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Sweet and Simple Organic Washington, DC Museum Wedding

I love the simplicity of this wedding. It proves that simple doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice beauty, in fact, it might make it that much more pretty. It’s a wedding where the details that truly matter shine beautifully bright, and thanks to Sweet Tea Photography we can see every picture perfect moment here.

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From the Bride…S & R were married on October 26th, 2013, in the gardens of the Textile Museum, which is located in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC. The Textile Museum was established in 1925, by George Hewitt Myers, a rug and textile collector and connoisseur. Myers collection began with 275 rugs and 60 related textiles from the traditions of non-Western cultures, which drew a wide range of visitors from all around the world. The museum hosts a wide range of family friendly events, exhibitions, and celebrations. This was the one of the last weddings being held on the property, before it was sold to a private donor. The Textile Museum is now in the process of moving it’s collections over to the George Washington University campus, scheduled to reopen in late 2014.

The bride and bridesmaids lounged in a suite at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel, while they had their hair and make-up done. The bride wore a gorgeous vintage-looking gown that she found on gilt.com. Her golden Alice and Olivia wedges added a little flair to her traditional vintage look. The bridesmaids wore white to match the bride, creating a unique feel for their bridal party. The Groom and groomsmen got ready at their home in Georgetown.

Washington, DC local flourist, Sidra Forman, did the floral arrangements. She utilizes local products and ingredients that are produced in a sustainable environment. She focuses on finding the best available seasonal ingredients and presents them in a straightforward manner that lets the raw materials speak for themselves.

The bride’s bouquet featured a variety of delicate touches, including polo rose, free spirit rose, hydrangea, peach campanella rose, david austin Juliette rose, seeded eucalyptus, and white hydrangea. The groom’s boutonniere was made of white fressia.

The garden’s fountain, which tends to be a key decorative piece for events, was filled with cascading camellia, seeded eucalyptus, and white hydrangea. The “altar” area was draped with beautiful accents of Magnolia and white hydrangea. The officiant was an old friend from college, Nina, who was thrilled to share in the happy couple’s special moment. About 70 guests watched the couples share their vows and kiss.

The placement/escort cards were made by the bride. The dinner was catered by Windows Catering, who prides themselves on providing the freshest ingredients delivered from specialty food growers and purveyors around the country. During the cocktail hour Lobster rolls, Mediterranean Lamb Sliders, Duck Confit Empanadas, Mesquite-Grilled Tuna Brochette, Croque Monsieur, and the Squash and Apple Bisque were passed around as hors d’oeuvres. The dinner options were braised boneless kobe beef short ribs, harvest chicken roulade, shrimp tart, artichoke risotto, brussel sprout slaw, roasted vegetables, and autumn themed bread.

The dinner tables featured a lovely arrangement of the same florals that were in the bouquets with the addition of a la mode dahlias, white snapdragon and mini green hydrangea. The candy bar was decorated for Halloween, since Halloween was the week following the wedding. The candy bar offered rock candy sticks, chocolate covered pretzels, pearl white sixlets, chocolate almond bark, peppermint malted milk balls, chocolate covered peanuts, and chocolate pecan clusters. Guests were encouraged to use the provided small carriers to collect their favorite candies to take home.

The cake was made by Windows Catering, which showcased a cascade of peach campanella rose, seeded eucalyptus, david austin juliette rose and sahara rose. Keeping in line with the minimalistic and organic feel of the wedding day, Lisa Marie of Sweet Tea Photography used a variety of film cameras to capture their precious memories.

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Floral Design: Sidra Forman | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Catering: Windows Catering | DJ: Bryan George Music | Hair & Make-up : Alison Harper & Co. | Museum : Textile Museum | Photobooth : Poshbooth | Programs & Menus: Written In Detail -Etsy Vendor | Rentals: Sperry Tent

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Rooftop Washington D.C. Bridal Shower

Bridal showers are arguably the BEST part of the wedding planning process. They’re gatherings of girlfriends, gifts, champagne (and if you’re extra lucky) stunning, modern design that looks just like this. Photographed by the fabulous Ashley Relvas, we’ll be swooning away in the gallery right here.

From Ashley Relvas Photography… The rooftop of The Hay Adams in Washington DC provided the most beautiful setting for this bridal shower (check out the stunning view). However, the love of friends and family is really what made it so special. This beautiful bride-to-be grew up in the Washington DC area but now lives in Hawaii and came home for a weekend to be showered by those who care about her most. The Hay Adams put together an amazing spread for the day and this group of ladies (and eventually the groom and father) had such a blast! I had such a wonderful time with these ladies and the bride’s sweet grandmother just melted my heart.

Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography | The Hay Adams: The Hay Adams

Style to the Aisle + A Discount!

My dears, clear you calendars for Sunday, April 27th, 2014; you’re not going to want to miss the mid-Atlantic’s premier bridal fashion event, Style to the Aisle…A Bride’s Runway! Held at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, this incredible event will showcase some of the latest trends in bridal couture.

The runway will be filled with designs from some of the best emerging and well-known bridal designers such as Justin Alexander, Lillian West, TULLE New York, Winnie Couture, Christopher Schafer Clothier and more! Truly a one-of-a-kind event, brides will have the chance to see gorgeous gowns on the runway, try products and services in the exclusive Style Lounge and browse and try on accessories! With a focus on one-of-a-kind fashion and beauty, avant-garde fashion as well as classic designs, the Style to the Aisle event will be a fabulous time for all.

Brides even have the chance to win fabulous prizes such as a four day, three night honeymoon to Mexico courtesy of Palace Resorts and a gorgeous Island Bridal by H&O headpiece. Fashion Insider VIP tickets are $65, and General Admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased right here. Ready to get your tickets?! Well now’s the time, because Style to the Aisle is offering SMP readers $5 off Fashion Insider VIP tickets and $10 off General Admission Tickets with the code STYLE.  Enjoy, lovelies! xo

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Photo Credits: Duke Photography | Lindsay Thorne Photography

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