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District Favorites

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You’ve emailed us again and again asking about our favorite local vendors.  We loved answering your questions so much that we decided to create a list.

Here you’ll find who we recommend and why.  These are our true favorites — they are friendly, easy-to-work-with, creative, and their work is phenomenal.  In our opinion, they are the best.

BRIDAL ATTIRE

Love Couture Bridal Boutique

Phone: 301-610-5683 * Web: www.lovecouturebridal.com * Email: sandy@lovecouturebridal.com

Sandy Ferreira Leone’s beautiful boutique just outside the District hosts hand selected designers that are sure to wow you!  Shopping at Love Couture is relaxing and fun – the way finding a dress should be!  Their selection ranges from moderate price points all the way up to custom haute couture  so go pamper yourself with their perusal stylists and find the right dress for your celebration!

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE

Bella Bridesmaid

Phone: 301-664-6436 * Web: www.bellabridesmaid.com * Email: dc@bellabridesmaid.com

Stylish and modern, Bella Bridesmaid has an extensive number of bridesmaid dresses from top designers to fit anyone’s style. The cozy, personal boutique carries an array of dresses that can be worn again…after the wedding. And, if it couldn’t get any better, how about if I tell you that they also have fabulous accessories from pashminas to jewelry — bridesmaids gifts anyone?! Love it.

CAKES

Kendall’s Cakes

Phone: 703-536-2200 * Web: www.kendallscakes.com * Email: kendall@kendallscakes.com

If I were going to go to one of Kendall’s cake tastings, I’d skip breakfast and lunch — and maybe dinner the night before.  Because, you guessed it…  Her cakes are absolutely DELICIOUS.  Like best-homemade-cake-you’ve-ever-had good.  Not just best-wedding-cake good (because we all know the expectations for how wedding cakes taste are quite low).  And I really mean homemade – She bakes every cake in her home, with her bakery-sized mixer and oven, and a pinch of love, because Kendall’s the nicest woman I know.  She’s the best.

CALLIGRAPHY

Lettering by Lynne

Phone: 703-548-5427 * Web: www.letteringbylynne.com * Email: invite@LetteringByLynne.com

Lynne Sandler, of Lettering by Lynne, offers beautiful computerized calligraphy, which is a faster and less expensive option than hand calligraphy. Additionally, Lettering by Lynne offers TONS of fonts to pick from to be sure to reflect your personal wedding style. Lynne is flexible to work with and can turn around your save the dates, invites, escort cards, place cards or menus before you can say “I do.”

Elizabeth Porcher Jones

Phone: 843-209-7545 * Web:  Official Site Coming Soon! * Email: elizporcher@gmail.com

Elizabeth Porcher Jones’ hand calligraphy is beyond heavenly and absolutely timeless. She is professional, timely, and thorough. To be honest, I could stare at her work all day long – it is that stunning. As her calligraphy shows, each detailed flourish and letter is written with the utmost care. Elizabeth is by far one of the most talented (and sweet) calligraphers I have ever met!

CATERING

Occasions Caterers

Phone: 202-454-7846 * Web: www.occasionscaterers.com * Email: dnguyen@occasionscaterers.com

It is difficult to find the words to tell you how much I love, and truly respect, Occasions Caterers. Their service is amazing, their attention to detail blows me away, and their cuisine is five-star.  They can create any menu, and produce it in a way that makes you so happy you chose them for your big day.  Ask any D.C. wedding planner and they will agree with me, without a doubt.  We’re very lucky to have Occasions in the D.C. area.  They set a standard of excellence for DC, one that is tough to match.

Windows Catering

Phone: 703-519-3500 * Web: www.catering.com * Email: windows@catering.com

When you work with Windows Catering, the sky is the limit.  Their team is one of the most experienced in the industry, and can create menus that serve classic fare or innovative variations.  With keen attention to each and every detail, nothing will go untouched by Windows.  Aside from their endless national awards and accolades, local industry professionals alike know that when you are looking for the best of the best in catering, Windows is the place to go.  They can work with your vision and budget to make your wedding dreams become realities.

CEREMONY MUSICIANS

String4

Phone: 703-865-8389 * Web: www.string4.com * Email: quartet@string4.com

Have a specific song in mind for your wedding ceremony?  String4 will take care of it.  They will learn a new song just for you.  They’ll even arrange music for a song not originally written for a string quartet.  Not into classical?  No problem.  They’ll make it work, and it will be beautiful.  More of a fan of Pachelbel and Bach?   String4 will knock your socks off.  They truly are one of the best in the city.

