I am a bit of a brunch fanatic. Seriously, I could have it for every meal. How can you go wrong with crepes and mimosas? I have wanted to see the mid-morning wedding make a come back and I think its moment has finally arrived. This Washington D.C. wedding by Amelia Johnson Photography might just be the poster child for the break of day bash. It is refreshing and chic with sweet handmade goodies and a heaping pile of delicious donuts! Get your fill of pastries and pretty in the full wedding gallery!
From Amelia Johnson Photography… Lindsay is a designer used to going above and beyond in the arts, her wedding being no exception! The wedding programs, as well their invitations, and napkins were designed by Lindsay. She then had acrylic plates made from Boxcar Press and used leftover supplies from a college class to manually letterpress every single item. For their five page cold-pressed paper invitations, Lindsay enlisted the help of her future Mother-in-Law to zig zag stitch the pages together to create a blue seam. Although this sort of intense hands-on experience might stress some brides, Lindsay thrived on the creation and was able to finish everything in a couple weeks, spending a few hours each night on the project.
Having the gift of a highly defined sense of style, Lindsay had no problem finding the perfect dress. She first tried on a vintage dress from her photographer, and loved it, but then fell even more in a love with a similarly structured gown by Melissa Sweet. The dress material was light-weight, soft and featured small white polka dots for an interesting pop of texture. Her Mother and Grandmother adored the dress from the first glimpse, as did Lindsay, and they knew that section of the wedding planning was done!
Lindsay, Jeff and the wedding party stayed the night before the wedding at the Hotel Lombardy, which is conveniently located next to the Arts Club of Washington, where their reception would later be taking place. This turned out to be a genius idea, allowing members of the wedding party to move fresh florals to the reception area before the ceremony with ease and no parking hassles.
To personalize their wedding, Lindsay and Jeff had family members and good friends read personally significant scriptural passages during the service. Lindsay loved the idea of getting married in a space that nodded to the immense historical significance of Virginia’s roots, and infusing her own contemporary style to the event. The first church built on the site was in 1734. Although Lindsay and Jeff loved the traditional feel of the church, they wanted their wedding to truly reflect their personalities and life styles. After the ceremony guests headed to the Arts Club of Washington, which boasts gorgeous contemporary paintings and a large backyard terrace, right in the heart of DC, where outdoor space is harder to find than a legal parking spot.
A very special and surprise moment occurred at the reception when her Father and sister sang a duet to “When I Fall in Love.” Lindsay melted into tears. It was such a tender moment for everyone to see how sweet of a bond Lindsay has with her Father. The speeches were terrifically funny, leading Lindsay into tears again, but these tears were of a slightly different variety! After Lindsay and Jeff were honored by their friends’ speeches, the dance floor was open. The reception was so relaxed that everyone felt comfortable taking a spin on the dance floor.
Lindsay and Jeff were married in the morning, which allowed for a wedding brunch for the reception. They wanted the brunch to have a fun, relaxed feel with lots of mingling and celebration. There were no seating charts, just a few tables to sit at as well as standing tables on the terrace, and space inside to sit as well. Each table was decorated by delicate clusters of white vintage vases filled with yellow Billy Balls, and an assortment of yellow, orange, white, baby pink and deep violet flora. The fireplace and donut table were accented with generous bunches of flowers in large silver tea pots. The guests were delighted to find fresh, soft, glazed donuts were served alongside a plentiful buffet filled with smoked salmon on croquettes, fresh fruit and cheese, among other classic brunch favorites. From the bar guests were served Mimosas, Champagne, as well as a host of drinks. For the wedding cake, Lindsay and Jeff chose to layer dozens of crepes in between Nutella to top off the brunch and a very sweet day.
Wedding Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography / Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Falls Church / Wedding Reception Venue: Arts Club of Washington / Wedding Band: The Lace Music / Wedding Flowers: Fifty Flowers and Whole Blossoms arranged by bride / Wedding Invitations: Designed and manually letterpressed by the Bride, plates made by Boxcar Press / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: Bass / Wedding Dress: Dora by Melissa Sweet from OnceWed / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Bride’s Jewelery: Handcrafted from Vendor at Eastern D.C. Market / Bride’s Shoes: Jasmina, Nine West / Bridesmaid Shoes: Anchorway Sandal, Nine West / Bridesmaid Jewelery: The Mustard Seed Co. on Etsy / Groomsmen Ties: TuxandTulle on Etsy / Groomsmen Suits: Tommy Hilfiger Suit Seperates / Mother & Grandmother Corsages: Venus11 on Etsy / Soloist: Erin Cooper / Cake: Allison Truesdell, friend of the bride and groom