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Assigned Love – Real Wedding of C+A

February 24, 2016


Can you imagine meeting your forever in law school, on the first day? Well this lucky couple had assigned seats next to each other starting with their first class of the day in law school…you could say, the rest was history, but first:

What was the bride’s first impression? “Nice voice, well-dressed. Why is he always late to class?”

What was the groom’s first impression? “Beautiful smile, and very attentive in class.”

…then the rest was history, after their first official date at Square restaurant in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA

6 years later, they were engaged!

Alex tricked Candice into flying back to Cambridge for another event and pretended they were meeting a friend at Upstairs on the Square, their first date spot.  Suddenly, Alex was on one knee and the bartenders were pouring champagne!

A mix of spring greens, soft blush and creamy white florals made this day glorious. The bride’s bouquet was a mix of garden roses, hydrangea and freesia while the guest tables included some ranunculus, sweet pea and peonies, almost every brides dream flower line-up?! Right!

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Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: DIY bookmarks with each guest’s name — they did double duty as place cards and wedding favors, and fit the reception’s library setting!

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Biggest Surprise of the Wedding:

(1) The wedding coinciding with the peak of cherry blossom season.

(2) How good a dancer Candice’s father was!  ajp-477 ajp-539

Event Planner + Designer: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events |Florist: Sidra Forman Flowers | Reception + Ceremony Location: DAR | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker | Officiant: Justice O’ Connor | Speciality Food: Seven Seas | DJ: Bialek’s Music



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Sparks Fly – Real Wedding of K+A!

February 16, 2016

Kristen and Andrew’s wedding was an all-around beautiful affair! Who doesn’t love the iconic Willard Intercontinental Hotel located in the heart of D.C!  The couple opted for dramatic flowers, sequin linens, lots of candle votives, and not one, but TWO custom-made cakes to complement the spectacular décor of the Crystal Ballroom. Sparks flew all night between K+A and their amazing friends and family!

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Kristen Lloyd & Andrew Marhall

Washington, D.C.

Event Planner: Natalie via Trendy Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Carola Myers | Florist: Jill Medawar, Toulies en Fleur | DJ: Bialek’s Music | Wedding Cake: Maggie Austin | Groom’s Cake: Charm City Cakes | Ceremony Musician: Bialek’s Music | Specialty Car: Regal Limo (1952 White Bentley) | Photographer: Kate Headley | Venue: Willard Hotel (Crystal Room)


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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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