We’re going to fast forward a bit for all you brides deep in the final months of planning for your fall wedding. Sent to us by the very talented Jonathan Canlas, this elegant Washington DC affair is some seriously gorgeous inspiration for those of you with a wedding right around the corner. Loving the crisp November colors and the romantic autumnal vibe. Every square inch of this wedding is graceful and glowing. If you’re in the mood for even more click here for all the goodness in our galleries.
From the bride…
Ever since I was a little girl I had always dreamed of having a fairytale classy downtown wedding. Our wedding took place in my favorite season, fall. The fall season was brought to life through our wedding colors, our menu selections, and venues. The morning of our wedding began with a breakfast at my home with all of my bridesmaids. Our wedding ceremony took place at noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Washington DC Temple. After the ceremony, Susan Gage had prepared lunches for everyone. This delicious food was individual packaged into little boxes that had a picture of Craig and I on them and tied with cute ribbon in our wedding colors. We tried to incorporate the fall theme the most we could in small ways like including delicious pumpkin cupcakes in all of the individual lunch boxes.
Our photographer, Jonathan Canlas was an unbelievably inspired individual who was able to capture all the feelings and love during our wedding through a photograph. His work was beautiful and creative. After the temple ceremony and box lunches Craig and I went with Jonathan to down town DC to take pictures at the monuments. The photographs outside of the monuments are my very favorite.
Our reception was held that evening at the gorgeous National Women’s Museum of the Arts on New York Avenue in Washington DC. The colors I chose for our wedding were based on the burnt fall colors that I liked best. We went with copper ribbons on the invitations, which came from Creative Parties in Bethesda. Tracy Schwartz is the owner. She was great to work with and addressed all the invitations for us. We had the most wonderful florist who made the event spectacular! Her name is Barbara Hamilton at Ociana. The flowers were burnt oranges and sunset pinks. We mostly chose roses with fall berries.
We had pumpkins as a theme throughout the reception. We used White pumpkins in some of the table arrangements. An artist drew whimsical pumpkins on the numbers for the 30 tables and drew a fairy taleish map of the table arrangements. We had a seated dinner for 350 people.
There was a gathering reception held upstairs before the evening reception in one of the art galleries. Mock tails and hors d’hoeuvres were served. We had fall treats like pumpkin smoothies, apple martinis, crab cakes, goat cheese pizzas, and mini burger sliders. The wedding favors were Crispy crème donuts, hot chocolate and hot apple cider that the guests could take on their way out to send us off. We ran out to an amazing horse drawn carriage under a tunnel of sparklers. The carriage took us to the Renaissance Mayflower Marriott hotel.
It was a fairy tale wedding and I even married the handsome prince!
Vendor Credits: Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Reception Venue: National Women’s Museum of the Arts / Catering: Susan Gage / Dress: Audrey, Vera Wang from Saks Jandel / Bride’s Shoes: Dior / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang / Hair: Rick Perez / Invitations: Creative Parties / Florist: Barbara Hamilton at Ociana / Cake: Marilyn Mueller, Terracocoa / Band: Doctor’s Orders / Videography: Joe Newstedt at Creative Productions /Vera Wang is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.