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DC Military Wedding at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Wedding planning can be stressful, but trying to do it when the groom is in Afghanistan seems like a whole other feat. As I went through this elegant affair, I not only was in awe of SoCo Events, but also of the adoration shown by this couple in every stunning photo by Justine Ungaro. As we honor our veterans today, I’m also recognizing the love shared with this celebration and soaking up every bit of it.

From SoCo Events… Classic and sparkle were the theme for this elegant DC wedding. The groom was doing a tour in Afghanistan when the wedding planning began and it was so important for the bride to include him in as much of the planning process as possible. When she saw the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in all its grandness, she just knew that Clay would love it. Tradition was important to the bride and groom, so the decor kept to a theme of classic ivory and gold, but with hints of sparkle to represent the bride’s love of all things shiny!

The Bride’s favorite wedding detail was champagne sequin tablecloths- they made the whole room sparkle! The Groom’s favorite wedding detail was the balcony that overlooked the entire venue where he and Regina had a few quiet moments together watching their wedding from above.

Their biggest surprise of the wedding was when the priest had asked them several questions via email regarding marriage, what they love about each other and why they want to be married and told them not to share our answers. During the ceremony the priest read exerts from each of their answers which was a huge surprise to both of them. It was as though they wrote their own vows but didn’t know it and didn’t have to say them themselves.

Some wedding favors and special décor details that standout were five white Jordan almonds wrapped in a tulle bag and tied with a ribbon and a tag explaining that the five almonds represent five wishes for the new couple: health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life.

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Cocktail Music: Pop Culture Strings | Event Planning: SoCo Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis Event Design | Invitations: Bella Figura | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Music: Marquis Band | Photography: Justine Ungaro Photography | Reception Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel

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Traditional Elegance with a Twist at the Anderson House

There is nothing I love more than when a couple takes a stunning traditional wedding and gives it a good ol’ stylish twist. It infuses the day with personality and gives us countless details to swoon over. This glam D.C. stunner planned to perfection by Atrendy Wedding and captured by Justine Ungaro is just such a fête. Oh and that ceremony setting? I can’t even. So good.

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From The Bride…We have always enjoyed going above and beyond as hosts for any and all occasions. We are both entertainers and often find any excuse to gather friends and family at our apartment. Whether it is a dinner party, a birthday celebration, or a rooftop BBQ, we are always looking to throw a good soiree! So it was only fitting that we chose the Anderson House as the venue to celebrate our marriage! Ambassador Larz and Isabel Anderson built this Washington, DC mansion in the early 1900′s to distinguish themselves among the capital city’s most sought after hosts. The Anderson House became known as one of DC’s grandest locations for fashionable galas and events. This historical landmark, with its breathtaking beauty and grandeur, truly was the ideal setting for us to celebrate our love for one another surrounded by our closest friends and family.

Once we secured our venue we quickly sought out a wedding planner (Pam Barefoot) who shared our vision. We imagined our wedding happening towards the end of Summer or the beginning of Fall. So we settled on the eve of autumn, September 21, 2013 (the equinox). Not only was weather a big influence since September is one of the loveliest times of year in Washington, DC, but creating an event that felt representative of our personalities was also a key consideration. We wanted our guests to feel as if they were coming into a grand party at our home (for the day), the Anderson House. Both of us wanted a traditional wedding with a bit of uniqueness in some of the details. The Friends Meeting House, which is a Quaker Church, was the site for our ceremony. We had an interfaith Methodist/Jewish wedding, so it was a great setting to welcome all guests from all backgrounds. We opted for a lighter romantic ceremony and cocktail hour – filled with hints of blush and cream colors. And we hoped for a dramatic entrance to dinner, which took place around the reflecting pool in the back garden of the Anderson House. With the help of Pam, we created a fun atmosphere for dinner and dancing by incorporating some fun details in the color of navy, pink along with a Moroccan print.

Throughout the planning process Natalie was certain that the weather was going to be sunny and beautiful on our wedding day. She even researched the Farmer’s Almanac and learned that in the previous eight or nine years it had been consistently dry weather with temperatures in the upper 70s on September 21st. Through the first three weeks of September it seemed like Natalie’s prediction would be spot on, as the weather in DC could not have been better.

