Nina and Michael may have had a classic ballroom wedding, but their big day was full of personality. From the delicious South American-inspired bites to the Make Your Own Caipirinha Kits as favors, this D.C. day is all kinds of fun. And with vendors like Lisa Ziesing For Abby Jiu Photography, Karson Butler Events and Amie Decker Beauty, it’s also all kinds of pretty. See it all in The Vault!
From Karson Butler Events…Nina and Michael are one of the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet. Michael’s explanation of why life is better with Nina had us tearing up and the look on Nina’s face when she listens to Michael talk is too cute for words. Their July wedding at The Four Seasons was full of sweet details and nods to their heritage and family traditions.
We loved designing a celebration that embraced both the bride and groom’s two cultures while embracing modern touches and feeling of the venue and couple’s style. After seeing many venues, we knew the Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC was the perfect place for Nina & Michael’s wedding. The Conservatory room provided the perfect intimate ceremony spot with marble floors and a gorgeous skylight. Dinner and dancing happened in the Seasons ballroom and we loved the non-rectangular shape and floor to ceiling natural light. Not only was it climate controlled – a must in the summertime, the culinary team was a dream to collaborate with.
Michael is Brazilian and Nina is Peruvian which we incorporated into various aspects of their wedding day. Cocktail hour offered their guests the chance to try chicken hearts, pastels, and a creative ceviche station. Specialty cocktails were a Peruvian Pisco Sour for Nina and a Brazilian Caipirinha for Michael. The culinary nods to their heritages continued throughout the night. The chef at Four Seasons DC made a special chimichurri sauce to accompany a delicious steak dinner. Lastly, the dessert display had traditional brigadeiros and mango creams. The inclusion of so many specialty items from the beginning to the end of the night made for a truly unique culinary experience for guests to enjoy.
Portuguese dance songs mixed into current beats by DJ Dan Goldman kept the dance floor packed. Guests left with a fun treat to remember the fun-loving couple. Make Your Own Caipirinha Kits were a hit (and some of the cutest favors we’ve ever made!) Guests each received a mini bottle of cachaça, sugar cubes, a lime, and a recipe card so they could enjoy Brazil’s national cocktail one more time and toast to Nina and Michael!
Photography: Lisa Ziesing For Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning + Design: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | DJ: DJ Dan Goldman | Favors: Karson Butler Events | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC | Invitations + Stationery: Minted | Rentals: Party Rental, LTD | Welcome Boxes: Georgetown Cupcake | Welcome Boxes: Teds Bulletin