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!
Can you imagine meeting your forever in law school, on the first day? Well this lucky couple had assigned seats next to each other starting with their first class of the day in law school…you could say, the rest was history, but first:
What was the bride’s first impression? “Nice voice, well-dressed. Why is he always late to class?”
What was the groom’s first impression? “Beautiful smile, and very attentive in class.”
…then the rest was history, after their first official date at Square restaurant in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA
6 years later, they were engaged!
Alex tricked Candice into flying back to Cambridge for another event and pretended they were meeting a friend at Upstairs on the Square, their first date spot. Suddenly, Alex was on one knee and the bartenders were pouring champagne!
A mix of spring greens, soft blush and creamy white florals made this day glorious. The bride’s bouquet was a mix of garden roses, hydrangea and freesia while the guest tables included some ranunculus, sweet pea and peonies, almost every brides dream flower line-up?! Right!
Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: DIY bookmarks with each guest’s name — they did double duty as place cards and wedding favors, and fit the reception’s library setting!
Biggest Surprise of the Wedding:
(1) The wedding coinciding with the peak of cherry blossom season.
Lia and Hudson’s wedding was classic, elegant, and Victorian, just like Lia wanted it to be! The wedding’s venue, The Andres Mellon Auditorium, was perfect for the occasion, as its traditional charm allowed Lia and Hudson’s romance to be showcased in a beautiful and pristine way. Both the ceremony and reception were in this venue.
The sheer white drapes that decorated the ceremony created a romantic feeling as the bride and groom said, “I do.” Lia’s wedding dress was the perfect fit for the old-world feel of the event, as its details were precise and eye-capturing. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails as they viewed the Washington Monument from the upstairs terrace of the venue. Lia and Hudson’s signature cocktail was “La Vie En Rose”.
At the reception, the groom toasted to his bride and introduced the a capella group “The Generics” from his alma mater, the University of Maryland. Dinner was a scrumptious six-course meal, catered by Federal City. Everything about the wedding was Victorian, from the gold-edged menus to the memorabilia that the couple had their guests write notes on for them.
The Gerard Carelli Orchestra played and the guests began to dance the night away! On the way out, guests were offered cigars served on silver trays and crystal Tiffany bowls wrapped in the groom’s tartan ribbon and tied with Jordan almonds. Each guest received a personal note as well, which was an intimate touch.
Lia and Hudson exited the wedding in true classic fashion – they took a vintage car tour around the monuments at night!
It is Independence Day weekend, and we have a wedding to share with you that perfectly celebrates the holiday!
Tanya and Clay knew that America had to be the theme of their wedding – after all, they met as they both worked on Capitol Hill and were engaged on the Speakers’ Balcony at the Capitol! The couple had family and friends from Utah and Colorado travel to D.C. to see the sights of the nation’s capital, which was a highlight of the wedding.
The couple’s save the dates looked like campaign flyers with candidate buttons, and their welcome bags were even complete with mini pocket constitutions and chocolate Capitol Domes! Talk about the most perfect American-themed wedding. Each of their table names at the reception were places in D.C. that were important to them. One table name was “The Jefferson Monument Table”, which represented where Clay first said “I love you” to Tanya. Another table name was “The Capitol Table”, which is where the couple met and Tanya said “yes!” On their exit from the wedding, their guests were given different-sized American flags to wave around.
Tanya commented on a favorite memory, “The favors we gave out were little jars of homemade raspberry jam. My Dad is famous for making jam out of the raspberries he grows in his garden in Colorado, so a few months before the wedding my Dad taught me and my bridesmaids his secret recipe and we made all the jam together!”
Another one of Tanya’s favorite memories to date is dancing with her father to “My Girl” at her wedding. The day was filled with special moments that celebrated the couple’s love for each other and the pride they have in America!
Today’s wedding feature is one that embodies sophistication and simplicity: the real wedding of Bryttava and Rob, a couple who met in our very own District through mutual friends. Bryttava and Rob dated for about four years before Rob popped the question in Bryttava’s hometown, San Diego, over Christmas. As the sand crunched between their toes and clear blue water washed up on a San Diego beach, Bryttava said “Yes!”
Bryttava and Rob wed in Anderson House, which was the perfect venue for their intimate wedding. The colors for the wedding were shades of ivory, blush and champagne, setting the tone for elegance. The inspiration for the wedding design came from the couple’s desire to have a natural and classic wedding, and these calming colors satisfied their design inspiration.
The first look between the couple was said to be the bride’s favorite part of the wedding because it calmed her nerves prior to the big event. Rob remarks that his favorite moment in the wedding was “dancing with our family and closest friends – even our friend on a mobility scooter!”
The wedding was special, simple, and beautiful. Bryttava and Rob’s wedding is the type that appeals to many because of its classy look and intimate feel. The featured photos below showcase the undeniable delight in their eyes as they wed.