However, as luck would have it, Mother Nature took her course and it rained on our wedding day for nearly seven straight hours. The rain began to fall right before the start of our ceremony and continued throughout our entire dinner. Thanks to our amazing planner, Pam, we had reserved tents a few days before just to be on the safe side. As it turned out, our wedding could not have been lovelier! The unexpected torrential downpour made our guests feel even cozier under the gorgeously lit tents, and the overall ambiance of our special night was exactly how we had hoped it would be – intimate, romantic, and just plain fun!

Band: Pop Culture Strings And Rhythm 6 | Caterer: Federal City | Ceremony Venue: Friends Meeting House Of Washington D.C. | Custom Guest Board: Pretty Mail Calligraphy | Custom Table Runners: Megan Carn | Dress: Vera Wang | Dress: The Bridal Salon At Saks Jandel | Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Furniture: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona | Invitations & Wedding Paper Products: Haute Papier | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Makeup: MadeupArt Makeup By Nour | Photography: Justine Ungaro | Reception Venue: Anderson House | Table Numbers: ZCreateDesign | Tableware: Party Rental | Tent: Sugarplum Tents | Tux: Alton Lane | Wands: MatsenDesigns | Wedding Planner: Atrendy Wedding

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Lovesick Cinematography + DJ + Photography + A Contest!

I’m beyond excited to let you all in on a little secret that has me bursting at the seams. Ready for it? Lovesick. This boutique group offers beyond-amazing cinematography, live DJing + “stills” (their take on photography). Just take a peek below. 

Starting as a two-man operation in Philadelphia in 2007, Lovesick has since grown into a rad-wedding capturing machine, working over 100 weddings each year around PA, NJ, NY and the TriState area. In addition to their amazing — and I mean amazing — cinematography and live DJing, Lovesick has launched a new service called “stills” which is their take on photography. This mashup style combines traditional photos with still images pulled from constantly running video. And the result? Wedding day magic. Available as separate services or as a package, you can be sure that when Lovesick is involved, the whole team is fully invested in your best day ever.

Lovesick also puts on an amazing Lovesick Expo and have added two new cities to the tour! Get all the details here. To top all this awesomeness off, Lovesick is hosting a pretty fabulous contest where they’ll be hosting a contest for a film + photo package worth $11,000 for $2,500 and will travel to the couple’s event anywhere in the world! Head over here to get all the details and to enter. Good luck!

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Classic Ballroom Wedding in DC at the National Museum Of Women In The Arts

For those of you who dream of elegant ballroom soirees and gowns so gorgeous you could cry (I think we all fall into that category) this beauty from the uber-talented Abby Jiu will have you counting your lucky stars you stopped by SMP today. It’s honestly perfection. Overflowing with gorgeous white blooms and classic styling, this gallery is as good as they get. See even more here.

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From Abby Jiu PhotographyAfter Lauren attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and cooking in restaurants, she quickly learned that food was one of her biggest passions. She even wrote her own menu to include her love of classic French food with newer food concepts. Table side choice, local cheeses and seasonal/local produce included in a 4 course plated meal for all. The meal was finished with an organic cake made from local ingredients, a circulating candy cart, Ben’s favorite childhood sweets (root beer floats and ice cream sandwiches) served on the dance floor, and hot cookies, apple cider, and hot chocolate as guests departed. No one was to leave hungry!

Aside from food Lauren found herself very inspired by tiny white flowers. After seeing a picture of tiny white arabicum for floral inspiration, and finding her dress with a bodice full of tiny white flowers, she was hooked! The arabicum flowers made there way into my invitation, all of the printed materials, welcome bag, floral decor, and even into the paper flower decor. Everything that was not based on her love of food, was based on the shape of the arabicum flower.

Band: Rhythm Collective Of Elan Artists | Bridal Gown Salon: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Cake: Kendall's Cakes | Calligraphy: Lettering By Lynne | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Ceremony Music: String 4 | China: DC Rental | Event Planning: A Dominick Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis Inc | Food Truck: Captain Cookie And The Milk Man | Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona | Hotel: Willard Intercontinental | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Linens: La Tavola | Macaroons: The Sweet Lobby DC | Make Up Artist: Beauty Mark | Museum: National Museum Of Women In The Arts | Paper: Cheree Berry Paper | Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Transportation: Atlantic Mark Services | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier

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Classic Romance at the Hay Adams Hotel

When the story starts with a good proposal story, it’s safe to say the wedding that follows is going to be fabulous. And these two cuties have a seriously good proposal story, including a boat ride, some undercover video capturing by the Groom and a surprise visit by family and friends. The wedding was bound to be pretty. Add Roberts & Co. Events into the mix and we’re graced with the resulting gorgeous gallery from Sweet Tea Photography.

