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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

Modern Matrimony- Real Wedding of Michelle and Eric

May 18, 2016

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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 June 26, 2015

Wedding Planner: Nicole Medrano |  DJ and Lighting: Dan Goldman | Ceremony and Reception: Arena Stage | Florist: Loda Floral Design | Catering: RSVP | Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Bridal Gown: Karen Willis Holmes/Purchased: Love Couture Bridal | Bride’s Shoes:  Stuart Weitzman/ purchased: Nordstrom |  Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew |

 

Credits

  • Astrid Photography

A Cultural Soirée – Real Wedding of Amar and Seema

May 4, 2016

“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!

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“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!”ASP-SAW-2102

Planner: Project Bride DC  | Design + Florist: Liz Decorations | Reception Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Ceremony Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Photographer: Ajit Singh Photography  | Desserts: Captain Cookie and the Milk Man Food Truck | Hair + Makeup: Ana Buitrago | Entertainment Company: Maxx Entertainment |  Meet & Greet- The Willard Intercontinental, DC 

Credits

  • Ajit Singh Photography

Blackwall Hitch

April 7, 2016

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.

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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 |

Credits

  • Audra Wrisley

Long View Gallery

March 28, 2016

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.

 

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Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

. Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Victoria Oldak and Jeffrey Driscoll wedding on September 26, 2015. Photo by Paul Morse

Photo by Paul Morse

Credits

  • Abby Jiu
  • Paul Morse
  • Sweet Root Village

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