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Classic D.C. Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom Wedding

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 PhotographyKarson Butler Events and Amie Decker Beauty, it’s also all kinds of pretty. See it all in The Vault!

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From Karson Butler EventsNina 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!

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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

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Classic Black + White D.C. Wedding Ballroom Wedding with Pops of Pink

Scott and Catherine’s Washington D.C. wedding is full of all kinds of pretty—the Bride’s lovely lace wedding dress, the graphic gold and white illustrated invitations the gorgeous florals and so much more in The Vault, thanks to photos from Elizabeth Fogarty. But my favorite part? The DIY “Party Animal” escort cards that set the tone for a fun-filled reception!

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From Elizabeth FogartyThis classic wedding at the Hotel Monaco was just the perfect summer day. Scott and Catherine were just giggles the whole day. They had the quintessential Washington DC wedding. My favorite detail were the gold donkeys and elephants. This was a total DIY project by the bride and groom. They were the ones who spray painted them gold! Da Vinci florist just brought so much life to the wedding with their flowers. They ended the day is the biggest dance party ever!

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Elegant Momentz | Floral Design: Davinci Florists | Wedding Dress: Katherine's Bridal Boutique | Invitations: DH Fitzgerald | Hair + Makeup: Amazing Occasions | Officiant: Tiffany Newman | Venue: Hotel Monaco DC

Classic + Elegant Black-Tie D.C. Wedding

With Grace Kelly as an inspiration, it should come as no shocker that this Washington D.C. museum wedding is the picture of classic elegance. A timeless color palette of whites, creams, golds and silvers set the National Museum Of Women in the Arts aglow, setting the stage for these high school sweethearts’ big day nine years in the making. See every special moment captured by The Youngrens in The Vault!

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From The Bride…We first met in high school. While it may not have been love at first sight (Sam can thank his mullet for that), we grew to become best friends and by the last semester of our senior year, began dating. We were a long-distance couple during college, frequently visiting each other in Chicago and North Carolina, and after graduation, settled back in our hometown of DC.

After dating 9 years, it was not too much of a surprise that Sam would propose; it was just a question of when and how. I was at the beach in Delaware with my family for the week. After arranging the details with my family, Sam drove up midweek and surprised me on the beach as my family walked back from dinner at their favorite BBQ joint. When Sam got down on one knee to propose, there may or may not have been some barbeque sauce still left on my cheek (and ring finger)!

Since we are DC natives, we knew we wanted to get married downtown at a venue that captured the culture and character of the city. Sam’s mother and I had both discussed how beautiful the National Museum of Women in the Arts would be for a wedding venue, and, according to Sam, that made it a done deal.

We envisioned a timeless elegance for the look of the wedding, which is why the colors of the wedding were very neutral- different shades of whites and creams with golds and silvers. I wanted a classic look (with Grace Kelly as an inspiration) but with a modern twist, so I chose a very light blush wedding gown. The museum was so beautiful in and of itself, we wanted the flowers and decor to accentuate that beauty, not distract from it.

Incorporating family and our two religious traditions into our ceremony was very important to us. The ceremony was co-officiated by our cousin alongside our family friend and reverend. We were married under a chuppah that Sam’s mom hand-sewed to include silkscreened photos of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on their wedding days. After the cocktail hour in the museum galleries, guests were seated at dinner tables named after our favorite restaurants that had been influential in our 9+ years as a couple (and yes, the head table was “Five Guys” – scene of our first date).

One of our most vivid and happy memories from the day is when, after spending some time taking pictures outside in the August sun following the first look, the bridesmaids dashed over, bringing us some much needed fuel in the form of a McDonald’s burger and Coke.

One of my favorite moments was dancing with my Dad for the father-daughter dance. We took a few dance lessons before the big day, though it felt like I had spent my whole life dancing with my Dad in preparation for this special moment. I loved dancing with all my family, and couldn’t believe it when my grandmother joined us out on the dance floor, just before midnight, for a rousing version of Shout!

Sam’s favorite memory was the spirited ten-minute hora (a traditional Jewish celebratory dance). It has been so great to look back at the pictures and see all of our guests, many who did not know each other before that day, mixed together and hand in hand dancing with us on the museum floor.

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Photography: The Youngrens | Cinematography: Shutter And Sound | Event Design: Ashlee Virginia Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Well Dunn | Makeup: Blend Makeup Artistry | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Band: Sound Nation Of Entertainment Exchange | Venue: National Museum Of Women In The Arts | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection

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