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From the beautiful Bride…There is a bit of a discrepancy of the actual meeting. Phil claims he met me when all of our friends met up at a restaurant downtown before a party one summer, however, I do not remember this, and I am pretty sure I would remember meeting him! My story is that we met later the next winter at a party with a bunch of our friends. We were both dating other people so I figured it was “safe” to chat with him. We ended up hanging out the entire night, and I think I subconsciously knew that I would eventually date him. A few months later, the stars aligned and we met up again, out and about, and the rest is history!

After 4 years, Phil proposed to me! Phil and I went to his parent’s house last July. On Saturday morning we had planned to take the boat out to watch the log canoe races on the river (something we do every summer). When we were packing our things to get on the boat, I remember noticing how nice he looked. I think I even said something along the lines of “Wow! Don’t you look nice in your collared shirt!” His mom was there and laughed and Phil just said “Oh, I wanted a collar so my neck doesn’t get too much sun.” Phil definitely seemed on edge, but I was so oblivious to it at the time, it’s only obvious looking back. I had given Phil a GoPro camera for his birthday in March and he had set it up on the center console of the boat, he had been taking a lot of boat videos and I assumed that he wanted to capture the races so it didn’t seem odd to me. Phil asked me to sit up front, which I did find odd, so he said he wanted to have me in the video with the sailboats in the background, so I just shrugged it off and sat up front. When we got to a place we could watch the races, Phil asked me if I wanted a beer and I though to myself, “Seriously, it’s like 11:00am!” I kind of gave him a look and so I said ok. When he came to the front of the boat with my beer, he got down on one knee and proposed. I could tell he had a speech thought up in his head but he was so nervous, all he could say was “Will you marry me?” He then grabbed a bottle of champagne from the cooler and then we started calling family members. About 10 minutes later, our friends pulled up and surprised with even more champagne! Later that afternoon, we headed back to Phil’s parent’s house and as we pulled up to the doc, I noticed tables set up in the lawn and a very peculiar brunette lounging by the pool. As we docked the boat, my best friend Emily, who lives in South America, greeted us at the doc, along with Phil’s brother Andrew and his girlfriend, Gwen (who is also one of my best friends). I got some time to catch up with Emily and Gwen at the pool (and show off my new ring!) before we went upstairs to get ready for dinner. At this point, I knew there was some sort of dinner planned, with the tables in the lawn and the caterer in the kitchen but when I turned out of the kitchen, my dad was standing in the next room! Then my mom came from down the hallway! I was so surprised because when I had called them earlier to tell them the news, they seemed very surprised, but obviously they knew what was going on. As we went outside, our friends that had met up with us earlier were waiting for us as well! My mother in law had planned the most amazing meal, with some of my favorite things but the best was the strawberry shortcake (my all time favorite dessert) with a diamond ring placed on top! I know this is a super long story, but it was honestly the best day of my life (up until that time). Not only did Phil surprise me with the proposal, but having my best friend from Paraguay join us, and including my family and friends, meant so much to me!

Having an outdoor aspect was really important to me when choosing a venue. We were also very interested in having our reception in Washington, DC, since we live downtown. My family is from Alexandria, Virginia and his is from Chestertown, Maryland, so we were excited to show our friends and family our new home.I had always imagined an outdoor tented wedding. Finding a venue that could do that, in the DC area, that could also accommodate the number of guests we wanted was impossible. When we found the Hay-Adams, it almost made that a reality with the outdoor catwalk on the rooftop. The Hay-Adams rooftop has the most breathtaking view in Washington, but what really made us choose this venue were the people. The catering director was always so friendly and accommodating, they really wanted to make our wedding day spectacular!

