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Autumn Backyard Virginia Wedding

Anything Karson Butler Events touches turns to instant wedding gold, and the proof is in the pudding. We’re talking a classic-yet-contemporary autumn “I do” with blooms by Sidra Forman and stationery handiwork from Meant To Be Calligraphy. It’s a celebration of two D.C. sweethearts – who met working the last presidential campaign! – and lucky for us the pretty from Amelia Johnson is just getting started. 

From Karson Butler… Sarah & John are as sweet as they come, and we were so honored to plan & design their East Coast wedding with their families. The couple met while working on the last presidential campaign and now reside in Washington, DC.

They were married at the LDS Temple followed by a reception at the bride’s parents house in McLean, Virginia. We loved designing an event space that would foster a true celebration of love and family. From an incredible infusion drink station, to comfort food stations, and mixed seating throughout the tent, we were so very honored to help with this very special day!

Photography: Amelia Johnson | Videography: Simple Flare | Event Planning: Karson Butler Events | Florist: Sidra Forman | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Reception: Private Residence | Catering: Main Events Catering | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Wedding Favors: Snickety Snacks | Bride's Gown: Augusta Jones From Alta Moda Bridal | Church: LDS Temple | Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Music + Entertainment: Jason Brown From DJ D-Mac | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Tent + Lighting: Sugarplum Tents | Tuxedo: Theory

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Chic, Black Tie DC Wedding at The National Cathedral

I can’t even with this wedding. It’s honestly everything that makes me absolutely obsessed with weddings all wrapped up in one pretty post. I am kind of beside myself with happiness right just looking at all the classic, chic goodness. Beautifully captured by Kristen Lynne Photography, this gallery is basically my dream come true., and you can see all the reasons why right here.


From Kristen Lynne PhotographyThis chic, black tie wedding took place in quite possibly one of the most beautiful cities in the US, Washington, DC. This romantic and stylish couple had their ceremony in The National Cathedral. The beauty and majesty of the cathedral was fitting for their gorgeous, DC wedding. The moment was nothing short of spectacular as Megan walked down the long aisle of the Cathedral with her father by her side. Rudy and Megan said their vows at the high alter under the cover of vaulted ceilings and stained glass. Their guests sat in the ornate pews of the great choir as they witnessed these two amazing people pledge their love for one another.

Because Rudy and Megan have a classic style, the decided not to have any strong color theme. They kept their invitations and decor simple; black and white. Megan’s bridesmaids wore black, floor-length dresses and Rudy’s groomsmen wore white tuxedo jackets. The entire wedding was accented with the beautiful soft colors of the National Cathedral and subtle metallic accents. The evening light caused the limestone to turn the softest shade of pink, which made for an exquisite backdrop for the happy couple’s portraits.

The reception at The Ritz-Carlton was also spectacular. Tiny votive candles floated in the air above the dining tables creating a warm and romantic atmosphere for a posh, city, summer reception! The seated dinner served by the wait staff at The Ritz-Carlton was both beautiful and delicious. Each course was presented like a work of art! But Megan and Rudy are also light hearted and so much fun, so it made sense for them to have a candy bar! Soon the guests were up, dancing, socializing, and having a great time. This was a wedding everyone would always remember.

Photography: Kristen Lynne Photography | Planner: Sweetface Events | Florist: Occasional Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton | Shoes: B By Brian Atwood | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup Artist: Vali Studios | DJ: Force One Productions | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Musicians: Sage String Quartet | Wedding Venue: The National Cathedral

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Summer Garden Wedding at River Farm

An al fresco affair at River Farm guarantees one thing for sure: an oh-so lovely landscape. As the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society, the gorgeous gardens are a built-in bonus. Throw in a dash of Dogwood Events, like this Bride right here, and your wedding day florals get a double dose of pretty. Take some time to take that all in, and pop in the gallery by Sweet Tea Photography.

From the Bride… Adam and I met while we were students at Auburn University. We actually met while we were out with friends on Toomer’s Corner (which if you know SEC football, you know the spot)! We began spending almost every day together. On October 26, 2009, Adam asked me to be his girlfriend after I decided to make a lovely home cooked meal for us to enjoy…burnt chicken (luckily, he saw past that culinary calamity). He had brought a bottle of wine to my apartment that night which he later gave me the cork that had 10-26-09 written on it (we still have it).

We were married on May 25th at River Farm, in Alexandria, Virginia. I can’t say enough good things about our wedding venue. River Farm was once the home to George Washington but now serves as the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society. I loved the history behind the property and the landscape is stunning. I’ve always envisioned myself getting married somewhere beautiful outdoors in Virginia, so the gardens at River Farm were perfect. I wanted the event to be inviting, romantic and intimate, which I think we certainly accomplished.

I worked hard putting all the little crafty details together because I just had so much fun doing it! We went antiquing on multiple occasions to find unique items for centerpieces and decorations. One day, I got the idea to have old sewing machine drawers holding assorted glass jars with flowers for our centerpieces. We found a bunch of these drawers at antique stores but also used some from the old sewing machine that my grandmother made her wedding dress with, so that was special. Second to the centerpieces, my favorite element was our cupcake bar. I found mismatched cake stands, crates for height, rustic decorations and created cute names for each of the delicious cupcakes then wrote out descriptions on a chalkboard sign. I displayed our seating chart on window panes; we had customized koozies as favors, a Memorial Day display, and an assortment of unique elements that pulled it all together. I told you I didn’t think I could choose!

My most favorite moment of the day was during our ceremony. The actual exchanging of vows seems to be a part that guests forget about, but to us, that moment was so meaningful. We had written our vows and given them to each other to read the morning of the wedding. During the ceremony, we put those written vows in a box. What is even more special is that we decided that for each anniversary we have, we will write a letter to each other to put in that box. The love notes and stories we will have written to each other throughout our life will be a great treasure for us to look back on.

I was in love with my veil. Originally I didn’t even want one but the second I saw myself in that veil, I truly felt like a bride. As it turns out, I wore it the whole night (even to the hotel bar after the reception)!

I would tell future brides to be yourself in the planning process and stick with your vision. Don’t DIY your entire wedding…pick and choose several projects you want to take on and make them unique to your style. Truly live in the moment, savor every second with your family and friends, dance the night away, and take the opportunity to thank your parents. Also, hire a great group of vendors!

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Floral Design: Dogwood Events | Cupcakes: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: River Farm | Reception Venue: River Farm | Catering: Main Event Caterers | DJ: Chris Laich Music Services | Ceremony Music: Classical Guitar Ceremonies | Bride's Dress : Sarah Seven | Day-of Coordination : Roberts & Co Events | Linens: Select Rentals | Makeup: Bridal Artistry