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Colorful Wedding Inspiration with Bright Rainbow Hues

Don’t get me wrong – when it comes to weddings, I adore a muted color palette.  But give me a bundle of bright, vibrant hues from a talented team of vendors and that, my friends, is where you’ll find my happy place.  From the gorgeous stylings of Tart Event Co. to the fab paper goods from Design Corral to those crazy cool Paisley & Jade chairs.  See the colorful explosion captured by Stephanie Yonce right here.

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From the Stylist, KelseyOur shoot in two words? Bright and whimsical.

We’ve enjoyed participating in a number of shoots with varying color palettes and were eager to take things in a different direction with our rainbow theme shoot. Aiming for an upscale take on the classic ROY G. BIV hues, the shoot took on a life of its own against Paisley & Jade’s white industrial backdrop.

Favorite details included Paisley & Jade’s collection of amazing, custom-painted asymmetrical chairs, which made its inventory debut for the shoot. We were thrilled with how Candy Valley Cake Company interpreted our rainbow petit-flours, as well as Design Corral’s custom rainbow invitation suite. Finally, it was a delight to see how the bright pops from Janie’s florals paired so well with the bright blue and purple ribbons. As for DIY details, we hand-dyed the streamers as well as made and painted the paper flowers.

Our models Stasia and Jonathan were on board immediately and happily played the part of the spirited couple. Our bride’s cropped top and hot pink links paired with our groom’s bowtie hoped to convey that would eagerly embrace the theme as if it were their own wedding — trading in cake for petit-fours and welcoming a “no socks” policy for the groom.

Photography: Stephanie Yonce Photography | Event Design: Tart Event Co. | Styling: Tart Event Co. | Floral Design: Janie Medley Flora Design | Wedding Dress: Made By Anatomy | Hair & Makeup: LaCretia Baskfield | Hair & Makeup: Elle Style Studio | Furniture And Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Invitation Suite: Design Corral | Location: Paisley & Jade | Sweets: Candy Valley Cake Co.

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Whimsical Fall Countryside Wedding

What began as an instant connection on the dance floor eventually grew into seven years of shared love and laughter, and when it came time to plan their Big Day this duo wanted plenty of personality. Starting with a sentimental venue to their adorable cake topper, Sweet Tea Photography snapped a gallery with assistance provided by Kate Triano detailing their electric connection, and it’s all waiting for you.

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From Sweet Tea PhotographyCecilia and Edo met in 2007 at Bazaar, a trendy lounge in Atlanta where Edo was their resident DJ. They were introduced by a mutual friend, and the connection was electric, as was the energy on the dance floor that evening! Their first date was at a Korean restaurant that Edo has chosen, even though he had never eaten Korean food before. Cecelia was delighted to find out that Edo loved not only the popular Korean BBQ dishes, but that he genuinely loved the more peculiar dishes, like the kimchi and spicy stews. She knew Edo was a keeper after that date (Cecilia’s family is from Korea).

After 7 years of dating, Edo proposed on the beach in Tulum, Mexico on New Year’s Eve 2013, just as the sun was setting. After a teary proposal, they joined their friends at Posada Margherita (Cecilia’s favorite restaurant in Tulum), who were waiting with champagne. After a memory-worthy meal, they celebrated the New Year at a famous beach party/musical event (Flying Circus) with more of their friends from around the world.

L’Auberge” translates to “country inn,” Cecilia and Edo wanted the wedding theme to match the distinctive Old World ambiance of L’Auberge Chez Francios (their wedding venue). They wanted their wedding to capture the elegance and charm of the Old World, in an unpretentious country setting. The wedding venue was an easy choice, given the special place that L’Auberge Chez François has in Cecilia’s family history. In 1967, Cecilia’s father, Chun Oh, immigrated to the United States from Korea in pursuit of the American dream. Although Chun had no culinary training and spoke little English, he got a job as a kitchen worker at L’Auberge Chez François (then located in Washington, D.C.). Her father’s work ethic led to steady promotions within this honored kitchen. The restaurant’s late owner, François Haeringer, soon became a mentor and benefactor to Cecilia’s father (even saving him from deportation from the U.S. in 1968). Cecilia’s father worked at L’Auberge Chez François for the next 40 years, and retired from his position as head chef in 2006.

We had a daytime ceremony followed by a luncheon. In lieu of a traditional evening reception, we had a post-wedding party for our friends at Ambar Restaurant, Richard Sandoval’s restaurant in D.C. serving modern Balkan cuisine. We really loved that we were able to incorporate Edo’s culture and cuisine into the wedding festivities in this way. Edo is originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this more casual and modern setting, we were able to showcase the talent of some of our wedding guests, also DJs in Atlanta and D.C., and to celebrate the music that brought us together in the first place.

My favorite moment from the wedding was seeing the sun peek out from behind the clouds during the wedding ceremony. The entire week leading up to the wedding, the weather forecast called for rain (at one point, a 90% chance of rain). The weather cooperated, and it ended up being a perfect day for a fall wedding.

Some of our favorite details were the cake topper and the guest book. We wanted our cake topper to be a fun and whimsical surprise for our guests. It was a small figurine of Edo DJing and me dancing by his side. The “guest book”, which was a vinyl record mounted in a frame, now hangs in our home next to Edo’s DJ booth/equipment.

Our best advice to give to brides planning their weddings is find a good wedding coordinator! I was lucky to have a close friend with lots of wedding experience help with all the wedding planning and coordinating.

