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Sweet Caroline + Ryan! – Classic Washington, DC Wedding

July 20, 2016

No better way than to start wedding Wednesday…this gorgeous classic wedding is just perfect and we love hearing about it directly from the bride…

Both of us knew right away that most importantly we wanted all our friends and family dancing all night. To do this we knew we needed to hire an amazing band and jump start the night early with something that would get everyone on their feet. After thinking for a while we decided that we would swap the father/daughter dance with the mother/son dance because Caroline and her Dad were planning on kicking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ half way through their song. Sweet Caroline is something Caroline and her Dad dance to at any family event where there is dancing and it is also the famous 7th inning stretch for the Boston Red Sox which is the home team for Ryan’s entire side of the guest list. That choice got everyone excited and onto the dance floor, where they stayed for the entire night! Success!

Favorite Details: After Ryan found the church, St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill, we had the idea of mimicking the starry ceiling from St. Joseph’s and projecting a starry night sky onto the ceiling at the Mellon.  We thought a starry night would really capture what that time of year is about! Our September Starry Night was everything we wanted and more!

Florals and Inspiration Behind the Big Day: Design wise we thought for a long time about what is a signature September look? Since early September still feels very much like summer we knew we wanted the wedding aesthetic to be classic and clean with a lot of creams, whites and crisp greens.

Aimee and Cindy from A. Dominick Events helped us form this ‘crisp and clean’ vision even further into the design for the floral, linens, place settings and more! Throughout the process they really understood what we had in mind and what we were trying to build.

When we stepped into the reception space we were blown away with how everything we wanted was translated perfectly at the Mellon.

Our September Starry Night was everything we wanted and more!

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

 

Event Planner: A. Dominick Events | Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers | Reception Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington DC |  Catering: Occasions Caterers | Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s on Capital Hill Roman Catholic Church | Rentals: DC Rental & Fabrication Events & Perfect Settings | Lighting Company: Frost Lighting | Photographer: Connor Studios Michael Connor  | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona and Makeup: Kim Reyes | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Cheree Berry Paper | Entertainment Company: Andy Kushner Entertainment Sound Connection Band

Credits

  • Connor Studios
    Michael Connor

Showered with Petals – Real Wedding of Amanda and Dave

March 9, 2016

As floral chandeliers suspended over dance floor and mismatched yet coordinating furniture clusters surrounded the room, guests ooed and awed over the gorgeous design and the amazing details of this elegant soirée. Amanda walked down the aisle to, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, which was also the song that was playing when Dave proposed! The guests were so excited to put the petal bar to use outside the ceremony church. The newlyweds were showered with petals upon their exit after their nuptials. “Dave knew I wanted to have the reception at Congressional Country Club like my parents did in 1976, so he arranged it before he even proposed!” she says. This wedding was everything and some more! From details to design to the ultimate guest list, these two said I DO in the perfect fashion!

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Favorite Detail:  A classic car for Amanda and her father, and then Amanda and Dave!

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 Amanda Klinedinst and Dave Wagner

October 4, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Event Planners and Design: Claire Matthews and Jennifer Stiebel with SoCo Events  | Florist: Amaryllis, Inc. Reception Location: Congressional Country Club (brides family are longtime members) | Ceremony Location: Potomac United Methodist Church – Potomac, MD | Rentals: Amaryllis Inc. (Furniture), Nuage (Linens) and Party Rental LTD (dishes, flatware, linens) | Lighting Company: Digital Lighting | Valet + Transportation: RMA Limos and Vintage Limos | Photographer: Abby Jiu| Cake + Desserts: Congressional Country Club catering | Hair + Makeup: Hair by Bella Bethesda Salon, Makeup by Carl Ray | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Invitations and printed materials by Creative Parties, Calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Andy Kushner Events and Entertainment – Rhythm6 for reception, DJ Scaggs for afterparty |  Roomblocks | After Party:  Bethesda Marriott Room Block, Congressional Country Club for after party | Wedding Colors: Blush and Champagne.

 

Credits

  • Abby Jiu
    Abby Jiu Photography

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

 

Credits

  • Abby Jiu Photography

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)

Credits

  • Kate Headley Photography

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

Credits

  • Abby Grace Photography

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