FLOWERS

Beehive Events

Phone: 434-286-4509 * Web: www.beehiveevents.com * Email: shawn_cossette@beehiveevents.com

How do I begin to profess my love for Beehive Events?  Shawn has one of those minds that can listen to a client, understand their vision and execute their décor with absolute perfection.  Her taste is impeccable and design aesthetic just gorgeous.   Beehive Events is not simply a florist, but a stylist who will take your wedding décor above and beyond.  With an unbelievable selection of containers, fabric treatments, and props, Beehive will use unique details to put the finishing touches on your wedding to make the décor unforgettable.

Multiflor, Inc.

Phone: 703-645-0090 * Web: www.nicksflowers.com * Email: nick@nicksflowers.com

It’s not too often I meet a florist whose work I truly adore.  Nick, Owner and Lead Designer of Multiflor, has a gift.  He is truly, unbelievably talented.  His arrangements (and bouquets) are contemporary without being too minimalist while still maintaining a touch of tradition.  They are classically modern.  They are gorgeous and interesting at the same time.  And he uses the freshest flowers, so you can rest assured your centerpieces will last through the night (and even through brunch the next morning!).

Edge Flowers

Phone: 301-330-5256 * Web: www.edgeflowers.com * Email: info@edgeflowers.com

Edge Floral makes magic happen. Where there is nothing, they bring beauty. The team’s creative genius paired with their on-point interpretation of client visions brings brides perfect wedding decor. I have seen Edge build towering dramatic rose filled walls and tree canopy chuppahs; I have seen Edge design perfect low centerpieces with each and every petal in just the right place. Big or small, every design by Edge exudes beauty next to none.

HAIR STYLISTS

Bridal Hair by Remona

Phone: 703-597-9884 * Web: www.bridalhairbyremona.com * Email: remonasoleimani@yahoo.com

I met Remona through Doreen Tisone, Editor of Engaged! Magazine.  Remona is the talented stylist behind the magazine’s photo shoots.  Yeah, that was good enough for me.  I’ve been using Remona ever since.  She’s just awesome.  She gets it.  She knows how to do a “natural” up-do.  When she’s finished, you feel like you could walk the red carpet.  Really.  I trust her inherently.

MAKE UP

Carola Myers

Phone: 571-214-5558 * Web: www.carolamyers.com * Email: carola@carolamyers.com

Carola Myers is sure to give you the polished, traditional look that you need on your wedding day.  You know the beautiful pictures that you see of the movie stars at the Oscars? Yah, well, Carola can achieve that on you– she is an absolute professional who knows how to work magic and make you look your absolute “movie-star” best!

Modern Bridal Studio

Phone: 443-336-9224 * Web: www.modernbridalstudio.com * Email: modernbridalstudio@gmail.com

On your wedding day, you want to look your absolute best. So, if that means bringing in a little extra help from a pro, then I am all for it. If that pro can be Carolyn Berry, then you are certain to look even better than your best. Modern Bridal Studio will give you a flawless look, enhancing your wedding day glow. Carolyn is professional, lovely and talented – a woman who you want by your side as you get ready for the big day!

PLANNERS

A. Dominick Events

Phone: 202-216-9557 * Web: www.adominick.com * Email: info@adominick.com

Wow, where do I start?  Aimee has taught me everything I know about weddings.  Her events are so tasteful, so lovely.  She thinks of everything.  Aside from being a creative genius, Aimee is unbelieveably thoughtful and truly cares about your big day! She’s an incredible source of knowledge, an amazing planning force, and a consummate professional.  Plus, she’s one of the coolest people I know.

Engaging Affairs

Phone: 888-481-5156 * Web: www.engagingaffairs.com * Email: weddings@engagingaffairs.com

From a 500 person ethnic celebration to a 50 person traditional wedding, Engaging Affairs has your planning covered. Their expert team knows wedding customs and etiquette inside and out. They will be by your side to brainstorm fabulous details and will lead you in managing all your wedding logistics. It is hard to imagine that you can be relaxed on your wedding day, but take my word for it, with Engaging Affairs, the day will feel like a piece of cake!

Karson Butler Events

Phone: 202-525-3881 * Web: www.karsonbutlerevents.com * Email: amber@karsonbutlerevents.com

Sisters Amber and Emily have amazing style, bubbly personalities, and incredible attention to detail!  They put thought and care into each event that they touch to create a unique wedding for every client. They are super tasteful, super organized, and super sweet – what more could you ask for in a wedding planning duo?  Without a doubt, Amber and Emily are certain to create a blissful celebration!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sweet Tea Photography

Phone: 202-739-1471 * Web: www.mysweetteaphoto.com * Email: lisa.oquinn@gmail.com

This dynamic southern duo holds a passion for shooting film to capture the sweetness, joy, and happiness of your celebration. Their fine-art approach to weddings helps them create timeless images that you will treasure for generations to come. Their hospitable personalities will put even the most camera shy at ease.

