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Rustic Chic Wedding at Riverside On The Potomac

From the sparkly touches (hello Vera Wang ‘maids dresses and Louboutin‘s!) to the gorgeous setting to the quiet moments in between, this rustic chic affair had me at the first swoon-filled glance. Laura Gordon has captivated every ounce of my being with her beautiful imagery and thanks to the dream team of vendors, including Floral And BloomEvents By Sofia and Paisley & Jade, the details are endlessly dreamy—take a peek for yourself!

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Summer
Settings
Farm
Styles
Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…While Carl and I consider ourselves city-dwellers, when we got engaged we both knew we wanted a wedding that was away from our busy DC city lives and in a beautiful setting that would be filled with details that best describe us: modern, classic, romantic and rustic. We were fortunate enough to find a venue and form a team of vendors that were able to deliver just that – and our day could not have been more perfect!

We chose a charming, equestrian farm venue in Virginia surrounded by horses and rolling hills. Blushes and gold blended into a beautiful color palette that gave off the romantic, modern and classic feel we were going for against a rustic backdrop .

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of our wedding day was our outdoor ceremony . We rented an antique, white hutch from Paisley and Jade, which served as our alter against the lush, green backdrop of the farm. Our ceremony involved so many of our closest friends and family – one of my younger sisters sang a beautiful acapela solo, Carl’s Dad and brother walked him down the aisle, and my matron of honor designed and made our wedding fan programs. My Dad is an ordained minister, so we had him read bible passages in Spanish and give us his blessing alongside our officiant. It was so special to us both to have him up there with us. One of the most meaningful vendors to us was our live painter, whom we had as a way to commemorate Carl’s mother who is deceased and was an art teacher. It’s a painting we will forever cherish!

Through the process of planning, I was extremely indecisive because of the endless options that come with being a bride. So, I opted for a few choices instead of settling on just one. For example, I had two different style dresses for my bridesmaids because I just couldn’t decide on one that would suit all of their tastes. While Taylor and Hov made our beautiful wooden invitations, our day-of paper goods were designed and made by matron of honor (my older sister). I chose a floral design for the ceremony, while going with a more equestrian design for our menu cards and they both turned out perfectly. I loved that our paper goods didn’t all match, it provided a fun surprise for each little event in the day.

Fluffy Thoughts bakery created the most delicious and beautiful cake of 3 different flavors, again, because I couldn’t decide on just one of their delicious flavor options. Rachel, of Floral and Bloom, was the most patient soul with my indecisive bride brain . She worked with us to create beautiful arrangements that fulfilled both of our desires for small blush-family florals and taller, rustic babies breath bombs to play off the 65 foot ceiling in the barn. Lastly, I had two different dresses instead of just one. For most of the day, I chose to wear a classic lace, open-back Katie May gown which I then had further customized with satin buttons and crinoline from Green & Blue Studio in DC. At the end of the reception and for our sparkler exit, I changed into a short and feminine Sherri Hill dress that allowed me to dance the last few songs more comfortably. Choosing multiple options was one of the best things we could have done. We went with what we loved even if it meant things weren’t overly matchy-matchy.

Other details from our wedding day included DIY projects we tackled throughout the months and even days leading up to our wedding – we scoured thrift shops for picture frames, vases, ornate mirrors and candle holders and spray painted them gold to match our color palette. We visited local wine shops to collect wooden wine boxes and sanded and stained a dozen of them which were then uses to line our ceremony alter and decor throughout the barn. We distressed a dresser we found for free and used it for our water station. We spray painted toy horses gold, and Julie from Sandpiper and Co., provided beautiful calligraphy place cards for each guest. With the help of one of our neighbors, we sanded and painted large standing wooden letters spelling LOVE, which served as a fun photo opportunity for us and our guests.

At the end of the night, Carl surprised me with a gelato stand. This meant so much to me, as we often do date nights and “dessert before dinner” with gelato since our early days of dating. Pitango gelato was the perfect treat to top off the night before our sparkler exit.

We were so blessed to have the amazing support of our families and friends, and the creative direction of Laura Gordon and her amazing photography talents. We were so amazed by the group vendors who worked as a team to make our dream wedding a reality. Because of their collaboration and seamless execution, we will never forget the best day of our lives!

Photography: Laura Gordon | Videography: SGD Editing | Event Planning: Events By Sofia | Floral Design: Floral And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: Taylor And Hov | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House | Black Market | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Calligraphy: Sandpiper And Co. | Groom's Attire: Geoffrey Lewis | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Gelato Stand: Pitango Gelato | Makeup And Hair: Shauné Hayes Makeup + Hair Artists | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Wedding Venue: Riverside On The Potomac

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Travel-Themed Vintage Wedding at the Piedmont Club

These lovebirds don’t hold back when it comes to adventure. Already married after a surprise elopement the year prior, they decided it was time to celebrate with friends and family, and threw a travel-themed soiree in honor of their worldwide treks. With Michael and Carina capturing every detail, I’ll be spending some quality time in this gallery hoping some of their adorable charm rubs off.

