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Hurricane Joaquin Didn’t Slow This Wedding Down!

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 ChicBeehive 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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Seasons
Fall
Styles
Classic

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.

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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 Hotel | Dinner Lanterns: Pottery Barn | Floral Design + Rentals: Beehive Events

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This Online Love Story is the Modern Day, ‘You’ve Got Mail’

We love a good online love story – so it should come as no surprise that we love Lily and Brad. Even more so? The fact that they planned the perfect party complete with classic touches, tapered David Beahm Designs blooms, flourished Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and of course the mega talented Abby Jiu capturing every moment. From the culturally significant ceremony to the regal reception, we’ve got it all in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Classic

From Abby JiuLily and Brad met on the online dating website “HowAboutWe.com”. They spent five hours getting to know one another on their first date at The Darlington House and learned that they both work for independent schools in the DC area. Brad teaches at Bullis, which is less than a mile from Lily’s childhood home. She ran on their track throughout high school! They are a true online dating success story!

Brad surprised Lily with a romantic proposal on their vacation to Spain in August 2014. He proposed in the charming city of Seville. They knew that their love for Spain would make a statement at their wedding and it sure did through their custom Sangria and tapas bar at cocktail hour!

Lily and Brad wanted a timeless wedding that they would look back on and cherish forever. The colors and look were designed specially as an overall ode to a timeless look with a modern twist. The custom invitation from Haute Papier served as a benchmark for our gorgeous different shades of grey details!

Lily wanted to give a nod to her Persian heritage with this Sofreh Aghd display at their wedding reception as well as the paisley linen that were on the reception tables. The Sofreh Aghd is a traditional wedding ceremony spread where legal marriage + ceremonial traditions are exchanged. The ceremonial traditions have been practiced for thousands of years + Sofreh Aghd spreads are usually very customary at Persian weddings. Like most, Iranians have diverse religious backgrounds and the Sofreh Aghd is a chosen cultural ceremony commonly practiced regardless of faith. There are many symbolic items in which make up the Sofreh Aghd spread, all in which represent an element of the couple’s new life + marriage together. The word “sofreh” means “spread” and “aghd” means “ceremony.” The Persian Rial (bills) were signed by her late grandfather.

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event + Floral Design: David Beahm Designs | Event Planning: EVOKE DC | Wedding Dress: James Galanos | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Invitations: Haute Papier | Ceremony Venue: St. Johns Church | Reception Venue: Decatur House | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Band: DC Synergy | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Cigar Rollers: Cigar Row | Day Of Print: Emily Baird Design | Photo Booth: Booth-o-Rama Photobooths | Rentals: DC Rental | Tent Rentals: Sugarplum Tents

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See Why a 1st Anniversary Shoot is So Worth It

Elizabeth Fogarty has officially shown us what it’s like to have #anniversarygoals. Because what couple wouldn’t want to toast the first year of newlywed bliss?! So start planning about slipping on a beautiful gown, donning a handful of florals, and let’s not forget the cake. See it all unfold in The Vault!

From Elizabeth FogartyFor this 1st year anniversary shoot, we really wanted to capture the celebration of the first year of marriage with some simple details while also keeping the look romantic, mature, and elegant through our color palette. We love that couples save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary and bringing that fun concept into the shoot along with some champagne really allowed our couple to celebrate their first anniversary! We also incorporated a calligraphy cake topper and sign adorned with their shared last name to highlight their marriage. Our peach, pink, and gold color palette was the perfect romantic complement to our celebratory details and the accents of marble gave the shoot a mature and clean look. This anniversary session was filled with images of celebration and romance for this couple to cherish and remember for many more years to come!

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: So Lovely Weddings | Floral Design: Blossom & Vine | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Cake: Sweets By E | Makeup: T Mak Artistry | Calligraphy: Allison Dee Calligraphy | Ring Box: The Mrs Box