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Classic Ballroom Wedding in DC at the National Museum Of Women In The Arts

For those of you who dream of elegant ballroom soirees and gowns so gorgeous you could cry (I think we all fall into that category) this beauty from the uber-talented Abby Jiu will have you counting your lucky stars you stopped by SMP today. It’s honestly perfection. Overflowing with gorgeous white blooms and classic styling, this gallery is as good as they get. See even more here.

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From Abby Jiu PhotographyAfter Lauren attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and cooking in restaurants, she quickly learned that food was one of her biggest passions. She even wrote her own menu to include her love of classic French food with newer food concepts. Table side choice, local cheeses and seasonal/local produce included in a 4 course plated meal for all. The meal was finished with an organic cake made from local ingredients, a circulating candy cart, Ben’s favorite childhood sweets (root beer floats and ice cream sandwiches) served on the dance floor, and hot cookies, apple cider, and hot chocolate as guests departed. No one was to leave hungry!

Aside from food Lauren found herself very inspired by tiny white flowers. After seeing a picture of tiny white arabicum for floral inspiration, and finding her dress with a bodice full of tiny white flowers, she was hooked! The arabicum flowers made there way into my invitation, all of the printed materials, welcome bag, floral decor, and even into the paper flower decor. Everything that was not based on her love of food, was based on the shape of the arabicum flower.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning: A Dominick Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis Inc | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Kendall's Cakes | Catering: Occasions | Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona | Calligraphy: Lettering By Lynne | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Band: Rhythm Collective Of Elan Artists | Ceremony Music: String 4 | Bridal Gown Salon: Carine's Bridal Atelier | China: DC Rental | Food Truck: Captain Cookie And The Milk Man | Hotel: Willard Intercontinental | Linens: La Tavola | Macaroons: The Sweet Lobby DC | Make Up Artist: Beauty Mark | Museum: National Museum Of Women In The Arts | Paper: Cheree Berry Paper | Transportation: Atlantic Mark Services

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12 High Neckline Dresses That Are Absolutely Stunning

The elegance of a high neckline wedding dress truly can’t be beat. There’s nothing better than a bride who looks both over-the-top gorgeous while managing to evoke vintage glamour all at the same time. Thanks to our brand new Look Book, it’s easier than ever to get lost in a sea of lovely wedding dresses of every shape and size. With so many stunning options, we chose a few of our favorites below!

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Vintage Chic Winery Wedding with Pops of Purple

When an event planner ties the knot, there’s no denying a little added pressure. And for this event pro turned bride, that meant pulling off a day her guests would remember forever. Designed with a French-vintage flair, these Sonoma lovies planned a wedding that set the style bar high, and Chestnut & Vine and Sweet On Cake made the details unforgettable. See it all from Onelove Photography right here.

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From The Bride…My now husband (!) and I have been together for 10+ years. We really wanted to showcase our love for our family and friends. Being an event planner, everyone was expecting something GREAT! So, naturally the pressure was on. Our number one goal was for everyone to have the most amazing time. So many things contributed to this….the location, the music, the food and of course the drinks! We had gone up to BR Cohn many years ago and fell in love with their wine and Oyster Bar on Sundays. We remember thinking so many years ago what a great place it would be to get married. To be fortunate enough to have that dream come true was the best. Next, we LOVE food. It was super important to us for people to love the food and to keep it coming. Lastly, we don’t get the opportunity to let loose and dance too often. Music was key and having a full dance floor from beginning to end is what we hoped for and came true!

I am a lover of all things vintage! The wedding was designed around a French-Vintage feeling. I had so many ideas for what I wanted, almost too many! In the end it was exactly what I wanted with the perfect touch of elegance.

I have been going to the Alameda Antique Fair for years and have been collecting antiques for quite some time. My husband always jokes with me and says how I love anything antique/vintage. Over a year plus span, I collected vintage mirror trays that I used for the centerpiece.

Another significant piece were the skeleton keys on each mirror tray that had a wooden tag with a significant word hand written on each. Each word (cherish, love, family, adventure) represents our past, present and future. They were words that describe us as a couple.

The day honestly could not have been better! Thank you to Amy, who is both my good friend and coordinator, everything went off without a hitch. Everything I had imagined came to life and could not have been more beautiful. During the reception, my husband told me to stop and take a look around. There was nothing more amazing then seeing all your closest family and friends together in one space and enjoying themselves. We never felt so much love from everyone as we did that day and particularly at that moment.

We had a last dance planned for everyone, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” a nod to our favorite team, San Francisco Giants and the DJ had everyone make a circle around us as we danced just the two of us. This wasn’t planned, but it was the absolute best way to end the day, surrounded by all of our loved ones.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Stationary: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: Tasha Cohn At Heart Amonos | Lighting: Verducci Entertainment | DJ: Verducci Entertainment | Ceremony And Reception: B.R. Cohn Winery | Event Design And Coordination: True Emerald Styling And Planning | Florals: Chestnut And Vine | Photo Booth: Verducci Entertainment | Shoe Designer: C' Est La Vie | Vintage Rentals: Pieces By Violet

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Elegant Santa Monica Wedding at The Annenberg

When black tie meets seaside, the result never fails to wow. Something wonderful always just seems to happen when bow ties and lace mix with toes in the sand. This new Mr. and Mrs. treated their guests to just such a perfectly elegant California evening where even the sunset right on queue, and thanks to Daniel Cruz‘s stunning images we can soak up all the lovely here.

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From Daniel CruzJoseph first met Woosun when she was doing a clerkship as an international student from Korea, in her last year of medical school, at the same hospital Joseph worked at. While this fact sounds rather ordinary, the circumstances on how they met were a bit unusual. That particular day, Joseph had purposely settled into a very secluded room and isolated area of the hospital to work in to avoid just that – meeting people. It was literally the last place he expected to have anyone walk into, let alone the girl he would later be marrying! But it was all meant to be, and the couple soon began dating and after her return to Korea, kept a long distance relationship for another two years before Woosun made the official move back to California.

While ethnically Korean, Joseph is pretty American as you get. And aside from her clerkship that led to her meeting Joseph, home has always been in Korea for Woosun. So as they began preparing for their wedding, with friends and family on two separate continents, they decided to hold two weddings. Along with the purpose of celebrating their marriage, each would also provide a time to highlight their own personal cultures and unique traditions. Woosun managed the planning of the Korea wedding, which was held in the intimate mountainside resort of Sam Cheong Gak in Seoul. The couple wore formal Korean wedding attire and were married in a very traditional Korean wedding ceremony. On the other hand, Joseph was the mastermind for the wedding in the States. The fact that he loves to surf and also lives only a few blocks away from the beach, easily convinced him to reserve a beachfront location for their U.S. ceremony and reception. While the occasion still required a suit and tie, the couple enjoyed a nice relaxing walk on the beach following the ceremony and appreciate together a beautiful California beach sunset before re-joining their guests and enjoying the American tradition of first dance as husband and wife!

Regardless of location, backgrounds, and cultures, the one thing that resonated throughout both wedding occasions was the love that Woosun and Joseph shared and were committed to. And how wonderful they had not one, but two opportunities to make happy wedding memories!

Photography: Daniel Cruz | Videography: Soulstory | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Catering: Feast Catering | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Cello Guy | Ceremony Officiant: Hollywood Lutheran | Event Planning & Design: Spark Event Consulting | Music & Lighting: Honored Occasions | Wedding Venue: Annenberg Community Beach House