Conference Facilities

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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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! ASP-SAW-1680ASP-SAW-1785ASP-SAW-1787ASP-SAW-1869
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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

RiverView Terrace

July 11, 2012

When I think of D.C., I think of beautiful Potomac River views. Can you imagine a wedding set on the banks of the Potomac? Well, I certainly can at the beautiful RiverView Terrace at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.

The site features tenting by Sugarplum Tent Company – one of my favorites!  I am giddy just thinking about planning a wedding under the clear top tent over the gorgeous green grass overlooking the water!!

The Gaylord National Resort can accommodate wedding events of all sizes, whether it’s an intimate ceremony for 10, or a full-blown bash for 1,000.

Photo Credits: Geoffrey S Archer

Each wedding event includes the expertise and services of a dedicated wedding event manager, and complimentary, deluxe accommodations for the wedding couple of their wedding night.

The fee for a wedding ceremony at Gaylord National begins at $2,500, with a $40,000 minimum for food and beverage expenditures, and varies based on location, set up, date and number of guests. The Bride and Groom can offer guests discounted overnight accommodations by reserving a room block for their wedding party. For all the details, contact their Weddings and Local Event Catering team at 301-965-4847.


Top of the Town

November 2, 2011

Washington, D.C. is a stunning city, from the striking monuments to the Potomac River. What could be better than enjoying all of these views during your D.C. wedding?

Luckily, you can see a gorgeous panoramic view of the city at Top of the Town, located just one block west of the Iwo Jima memorial and just steps from the Rosslyn metro stop.

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The Ronald Reagan Building

February 10, 2011

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the annual Sparkle Lounge at the Ronald Reagan Building.  As if I don’t love the venue enough, they once again totally “wowed” me with the incredible decor, food and, of course, champagne!

I am SO obsessed with the champagne bubble projections and I can totally see a wedding with a cheery (pun intended!) bubble motif — I think I just might need to make an inspiration board with this in mind soon!

For more information, contact Catering Sales Manager Karen Shao Coberly at  202.312.1331.

Strathmore Mansion and Music Center

August 25, 2010

You might remember this beautiful “Red Line” wedding that we featured this past spring. Well, whether you are traditional or contemporary, Strathmore Mansion and Music Center is a venue to consider!

The magnificent Georgian Mansion sits high upon a hill, and is surrounded by centuries-old trees, flowering shrubs and perfectly manicured lawns.  The inside features marble and polished oak, glittering chandeliers, gleaming brass fixtures, towering Palladian windows, and a sweeping staircase that just begs for a bridal procession. The Mansion at Strathmore has been the choice for hundreds of couples for their dream weddings.

On the other hand, the grand and contemporary Music Center takes its cues from the rolling hills and park-like setting with a softly undulating roof that appears to merge into the steep hills of the Strathmore property.  A six-story glass wall in the Lockheed Martin Lobby overlooks an 11-acre site of greenery.  With its soaring glass walls and windows throughout, beautiful natural light fills interior spaces of the Music Center, and the accents of natural wood make the spaces warm and inviting.

Both venues provide  a versatile blank canvas that can suit the needs of any individual.  In one campus we have the warm and cozy, historical turn of the century Mansion, and the light and airy brand new, world class performing arts center.

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