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Romantic Ballroom Wedding at the Ritz, D.C

Why every wedding doesn’t have a floral chandelier is beyond me. After seeing this masterpiece from Amaryllis Inc., I’m convinced no wedding is complete without one—after all, what could be more romantic than dancing under a halo of romantic roses and delicate orchids? Get ready to fall in love with every detail, including glamorous hair and makeup from Amie Decker Beauty and photo booth fun from Booth-O-Rama, in the gallery captured by Readyluck.

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Fall
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ChurchHotel
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Elegant

From Anne at A Trendy WeddingDanielle & Matt’s wedding was the perfect combination of timeless elegance with some fresh modern elements. The soft color palette of cream, soft pink with assorted metallic looked stunning in the Ritz Carlton ballroom. The highlight of the room was the floral wreath suspended over the dance floor and was the perfect wow factor and first things guests laid eyes on when entering the reception. The watercolor design that was carried out in all the paper products and signage kept the look fresh and fun, but still held a very classic feel to it all. We had the larger canvas signs hand painted to mimic the other watercolor design and in the end everything felt very cohesive and connected. The personal elements of the bride’s cuban heritage were also incorporated in the bar details, such as the custom cocktail napkins and specialty drinks, which guests thoroughly enjoyed.

Photography: Readyluck (Shane Carpenter) | Event Planning: ATrendy Wedding (Anne Kelley) | Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc | Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc | Invitations: Dandelion Patch | Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Chair Rentals: DC Rental | Cocktail Musician: Cherry Blossom Strings | Photo Booth: Booth-a-Rama

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Elegant Washington DC Fall Wedding

Is it me or is D.C. getting cooler by the day? Every wedding from our country’s capital that crosses my desk seems to have a certain style and this elegant bash isn’t an exception. This couple embraced their city, from their invites by Gourmet Invitations to their cake by Fluffy Thoughts, with Andrea Jacobson of The Observatory capturing all. This gallery has me adding D.C. to the top of my travel list pronto.

From the Bride… John and I met at Howard University over a decade ago. After he proposed on New Year’s Eve, we began planning our DC themed wedding because DC is where our relationship started and grew.

When we were looking for venues, I knew that I wanted a location that would be a good fit for an elegant evening. We both wanted the wedding to be formal and fun. We decided that we wanted traditional tuxedos for the groomsmen and I wanted the bridesmaids in floor length glittery dresses. I don’t think that John liked the idea of having the bridesmaids in different dresses but I think he finally came around when he saw them all together on the wedding day.

Because so many of our guests were coming from out of town, we wanted to infuse the DC theme throughout as many elements of the wedding as possible. We searched everywhere for Save the Dates that a touch of DC and found a DC skyline Save the Date online at Etsy. However, when it came to the invitations we knew we were going to need a custom invitation because of all the details we wanted. We found Tifany from Gourmet Invitations online. We shared with Tifany that we wanted to incorporate the DC map on a custom die cut invitation, as well as emboss a DC skyline that my Dad had designed for us that included each our initials hidden in the design. The invitations Tifany designed brought together our wedding colors and showcased the DC theme.

I don’t even know if I can name just one of my favorite details of the day. I loved that we had an opportunity to have a first look because John and I were able to see each other and spend some time with the wedding party before the ceremony and reception. We were able to take pictures at the Lincoln Memorial where he proposed and John’s brother had us all laughing so hard we were in tears. I loved the ceremony because our officiant really captured who we are as a couple and John’s vows had me and guests crying.

The wedding venue, Andrew Mellon Auditorium, is amazing on its own but seeing the phenomenal flowers and décor from Amaryllis took my breath away. We utilized every space in the Mellon Auditorium. The Auditorium has a foyer that is usually used for cocktail hour but we used it for our ceremony. It was the perfect size for the number of guests and the lighting really made it feel intimate. Amaryllis provided a large frame to hold our escort cards. The cards incorporated our DC theme, we used pictures of locations throughout DC, including Howard University buildings and DC landmarks and monuments. The pictures were taken by myself and my friend, Yoori, and Tifany from Gourmet Invitations helped us design cards that looked like a Polaroid photos.

The element that really brought together the DC theme in our reception was the wedding cake with the DC skyline. Lara at Fully Thoughts made a cake that was not only beautiful but also delicious. We were able to have three cake flavors and I still dream about the pumpkin flavor. All the guests raved about it.

My favorite moment of the day was when all the wedding guests formed a circle around us and sang Lean on Me. It’s a tradition with John and his friends. John’s favorite moment of the wedding was the best man’s speech. His brother Jason had the guests laughing and in tears. The entire day was full of lots of laughs and happy tears. It seems a bit cliché to say it was the best day ever, but it was.

