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Classic Washington D.C. Ballroom Wedding

This classic D.C. fête? It’s like the Audrey Hepburn of real weddings. Timeless in every way and stylish to boot, it’s made even lovelier thanks to Floral & Bloom with Vicki Grafton behind the camera. See the full day inside The Vault, and if you’re new to SMP click here to discover the wedding style that’s just right for you!

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Spring
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Classic

From The Bride…When my fiancé Sam and I first started planning our wedding nearly two years ago, we knew we wanted to immerse our Midwest family and friends in our new home of Washington, DC. Finding the perfect venue within the Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters was what finally brought our vision together. The space checked all of our boxes, including monument views, outdoor spaces and historical significance. The light and airy quality of the white marble building worked perfectly with the look that our photographer Vicki Grafton captures in her ethereal and romantic film photos.

Just as important as the venue was the food; we knew we wanted to include Sam’s Coptic Egyptian heritage into our very classic East Coast wedding day feast. We were lucky enough to find a caterer who shared our vision and presented us with a wonderful tasting of traditional Egyptian food, including Dolmas and Kofta appetizers, mixed with east coast favorites like Maryland style crab cakes. Lastly, a Baklava-flavored cheesecake was the perfect blend of cultures in lieu of a wedding cake.

Before we moved to Washington for Sam’s surgical residency, I had actually worked for a wedding consulting firm in St. Louis, MO. So, instead of hiring a planner, I decided to do most of the design work myself. I started with our wedding invitations and found a wonderful little shop in Alexandra, Virginia which allows you to use their presses to print your own letterpress designs. What would have been too expensive of an option before, now turned out to be affordable and fun. Sam and I had a great time learning how to set up the presses!

I continued to add personal touches to the wedding by assembling out-of-town welcome bags filled with D.C. favorites, creating a one of a kind guest card display for cocktail hour and even making sure our favorite fur child was represented on our special day. Sam got in on the planning by crafting our own signature cocktails, an activity that I’m happy to say took up several of our Saturday nights leading to the big day.

My favorite custom project for the wedding was by far my wedding dress. After I met Matthew Christopher at a trunk show, his team and I exchanged dozens of emails over several months in order to bring my dream dress to life. I could not have been happier with my beautiful custom dress; it was perfect for our East Coast Orthodox wedding.

From beginning to end, our wedding day was more than we could have hoped for. The classic D.C. style married perfectly with our traditional Coptic ceremony, and our guests had a wonderful time experiencing the city that Sam and I have come to call home.

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Floral Design: Floral And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Invitations: Old City Press | Ceremony Venue: St. Mark Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: DAR Memorial Hall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Occasions Caterers | DJ: Derek Romanof | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Earrings: Kate Spade | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Elegant Washington DC Wedding at Clarendon Ballroom

I have no doubt that I’ll always be a fan of classic ballroom weddings and Washington D.C. does them like it’s their job. This elegant affair right here hits all the right notes and even adds in a romantic stroll through Georgetown for some fun. Michael and Carina Photography was there for it all, helping to make our VAULT shine even brighter – see all the pics right this way!

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Fall
Settings
Ballroom
Styles
Classic

From Michael and Carina Photography… Washington D.C. is the place for elegant ballroom weddings! Ashley and Chas celebrated their wedding day in the U.S. capital in style! They chose a coral and cream color palette and lavishly decorated the ballroom for their ceremony with florals.

Ashley’s form fitting dress from BHLDN showed off a gorgeous lace back and her full bouquet featured succulents and coral blooms. The bridal party and the couple went for a stroll through scenic Georgetown moments before the ceremony; the dainty houses and soft colors of Georgetown matched their style so well!

From the Bride… After Chas and I were engaged we had difficulty thinking of a venue for our wedding. In doing research we stumbled upon a site with a picture of a familiar venue to us. The place in which we had met three years prior, Clarendon Ballroom. We had never pictured being married at the place we had met but after seeing the pictures and reading the reviews we couldn’t imagine it any other way.

After our first visit and tour of the venue with coordinator, Sandra, we never even looked at another location. Once we made our selection for the venue, the rest of our wedding vision started to take place. We wanted our wedding day to reflect our love for each other and the thankful hearts we had for our family and closest friends. Most important to us was that our guests had a good time and felt like they were partaking in a fun celebration! Great venue, good food, family and friends, and lots of dancing!

We were so excited to have the talented Michael and Carina capture all the moments from our big day as we prepared in one of our favorite DC neighborhoods, Georgetown, and made our way to say “I do” at Clarendon Ballroom. They also worked great with our amazing wedding planners, Pamela Meiser and Sarah Keane from Post Scripted, our wedding coordinator Sandra Hoehne from Clarendon Ballroom, and our videographer Eduardo Gomez of True Vine Films. We are also forever grateful to our wonderful family, friends, and the rest of our amazing vendors for helping us make our wedding day so special.

Our wedding day was everything we could have ever wished for and it is truly difficult for us to describe in words the lasting memories from the day and our story leading up to that point. What better what to tell our story than through the photos that Michael and Carina captured.

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Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: True Vine Films | Event Planning: Postscripted | Floral Design: Ultimate Floral Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Happy Tart Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Audrey Brooke | Jewelry: Nadri | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Swan Bridal | Catering: Clanendon Ballroom | Makeup: Ariel Lewis | Hair: Melinda Hairstyles | Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting | DJ: Mixing Maryland | Favors: Cocoa Vienna | Groom's Attire: Combatgent | Venue: Clarendon Ballroom | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Minted

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Modern Mint + White Garden Wedding Inspiration

I cannot gush enough about how much I adore this wedding inspiration photo shoot. And when I saw the team of vendors involved, it’s no surprise why—it’s a wedding dream team including Kelsey ThompsonCheers Darling EventsButtercream BakeshopLaura Hooper Calligraphy, Jewel Hair Design and a Hayley Paige dress from  Lovely Bride DC. Talk about a perfect marriage. Fall in love with it all in THE VAULT

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Summer
Styles
Al Fresco

From Buttercream BakeshopWith the District being filled with traditional venues, we love to find ways to modernize the DC bride – what better than a modern color palette of white and mint accented with mirrors in a traditional garden setting? A stunning set up thanks to Edge Flowers, Dandelion Patch, Party Rental and Laura Hooper Calligraphy created the ultimate al fresco modern ambiance – with the afternoon light reflecting beautifully off the mirrored table. Our favorite elements of the day – the save the date and our brides beautiful Hayley Paige gown, the beading and pleated skirt, we were in love.

Photography: Kelsey Thompson | Styling: Cheers Darling Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Makeup: BLEND Makeup Artistry | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Venue: Dumbarton House | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride DC | Cake Stand: Design Foundry | Models: T.H.E. Artist Agency | Paper Goods: Dandelion Patch | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey

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