There’s no denying it, Anya & Phil planned the most beautiful garden wedding in the whole entire world. A classic June affair with soft blush hues and fragrant blooms, their romantic celebration is sure to be your new favorite. Captured by Justin Tearney we’ve got every single detail waiting for you in The Vault!
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From the Bride… Phil and I were introduced by my best friend during our senior year of college, at Harvard and Wellesley respectively. After we graduated college, we reunited at the 2012 Harvard-Yale football game in Cambridge, and our relationship took off shortly after with a first date in Manhattan that lasted seven hours. Two years later, Phil proposed in the mountains of my favorite winter wonderland: Whistler, Canada. While I grew up in Hong Kong and Phil grew up outside of New York City, we wanted to get married near DC, which has been our home of the past four years. Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel in Taneytown, Maryland was only the second venue we visited, but we knew this was it as soon as we arrived. Antrim 1844 is a stunning, romantic estate with perfectly manicured grounds – from the shaded Secret Garden where we did our first look to the formal Rose Garden where we held the ceremony to the elegant ballroom overlooking the estate for our reception. The beautiful, light-filled property was perfectly suited to Justin Tearney’s timeless fine-art photography. Given that Antrim would be lush and green in June, we chose soft blush and ivory colors for the bouquets, boutonnieres and ceremony floral arch. We designed a very personal ceremony with Reverend Bill Teyssier and wrote our own vows, which brought many of our guests and bridesmaids to tears of joy. During the reception, I was thrilled to see all of the details I had envisioned come to life, from the garden rose arrangements surrounded by tall candles to our four-tier ombré blush wedding cake and signature His and Hers cocktails. After much dancing, laughter, and champagne, we ended the night with a sparkler sendoff!
Photography: Justin Tearney | Floral Design: Love Blooms | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Sorby Sweets | Invitations: Zazzle | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Emily Moesner/Emily Nicole Makeup | Hair: Down the Aisle in Style Wedding Hair and Makeup | DJ: Shaun Rosa of Chris Styles DJ's | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Harpist: Monika Vasey | Wedding Venue: Antrim 1844 | Escort Cards: Minted | Table Numbers: BHLDN
There are seriously stunning, sophisticated weddings… and then there are the weddings you have at The Westin Georgetown, an entirely new level of glam ballroom soirees. Think a luxe locale smack dab in the middle of Washington D.C.’s West End, versatile venue space and customizable wedding packages that are everything you’ll ever need. Need proof? Just ask Jordan and Melyssa, who hosted the ultimate dream day.
With up to 4,500 square feet of event space and room for 180 guests, saying “I do” at The Westin Georgetown is, well… sort of a no-brainer. I’m talking a drop-dead gorgeous Promenade with hardwood floors and insanely beautiful views, a European-inspired Courtyard perfect for cocktails under the stars and a glamorous ballroom that hosted a navy blue and silver soiree for college sweeties, Jordan and Melyssa. From their lush florals to their beautiful reception lighting, their sophisticated affair was all sorts of mesmerizing.
Start planning your dream day by contacting The Westin Georgetown NOW, lovelies. And don’t forget to ask about the never-ending options of yummy customizable cuisine from The Westin Georgetown’s Executive Chef William Taylor. Trust us, this is one decision you need to make.
Photography: Samshots Photography | Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery | Hair: JKW Beauty | Lighting: PSAV | DJ & Photo Booth: Bialeks Music | Floral Design & Chuppah: Elegance & Simplicity, Inc.
The heart behind this wedding? A small, family-focused celebration held at a historic Cotton Mill turned venue space. “Industrial chic” is always a win in our book and Alyssa Maloof’s images are the proof. More in The Vault!
From The Bride…We were just about to sign the lease on a venue out of town when my aunt called to say she thought she had found somewhere perfect. She was a short five minute walk away in a building that was part of the original Cotton Mill our apartment building had been transformed from. The Elm, a carriage house nestled away on a side street hidden by a garden of trees and gorgeous flowers, was it. It had the history of our own home wrapped into it and gave us our quintessential Baltimore wedding.
My husband and I are both rooted in our families and wanted to keep our wedding small and centered around them and the things we love, good food, good music and good people. My aunt and my mom (along with the help of some very gracious friends) not only transformed the Elm into the most magical place for our wedding, but also catered all of the food. From the crab cakes made from my grandmother’s recipe, to the cakes my mom baked for dessert, our bellies and hearts were full.
We were married in the garden of the Elm after which our family and friends ventured up to the carriage house’s beautiful alley for cocktail hour where they sipped on John Daly’s and were entertained by a family friend shucking raw oysters and two of our favorite bartenders from a local Hampden restaurant. After dinner, we danced the night away to Jr. Cline and the Recliners, a local band no stranger to entertaining a crowd, even if it included learning few requested tunes on the spot.
Everything from the location of our wedding to the planning, decorating and cooking done by family and friends made our wedding intimate and personal in every way and created a night filled with so much love.
Photography: Alyssa Maloof Photography | Floral Design: Flowers by Alison | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Invitations: Simply Noted | Ceremony Venue: The Elm | Band: Jr. Cline and the Recliners | Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Matron of Honor’s Dress: Reformation