Our wedding theme/colors/decor really centered around my favorite flower, hydrangeas. Specifically the ones that are light blue, white and maybe a little green (I know, very specific!) We wanted something summery, relaxed, but elegant. Our centerpieces were a combination of high and low hydrangea arrangements in glass vases, very simple and clean, so we did not take away from the view! We had brought in gold chairs and gold charges to bring in our accent color and the tablecloths were a champagne damask pattern. We made little jars with crab seasoning to be placed at everyone’s seat to bring in the Eastern Shore, I love the crab charm we found to attach to each jar! Phil is very proud of his local crab seasoning, he literally puts it on everything, even pasta! His parents have a farm house and the farmer who farms the land also has a crabbing business. We buy crabs from him in the summer and when Phil’s mother asked if we could buy a large amount of seasoning, they practically gave it to us! I thought it would be nice to share a part of the Eastern Shore with our guests. My mom and I ordered the jars from an online favor store, got the string from a craft store, made the tags and ordered the gold crab charms! I love how they turned out!

Since I knew we were going with light blue hydrangeas, I thought light blue would be a good color for the bridesmaids, since it looks good on basically every skin tone, hair color, etc. When we went to try on the dresses, they didn’t have the color in a sample, only a small swatch. I ordered larger swatches along with some other colors, but when I saw the light blue swatch, it was absolutely perfect! We really lucked out with such a perfect color and when the dressed came in, they were even better than what I had expected!

Phil and I have a friend who lives in our building who makes custom suits. He asked Phil if he could make the suits for our wedding and we, of course, said yes! We knew we wanted navy suits so when Phil and the guys went down to the shop to get measured, I thought I had chosen all the details (suit color, shirt color, button type, etc.). I guess we overlooked in the inside lining and one of Phil’s groomsmen found the Parana print. When they say it, they knew they had to have it. When the suits came in, Phil told me, not to get mad but our friend Matt chose the inside linings. I immediately needed to see it, and when I did, I at first was a little annoyed that this wasn’t run by me at all, but could only stay mad for a minute because it was so cool and so them! Phil and his friends love hunting and fishing, and as you know, have quite the personalities. The print was so perfectly them, I immediately fell in love with it! Apparently, the suits had been hanging in the showroom and our friend has sold a lot more of that Parana print!

I think my favorite detail from the wedding was the escort cards. I really wanted to bring the Eastern Shore of Maryland to our wedding so I hand-wrote everyone’s name and table number on oyster shells. When I first thought of the idea, it seemed pretty simple, but after finding all the shells, cleaning them, and then writing everyone’s name in cursive (which I hadn’t done since high school probably!) it was quite an endeavor. I think they came out better than I had imagined!

I do want to make sure that I mention how much I love our wedding invitation suite. I wanted something that was traditional but not the same thing you see everyday. The people we worked with (Digby and Rose), were amazing. They had me send a couple inspirational pictures, describe color schemes, etc and came up with the entire design, which was amazing. The color of the paper, the design of the different pieces and the floral detail was so beautiful! They also did our “Save The Dates” which we loved because they were so DC but in a really neat, artistic way!

Our cakes were done by Kendall’s cakes. When we got to choose flavors to taste, I had heard about the tupelo honey cake and when I suggested it, Phil gave me a funny look. Of course when we tried it, we both immediately fell in love. The design of the cake, I had found something similar on pinterest that I liked with the dots and the sugar flowers. They suggested to add the light blue line which I loved! The topper, I got from etsy and I think really tied our whole decor into the cake! The groom’s cake was another story! My mom and I knew we wanted to do one and I told Phil before the tasting that at one point during the tasting, he would need to leave the room and not ask any questions. He agreed, but when we got to the tasting and I suggested Phil go to the bathroom, my dad almost ruined it! He was like “Why does he need to go to the bathroom? Why are you telling him to go? Should I go too? What’s going on?” My mom gave him a look and Phil scooted. Once Phil was gone we had t explain the whole groom’s cake idea to my dad, who still didn’t really get it lol! I knew I wanted to like-like duck! Phil is an avid waterfowl hunter and it would be perfect! The cake designer basically read my mind! When Phil and I were waiting in the hallway to be introduced, I pointed out the cake and he asked me why I had brought a decoy in! I told him it was a cake! He was in shock and absolutely loved it! Later at the after party, everyone was passing around the head, which was made of rice crispy treats.