Jay Premack Photography

Phone: 202-321-7670 * Web: www.jaypremack.com * Email: jay@jaypremack.com

Not only is Jay Premack one of the most talented photographers in town, he is the type of person that makes you feel completely at ease, totally yourself.  Through the level of trust and connection that you will find with him, Jay is able to capture photographs that are accurate and meaningful.  He is exactly the type of photographer that you want by your side on the big day – discreet, calm and thoughtful.

STATIONERY AND GIFTS

The Dandelion Patch

Phone: 202-333-8803 * Web: www.thedandelionpatch.com * Email: georgetown@thedandelionpatch.com

When you walk into the Dandelion Patch, it is like entering a dream world of prettiness. From incredibly lovely stationery to darling bridesmaids gifts to adorable wedding favors, the Dandelion Patch offers so much! Their knowledgable staff, the “Patchettes”, are available to guide you to be sure you find just what you are looking for – and can even to help you find items that you didn’t know you needed – but trust me, you do!

TENTS

Sugarplum Tent Company

Phone: 301-869-2054 * Web: www.sugarplumtents.com * Email: ann@sugarplumtents.com

Sugarplum Tent Company offers the utmost service for your tenting needs. Not only are they able to offer elegant tents for your celebration, they can do the lighting, staging, flooring, dance floor…the list goes on and on. Their team has incredible customer service and will be by your side to ensure you have the perfect ambiance and setting for your wedding day!

TRANSPORTATION

MarcParc Transportation

Phone: 202-464-2900 * Web: www.marcparc.com * Email: pkaiser@marcparc.com 

Whether gracefully escorting the bride to a ceremony or shuttling guests from a hotel to the wedding celebration, MarcParc Transportation is sure to deliver value as they navigate the streets of D.C. and beyond. MarcParc will bring elegance, style and convenience to your big day, as they coordinate and manage your transportation needs. Why not simplify your life with MarcParc and sit back and enjoy the ride?

VALET

MJ Valet

Phone: 202-587-2745 * Web: www.mjvalet.com * Email: mjasser@mjvalet.com

MJ Valet is there to be the first to greet your guests on the big day. Seamlessly, they will collect all of the approaching cars, and allow your guests to glide into the celebration without a hitch. They are professional, thoughtful and prompt. Then, they are sure to end the festivities on a high note, as MJ Valet swiftly returns your guests’ vehicles, without a wait. Based on the experience and leadership from company President Mike Jasser, I know that you, your family and loved ones are in good hands.

MarcParc Valet

Phone: 202-464-2900 * Web: www.marcparc.com * Email: pkaiser@marcparc.com

The staff of MarcParc Valet always greets drivers with a smile, politely opens the door and calmly welcomes guests. If you need help with your bags, it is no problem. If it’s raining, they have an umbrella. At the end of the night, an attendant quickly gets your car. All and all, MarcParc Valet will set the tone for your wedding – a true statement of class.

VENUES

The St. Regis Hotel, Washington DC

Phone: 202-835-0500 * Web: www.StRegis.com/Washington * Email: Vanessa.Scott@StRegis.com

As the “Capital’s Finest Address”, The St. Regis Hotel, Washington D.C. is just steps from the White House and hustle and bustle of downtown D.C. Yet, away from it all, its graceful décor and classic luxury make the St. Regis one of the most desirable venues in town to host your wedding. Whether you are on the charming private Astor Terrace or sophisticated Astor Ballroom, the property’s professional staff will be sure to offer you and your guests an exceptional experience.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Phone: 202-312-1331 * Web: www.itcdc.com * Email: cbarnes@itcdc.com

I can’t imagine a list of District Favorites without the Ronald Reagan Building.  From multicultural celebrations to intimate affairs, the Ronald Reagan Building offers several beautiful event spaces, for weddings of 80 to over 300, in a prime location overlooking historic Pennsylvania Avenue.With a breathtaking Pavilion, arguably the best food in the city, and a catering team that is second to none, the Ronald Reagan Building is the best venue for a quintessential sophisticated D.C. wedding.

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

Phone: 202-787-6178 * Web: www.mandarinoriental.com/washington * Email: bfreedman@mohg.com

When you walk into the Mandarin, you immediately feel a sense of calm coming over you…and who wouldn’t want that on their wedding day?! An absolutely exquisite hotel, the Mandarin boasts outside space with water views, large ballrooms, a spa that is to die for, and top of the line guest rooms – really, it is the ideal wedding venue! Their team is committed to planning the perfect day for you – I promise you will only receive the best at the Mandarin!

 

 

District Favorites is a list compiled by invitation only.  All of the vendors featured on the list are personally vetted by the District Weddings team.  After a vendor is invited to participate, there is a small fee to be included on the list.  This fee ensures the blog will remain active and regularly updated.  Unlike most preferred vendor lists, a vendor is only invited to participate if District Weddings feels strongly about the quality of services provided.