Ornate Glamour

July 16, 2014

Today, we are sharing with you at styled shoot at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, DC. The True Story Studios and team were inspired by the ornate glamour of the early 20th century. Delicate silver and gold details are woven throughout the shoot, while still incorporating lush garden elements into the table setting and European bouquet. The gowns (“Lisette” by Rivini and “Orange Blossom” by Claire Pettibone) each feature beautiful lace and embroidery. The lovely models in the shoot were also just married!

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Photography Credit: True Story Studios

Styling Team:

Event Planning & Styling: Elegantly Chic Events | Venue: Tudor Place | Bridal Attire: Hannelore’s of Old Town | Groom Attire: Matt’s Tailor and Tuxedo | Flowers: Wedding Muse | Cake: Gateau | Stationary: Jennifer Borkowski | Hair:- Claire Liscouski at Maude Hair | Makeup: Samantha McDonald


Hot Spots To Say “I Do” – The Ultimate Engagement Locations

July 14, 2014

Happy Monday! Today, we are sharing the top 10 hottest places to pop the question!  Give your special someone that memory that they will never be able to forget. These locations are bound to fit any type of couple. Between elegant gardens, romantic getaways, historical monuments, hidden gems and stunning paranoiac views, one of these 10 will totally have them saying “I Do!”

The DW team is loving the following hot spots in the DMV:

1. Dumbarton Oaks

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2. Jefferson Monument

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 3. The Terrace at The Kennedy Center

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 4. The Inn at Little Washington



5. The Inn at Perry Cabin

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6. Memorial Bridge


 7. Georgetown Canal

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8. Four Seasons Baltimore

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9. Meridian House


10. Pippin Hill Farms and Vineyards 

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A Hint of Salt and a Splash of Lime!

April 25, 2014

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, we decided to indulge in a few Mexican savories, and bring you the insight to some of our favorite DC hot spots. These authentic restaurants have an impressive selection of tequilas and mezcals they use to concoct a new twist on the all-time-favorite, margarita! 

Casa Oaxaca – 2106 18th St. NW; Washington, DC 20009

Casa Oaxaca is known for having the best fruit margaritas in the area. Any of Casa Oaxaca’s margaritas can be infused with any of the following flavors: citrusy blood orange, tart blackberry, heady passion fruit, tropical guava, sweet mango, juicy pear, and flavorful pomegranate.  Treat yourself to $4 House Margaritas during Happy Hour on Tuesday-Friday from 5-7PM.

Bandolero – 3241 M St. NW; Washington, DC 20007

Located in the heart of Georgetown, Bandolero has an impressive selection of Tequilas and Mezcals. Enjoy $6 Classic Margaritas Monday-Thursday 3-7PM and Fridays 11AM-7PM.

Oyamel – 401 7th St. NW; Washington, DC 20004

With a welcoming atmosphere and vibrant selection of Mexican flavors, Oyamel is definitely one of the Top 5 places in DC to sip and savor on your favorite tequila indulgences. We highly recommend, The Oyamel with Pomegranate, a margarita infused with pomegranate, milagro blanco, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. Monday-Friday between 4-6PM, Oyamel offers Happy Hour specials, including $4 Classic Margaritas!

El Centro – 1819 14th St. NW; Washington, DC 20009 

Referred to as DC’s very own Tequileria, El Centro has more than 200 tequilas and mezcals to choose from. Spice up your Wednesday nights with $5 El Centro Margaritas all night long! 

Rosa Mexicano – 575 7th St. NW; Washington, DC 20001 

Rosa Mexicano embodies authentic Mexican cuisine, while offering a variety of premium tequilas. Rosa Mexicano prides themselves on their frozen margaritas. A must-have recommended by locals is the Mango Tropical Margarita: diced mangos muddled with agave nectar, shaken with silver tequila and served on the rocks.

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Hay-Adams Summer Wedding Offer

March 19, 2014

The Hay-Adams Hotel is welcoming, warm and drop-dead gorgeous — and just across the street from the Obama family! For any brides who are looking to

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host their wedding this summer, look no further — The Hay-Adams is offering a special Season of Love promotion for July and August weddings! Call or email for details!



Acqua al 2 Wedding

February 17, 2014

Jamie  and Ralph met in Florence, Italy while Jamie was studying abroad during the spring semester of her junior year and Ralph was reuniting with a childhood friend to open an American Diner.  The two started dating in the spring of 2005.

After many obstacles, plane tickets, road trips, heartache, and a lot of faith, Jamie moved to D.C. in the summer of 2011.  Ralph, having recently opened Acqua al 2 on Capitol Hill, was living above the Eastern Market restaurant in the same space where the two would eventually get married.

Jamie, a teacher at Sidwell Friends School (Ralph’s alma mater), and Ralph, co-owner of Acqua al 2, Harold Black, and Ghibellina, were married by Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth and I Synagogue and Judge Patricia Wynn, a life long family friend. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour in the speakeasy bar Harold Black, and the reception was thrown in the same intimate space that the ceremony was held.  In lieu of the cake cutting tradition, the two announced the gender of their baby with cupcakes for each guest– pink icing inside!




The fabulous vendor team:

Venue: Acqua al 2, Harold Black
Photographer: Amir Lowery
Hair & Makeup: Michael Anthony Salon
Catering: Acqua al 2

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