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Seasons
Winter
Settings
Club
Styles
Vintage

From Michael And Carina… We are super excited to share our favorite wedding of the season with you. Pilar and Jarad’s vintage and travel themed winter wedding stood out to us because of all of the details which were carefully and lovingly prepared by the bride and groom. These two are just so in love and so stylish! Their personality really shines through in the pictures. We shot this wedding mainly on medium format film (Contax 645), developed by Film Box Lab. 

Pilar and Jarad have been inseparable for 8 years.They love adventures, having fun with friends and they travel all over the world.They are also full of surprises. Almost exactly one year ago they contacted us with a special request: to shoot their surprise elopement in Williamsburg. It was a very intimate and sweet elopement. They surprised their family with the photos afterwards.

This year, after being married for one year, Pilar and Jarad wanted to include all their friends and family in the celebration at a vow renewal on their first anniversary. They picked the beautiful Piedmont Club in Northern Virginia as their wedding venue. Their late-afternoon indoor ceremony was accompanied by a guitar player.

There were world globes, maps and old photographs everywhere – it was perfect. They put so much thought and love into it. There was a lot of DIY which we love. The bride made the invitations herself – by cutting out travel brochures. She wrote us that “The props and decor were mostly me, a lot of chalkboard ink, handwriting, gluing, flea markets, Craigslist and Pinterest stalking. Jarad’s mother made the signpost and I painted on the city names. The programs I made myself (the night before!) because the ones we had ordered came through a mess and we ran out of time to find new ones.”

Plus, the two are just incredibly stylish. Pilar’s gloves are vintage from the groom’s family. They have been unable to fit anyone in the family for generations…until Pilar. I got goosebumps hearing this story. The fur shawl is also a vintage piece, great for this winter wedding. The bride’s second/reception dress was also purchased at La Reve Bridal; however “it was actually a prom dress they had in the shop purchased just days before the big day!” 

The couple loves travelling and had friends there which they had made during their travels around the world. Their “guestbook” was a globe and by the entrance stood a big map with small flags on it indicating where the couple had traveled. The table decorations had city themes (London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo…). Keepsakes from those cities were laid out on the tables. And every table had a fitting viewfinder with pictures from the couple’s trip to that city.

What we love most about Pilar and Jarad is how they combine their love with their love for adventure. They have so much fun together, they keep it fresh. After being together for almost a decade, these two are just crazy about each other. And that is what makes us so excited.

Photography: Michael And Carina | Floral Design: J. Morris Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Reve Bridal | Cake: Cupcakes Actually | Invitations: DIY | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Nordstrom Rack | Hair And Makeup: My Mobile Salon Inc. | DJ: DJ Alkimist | Mens Attire: Vera Wang | Accessories: Heirloom | Decorations: DIY | Photobooth: The Majestic Photobooth Company | Transportation: Abe's Limo | Wedding Venue: Piedmont Club

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Elegant Downton Abbey Wedding Inspiration

There’s no doubt that we’ve had a little love affair with Downton Abbey over the years, and we’ve proudly sprinkled our galleries with it’s inspired goodness. To envision the Crawley wedding in all it’s Edwardian elegance is a daydream we welcome with open arms. So when Floral & Bloom Designs and Alicia Lacey Photography sent this gorgeous gem our way, we instantly fell head over heels. It’s style perfection and seamless storytelling all the way. See it here.

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Spring
Settings
Inn
Styles
Elegance

From Floral & Bloom DesignsOn Downtown Abbey, Sybil Crawley and Tom Branson ran off together to be married as their love was not approved by the community. Their ceremony was never showed, only discussed, so we decided to get creative and invent what that union may have looked like. We wanted to ensure the day was still regal and classic, as that is how Sybil grew up, but seeing as how neither had much money at the time, an afternoon high tea was in order instead of a formal dinner. We stuck with finger sandwiches and desserts, as found at a traditional high tea; the only difference was that ours included a 4-tiered cake to incorporate traditional wedding practices.

Our color scheme of blush, slate, and ivory only helped to reinforced the idea of a simple, yet regal affair—the tones were neutral, but with a flair of elegance, accented by silver accessories.

The stone house and abundance of greenery, vines, and grass tiers at Poplar Springs reminded us of old England, so it was the perfect setting to bring home our theme. Everywhere you turned, there was a location that demanded to be photographed to capture it’s beauty.

One of our favorite touches of this shoot was that on the show, Robert, Sybil’s dad, would be sure to bring his loyal companion, Isis, to the wedding—so we got a small lab to join the wedding party!

Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Cake: Gateau | Hair: Poplar Springs Spa | Calligraphy: The Littlest Paperie | Accessories: Stella & Dot | Bridal Gown: Formal Envy | Coordination: Voila! Event Studio | Furniture: Sammy's Rentals | Inn: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa | Linens: Everything Linen | Makeup: Faces By Alicia | Morning Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Photography - Assistance: Brett Denfeld

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