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Utterly Romantic Ballroom Wedding at the St. Regis

Eleni and Brett’s 12-year love story deserved a wedding day of epic proportions. And thanks to a vendor crew including A. Dominick Events and Edge Flowers, that’s exactly what they got. Bonnie Sen photographed their perfectly classic celebration at the St. Regis and the bride’s most memorable moment of the evening included asking her new husband how much time they had left of the perfect day. “Without pause, he replied, all the time in the world.”

 

“I turned to my husband and asked how much time do we have left?

Without pause, he replied, all the time in the world.

-Eleni, The Bride

 

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From the Bride…When you’ve been together with someone for twelve years, marrying your best friend and planing your dream wedding is pretty easy and really fun.

Our wedding day was exactly what we wanted and hoped it would be. The love, kindness, and company of our family and close friends made the weekend truly special and unforgettable. We started the wedding celebrations with an intimate rehearsal dinner at a Greek restaurant followed by a roof deck welcome cocktail party for all of the out of town guests. We cherished every moment of that weekend including getting to spend as much time as possible with the people we love. Our guests made the trip from all over the country; the farthest distance traveled was my family from Greece. My Godfather, who traveled from Patras, Greece, married us. We were the first couple that he ever married and didn’t rehearse a single line with him. His script and performance were both charming and heartfelt.

While most of the month was unusually rainy, our wedding day had pristine weather. Luckily we were able to enjoy the hotel’s beautiful courtyard for our wedding ceremony which was perfect for our adorable flower girl, Olive, who ran down the ceremony isle barefoot wearing a flower crown. Our Dad’s and my brother gave beautiful wedding toasts that left guests in tears. Family and friends danced the night away to our favorite tunes taking breaks to pose for the photo booth and snacking on passed donuts and treats from the candy bar.

At the last minute we decided to do a sweetheart table so that we could share our first meal as husband and wife, but also so that we could cherish a room filled with those we love the most. Time truly flies on your wedding day.

My most memorable moment of the wedding was when we were sitting at our sweetheart table sometime after dinner and before dancing. I turned to my husband, Brett, and asked how much time do we have left? Without pause, he replied, all the time in the world.

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Photography: Bonnie Sen | Event Planning: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists | Groom's Attire: Bloomingdales | Venue: St. Regis, Washington, DC | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier

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Couple’s ‘First Home’ Engagement Session with their Sweet English Mastiff

This engagement session everything (and then some). Celebrating their new status with the sweetest at home e-sessionAbby Jiu Photography captured every cozy chic moment to share. Graced with major interior design moments, the cutest couple ever, and a few puppy kisses, we’ve got all that and more waiting in The Vault!

From The Bride…Originally I didn’t want to do an engagement photo session. I generally don’t love pictures of myself, and I thought the whole process would be kind of uncomfortable. However, after talking to our photographer, the amazing Abby Jiu, she convinced me that doing an engagement session would be the best thing, precisely because of those reasons. She said that the engagement session would give both my fiance, Doug, and me a chance to get comfortable with her, and with being photographed in general. Also, we would get the opportunity to see professional photos of ourselves before the wedding day.

Everything she said made complete sense, but I still wasn’t sure. After talking about it with Doug, and pretty much anyone else who would listen, I decided we should trust the expert, and just go for it. And I will tell you honestly, I am SO SO happy I did!! Everything Abby said was true. The experience of the photo session was beyond helpful, and then seeing the beautiful photographs that came from it, just made us more excited for what our wedding photos would look like. And for a couple who doesn’t like how they look in most photographs–that in and of itself was amazing!

Once we decided that the engagement session was a go, Doug and I thought long and hard about where we should do the shoot. I searched Pinterest, magazines, and of course Style Me Pretty for ideas, but I was having a really hard time deciding. Engagement sessions on the beach, or in a park under the trees, or in a garden, always look so beautiful, but that type of location just didn’t really feel like “us.”

