Glamorous, Modern Wedding at the D.C. Carnegie Library
September 2, 2014
Mid Atlantic
ModernAcademic Venue SettingsSpring Weddings
Glamorous as all get out and filled with thoughtful details, it goes without saying that you are going to fall head over heels in love with every gorgeous image of this fab fête snapped up by Terri Baskin Photography. It's a library wedding like you've never seen before, and you can see it all here.
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From Terri Baskin Photography...The moment I walked into the Carnegie Library on Alexis and Otis' wedding day, I knew something really special was preparing to take place.  Alexisâ?? vision of her wedding day was transforming in the space before my eyes and her family and vendors were ensuring proper placement of each detail. In addition to the beautiful and unique details from the custom wedding programs and aisle runner, the highlight of their décor was the construction of a 15 foot canopy draped in tulle and it was absolutely breathtaking!  The inside of the Carnegie Library was transformed from a nice and clean open space to one that embodied class and elegance.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is seeing the bride and the groom for the first time. Both Alexis and Otis were in there respective rooms preparing for their day with a sense of calm that spoke volumes about the decision they were preparing to profess in front of about 125 of their closest friends and relatives.

Their beautiful declaration of love was followed by a gorgeous cocktail hour and reception where guests were able to relax in the custom lounge or party in the main area. The level of detail in the decor was unmatched to any wedding that I have photographed or attended in the past 5 years. We capped off the night with a few more outdoor portraits bride and groom portraits in beautiful downtown D.C.

Bride: While our love story starts in Ohio, my husband and I wanted to get married in a big city. We chose Washington, D.C. because it is a city filled with beauty, culture, and immense history. I was stunned by the beauty of the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The library has the perfect combination of history and modernity; the library has its original architectural details, but the interior has been renovated so that it has a clean, fresh, modern feel to it. We looked at countless venues, but nothing compared to the Carnegie.

When deciding on the style of my wedding, I didnâ??t want to go too literal with a â??themeâ?. When I hear the word â??themeâ? I bristle, thinking that a â??themeâ? connotes more of a high school prom or sweet 16 celebration. I wanted the wedding to have a â??feelâ?, not necessarily a â??themeâ?. So, I started with the color choices, and decided what â??feelâ? went best with those colors. I wanted something timeless (ageless) and classic, and I knew black and ivory would be featured prominently in the design. For accent colors, I wanted gold and blush. I loved all of the â??Great Gatsbyâ? references that are popular right now, but I did not want it to be too literal; no dripping pearls or ostrich feathers. I think those things are romantic, but I am a minimalist, I prefer clean lines and uniformity.

As my event designer, Quintece Hill of Studio Q Designs, will tell you, I am a DIY bride, almost obsessively so! My day job is decidedly un-artistic, so wedding planning was my creative outlet. Iâ??d spend hours on Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, searching for wedding inspiration. So much of what I wanted style-wise was not available online or in stores, or if it was for sale, it was beyond my budget. This is where Quintece came in. I would tell her what look I wanted to achieve and she would make them come to life for me! Most times, she created things exactly the way I envisioned them in my wedding daydreams! And if I wanted something a little different than what she presented, sheâ??d always go back and tailor it to my liking. Quintece handled the majority of the design projects, including creating (from scratch!) the altar canopy, which included a fully-functioning crystal chandelier! She also hand stenciled the patterned table runners, created the adorable place cards for the guests (that she placed on their glasses like a garnish!), and handmade the striped couch pillow and ottoman covers for the lounge. I also wanted a large candy and popcorn table and Tara of The Oxidine Group, created a beautiful candy display in the lounge area.

As for the DIY elements, I hand-drew the seating charts, decorated the champagne favors, and spray painted candlesticks my mother and I found at a home store and used for table décor. I also created the menus, bow-tie napkins and drink signs along, with one of my crafty and creative bridesmaids, Selena. We also DIYâ??d the flowers, with my mother being instrumental in the creation of the centerpieces, and Selena and I handling the bouquets. Selena took extra care and attention hand-tying my bouquet of white and blush peonies.

I am so appreciative of all the love and assistance I received from my family, friends, and my new friends, Quintece and Terri. Both ladies are lovely, both inside and out, and made my wedding day memorable. I would also like to thank my loving husband, Butch. Without his encouragement, patience, (and proposal!), none of this would have been possible!
Vendor Credits
Event Planning, Candy Buffet
The Oxidine Group
Wedding Dress
Ian Stuart
Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue
D.C. Carnegie Library
Bridesmaids' Dresses
Bridal Jewelry, Bridesmaids' Jewelry
Kate Spade
Favor Design, Drink Signs, Bouquet
The Glitter Hive
Bridesmaids' Make-Up
Tiffany Lumpkin