My favorite memory from the wedding was saying our wedding vows. I was surprised at how emotional I got. But then, my fondest memory is my first dance with Phil. He never dances with me at weddings and all I wanted was to dance with him at our wedding!

I would tell future engagement couples to not sweat the small stuff. It is so easy to get wrapped up in little details or little things, that in the end don’t really matter. Enjoy the time with the people who are making it happen, in our case, our family.

Their honeymoon was in St. Barths! Phil’s parent’s neighbors gave them their house for a week! Mallory works as a Special Education Evaluator and Phil as an Outreach Coordinator. Mallory and Phil live in downtown Washington, DC.

Band & DJ: Davis Entertainment Group | Bridesmaid Robes: Millie's Gifts | Bridesmaid's Hair: Nina Hastings At Salon Dezen | Cake: Kendall's Cakes | Catering: The Hay Adams Hotel | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Event Design: Roberts & Co | Floral Design: Distinctive Floral Designs | Getting Ready- Guys: Anderson House | Getting Ready- Ladies: Hay Adams Hotel | Hair: Sarah Mason At Salon Dezen | Make-up: Sarah Mason At Salon Dezen | Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Reception Venue: Hay Adam Hotel | Stationary: Digby & Rose | Transportation: Chariots For Hire | Wedding Gown, Veil, & Bridesmaids Dresses: Hitched Salon DC

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Urban Georgetown Loft Wedding at Powerhouse

A beautiful blend of modern and classic styling, this chic loft wedding at Powerhouse has officially made our Monday morning. Beautifully captured by the lovely Vicki Grafton, this gallery of images is like a collection of all of our favorite things, and you can see just what I mean right here.

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyKatie and Carter were married on May 10th. Their ceremony and reception can be described as having an urban loft feel with succulents and soft blues and greens. They had their first look across the street from their apartment on the grounds of the national cathedral and then traveled down to the heart of Georgetown for their outdoor ceremony. After the ceremony, guests were welcomed inside the historic Powerhouse which was originally constructed in 1917 by the D.C. Paper Manufacturing Company. With 30’ high ceilings, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the C&O Canal, and a smokestack which rises through the building to a height of 150 feet, towering over the Georgetown skyline, it was a unique space for guests to mingle and explore and dance the night away.

From The Bride…Carter and I dated in high school and went to prom together, but decided to go our separate ways once it was time to go off to college. However, we always remained friends and stayed in touch over the years. While Carter moved back to Washington, D.C. (where we grew up), after college, I settled in New York. In December of 2010, we found ourselves back in D.C. over the holidays, catching up with a few friends from home over drinks, and we realized there might still be something there. Over the course of the next few months, we re-started our relationship from a distance, and in June of 2012 I moved back to D.C. to be with Carter. We were engaged on October 2, 2013.

Carter and I wanted to get married at home in D.C., and we were looking for a unique venue with a “party” atmosphere. Between the two of us, we had been to probably over 50 weddings, but it was still important to us to try to make our special day unique. The Powerhouse, the event space where our wedding took place, was the second venue we saw, but we knew immediately it was “the one.” The venue was relatively new as an event space, and right in the heart of Georgetown which we knew would be fun for out of town guests. I loved the exposed brick, the balcony over looking the dance floor, the huge smokestack running up one end of the interior and the overall industrial feel; the space could be dressed up any way we wanted it to be. There was also outdoor space right next to the venue, and right next to the C&O Canal, that we thought would be awesome for an outdoor ceremony.

After we found the space, we really relied on our wedding planner, Anne Kelley from Atrendy Wedding, for her thoughts as to how we could decorate (decorating does not come naturally!). We wanted the decor to be pretty simple, and I wanted it to reflect the spring season. We also kept our bridal party to just family members, so we did not have specific colors. We used cream colors, greys and green. Though we spent part of the day taking pictures in the rain, the clouds parted in time for our outdoor ceremony and everything came together beautifully!

Calligraphy/ Wood Signs: Audrey Staples | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | DJ: Daryle Francis | Decor And Flowers: Capital Decor & Events | Hair And Makeup: Jordan K. Winn & Company | Invitations & Paper Products: Smitten On Paper | Lighting: Digital Lightning | Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Rentals: Select Event Rentals | Wedding Planner & Designer: A Trendy Wedding | Wedding Venue: Power House

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