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This Online Love Story is the Modern Day, ‘You’ve Got Mail’

We love a good online love story – so it should come as no surprise that we love Lily and Brad. Even more so? The fact that they planned the perfect party complete with classic touches, tapered David Beahm Designs blooms, flourished Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and of course the mega talented Abby Jiu capturing every moment. From the culturally significant ceremony to the regal reception, we’ve got it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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Classic

From Abby JiuLily and Brad met on the online dating website “HowAboutWe.com”. They spent five hours getting to know one another on their first date at The Darlington House and learned that they both work for independent schools in the DC area. Brad teaches at Bullis, which is less than a mile from Lily’s childhood home. She ran on their track throughout high school! They are a true online dating success story!

Brad surprised Lily with a romantic proposal on their vacation to Spain in August 2014. He proposed in the charming city of Seville. They knew that their love for Spain would make a statement at their wedding and it sure did through their custom Sangria and tapas bar at cocktail hour!

Lily and Brad wanted a timeless wedding that they would look back on and cherish forever. The colors and look were designed specially as an overall ode to a timeless look with a modern twist. The custom invitation from Haute Papier served as a benchmark for our gorgeous different shades of grey details!

Lily wanted to give a nod to her Persian heritage with this Sofreh Aghd display at their wedding reception as well as the paisley linen that were on the reception tables. The Sofreh Aghd is a traditional wedding ceremony spread where legal marriage + ceremonial traditions are exchanged. The ceremonial traditions have been practiced for thousands of years + Sofreh Aghd spreads are usually very customary at Persian weddings. Like most, Iranians have diverse religious backgrounds and the Sofreh Aghd is a chosen cultural ceremony commonly practiced regardless of faith. There are many symbolic items in which make up the Sofreh Aghd spread, all in which represent an element of the couple’s new life + marriage together. The word “sofreh” means “spread” and “aghd” means “ceremony.” The Persian Rial (bills) were signed by her late grandfather.

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Photography: Abby Jiu | Event + Floral Design: David Beahm Designs | Event Planning: Jeannette Tavares with Evoke DC | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Invitations: Haute Papier | Ceremony Venue: St. John's Church | Reception Venue: Decatur House | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Band: Nightsong | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Cigar Rollers: Cigar Row | Day Of Print: Emily Baird Design | Photo Booth: Booth-O-Rama | Rentals: DC Rental | Tent Rentals: Sugarplum Tents

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See Why a 1st Anniversary Shoot is So Worth It

Elizabeth Fogarty has officially shown us what it’s like to have #anniversarygoals. Because what couple wouldn’t want to toast the first year of newlywed bliss?! So start planning about slipping on a beautiful gown, donning a handful of florals, and let’s not forget the cake. See it all unfold in The Vault!

From Elizabeth FogartyFor this 1st year anniversary shoot, we really wanted to capture the celebration of the first year of marriage with some simple details while also keeping the look romantic, mature, and elegant through our color palette. We love that couples save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary and bringing that fun concept into the shoot along with some champagne really allowed our couple to celebrate their first anniversary! We also incorporated a calligraphy cake topper and sign adorned with their shared last name to highlight their marriage. Our peach, pink, and gold color palette was the perfect romantic complement to our celebratory details and the accents of marble gave the shoot a mature and clean look. This anniversary session was filled with images of celebration and romance for this couple to cherish and remember for many more years to come!

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Lovely & Bubbly Events | Floral Design: Blossom And Vine | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Cake: Sweets By E | Makeup: Tmak Artistry | Calligraphy: Allison Dee Calligraphy | Ring Box: Mrs Box | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

Classic Black-Tie Ballroom Wedding with Timeless Touches

It should come as no surprise that this Washington D.C. The St. Regis Hotel wedding is absolutely gorgeous, especially when you consider the incredible team of vendors behind it like With Love And Embers and Amie Decker Beauty. From the beautiful Bride’s timeless ballgown to the timeless blush, white and gold color palette, this day is definitely a classic. See it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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From With Love And EmbersJulia and Kyle’s wedding was a beautiful classic wedding set in Washington DC at the stunning St, Regis hotel. Their ceremony was outside in the courtyard surrounded with their closest family and friends. Their reception was inside, in the beautiful ballroom filled with warm uplighting, beautiful floral center pieces and a band to keep their guests dancing the night away.

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Photography: With Love And Embers | Event Planning: Bright Occasions | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Wedding Cake: The St. Regis Hotel Washington DC | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Band: Blue Tips Rhythm Revue | Officiant: Ceremony Officiants | Venue: The St. Regis Hotel Washington DC | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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