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Planner : Catherine Davis | Floral Design: Highway To Hill | Wedding Dress: Ann's Boutique | Cake : Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony Venue: L'Auberge Chez Francois | Catering: L'Auberge Chez Francios | Make-up: Liz Wegrzyn, Faces By Liz | Hair : Remona Soleimani And Team | DJ: The Flying Squareheads | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | After Party : Ambar | Cake Topper : Etsy Vendor MudCards | Ceremony Musician: Sage String Quartet | Guest Book : Etsy Vendor BridalStock | Hotel Block: Ritz-Carlton Tysons | Invitation : Minted | Lunch: L'Auberge Chez Francois | Photography - Assistance: Kate Triano

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Traditional Hotel Monaco Wedding

I love when a couple finds a way to add special traditions and touches to their Big Day. This intimate ceremony has so many lovely details, from the bride in her mother’s stunning dress to the romantic blush pink flowers, it is impossible to pick a favorite. Get even more of this love-filled fete in the gallery from Elizabeth Fogarty!


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From Elizabeth FogartyDaniel and Michelle’s wedding at the Hotel Monaco was simply perfect. Michelle wore her own mother’s dress, which looked fabulous with her sparkly Jimmy Choos. Daniel chose a Tiffany and Co. wedding band, which is awesome since the grooms deserve some love too! It was one of those beautiful and crisp fall days. After their first look, they signed the Ketubah surrounded by both their families. After the signing, they moved to the courtyard for their intimate ceremony. The silver chairs plus the pink and blush flowers made the perfect combination. Just like Michelle’s soft laced dress, the outside looked super romantic. The best part of the day was seeing how truly loved they are and what a great time all the guests had.

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Flowers: B Floral Design | Cake: Amphora Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria Courtyard | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria Courtyard | Hair: Ty And Lilly's Hair

Elegant Spring Wedding at The Inn at Warner Hall

Forget coffee - this Southern plantation celebration is just what we need to kick the morning off right. Set at a historic venue with a dash of modern style, it’s every bit as charming as you’d imagine. Michael and Carina captured every bit of beauty and Herrinton Weddings didn’t miss a beat. Start your day off on the right foot here.

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From Michael And Carina Photography… We are so excited to share this classic Southern Plantation wedding with you. Kim and Brian’s elegant spring wedding stood out to us because of all the thoughtful details and the sweet and classic atmosphere. The historic feel and the subtle elegance are a match made in heaven.

Kim looked like a princess in her Jenny Packham dress standing under the big tree at their outdoor ceremony. These two are more than just lovers. They are friends; friends that share an adventurous spirit that has led them around the world together. From North Carolina, to the jungles of Africa… culminating in a breathtaking, elegant wedding in the quiet of rural Gloucester County. They picked the perfect venue in Virginia to celebrate the day that their families would finally come together. And we really had a wonderful team of vendors working together! The video lovingly put together by the Herrintons tells their story beautifully.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: The Inn At Warner Hall | Hair And Makeup: Gumption By Meggie | DJ: Dj On The Side | Mens Attire: Jos.A. Bank | Officiant: Marlys Rixey | Venue: Inn At Warner Hall | Assistance: Meagan Abell | Bridal Salon: Riziks | Cake Designer: Courthouse Cake Company | Cinema: Herrinton Weddings | Dress Designer: Jenny Packham | Film Development: Richard Photo Lab | Florals: Williamsburg Floral | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo

Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

There are beach resorts in Florida, and then there is the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; a Naples wonderland of drop-dead gorgeous accommodations, top-notch service and luxurious amenities at every turn.  Think seaside “I do’s” meets an elegant ballroom reception meets an entire weekend of lounging around with your sweetie.  Put simply, it’s amazing.

Whether you’re saying “I do” for the first time, renewing your vows or simply planning your honeymoon in paradise, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is THE place where all of the above happens, and it happens perfectly.  From your choice of stunning venues (pristine beach + fab pool + breathtaking ballroom) to the team of professionals that will walk with you step by step through the planning process to your end of the night walks underneath a golden sunset.

Contact LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort today to start planning your dream wedding!

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A Chic Affair + A Discount!

SMPers, Spring has officially sprung and we’ve got the perfect event to jump start planning for your warm weather weddings — A Chic Affair. On March 29 from 11am-3pm at Dock 5 in DC’s Union Market, this fabulously chic + unique bridal experience will showcase artisan-style resources, incredible hand-picked vendors + tons of inspiration!

A Chic Affair is a different type of wedding event for the modern, stylish + savvy bride. From the cities best caterers + bakeries to hair and makeup trials from Bella and even a gentleman’s lounge packed with everything from apparel, accessories, snacks + spirits! And get this  — if you snag a VIB (Very Important Bride — or Groom!) tickets, you’ll get one-hour early access for brunch hors d’oeuvres as well as a gift and entry into the UltimateWed giveaway filled with products and services that’s worth thousands!

Geared toward the couple looking for a wedding that’s personal, stylish + unique, A Chic Affair will help you do some serious damage to that looming to-do list. All attendees will walk away with a seriously amazing swag bag and get this — SMP readers can get general access tickets for half off with code CHIC at checkout! Head over here to purchase tickets + for more information on this fabulous, not-to-be-missed event.

A Chic Affair | Dock 5 at Union Market | 1309 5th St, NE Washington, DC 20002 | Event begins at 11:00am for VIB Access Ticket Holders +  noon for General Admission 

Photo Credits: Photojournalism By Rodney Bailey

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