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Old-World Romance – Real Wedding of L + H

July 21, 2015

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!

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Event Planning: Engaging Affairs | Ceremony & Reception Site: The Mellon Auditorium | Caterer: Federal City, Jeff Judy | Floral Designer: Amaryllis, Rick Davis | Photographer: Greg Gibson | Sound: Nomad | Dance Floor: Perkins | Draping: A Vista | Cocktail Trio & Dance Band: Gerard Carelli Orchestra |  A Cappella Group: The UMD Generics | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Shuttles and Limos: Linder and Associates | Classic Car: Regal Limousine | Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle | Make-up: Kim Giammaria | Rentals: Party Rental | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Liquor: ACE Beverage | Getting Ready, Welcome Reception & Rehearsal Dinner: The Willard Inter-Continental Hotel


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An All-American Duo: Real Wedding of T + C

July 3, 2015

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!


Tanya + Clay

Washington, D.C.

Event Planners: Allison Barker and Domineau Wiley | Design: Allison Barker and Domineau Wiley | Florist: Whitney Johnson | Reception Location: The Sheraton, Pentagon City | Ceremony Location: LDS Mormon Temple | Rentals: Peekaboo Photo Booth | Lighting Company: Family DJ | Photographer: Tessa Barton Photography | Cake + Desserts: Georgetown Cupcake | Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Hoover | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Calligraphy |  Name cards: Mauri Earl | Save the Dates: TypeCase Industries LLC | Invitations: Minted | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Family DJ | Roomblocks | After Party | Brunch Locations + Details: Sheraton, Pentagon City


  • Tessa Barton Photography

Sophisticated Simplicity – Real Wedding of B + R

June 3, 2015

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.



















Bryttava + Rob

August 16, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Event Planner: Amanda McCabe – Engaging Affairs | Florist: Helen Olivia Flowers | Ceremony + Reception Location: Anderson House | Rentals: Susan Gage | Photographer: Abby Jiu | Cake + Desserts: Susan Gage | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Bruce Pike Productions | Roomblocks, After Party, Brunch Location: Hotel Palomar

Modern Memories – Real Wedding of K + A

May 20, 2015

When you walked into Kristie + Andrew’s wedding, you felt completely at home. The couple assigned family members and friends to greet and welcome wedding guests upon their arrival at the Carnegie, creating a warm and inviting environment. With the music strumming familiar tunes and laughter humming, dancing children were plentiful.

A classic color palette of navy, champagne and gold was used throughout their attire and décor, while the flora featured succulents, pebbles, and Manzanita branches. In concert, these elements created a delicate juxtaposition between modern and rustic.

Kristie has a love for the written word, inspiring her to incorporate a unique font for her wedding day programs and signage. She also enlisted the hand-lettering skills of her new sister-in-law on her wedding invitations and escort cards.

We hope you enjoy this classic DC Wedding!

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Kristie Lee +  Andrew Jen

 Saturday, November 15, 2014

Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC

Event Planner: Howerton+Wooten Events | Attire for the Bride:  Hayley Paige Londyn Gown via Lovely Bride DC  | Attire for the Bridal Party: The Watters® Posey via WeddingtonWay | Attire for the Groom: His fathers tuxedo | Attire for the Groomsmen: Suitable | Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Caterer: Main Event Caterers  | Florist: Falls Flowers  | Hair and Make-Up: O-Nal Hair Salon | Susan Lim Makeup Artist | Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting | Entertainment: Scott Entertainment | Photo Booth: DMV Premium Photo Booths | Photographer: Mike Sperlak Photography | Stationery: Grooms Sisters | Transportation: American Eagle Limousine | Videographer: Ryan Geldermann, Wedding Cinematographer |



College Sweethearts – The Real Wedding of J + W

May 6, 2015

Georgetown University sweethearts, Jane and Watson, planned an elegant black-tie wedding at the ornate Anderson House. The 50-room mansion is full of intricate marble floors and gilded papier-mâché ceilings. Inside a venue so elaborate the couple chose to keep the decor minimal, sticking with simple elegance: white flowers and delicate tea lights.

The ceremony was held at Georgetown University’s intimate Dahlgren Chapel where most of their wedding party was made up of friends from their college days in D.C.

This fun loving couple was brought together seeing the world through traveling, both separate and together! Their honeymoon was no exception – where after their wedding they hopped on a plane to Russia and the Maldives! Jane and Watson’s night was the true definition of a timeless and classic wedding here in the heart of D.C!

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Jane + Watson
Meridian House | Washington, DC

Venue: The Anderson House | Photographer: Ellis Photo Studio | DJ: DJ Dan Goldman | Florist: Twinbrook Floral Design | Planner: A Sweet Soiree Events |


  • Ellis Photo Studio

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