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DC Wedding Film with Special Mother of the Bride Speech

No matter how gorgeous, it’s the story and the heart behind a wedding that make it truly special. Just take this classic DC affair captured by Stan Pe Films. The Mother of the Bride’s speech included a letter from the Bride’s late father, and his words resonate universally on love and life. Press play to hear for yourself.

From Stan Pe Films… Alicia’s dad may not have been there the day she married Giovanni but his presence was clearly felt throughout the day. And her elegant and eloquent mother narrates the film through her heart warming Mother of the Bride speech and even shares a special letter Alicia’s dad wrote to Alicia and Giovanni years before!

Wedding Planner: Pam Barefoot | Wedding Cinematographer: Stan Pe Films | Wedding Photographer: Bill And Anne Holland | Wedding Venue: The Hay Adams Hotel | Wedding Venue: St. Peter's On Capitol Hill

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Glamorous, Modern Wedding at the D.C. Carnegie Library

Glamorous as all get out and filled with thoughtful details, it goes without saying that you are going to fall head over heels in love with every gorgeous image of this fab fête snapped up by Terri Baskin Photography. It’s a library wedding like you’ve never seen before, and you can see it all here.

Colors
Seasons
Spring
Settings
Library
Styles
Modern

From Terri Baskin PhotographyThe moment I walked into the Carnegie Library on Alexis and Otis’ wedding day, I knew something really special was preparing to take place.  Alexis?? vision of her wedding day was transforming in the space before my eyes and her family and vendors were ensuring proper placement of each detail. In addition to the beautiful and unique details from the custom wedding programs and aisle runner, the highlight of their décor was the construction of a 15 foot canopy draped in tulle and it was absolutely breathtaking!  The inside of the Carnegie Library was transformed from a nice and clean open space to one that embodied class and elegance.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is seeing the bride and the groom for the first time. Both Alexis and Otis were in there respective rooms preparing for their day with a sense of calm that spoke volumes about the decision they were preparing to profess in front of about 125 of their closest friends and relatives.

Their beautiful declaration of love was followed by a gorgeous cocktail hour and reception where guests were able to relax in the custom lounge or party in the main area. The level of detail in the decor was unmatched to any wedding that I have photographed or attended in the past 5 years. We capped off the night with a few more outdoor portraits bride and groom portraits in beautiful downtown D.C.

Bride: While our love story starts in Ohio, my husband and I wanted to get married in a big city. We chose Washington, D.C. because it is a city filled with beauty, culture, and immense history. I was stunned by the beauty of the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The library has the perfect combination of history and modernity; the library has its original architectural details, but the interior has been renovated so that it has a clean, fresh, modern feel to it. We looked at countless venues, but nothing compared to the Carnegie.

When deciding on the style of my wedding, I didn??t want to go too literal with a ??theme?. When I hear the word ??theme? I bristle, thinking that a ??theme? connotes more of a high school prom or sweet 16 celebration. I wanted the wedding to have a ??feel?, not necessarily a ??theme?. So, I started with the color choices, and decided what ??feel? went best with those colors. I wanted something timeless (ageless) and classic, and I knew black and ivory would be featured prominently in the design. For accent colors, I wanted gold and blush. I loved all of the ??Great Gatsby? references that are popular right now, but I did not want it to be too literal; no dripping pearls or ostrich feathers. I think those things are romantic, but I am a minimalist, I prefer clean lines and uniformity.

As my event designer, Quintece Hill of Studio Q Designs, will tell you, I am a DIY bride, almost obsessively so! My day job is decidedly un-artistic, so wedding planning was my creative outlet. I??d spend hours on Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, searching for wedding inspiration. So much of what I wanted style-wise was not available online or in stores, or if it was for sale, it was beyond my budget. This is where Quintece came in. I would tell her what look I wanted to achieve and she would make them come to life for me! Most times, she created things exactly the way I envisioned them in my wedding daydreams! And if I wanted something a little different than what she presented, she??d always go back and tailor it to my liking. Quintece handled the majority of the design projects, including creating (from scratch!) the altar canopy, which included a fully-functioning crystal chandelier! She also hand stenciled the patterned table runners, created the adorable place cards for the guests (that she placed on their glasses like a garnish!), and handmade the striped couch pillow and ottoman covers for the lounge. I also wanted a large candy and popcorn table and Tara of The Oxidine Group, created a beautiful candy display in the lounge area.

