This next bride decided to bring a little southern charm to her Washington D.C. wedding in honor of her South Carolina roots. Her vision for her wedding was an elegant dinner party and from the looks of these gorgeous images from Love Life Images and help from Simply Chic Events, she pulled off her vision and then some. We’re loving the mint julep cups overflowing with roses and hydrangeas, the gorgeous clear plates edged with silver beads (to die for), and overall fabulousness that is this adorable couple. See even more of this southern style city charmer here in the gallery!

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From the Bride…For our wedding, I wanted to bring a piece of South Carolina, my home state, to Washington, DC, where we currently live. I grew up in a small historical town and later lived in Charleston, SC for several years.  Charleston is the kind of place that gets into your soul and it’s a place you never forget.  I lived in Charleston during my early to late 20’s and during that time many of my friends were getting married.  I attended so many gorgeous weddings in the Lowcountry that I wanted to bring a bit of Southern charm, elegance and grace to our guests in Washington, DC.

When I stepped foot onto the grounds of Dumbarton House Museum and Gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, I knew immediately it was the perfect place for our wedding. It reminded me so much of South Carolina. The beautiful house gardens, the historical house museum and the ballroom and terrace exuded Southern elegance!  Chris and I wanted the reception to feel like an elegant dinner party. We chose white table linens and assorted green and white flowers in mint julep cups to line the center of the tables. My inspiration for the table setting came from one of Ina Garten’s illustrated cookbooks that I often refer to for entertaining. Chris and I are obsessed with Ina and when I saw a dinner party she featured in her book that had a few clusters of flowers in vases lining a long table, I knew that was the look we wanted. My favorite detail of our place setting was our charger plate. My wedding planner and I discovered it our first meeting with the party rentals vendor. It was a clear glass plate with silver beads around the edge. It made me think of a string of pearls and I liked that it would look fabulous next to the mint julep cups.

When my wedding planner, Jamie, called me a few days after the wedding and asked what I thought of it, I told her that what meant the most to me was that every detail of the reception was me. From the flowers to the food to the table settings, the signature drink, the first dances, and last dances, it all was a piece of the South and a piece of me. It was a special evening and we were thankful to have so many wonderful people to share it with.

Ceremony Location: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral / Reception Location: Dumbarton House / Event Planner + Designer: Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via Hitched Maids / Hair + Make-up: Marcella of ILO Salon / Men’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design / Caterer: Main Event Caterers / Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie / Transportation: Linder & Associates / Reception Music: MyDeejay / Invitations: The Lettered Olive / Wedding Photography: Love Life Images

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