Around the same time we were trying to decide on a location for the session, Doug and I closed on our first house. We bought a beautiful home in Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. And after that happened, the location of our photo session seemed like a no brainer. What could be more “us” than our own home? Plus, if we did the shoot in our new house, we not only would be documenting the engagement, but also our first home together. I couldn’t think of anything more perfect.

Well…that isn’t entirely true. I thought of one more thing– our 150 lb English Mastiff, Buffy! She is our baby, and there is no way the engagement photos would be complete without her. Besides, Buffy has been part of our the wedding journey from the very beginning.

The night that Doug proposed, he told me we were meeting friends at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for drinks. I was almost finished getting ready, when Doug called me into the living room and there he was, down on one knee, with the most gorgeous ring, and beside him sat Buffy, tongue out, with a beautiful sign tied around her neck that said “Will You Marry My Daddy?” It was absolutely perfect! After the actual proposal, I assumed we were still meeting our friends for drinks to celebrate, but in reality Doug had arranged a surprise engagement party at the Four Seasons, with our families and close friends. The whole night was beyond amazing, but involving Buffy made it extra extra special.

Buffy was an integral part of the proposal, and she would be there the day of the wedding, so we decided she definitely needed to be in our engagement photos.

The day of the photo session came, and thankfully our new house came together. I was worried we wouldn’t have furniture to sit on, a dining room table, or curtains, (the curtains went up literally the day before the shoot) but thankfully it all came together. We took most of the photographs in our living room and dining room and a few right in front of our house. Doug and I felt very comfortable and relaxed because we were in our own space.

In terms of wardrobe, Doug and I just wanted to look like ourselves. I wore my favorite Equipment blouse, Rag and Bone Jeans, and a pair of old Prada flats. Doug wore his favorite blue J. Mclaughlin sweater and khakis. Obviously, the most important accessory was our beloved baby, Buffy, and she looks perfect wearing nothing at all!

In closing, I would tell a bride who may be hesitant about doing an engagement session that I was beyond happy that we decided to do it. Not only do I have photographs documenting that exciting time in our lives, but we also have pictures of our first home together! And I have to say, it absolutely helped in terms of being comfortable with Abby the day of our wedding.

So, the bottom line is, if you have the opportunity to do engagement photos, don’t pass it up. Oh- and definitely include your pup if you have one!

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Shoes: Prada | Hair + Makeup: Georgetown Bride | Blue Sweater: J. McLaughlin | Jeans: Rag & Bone | Location: At Home | White Blouse: Equipment

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A Classic Winter Wedding with Sparkly Gold Accents

Hieu Pham Photography first introduced us to this gorgeous Bride and Groom with their cherry blossom engagement session last fall, and now having seen their beautiful day, we can confidently say it was well worth the wait. With classic touches in white, ivory and gold, Geomyra Lewis Weddings & Events created the most perfect winter wonderland wedding. See it all in The Vault!

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From Hieu Pham PhotographyA wonderful winter (February) wedding that was celebrated at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This beautiful couple gushed pure joy in this blessed occasion.

From The Bride…The wedding was on February 27, 2016, which was a risk with the unpredictable weather. Alex and I were willing to take that chance for a winter formal affair, and luckily the day turned out to be sunny and 48 degrees! We got married at Holy Rosary Church in Washington, D.C. and the reception was at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The color scheme was gold/neutral tones with sequin bridesmaid dresses, which complimented the décor of the museum. Although formal, we really wanted a fun event and the band did not disappoint! Spectrum kept the guests on their feet all night, and it was truly an evening to remember!

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Photography: Hieu Pham Photography | Cinematography: Bowen Films | Coordination: Geomyra Lewis Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Love Blooms | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church | Reception Venue: National Museum Of Women In The Arts | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Makeup: Tymia Yvette Makeup Artistry | Lighting: SMERF Events | Band: Washington Talent Agency

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