As for the DIY elements, I hand-drew the seating charts, decorated the champagne favors, and spray painted candlesticks my mother and I found at a home store and used for table décor. I also created the menus, bow-tie napkins and drink signs along, with one of my crafty and creative bridesmaids, Selena. We also DIY??d the flowers, with my mother being instrumental in the creation of the centerpieces, and Selena and I handling the bouquets. Selena took extra care and attention hand-tying my bouquet of white and blush peonies.

I am so appreciative of all the love and assistance I received from my family, friends, and my new friends, Quintece and Terri. Both ladies are lovely, both inside and out, and made my wedding day memorable. I would also like to thank my loving husband, Butch. Without his encouragement, patience, (and proposal!), none of this would have been possible!

Photography: Terri Baskin Photography | Event Design: Quintece Hill | Event Planning: The Oxidine Group | Wedding Dress: Ian Stuart | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Ceremony Venue: D.C. Carnegie Library | Reception Venue: D.C. Carnegie Library | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Make-Up: LuxuryBrown Beauty | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Bouquet: The Glitter Hive | Bridal Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Make-Up: Tiffany Lumpkin | Candy Buffet: The Oxidine Group | Canopy Construction: Quintece Hill | Drink Signs: The Glitter Hive | Favor Design: The Glitter Hive | Rentals: Davinci Florists

Parisian Inspired Shoot in Washington DC

Every now and again I come across a shoot so pretty I want to crawl through the screen and live in it. Well, thanks to L Hewitt Photography just such a shoot is sitting pretty below. Beautifully planned by Wit Weddings with gorgeous florals from Mobtown Florals and stationery that stuns from Julie Song Ink, it goes without saying that I’ll be spending quite some time devouring this gallery today

From L Hewitt Photography...I have a GORGEOUS Paris/Washington styled shoot for you that I planned with Wit Weddings. The romance of Paris with the international sophistication of Washington. We’ve got the warm glow of candle light on mercury glass, peonies, lace, leather, and high culture. We’ve also got some BRILLIANT talent and vendors involved, including cake designer, Maggie Austin, BHLDN, and Julie Song Ink. On top of that, we’ve included a recipe for a delicious French cocktail to go with the post. 

From  Wit Weddings…The shoot was inspired by the elegant and romantic architecture of Washington D.C., which was modeled after the city of Paris. The architecture, and corresponding location of the Washingtonian private residence for the wedding, is an enduring tribute to 18th century French style.

As Parisian food is often a special moment shared, we wanted a table that seated the couple elbow to elbow to create just the right romance.

As a wedding reception allows for close conversation shared amongst loved ones over food, we paid homage to one of the greatest pleasures of Paris – the street markets, filled with produce, cheeses, and baked goods. The white linen hemstitch runner layered below the formal embroidered overlay highlights the juxtaposition of countryside-simple French farm table and sophisticated wedding elegance.

To create Parisian sophistication fit for a Washingtonian wedding, we drew inspiration from French dress, accentuating the natural beauty of the residence with simple and elegant details. The table and fireplace mantel were dressed with that je ne sais quois of a Parisian woman – an allure meant to bring all attention to the couple. We accessorized with lace, hanging greenery, creamy florals, and the soft, inviting colors and the warmth of flickering candlelight.

The iconic pearls of Coco Chanel at 21 rue Cambon, Paris, were incorporated into the petite two-layered custom Maggie Austin cake and the bride’s jewelry. She also wore Chanel perfume and a French lace inspired gown. While tradition has it that the bride wear something blue, we decided the groom himself brings the bride good fortune. And so, he was appropriately dressed in a blue suit accentuated by handsome brown leather shoes.

Do-It-Yourself French Apéritif – “Kir”

This cocktail of crème de cassis and white wine was offered to international delegations visiting the region of Burgundy. The cocktail became so popular that it trickled down to cafés and the ordinary frenchman’s before-dinner drink, the apéritif.

Pour 1 teaspoon crème de cassis into a champagne flute. Top with chilled Sancerre white wine, or for special occasions, champagne. Garnish with blackberries or raspberries.

Photography: L Hewitt Photography | Dress: Sue Wong | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper And Company | Bridal Accessories: BHLDN | Design & Planning: Wit Weddings | Floral Arrangements & Décor Rentals: Mobtown Florals | Furniture Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage | Invitation Suite: Julie Song Ink | Linens: La Tavola Linens