Something about today’s wedding just makes me happy. It is a true celebration of love, evident by the beautiful photos from Love Life Images.
Sandra and Javier were married last March at St. Matthews, one of the most breathtaking and historical cathedrals in D.C. They followed their nuptials with a fun-filled reception at the Washington Plaza Hotel. The bride focused on a few key details, including the purple and white flowers by Janet Flowers, the varying shades of Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses, a gorgeous cake by Fluffy Thoughts, and playful lighting by Da’Vinci’s Florist, to create her dream wedding.
From the bride…
Javier and I have Latin roots so our families and friends love a serious party yet a traditional wedding. Javier is a Puerto Rican local musician so for him the reception was very important, he was involved in all the details and the music playlist. While planning the wedding I became obsessed with Pinterest (what bride to be isn’t) and came across a ton of photos of bridesmaids in different dress colors, styles, etc. I loved the look, and my bridesmaids are from many different cultural backgrounds so we decided to go with the purple/plum ombre look for our wedding as it would complement everyone.
After five years of dating Javier and I were engaged on New Year’s Day 2011 on the beach in Puerto Rico and while we were in the early stages of planning our wedding for the fall of 2011, we received some surprising news. We were expecting a baby boy for October 2011!! So that obviously changed the timing and date of our wedding. We decided to take our time to adjust to life as new parents and not rush the wedding, and selected March 2013 as both of our birthdays are in March. For the rest of our lives it would be a whole month of celebrating!
Growing up in DC, it was always a dream of mine to get married in one of the city’s grand Catholic cathedrals, we selected St. Matthews as that is where we baptized our son and I also had my confirmation. We selected Washington Plaza Hotel because it was in a central location, near the ceremony and nightlife with ample parking. It also didn’t hurt that they gave us a great deal since our wedding was before prime wedding season in DC.
We also loved the pool area at the hotel and wanted to do cocktail hour around the pool. Unfortunately it was a 70% chance of rain on the day of the wedding so we nixed the idea a few days before, thank god it didn’t rain until the reception started! The ballroom was pretty simple, I can’t emphasize enough how important lighting is to the ambiance and decor! We used the lighted patterns on the walls to add some flair to the walls. I also really wanted long tables all around but due to the number of guests and the space we only had two long tables. I loved working with Heather at Janet Flowers she was able to get beautiful custom runners made for the long tables! They were so pretty!
The various shades of purple were highlighted by silver and white. I didn’t want to go overboard so we focused on the varying purples of the bridesmaid dresses, the seating cards, flowers, lighting and the cake. After putting it all together in my head, I was worried that it would be over doing it but thank god it turned out great.
I have always loved Vera Wang gowns and her organza or tulle laser cut skirts, unfortunately a Vera gown was out of my budget but thanks to Curvaceous Couture in Columbia, MD I was able to find a beautiful sample gown that was similar to a Vera by the late Manuel Mota for Pronovias. I was sooo lucky to find it at such a great price!
The day was amazing, full of love, laughter and happy tears. There is nothing like your wedding day, when all of the your most favorite and loved people in the world are all in one room to celebrate your love. Its so overwhelming and awesome! We laughed and cried all day!
The fabulous vendor team:
Make Up: Jessica Althaus
Wedding Programs: Designed by John Bowen, Graphic Artist
Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos:
Joseph Abboud from Hannelore’s