In a continued salute to our fearless Vets, we’re sharing a flag-inspired wedding that redefines “theme” weddings for the better. It’s what happens when an American girl falls for an English boy, and they plan a wedding celebrating both their great nations. It’s a red, white and blue lovefest that Megan Chase Photography is giving us more than enough reasons to love.
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From Megan Chase Photography…I am thrilled to share this glamorous DC flag themed wedding! It is your classic love story of an American girl and an English boy. They met at a work training and years later, made the commitment of forever when Chris moved across the pond for Joanna. They celebrated their love with an intimate affair at DAR Constitution Hall next door to the White House. There wasn’t a dry eye in the grand ballroom during speeches. The entire day was decorated with red, white and blue touches to signify the marriage of two countries. Flag bunting adorned the space along with tons of DIY details. My favorite touch was the cherry pie cutting! There is so much to fall head over heels for like the flirty Kate Spade bridesmaids dresses, the perfectly sweet arrangements of roses and lilies and, of course, incredibly personal touches that will tug at your heart strings.
Photography: Megan Chase Photography | Floral Design: Whole Foods, Tenley Town | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Invitations: Storkie | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of St. Matthew The Apostle | Reception Venue: DAR Continental Memorial Hall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kate Spade | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Make-up: Real Doll Makeup | Hair: Hair By Jewels:Shana Dee | Men's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt Morning Dress
Wedding planning can be stressful, but trying to do it when the groom is in Afghanistan seems like a whole other feat. As I went through this elegant affair, I not only was in awe of SoCo Events, but also of the adoration shown by this couple in every stunning photo by Justine Ungaro. As we honor our veterans today, I’m also recognizing the love shared with this celebration and soaking up every bit of it.
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From SoCo Events… Classic and sparkle were the theme for this elegant DC wedding. The groom was doing a tour in Afghanistan when the wedding planning began and it was so important for the bride to include him in as much of the planning process as possible. When she saw the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in all its grandness, she just knew that Clay would love it. Tradition was important to the bride and groom, so the decor kept to a theme of classic ivory and gold, but with hints of sparkle to represent the bride’s love of all things shiny!
The Bride’s favorite wedding detail was champagne sequin tablecloths- they made the whole room sparkle! The Groom’s favorite wedding detail was the balcony that overlooked the entire venue where he and Regina had a few quiet moments together watching their wedding from above.
Their biggest surprise of the wedding was when the priest had asked them several questions via email regarding marriage, what they love about each other and why they want to be married and told them not to share our answers. During the ceremony the priest read exerts from each of their answers which was a huge surprise to both of them. It was as though they wrote their own vows but didn’t know it and didn’t have to say them themselves.
Some wedding favors and special décor details that standout were five white Jordan almonds wrapped in a tulle bag and tied with a ribbon and a tag explaining that the five almonds represent five wishes for the new couple: health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life.
Photography: Justine Ungaro Photography | Event Planning: SoCo Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis Event Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Cocktail Music: Pop Culture Strings | Music: Marquis Band
There is nothing I love more than when a couple takes a stunning traditional wedding and gives it a good ol’ stylish twist. It infuses the day with personality and gives us countless details to swoon over. This glam D.C. stunner planned to perfection by Atrendy Wedding and captured by Justine Ungaro is just such a fête. Oh and that ceremony setting? I can’t even. So good.
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From The Bride…We have always enjoyed going above and beyond as hosts for any and all occasions. We are both entertainers and often find any excuse to gather friends and family at our apartment. Whether it is a dinner party, a birthday celebration, or a rooftop BBQ, we are always looking to throw a good soiree! So it was only fitting that we chose the Anderson House as the venue to celebrate our marriage! Ambassador Larz and Isabel Anderson built this Washington, DC mansion in the early 1900′s to distinguish themselves among the capital city’s most sought after hosts. The Anderson House became known as one of DC’s grandest locations for fashionable galas and events. This historical landmark, with its breathtaking beauty and grandeur, truly was the ideal setting for us to celebrate our love for one another surrounded by our closest friends and family.
Once we secured our venue we quickly sought out a wedding planner (Pam Barefoot) who shared our vision. We imagined our wedding happening towards the end of Summer or the beginning of Fall. So we settled on the eve of autumn, September 21, 2013 (the equinox). Not only was weather a big influence since September is one of the loveliest times of year in Washington, DC, but creating an event that felt representative of our personalities was also a key consideration. We wanted our guests to feel as if they were coming into a grand party at our home (for the day), the Anderson House. Both of us wanted a traditional wedding with a bit of uniqueness in some of the details. The Friends Meeting House, which is a Quaker Church, was the site for our ceremony. We had an interfaith Methodist/Jewish wedding, so it was a great setting to welcome all guests from all backgrounds. We opted for a lighter romantic ceremony and cocktail hour – filled with hints of blush and cream colors. And we hoped for a dramatic entrance to dinner, which took place around the reflecting pool in the back garden of the Anderson House. With the help of Pam, we created a fun atmosphere for dinner and dancing by incorporating some fun details in the color of navy, pink along with a Moroccan print.
Throughout the planning process Natalie was certain that the weather was going to be sunny and beautiful on our wedding day. She even researched the Farmer’s Almanac and learned that in the previous eight or nine years it had been consistently dry weather with temperatures in the upper 70s on September 21st. Through the first three weeks of September it seemed like Natalie’s prediction would be spot on, as the weather in DC could not have been better.
However, as luck would have it, Mother Nature took her course and it rained on our wedding day for nearly seven straight hours. The rain began to fall right before the start of our ceremony and continued throughout our entire dinner. Thanks to our amazing planner, Pam, we had reserved tents a few days before just to be on the safe side. As it turned out, our wedding could not have been lovelier! The unexpected torrential downpour made our guests feel even cozier under the gorgeously lit tents, and the overall ambiance of our special night was exactly how we had hoped it would be – intimate, romantic, and just plain fun!
Photography: Justine Ungaro | Wedding Planner: Atrendy Wedding | Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Dress: Vera Wang | Dress: The Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel | Ceremony Venue: Friends Meeting House Of Washington D.C. | Reception Venue: Anderson House | Caterer: Federal City | Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Band: Pop Culture Strings And Rhythm 6 | Tux: Alton Lane | Custom Guest Board : Pretty Mail Calligraphy | Custom Table Runners: Megan Carn | Furniture: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | Invitations & Wedding Paper Products: Haute Papier | Makeup: MadeupArt Makeup By Nour | Table Numbers: ZCreateDesign | Tableware: Party Rental | Tent: Sugarplum Tents | Wands: MatsenDesigns