Selecting the Venue

February 2, 2016

Picking your venue is one of the first steps in the planning process and to some, may be an obvious choice, but to others it can come as a frustrating and stressful decision. We hope some of our picking your wedding venue tips will help the endeavor run a little smoother!

  1. Choose your Geographical Location First: You know your guests best – it is important to decide as a couple a location that is special to your relationship while considering your guests travel requirements and overall experience.
  2. Consider the Style of Your Wedding: Are you going for rustic chic or do you love the idea of having a Cinderella ballroom wedding? Either way, by determining your style and important list of musts, it will help you narrow down your choices.
  3. Guest Count: This may not be an obvious factor, but is extremely important when selecting your venue. If you plan to have a seated dinner for 300 people, you need to be sure to choose a venue that can comfortably hold that many people.
  4. One-stop shop? Of course, budget is to be considered when planning a wedding. Be sure to learn all of the additional necessities that come along with hosting your event at a certain location. For example, if an outdoor venue does not have existing lighting, that is an extra required expense.
  5. Consider the Weather: Unfortunately, the weather is one of the few aspects we do not have control over on the big day. If your hope is to have an outdoor ceremony, know that a rain plan is a must, also adding an extra expense onto the big day.


Venue: Potomac View Terrace



  • Mantas Kubilinskas

Iron Gate

January 25, 2016

The beauty of this close community is that we love the ability to share resources and provide recommendations to each other. Recently, the planner community got together for a tiny soirée that Teresa Lee planned at Iron Gate, so we too could experience the gorgeous space and delicious menu of Iron Gate DC, If you are looking for a rehearsal dinner location or a boutique wedding venue, look no further!

“Iron Gate is a gem! Located near Dupont Circle, this historic location is charming in every way and every season. The carriageway bar is intimate and cozy, the courtyard can be used year-round including the winter when they have fire pits and heaters and cozy blankets for guests, and the dining room is intimate and classic without being at all stuffy. Between these three unique locations at the restaurant, there is a lot of flexibility in how the space can be used. The Mediterranean menu is delicious and their wine list is award-winning. It’s hard not to love this beautiful venue!” – Teresa Lee, Rex and Regina Events.

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Host/ Planner: Rex & Regina Events | Food and Beverage/Venue: Iron Gate | Signage: Sangria Studio |  Floral: Joy & Co | Calligraphy: Arney Walker |


  • Audra Wrisley

Black Tie Affair – Real Wedding of T+A

January 20, 2016

On Oct 17th, 2015, Taylor and Andrew had a picture perfect day at the Park Hyatt in DC. A gorgeous black tie affair, the love between these two was captivating. One of my favorite parts of the day (and how can you choose just one), was when Andrew saw his bride for the first time. The first look is always one my favorites moments of the day because it carries with it such anticipation. The nerves of the day are diminished once you see your bride or groom to be, and its just a wonderful feeling as a photographer, to see and capture that.” -MBK

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Taylor Helfer & Andrew Friedman

Photography: MBK Photography | Videography: In Depth Photo and Video | Floral: Edge Floral | Dress: Alvina Valetta | Venue/Host Hotel: Park Hyatt Washington, DC | Hair & Makeup: Becky Watson |Event Planner: Michelle Hodges Events | Entertainment: Entertainment Exchange: Free Spirit | Ceremony Music: St. Charles String Quartet | Rentals: DC Rental


  • Micheal Kress

Modern Matrimony – Real Wedding of M+E

December 9, 2015

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!

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Wedding Planner: Nicole Medrano  | DJ and Lighting via Bialek’s: Dan Goldman | Ceremony and Reception:  Arena Stage | Florist: Loda Floral Design | Catering: RSVP Catering| Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company |  Bride’s Dress Designer: Karen Willis Holmes / Purchased: Love Couture Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Purchased: Nordstrom | Ring: Gabriel & CO/ Midtown Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew |  Groomsmen Outfits: Men’s Warehouse






  • Astrid Photography

A Rustic Affair – Real Wedding of J + P

September 23, 2015

The couple wanted to create a cozy, rustic, relaxed atmosphere that would make all their guests feel like family. Pulling the event together was a group effort, the family helped with the flowers for the decor.  They created dozens of loose, romantic arrangements in mason jars, pitchers, and vintage milk bottles to be scattered throughout the venue.

Patrick and Jennifer’s courtship was a whirlwind — just three weeks after meeting, they started hinting at marriage, and six weeks later, they stumbled upon The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Hamilton, VA, and knew it was perfect for their wedding, which was held just nine and a half months after they met.

In lieu of cake, the couple, who love cooking together and have many fellow food-loving friends, asked some of their guests to contribute to a homemade pie bar. The result was a decadent buffet including cheesecake, a chocolate pudding cream tart, cranberry chess pie, concord grape pie, pumpkin pie, and of course, apple pie, among others (accompanied by a gigantic bowl of whipped cream!)

We knew this wedding would be the perfect feature for the first day of Fall!

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District Favorite: The arriving guests sipped of hot cider served from a vintage pottery dispenser. The kraft paper sleeves on the cups were stamped with the couples’ custom wedding day design!

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Jennifer Brickman + Patrick Rasche

The Barns at Hamilton Station | Virginia

Photographer: Carrie Holbo Photography | Videographer: Michael Horn |Venue: The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, Hamilton, VA |Event Coordinator: Laura Harrison, Evie Lou Events | Catering: Northwest Fresh | Invitations & Programs: Beth Elzer, graphic designer | Floral Design: Whitney Johnston | Band: Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society |


  • Carrie Holbo Photography

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