Michelle + Eric knew they wanted a beautiful, modern and classy D.C. wedding. In her words, nothing Etsy allowed! She chose to go with an elegant black and silver color scheme and even incorporated fun, modern centerpieces that were not overly done. This tied in perfectly with their venue at Arena Stage, and truly represented their taste perfectly!
“We are a couple that met a few years ago and endured a long distance relationship between DC and Texas before our wedding. Amar created an elaborate scavenger hunt leading Seema throughout DC with friends and family waiting at every stop for his proposal. That kicked off a year of planning their dream wedding.” – Seema Patel
Their vision was to have an upscale luxury DC wedding with the casual touches of the groom’s Texas background while highlighting the importance of culture.
The ceremony was traditionally indian starting off with the jaan where the groom’s family dances their way up to the ceremony entrance and the bride’s family welcomes them. The couple was inspired by the idea of a royal indian wedding choosing jewel tones for the ceremony colors. After the ceremony, the emotional vidaii happened where the bride’s family gives her away to the groom officially.
The reception inspiration was a classy DC dinner party. Classic colors were chosen including rose gold, black and white. Rose gold sequin table cloths were used with crystal candelabras, black lamps and white calla lilies. During the reception, the couple wanted to marry their two cities with themes from both DC and Houston. Each table had a DC metro sign which corresponded with the metro ticket table card that each guest received. Their families did a flash dance with cowboy hats to bring in some Texas flair!
The most special moment was after the ceremony when I had an emotional embrace with my grandfather who had a huge role in raising me!
“We wanted a special way to thank our guests at midnight – we surprised them with the captain cookie food truck as they were leaving the reception, it was special that we were able to get in the truck and make/hand out sandwiches to our guests!”
For this waterfront wedding inspiration shoot, The Blackwall Hitch teamed up with Audra Wrisley Photography to showcase their wedding & event spaces at the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The seven-month old restaurant is located on the Potomac River and its stunning architecture allows for nearly 360-degree vistas of the water. The nautical setting and unique architecture provided inspiration for the shoot, which showcased the restaurant’s two level, soaring ceilinged interior. The ceremony site was cozy and intimate, set on one of Blackwall Hitch’s fire-pitted patios under a heated tent, making it ideal for all seasons.
Blackwall Hitch, easily one of the most beautiful restaurants and venues in the Washington DC region, superbly lends itself to unique weddings and rehearsal dinners. Its décor conveys a decidedly upscale look as though one had just stepped onto a yacht. It combines an elegant shipyard motif with sophisticated touches like cedar-wrapped walls, reclaimed wooded tables, shabby chic restored chairs and Edison lighting that gives the restaurant a glow akin to fireflies in the evening. The menu pays homage to the bounty of the Chesapeake with seafood and beef selections. Special menus may be created for weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Florals and Inspiration Behind the Big Day: The floral arch designed by Old Town’s Enchanted Florist was absolutely stunning, and the perfect focal point for the intimate patio Ceremony setting. The ivory & green palette was a gorgeous accent to the bride’s vintage gown and the black and white details in the Blackwall Hitch’s decor.
Elizabeth Thornton at The Blackwall Hitch | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Rentals: Select Event Group | Hair + Makeup: Lori Nansi | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Windmill Letterpress |
Long View Gallery has 8,500 square feet of unique industrial gallery space perfect for the modern couple. Each wedding at Long View Gallery is customized to reflect the client’s taste, palate and style. No two weddings look the same, as every item is hand selected to arrive on event day.
“Creativity is key at our location as we believe anything dreamt is possible. Working with the best teams in the industry, every wedding at Long View Gallery is Pure Art.”
Long View Gallery. P’art Gallery. P’art Event Space. All Art.
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!
Favorite Detail: A classic car for Amanda and her father, and then Amanda and Dave!