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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

Georgetown Glamour – A Styled Shoot

June 18, 2015

Anyone who lives in the District knows that Georgetown is one of the most darling places to visit. Every year, beautiful weddings happen in this part of D.C., and the atmosphere sets up for a perfect wedding experience. District Weddings wants to feature a styled shoot by Nick & Erin Photography that was inspired by the beauty that Georgetown exudes.

We asked Erin from Nick & Erin Photography a few questions about this particular styled shoot:

District Weddings: What inspired you to use Georgetown for this shoot?
Erin: When dreaming up this shoot, we wanted to make photos that were inventive and fresh, but that would look amazing 50 years from now. I couldn’t think of a better place than Georgetown because of its historic nature and beauty that continues to draw residents and tourists year round. The classic red bricked courtyard and the modern interior of the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown was a great combination for our classic bride, along with the Georgetown waterfront.
DW: What was your favorite part of doing the shoot?
E: I loved watching the shoot come together with such a talented group of local vendors! Each one had incredible expertise and creative vision. We had the perfect pieces and hair and makeup design that made the end result better than I ever could have imagined. I especially loved the adorable sweetheart and dessert table designed by Heather Misner–I wanted to eat everything (and full disclosure, I taste tested a few items)!
DW: Where is the best place you have shot a wedding before?
E: We have enjoyed shooting in a variety of locations, from the classic ballroom to rustic vineyards, to tropical destinations. We love it all! Perhaps one of the most exciting places we have shot a wedding before was in Santorini, Greece! We love traveling, so this was a great opportunity for us personally as well. And this summer, we are looking forward to another new place for us in Yosemite National Park!
DW: What is the best part of a summer wedding?
E: Nick and I are definitely warm weather people, so we love summer weddings! The best part of a summer wedding is everyone seems to be more relaxed, the weather is perfect for being outdoors in the evening, and the daylight lasts longer so we have so much time for great outdoor photos!

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Photography: Nick & Erin Photography | Event Stylist: Heather Misner | Venue: Ritz Carlton, Georgetown |Flower Stylist: Everlong Flowers | Wedding Gowns: Hitched | Jewelry: Pave Jewelers |MUA: Jessie Campbell | Hair Stylist: Kirsten Marie Design | Model: Ryan Leigh

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

The Fairest in the Land: A Fairmont Feature

June 11, 2015

What’s in the West End of D.C., adjacent to the always darling Georgetown, and one of the top venues for a fabulous D.C. wedding? If you guessed the Fairmont Hotel, you were correct!

The Fairmont is a venue that is regularly featured on our site with real weddings because of its importance to the D.C. area. Today, we were able to do a short interview with Robert Mikolitch, the director of catering at Fairmont, and Jill Bagga, the catering manager, to ask them a few questions about what makes Fairmont such a special place.

District Weddings: What makes the Fairmont different than other venues to have weddings at?

Fairmont: The location and the design of our Hotel makes The Fairmont a very unique property for special events and state occasions in our nation’s capital. We are located at 24th & M, the gateway to Georgetown and the Potomac waterfront. There is no end to what our guests can do within walking distance to the Hotel.

As part of the iconic collection of Fairmont Hotels, we have a reputation for luxury and service that at the same time is very comfortable for our guests. Our special event spaces are what have created our reputation for memorable events.

The Colonnade Room, with its Jeffersonian-inspired architecture, opens out to the legendary Courtyard Garden. The Garden is what guests find to be the most unique feature of the hotel for a wedding. Because the Courtyard is landscaped throughout the year, it offers a picturesque view and setting regardless of weather and time of year.

Our Grand Ballroom features breathtaking chandeliers and floor to ceiling mirrored “windows”. The ambiance of the room is enjoyed by our clients who appreciate the fact that they have an elegant room to start with before considering décor.

DW: Tell us about your magical garden!

Fairmont: The Courtyard Garden is nicknamed our “urban oasis” and has been a part of wedding celebrations at the Hotel for 25 years. By day and by night, couples create memorable wedding photos in the Garden around the vintage fountain. Our very own cherry trees help create an authentically local addition to Spring at the Hotel. My favorite view of the Courtyard is at night, when you can see the Colonnade Room decorated and thematically lit for a party through the windows.

DW: What is your favorite dish that the Fairmont provides for weddings?

Fairmont: Chef Timm’s culinary philosophy is to secure ingredients from a 150 mile radius of the Hotel. We strive to source local ingredients whenever possible. Our rooftop beehives provide honey which we blend into our menus and our famous “Bee-tini” in the Loggia Bar. My (Robert) favorite dish would have to be our award winning crabcakes, no filler, all crab… such a great local dish.

DW: If you could say one thing about the experience that guests receive in coming to the Fairmont, what would it be?

Fairmont: I would have to say it’s our mission and pleasure to turn moments into memories. There are so many traditions during the wedding weekend that everyone will enjoy and remember, and we know will be a success, but it is the little details that our guests appreciate. One of our favorites is taking a picture of the bride and groom going down the aisle, then popping it into a frame and placing it on the night stand in the parent’s room before they evening ends.

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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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