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Anniversary Session

April 3, 2017

Tracy and John have been together for 14 years, married for 8 and are now a beautiful family of 5! This anniversary session is super special to them because not only were they were able to really take some time to celebrate each other, they were able to revisit the beautiful venue in which they got married. Life with 3 little ones is fast-paced and super rewarding, but Tracy & John don’t lose sight of the importance of slowing down and having some quality alone time. You just know you’re with the right person when your love for each other only grows stronger and stronger.

Credits

  • JenS Photography

Spring is in the Air – Real Wedding of Elise + A.J.

March 29, 2017

We met at a dinner party hosted by mutual friends. Our first date was a stroll around the Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival. We got engaged on New Year’s Eve before heading out to celebrate our engagement and ring in 2015 with friends! We wanted a classic and timeless wedding and got exactly that. When I was young I visited downtown Washington, DC and saw the young women in their business suits and sneakers and told my father that one day that would be me. It didn’t take very long before I made my dream come true. It only made sense to marry in the city that we met and fell in love in! National Women in the Arts is and will always be a timeless and classically gorgeous venue.

 

Event Coordination: Cherry Blossom Events | Catering: Main Event Catering | Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas | Florals: Growing Wild Floral Co. – Barbara Von Elm | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper and Co. | Videographer: Video Express Productions, Inc. | Rentals: Party Rental, LTD | Ceremony Music: Jeni Maneva | Dessert: Baklava Couture |

 

Credits

  • Lisa Blume Photography

Vista Verde Ranch pt. 1

March 27, 2017

Wedding or Honeymoon Spotlight: Mornings You’ll Never Forget

It was one of those trips where I was left with nothing and everything to say, all at the same time; a trip that changes your perspective on vacations, past and future.

It’s been a month since my husband and I visited Vista Verde Ranch in Clark, Colorado (45 mins from Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs), and I still find myself peering through our bedroom blinds each morning, wondering if the snow-blanketed fields, speckled with spirited horses, will magically reappear. Because, from our Farwell cabin, invitingly-scented with the woodsy smell of our cozy evening fires, that’s exactly what the two of us woke up to, each and every morning.

If you’ve never been to the Rocky Mountains, I’m not sure how to describe the feeling of walking out that door each morning, into the crisp, aspen-y air that’s never heard of a thing called pollution. Talk about a wake-up call. Coupled with the taste of the best bacon I’ve ever tasted still occupying my memory, the stroll through the fresh snowbanks, hand-in-hand, never got old.

To put it simply, our mornings haven’t felt the same since. Nor do I ever expect to replicate that feeling…until we revisit the Ranch at some point in the future. Where else do you get to truly enjoy your morning coffee when your aptly-named “rush hour” looks like this?

As great as this all may sound, it’s only the tip of our experience’s icicle. So, stay tuned for future posts where I’ll detail the extensive list of activities on offer, a staff (that immediately felt like family) unlike any other and our day trip to Steamboat Springs.

Bright and Beautiful – Real Wedding of Raquel & Brian

March 22, 2017

Raquel and Brian are the ultimate couple. They met in September 2010 as Americorps volunteers and maintained a long-distance relationship while Brian went to medical school in Boston and Raquel went to law school in New York. They moved to DC together in 2015 and are now your typical doctor-law DC power couple. Their wedding was nothing short of perfection! 

The design was inspired by my Mexican heritage, and I made a conscious effort to mix old with new. I wanted to use traditional design elements like wooden tables, lace, and talavera tiles to bring warmth to the industrial reception space. At the same time, I wanted the flowers to feel young and colorful, rather than going with a more traditional design.”

“My favorite part of the day was the first dance. Brian and I moved from friendship to dating in part because we took a salsa class together, so we wanted our first dance to be salsa. We invested in lessons before the wedding to refresh our moves, and would practice at home. Brian especially worked really hard to become a strong dance leader. It was so fun and rewarding to surprise our family and friends with the dance! It’s also something that we can continue to do to relive a little bit of the magic from that day.”

Event Planner: Gingerwood Creative  | Event Catering: Well Dunn CateringFlorist: Crimson and Clover |  Reception Location: Longview GalleryCeremony Location: Cathedral of St Matthew the ApostleRentals: Big Top Entertainment  + Vintage Affairs  + Plants AliveLighting Company: John Farr Lighting DesignCake + Desserts: Sweets by E Hair + Makeup: Bridal Artistry DCFavors + Special Details: Poptarts – Ted’s BulletinInvitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: JP StationaryEntertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Marquee Artists + Bobby Jae

Credits

  • Taylor and Ben Photography

Spring Cocktails

March 20, 2017

Happy Spring, we have refreshing cocktail on our mind! Here are some recommendations for those amazing signature cocktail that will have guests coming back for more!

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