A New Year’s Eve wedding is a celebration, and Kevin and Susie‘s love story is worth celebrating. The two were childhood friends from five-years-old until Susie moved away when they were 12. Ten years later, the pair reconnected and the result is this fête from ATrendy Wedding. From the midnight confetti to the nonstop flow of Champagne, Kevin and Susie’s big day is all kinds of fabulous. See it all from Love Life Images and Zinnia Weddings in The Vault!
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From Love Life Images… Kevin and Susie have a love story that goes way back. They met when they were only 5 years old, and were great friends until age 12, when Susie’s family moved to St. Louis. The pair lost touch and didn’t see each other again until age 22. After reconnecting, the pair starting dating shortly after, and it’s their early friendship that will bond them in marriage for years to come.
Their wedding was a celebration of friends and family, having siblings and childhood friends in the bridal party. With their wedding on New Year’s Eve, they knew their wedding celebration would need to be an exciting and fun affair, and thanks to ATrendy Wedding, their guests were treated to an amazing evening.
Kevin was a member of the Lehigh University choir and many of the guests were also members, so as a special honor, the choir sang ‘Ave Maria’ during the ceremony. The Fairmont was a gorgeous location for first look portraits and the wedding reception. Georgetown University and the town homes around the area provided a fun backdrop for bridal party photos. The evening ended with a bang at midnight where guests celebrated ringing in the new year with champagne and confetti!
Photography: Love Life Images | Cinematography: Zinnia Weddings | Coordination: ATrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: St. Martin's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Fairmont Washington DC | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Leah Margosis | Hair: Hair By Giselle | Band: DC Synergy | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Transportation: RMA Transportation | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Catering + Cake: Fairmont Washington DC
Think a little storm like Hurricane Joaquin would put a halt on these wedding plans? You better think again. Because this couple was ready to wed no matter the circumstances, with an awesome crew of vendors like Simply Chic, Beehive Events and Abby Jiu Photography by their side. Luckily the storm mostly bypassed their city, leaving them with grey skies, occasional raindrops, and smiles that couldn’t be contained if you tried. Lots more in The Vault!
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From Simply Chic… Playing off of their Fourth of July engagement, a palette of poppy red, cobalt & chambray blues, earthy taupe and weathered copper was created for Jessica and Nate’s wedding at the Hay Adams Hotel. The poppy was a shift from berry, but was a fresh twist on “autumnal” as opposed to the berry color typically seen in the fall. The poppy red also helped to create more balance between the feminine and masculine elements of the design. The palette was also a relevant way to honor the places that mean the most to Jessica & Nate – Maine, DC (Jessica’s home state), Vermont (Nate’s home state) & NYC (where they live together). Lobster cookies were included in the welcome basket as a nod to the Maine lobster bakes that Jessica loves.
In order to create a more intimate experience for Jessica & Nate’s guests, at the advice of their planners, the couple purchase weathered copper fixtures to hang over their dining tables from Pottery Barn. The classic lantern-style fixtures help elevate the overall design and add a residential feel to the gorgeous space at the Hay-Adams.
On the week of the wedding, Hurricane Joaquin threatened to avert the plans of the couple’s nuptials. Jessica and Nate along with their family kept a vigil watch on the movement of the storm all week. Luckily the brunt of the storm didn’t come to DC so there were only droplets of rain on their wedding day. There were mostly cloudy skies, but Jessica and Nate took it with a grain of salt. They were excited that all of the friends and family’s travel plans weren’t ruined by the hurricane and they could celebrate with their loved ones.
A nod to their loved ones – Nate’s father was a poet. So in his honor, Nate had a beautiful linen-bound book created of his father’s poems complete with accompanying custom artwork by a family friend. Nate gifted copies of the book to Jessica and her parents the night of their rehearsal. Additionally, Nate wore his father’s bow tie and Jessica wore her grandmother’s and Nate’s grandmother’s rings.
Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Cinematography: A Bryan Photo | Event Planning + Design: Simply Chic | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Haute Papier | Calligraphy: Nancy Howell | Venue: The Hay Adams | Dinner Lanterns: Pottery Barn | Floral Design + Rentals: Beehive Events