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Carnegie Ombre Wedding

December 9, 2013

Areum and Jon’s romantic Carnegie Institute of Science ombre wedding brought warmth to the couple’s friends and family on a cold winter day! They celebrated with a soft palate of ivory, blush, and lavender. Roberts & Co. Events kept it all on track with expert planning!

The couple wanted to weave in family traditions so the bride had a dress change halfway through the evening into a traditional Korean gown brought over by her parents who still reside overseas. Areum and Jon kept the guests involved with a rousing game to see who knew the couple better. It even came with his and hers pink and black boxing gloves!

They capped off the evening with a s’mores bar for the guests, cigars and scotch for the gentlemen (and the few brave women!) and dancing to music by My DeeJay, where the groom actually works!







The fabulous vendor team:

Photography: Cassidy Duhon

Venue: Carnegie Institute of Science

Planning and Design: Roberts & Co. Events

Bridal Party Florals: Rick’s Flowers

Centerpieces: Roberts & Co. Events

DJ: My DeeJay Devin Alexander

Catering: Spilled Milk Catering

Rentals: DC Rental

Transportation: KV Limo

Monogram: Wedding Chicks DIY Downloads


Bride Blogger: Introducing Lauren

September 10, 2013

I am SO excited today to introduce our newest bride blogger, Lauren!! She seriously has a fairy tale story – so I can only imagine what her planning and wedding will entail! So, without further ado, here is Lauren…


My fiancé and I met while working on Capitol Hill in April of 2011. I wouldn’t call it love at first sight, but there was definitely initial interest, especially in his eyes.  After a few months of playing hard to get, flirting and beating around the bush, we were a couple.

It didn’t take me long to realize that he was the one and on February 16, 2013 we got engaged! I had never seen a Broadway show, so he planned to take me to see Cinderella in its opening weeks. After the play was over we went to a speakeasy in New York City and over a bottle of champagne, he got down on one knee and told me he wanted to start our own fairytale—it really was the perfect engagement.


Being engaged has been one of the most exciting times of my life. From celebrating with all of our friends and family, to picking a date, we feel so blessed to be able to get married in the city in which we fell in love, Washington, D.C.

We are getting married at the beautiful Carnegie Institute of Science on May 25, 2014 and are pretty far along in our planning process-but I will save all those details for another day.


I am so thrilled to be the next bride blogger and to be able to share my journey with you. If I have learned anything thus far, it’s to enjoy the experience and savor every moment and most importantly: don’t take yourself too seriously. Why? Because Aunt Mary really isn’t going to remember if your invitations were letter pressed and your mom will forgive you if you decide not to wear her favorite pearls. It’s your day, so treasure the process.  Until next time, I hope you enjoy some of the below pictures from our special weekend in NYC.


Carnegie Institute Wedding

September 17, 2012

Darius and Marissa were married in December of 2011 at Carnegie Institute with a very soft romantic color palette of purple, white, and silver. These two had gone through a year of ups and downs with family loss that almost made them cancel the wedding all together. However, they were able to rally and to celebrate an amazing night for their guests that was filled with the utmost amount of love.The ceremony in the Rotunda was a celebration of life with personalized readings and laughter that rang throughout the building. The bride’s brother personally etched snowflake ornaments for guests to keep as a favor and tables were named after famous D.C. landmarks like Ben’s Chilli Bowl and the African Art Museum.

This day is a perfect example of what weddings should be all about and I hope you all enjoy it as much as me!! Happy Monday!

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Carnegie Institute 1940’s Style Wedding

November 22, 2010

Today’s wedding is one of the most beautiful that I can remember seeing in ages – and that says a lot considering how many lovely weddings I get to check out!!

Danielle and Nick’s wedding was a swanky, sultry throwback to the 1940’s. This gorgeous couple had an incredible eye for detail and a wonderfully theatrical sense of style that translated into an absolutely stunning affair.

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Carnegie Institution of Washington

August 11, 2010

You cannot help but look elegant when saying your “I Dos” at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The breathtaking building, built in 1908, features gorgeous, shining marble floors, stately columns, winding elliptical staircases, and a grand entrance through 12-foot double bronze doors into the Rotunda from their 16th Street portico.

Couples can host weddings in the Ballroom, Rotunda, and the Boardroom. A typical wedding will begin with a ceremony in the glistening marble Rotunda, move to a cocktail hour in the stately Boardroom, and end with dinner and dancing in the lovely, spacious Ballroom, which connects to the Rotunda.

Photography Credit: Pereda Photography

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