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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

Credits

  • Greg Gibson Photography

An Enchanting Event – Real Wedding of J + E

July 14, 2015

With the mountains in the background and colorful flowers in full bloom, Jenny and Eoin tied the knot. Charlottesville, Virginia, held a beautiful wedding, as a long-distance couple finally was able to be together in the same country.

Jenny and Eoin met in London and were engaged in Paris, which is why vintage postcards were set up all around their wedding day. They both studied in the UK for their Masters programs, but Jenny had to leave Europe before Eoin did. Finally, nine months later, the couple was together again, and this time for good.

The wedding details had a lot to do with the homes of both Jenny and Eoin, which are Ireland for Eoin and Virginia for Jenny. Jenny made a lot of her decor, such as the programs, menus, favor cards, etc. For their favors, they donated to two charities that were close to them: The Lost Dog and Cat Foundation and American Rivers.

It was a lovely day, filled with perfect weather and a perfect couple. Congratulations Jenny and Eoin!

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Jenny + Eoin

Charlottesville, VA – April 11, 2015

Event Planner: Day of Coordinator: Beverly Wakefield, A Grand Affair Events | Design: DIY | Florist: Jenn Pineau, Nature Composed | Ceremony/Reception Location: Early Mountain Vineyards | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: Reston Limousines |Photographer: Matt Mendelsohn | Cake + Desserts: annaB Gluten Free (cake and cupcakes), Olivia Macaron | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DC (hair by Mandy Holinger) | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Rifle Paper Company
(invitations), The Dandelion Patch (invitation envelope calligraphy), Adrianne Enos (day-of calligraphy) | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Sam Hill Entertainment, The Significant Others | Roomblocks/After Party Locations: Hyatt House Falls Church, Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring

Credits

  • Matt Mendelsohn

Artistic Appeal – Real Wedding of J + D

July 7, 2015

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was filled with love on August 23, 2014 as Jie Shi and Dynne Sung tied the knot with family and friends standing by their side. The wedding had continuous music flowing throughout the night, performed by a harpist, an a cappella group, a quartet, and a pianist. Along with the music, the museum was so kind as to open up their downstairs galleries to the guests of the wedding.

Other features of the night included a surprise dessert bar, and as a party gift, guests were given impressionable art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Sparklers filled the air when the couple made their exit into a new life together.

The bride’s favorite parts of the night were when “the string quartet played two traditional Asian songs that we dedicated toour parents in honor of their respective cultures: Korean “Arirang” and Chinese “Jasmine.” Also, the wedding cake had four tiers of alternating flavors, banana nut and red velvet – each representative of our favorite childhood sweets.”

The groom’s favorite details were that “servers passed two specialty drinks, his “Jack Rose” and her “Fresh Start” – each representative of our own personalities and tastes. Also, we had the downstairs art galleries opened to our guests. It was a chance to see some amazing artwork at their own leisure and provided a breathtaking backdrop for pictures. The party favors were art books published by the Corcoran Gallery of Art so that guests could take the museum experience home with them.”

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Jie + Dynne

Washington, D.C.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art | First Look Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Officiant: Lawrence B. Lindsey | Videographer: Toy Box Productions | Photographer: Anny Photography | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Letterpress Stationary: The Dandelion Patch | Bride’s Gown: Love Couture

Credits

  • Anny Photography

Elegance and Independence

July 2, 2015

Marigold & Grey (who was featured yesterday because of their awesome wedding gift advice) has something new to share with us today! They submitted a styled shoot to us and we are in love. Read about some of their inspiration behind the shoot below!

District Weddings: Why is a Fourth of July shoot important to you?

Marigold & Grey: I love weddings held on holiday weekends because of the opportunity to show guests an extended good time, especially when they’re traveling in from out of town. Since 4th of July has FOREVER been my favorite holiday, I thought it would be fun to create an elegant, yet cozy, July 4th welcome dinner.

DW: What is the inspiration behind the setting of the shoot?

M&G: I’ve always been drawn to the hemlock grove at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase and it ended up being the perfect backdrop for an intimate gathering in the woods. The table was set low to the ground with fluffy pillows for seating. This created a casual vibe while the décor was elegant and sophisticated. Love this contrast!

DW: What was special about the colors?

M&G: I loved the challenge of staying away from the traditional red, white and blue color palette and instead using deeper shades of red and blue along with tons of neutrals.

We love Marigold & Grey (as you can probably tell!) and are so excited that they showed off independence with such elegance.

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Florals: Petals and Promises | Catering & Rentals: Heirloom DC | Bakery: Buttercream Bakeshop  | Invitation Suite: Butlers Pantry | Linens: Nuage Designs

Credits

  • Marigold & Grey
  • Renee Hollingshead Photography

Perfect Pair, Perfect Place – Real Wedding of K + R

June 24, 2015

Have you ever had a place that means so much to you because of the special moments and memories you have there? For Kelly and Reed, Georgetown is this place; it is a representation of memories and love from the moment they met. Georgetown is not only the place they met, but also the place where Reed proposed, and finally, the place they spent their perfect wedding day.

After attending school at Georgetown University, they both attended graduate school in upstate New York. Yet, they knew that Georgetown was the place where their fondest memories remained, and they planned their wedding to be there.

Kelly comments on the location, “My favorite moment of the day was walking through the doors of the chapel into a place that meant so much to me and seeing all of the people we love from all phases in our lives in one room – an incredible feeling! – and especially seeing Reed at the other end.”

Their ceremony was at Dahlgren Chapel on Georgetown’s campus, and their reception was at the Colonnade Room at the Fairmont Hotel. “At the end of the night, we had buses to take everyone to The Tombs (a staple of our college experience) to continue the festivities. It was truly our perfect day,” Kelly said.

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Kelly + Reed

August 9, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Melissa Tuck Photography | Venue: Ceremony: Dahlgren Chapel | Venue: Reception: Colonnade Room, Fairmont Hotel | Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander 8557 | Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup: Perry Warren | Florals: Yellow Door Floral Design | Reception music: DJ Beach | Invitations: Cheryl Van Beveren, mother of the groom | Rings: Blue Nile | Transportation: ING Limo

Credits

  • Melissa Tuck Photography

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