Photography: Andrea Jacobson For The Observatory | Videography: Dolce Studio Films | Event Planning: Bella Notte | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Hair And Make Up: Shauné Hayes | Lighting And Sound: John Farr Lighting | Favors: Georgetown Cupcake | Officiant: Ceremony Officiants | Ceremony Music: Champagne Consort | Transportation: Reliable Limousine | Wedding Venue: Andrew Mellon Auditorium | Antique Car: Regal Limo | Bride's Getting Ready Venue: Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill | Groom's Getting Ready Venue: The Liaison Hotel | Linens: La Tavola | Photo Booth: Photo-Matica | Reception Music: Scratch Weddings | Rentals: Fabrication Events

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Green + Gold Modern Washington DC Wedding

There’s just enough sparkle in this Washington DC wedding to really catch our eye. It’s an emerald green and gold affair at the beautiful DAR Constitution Hall with fun, modern twists like shimmery dresses, a library cocktail hour and donuts for late-night snacks! Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography captured the Bride (flawless thanks to Real Doll Makeup) and Groom on their special day in the full gallery right here!

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Fall
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Modern

From the beautiful Bride… John and I spent over half of our relationship long distance – he’s from Pittsburgh and I’m from Texas, and his job kept him on the road for most of the week. Although we’ve seen more than our share of airports and cities, DC is the place that we’ve made our home. It became even more special to us when John proposed to me at Reagan National Airport last winter!

Even though we are both in notoriously intense and unfunny professions (John is a consultant, I’m a lawyer), we are both huge fans of comedy shows. One weekend, we went to an Aziz Ansari stand-up comedy show at DAR-Constitution Hall, right across the street from the White House. While waiting in line outside, all I could focus on was how stunning the building was and whether the venue allowed weddings. Luckily for us, it did, and it was the first vendor we booked! The second vendor we booked was our incredible photographer, Adam Barnes of Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography. We fell in love with his work the instant we saw it; he did a beautiful job capturing the day and was also a wonderful person to have alongside us the entire time.

Our wedding is incredibly special to us because it was 100% tailored to us – we both wanted a traditional, elegant wedding at the core, but with a modern, personal twist, which we executed through DIY projects and lots of Etsy. ;) The DAR was perfect for us because it’s a classic DC venue, but also has gorgeous lighting and details without being too ornate or over the top. The space was beautiful and fit our needs perfectly – our ceremony was outdoors, the cocktail hour was in the library (the check-out desk became a bar!), dinner was in the O’Byrne Gallery, and dancing was outside under the Portico.

We were able to make the wedding our own with all of the details, big and small: huge gold XOXO balloons, the processional music (our wedding party walked down the aisle to songs originally by Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys; I walked down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling In Love”), the wedding cake made by my talented sister, beer from Pennsylvania and Texas, photos on the mantle of our parents and my family dog who had sadly passed away the day before our wedding, Krispy Kreme Donuts and late night snacks, an American flag sendoff (did I mention John wants to be President one day…?), and other homemade touches – John’s dad and grandpa built our wedding gift box, and John built the arch that we got married under. We put a lot of work into the wedding to make sure everything felt like us, and seeing how it all came together was indescribable. Our month-of planner, Jen Bryan of Elegantly Chic Events, took away so much of the stress that comes with wedding planning and made sure the entire weekend went off without a hitch. Our DJ, Michael Cruz from Bialeks Music, did a perfect job reading the crowd and helped make the night so much fun. At the end of the night, we were able to donate all of our flowers to nursing homes, hospice care and shelter facilities through Repeat Roses.

One of the most special parts of the day was standing under the arch John built, saying the personal vows we had written for one another. I loved hearing what John had written, and laughed when I realized we had even made some of the same references in our vows to one another. I love that we can someday put the arch in our backyard and be reminded of that memory.

Since our wedding was in the fall, we chose a color scheme of emerald green, blush pink, and gold. The bridesmaids wore emerald green dresses, while my three older sisters (Matrons of Honor) wore the same dress in a sparkly gold. I knew my wedding dress would be tulle from Day One, and when I found my trumpet cut tulle dress at a boutique in Dallas, I knew it was the perfect choice for me – made even more perfect when my wedding dress tailor, Angie Cavallaro, created a silk organza bow for the back of the dress to add some extra oomph! In one of my favorite fashion choices of the day, John wore a custom-made navy and black tuxedo to stand out from the groomsmen. It fit him like a glove and he looked extra handsome that day!

We had such a fun and incredible time surrounded by people we love, and couldn’t be more grateful for our beautiful day!

Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Videography: Toy Box Productions | Floral Design: Da Vinci Florist | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Makeup: Real Doll Makeup | Hair: Styled By Anna Fazio | DJ: Bialeks Music | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Wedding Venue: DAR-Constitution Hall | Bride's Headpiece: Nordstrom | Flower Donation: Repeat Roses | Furniture Rental: Vintage Affairs | Getaway Car: VintageLimos.Biz | Groom's Watch: Breitling | Month-of Planner: Elegantly Chic Events | Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Vases: DFW Vases | Wedding Dress Tailor: Angie Cavallaro

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Elegant Washington D.C. Hotel Wedding

Cinderella had a fairy godmother to help make her dreams come true. This beautiful Bride had an amazing team. From the flawless event planning from Howerton + Wooten Events and the gorgeous photography from Stephen Bobb to the prettiest details—music from MyDeejay, calligraphy from Laura Hooper, and bridesmaids’ dresses from Jenny Yoo—this fabulous fête proves you need talent, not magic, to have your own fairytale day. Swoon over all the amazing photos here.  

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Summer
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Hotel
From Howerton+Wooten Events, LLC … Ashley and Andrew were a true joy before, during and after their emotional wedding day. They were such a sweet couple—It was pretty evident that they loved life, loved their families, and most of all, they loved each other. Ashley walked down the aisle while Da Vinci Strings performed Christina Perri’s romantic song, “A Thousand Years.” Andrew’s emotion was palpable as Ashley walked down the aisle. Their flower girls and ring bearers brought a joy and spirit to their wedding that only children could bring to a wedding day. They danced, giggled and sang until they collapsed on the floor during the reception. This stylish wedding had the most gorgeous romantic style and it was filled with classic details in ivory and gold colors. The first word that comes to mind for the wedding ceremony is flora – The ceremony was filled with white and cream-colored lilies, orchids and roses, and they were complemented with an abundance of lush greenery. The wedding stationery was ivory with gold lettering – This included the ivory escort cards written with Laura Hooper’s gold lettering. As the wedding guests arrived, they were welcomed to the wedding, offered a beverage and escorted to their seats. As the wedding guests departed, they were treated with white chocolate and milk chocolate pretzels that resembled brides and grooms. The wedding guests had so much fun during Ashley and Andrew’s wedding that the dance floor was hopping during dinner and the dancing continued lasted until the very last song of the night. The wedding cake was a sleek design with blush-colored orchids cascading down the sign. This wedding cake sat on an ivory pedestal from Sarah’s Stands. However, the Fairmont banquet staff presented the wedding cake to the guests in a miniature trio of cakes, crème brulée and chocolate mousse.

Photography: Stephen Bobb Photography | Videography: Adora Wedding Films | Event Planning: Howerton+Wooten Events | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Cake: Fairmont Washington DC, Georgetown | Stationery: LePenn Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Fairmont Washington DC, Georgetown | Hair And Makeup: Silver Immersion | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | DJ: MyDeejay | Venue: Fairmont Washington DC, Georgetown | Ceremony And Cocktail Reception Music: Da Vinci Strings With The Washington Talent Agency | Rentals: Select Event Group

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Fleur de Rever Editorial Inspiration Shoot

There is nothing quite like Cherry Blossoms in the spring. The proof? This beautiful shoot straight from the lens of Sally Pinera. Bursting with blossomed beauties, bold pinks and a couple of to-die-for gowns, it’s an inspiration goldmine and the gallery is waiting for you here!

From Sally Pinera….Deeply inspired by the beautiful dreamy blooms of spring, we created an inspirational shoot heavily saturated on lavenders, pinks, mellow oranges, yellow magnolias and cherry blossoms. The location was set at the beautiful Bishops Garden at the Washington National Cathedral. During this time of year, cherry blossoms are in full bloom so we used the gorgeous blossoms as our backdrop to create a dreamy, effortless tablescape. Set against dripping blossoms, we were inspired by the beautiful and natural architecture set at the Garden. Sue from White Magnolia Design created florals that complimented the shoot with beautiful spring colors in a organic and unconstructional way. From sorbet pinks to muted yellows, this shoot is just blooming with gorgeous towns that is sure to inspire all spring brides! A soft glowly look was created by our makeup artist, Susan Lim to compliment the natural beauty of our bride along with effortless and easy hair by Jewel Hair Design. Gold chiavari chairs, beautiful cream Arte Latica plate settings and gorgeous statement gowns from Inbal Dror allowed this “Fleur de Rever” come to life.

Floral Design: White Magnolia Design | Wedding Gown: Inbal Dror | Makeup Artist: Susan Lim | Calligraphy: Layers Of Loveliness | Chinaware: Arte Latica | Creative Concept Designer: White Magnolia Design | Garden: Bishop Garden Of The Washington National Cathedral | Hair Designer: Jewel Hair Design | Linens: Kenneth Cole | Model: Cari Funkhouse | Rental: Grand Rental Events

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