleek and Simple Traditions- S + R’s Real Wedding

December 3, 2014

Stephanie and Roman had a fabulous wedding at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, full of wonderful details like Stephanie’s sparkly shoes and an amazing violinist at the reception. We love burgundy dresses and the vibrant Philippa Tarrant bouquets.

DW is crazy about Stephanie’s “something old,” which was extra meaningful. Her mother made a jacket and garter belt out of her’s and her mother’s wedding dresses. The bride incorporated her Jewish tradition, while the groom highlighted his Russian background; the two cultures combined perfectly for a very joyous occasion!

Thankfully, the remarkable Jennifer Dominick of Love Life Images was there to captured every moment.

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Photographer: Jennifer Dominick, Love Life Images | Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art | Florist: Philippa Tarrant | Caterer: Main Event Catering | Hair and Makeup: Claudine Fay | Transportation: Reliable | Officiant: Rabbi Steinlauf | Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting|


A Closer View into A + G’s Wedding

August 27, 2014

Last week, the StandPe video probably made you shed a tear {or a millionm, like us}. Today, we are showing you a better look inside Alicia + Giovanni’s Wedding at the Hay Adams Hotel. Both A + G had twinkling eyes for each other, and it is beyond evident in the photos captured by Anne + Bill Holland. We knew we loved this wedding when we saw it, and it was probably because a very own District Favorite pulled it together. A boutique and traditional gathering overlooking D.C., eating fabulous culinary delights, and enjoying close company sounds like the most perfect and romantic evening. We wish Alicia + Giovanni a lifetime of happiness and love letters.





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Photographers: Holland Photo Arts | Venue + Catering: Hay Adams Hotel | Event Planner: Pam Barefoot, Atrendy Events | Videography: StanPe Films| Florist: Amaryllis| Make-Up: Beauty Mark | Hair: Alison Harper & Co | Invitations + Paper: The Dandelion Patch | Cake: Kendall’s Cake | Entertainment: Jump Band via EastCoast Entertainment| Paper + Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd.|

The Love Letter – Alicia and Giovanni

August 20, 2014

Real Wedding Wednesday can provide each of you with a different source of inspiration. Today, is a total tear jerker and true inspiration. The value of this video reminds us all why marriage is life-changing and how important it is to be surrounded with love and support. I will let the video speak for itself, captured by the fabulous StanPe. We will tell you more about StanPe in a vendor interview soon, but enjoy a sneak peak of their work first!

Alicia + Giovanni Wedding Highlight from Stan Pe Films on Vimeo.

Videography: StanPe Films 

Venue: The Hay Adams Hotel and St. Peter’s Catholic Church | Photography: Bill and Anne Holland |

Event Coordinator: Pam Barefoot, Atrendy Weddings 


A Pink-y Promise between Carolyne + Charles

August 13, 2014

“Love at first sight,” was how Carolyne and Charles define their relationship. They met while attending Gettysburg College. It was on a Tuesday night out with friends in January of 2008. Chuck was a Senior and Carolyne was a Junior; the rest is history.

The two were attached to the hip for four years until Chuck popped the question to C at The Rosewood Resort at Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda on Carolyne’s Birthday during a candlelight dinner on the beach.

Their wedding exemplified Spring, with a mix of classic elegance that blended seamlessly with the season they selected. “The energy and love that filled the air was unlike any other. Everything glowed in the candlelight, and the evening was truly remarkable,” says, the bride.

Love is evident between this couple, and better yet, the whimsical tone makes it all the more special. It is all in the details, and this bride and groom nailed it…They provided individually-boxed Laduree Macaroons from New York as the favor to each of their guests. The petite, yet elegant box beautifully matched our spring pink + green color theme. {A DW Favorite!}





Sometimes the best moments at a wedding are the unplanned ones, and this couple got some reassurance right before Carolyne was about to see her groom.

“The oldest ring bearer, who held the pillow, walked down the aisle and was almost to the altar; he turned right back around and raced up the aisle to the room where I was stationed with my dad. He gave me the biggest thumbs up and exclaimed “I did it!.” It made me smile and put my nerves at ease. It was the best thing that could have ever happened at that moment before walking down the aisle. I was totally and completely happy.”-Caroylne

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 A few of their favorite things…

Groom says: The ceremony. He loved the tradition of a wedding ceremony, its importance, and what it represented.

Bride says: The lighting was just gorgeous, and all of the spring flowers were in bloom.



Bride + Groom: Carolyne + Charles – April 27th

They Currently Live: Nashville, TN

Photographer: Kelsey Thompson of k.thompson photography | Ceremony Location: All Saints Episcopal Church| Venue + Catering: Chevy Chase Club  | Hair Dresser: Hair by Giselle | Makeup Artist: Jason Ascher, Barneys, New York | Cake: Chevy Chase Club | Florist: Flowers by Daniel |  Music/Entertainment: Sam Hill Entertainment-A-Town-A-List | Invitations: Write for You | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Videographer: Dolce Studio Films| Bridal Attire: Vera Wang, Luxe Collection | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren


Bold + Beautiful – Real Wedding Lauren and Mark

July 23, 2014

Lauren and Mark met in Greece while studying in college, Mark went back to his roots in deciding to study abroad in Greece and Lauren made a visit to Europe to visit a close friend who was in the same program. Lauren made the first move, making fun of a sweater that Mark had on at a party and the rest is history. After a few years of long distance dating, they ended up engaged and living in Washington, DC. To start true to the reason they met and Mark’s family, they decided to marry in a traditional Greek Ceremony at St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral followed by dinner and dancing at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lauren’s vision was not clear at first, but with her excellent taste and background in interior design, the wedding ended up with a vintage, bold look with a mix of blues, oranges and golds. The night ended with late night bites and cocktails at POV Lounge at the W Hotel.

Eight years, three states, two cities and one dog later, they married on May 3, 2014.  They were so delighted to be surrounded by people they love, and wanted to not only celebrate their relationship together, but also their relationships with family and friends over the years. The vision for their wedding was carried out by Alex Pare and her team at Cherry Blossom Events. Together they created a romantic and cosmopolitan setting with elements of Art Deco and a little sparkle.













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Date: Lauren & Mark, May 3rd 2014

Ceremony: St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Reception : National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event Planner: Cherry Blossom Events, Alex Pare

Photographer : Erin Scott Photography

Florist/Bar: Amaryllis

Rentals {Linens, Tableware}: Party Rentals

Rentals {Furniture}: AFR Event Furnishings

Cake: Maggie Austin

Paper Goods : Paper Source

DJ : E2 Events


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