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Contemporary and Chic Dupont Circle Hotel Wedding

I love everything about this wedding. Beginning with the fact that the Groom’s got ready together, to the blessings of the rings, to ending the evening with DC’s famous cupcakes, every detail is simply put: adorable. Casey Hendrickson Photography captured a gallery illustrating the joy and love felt throughout the day and you can see it all come full circle, right here!

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From Casey Hendrickson Photography… He knew Nathan hated surprises…“But first, Justin has a song to sing for Nathan!” smiled the officiant. Justin was grinning ear to ear, Nathan had this look of terror (and love), and then everyone started crying because it was beyond sweet!

Justin and Nathan are so perfect for each other, and it’s so obvious by how natural everything is with them. Their couples shoot was such a breeze, and I loved how they spent the time to get ready and enjoy this special day with every moment – together. When we arrived at the ceremony location, they were greeted with nothing but love and excitement. Tears glistened in their eyes as they said their vows, and I was OBSESSED with their ring warming part of the ceremony. They had tied their rings around a silk ribbon, and passed it to every friend and family member there to pray blessings over the rings so that by the time they reached Justin and Nathan again, they would have many prayers and well wishes over them. How amazing is that? After celebrating the two coming together, they shared cupcakes (what DC is known for – AMAZING cupcakes, and I wasn’t disappointed), and finished the night with one of the most touching first dances I’ve ever seen.

Photography: Casey Hendrickson Photography | Videographer: Photography By Sarabia | Flowers: Amaryllis Designs | Cupcakes: The Sweet Lobby | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Ceremony Venue: Fathom Creative Art Gallery | Caterer: Main Event Caterers | Venue: Dupont Circle Hotel | Tuxedos: J Crew

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Elegant Garden Wedding in Washington DC

What could be more romantic than a wedding brimming with white garden roses followed by a candle-lit dinner under the stars? Karson Butler Events worked their magic to create a garden party ambiance with help from talents like Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Windows Catering Company, and Amie Decker Beauty had the bride looking flawless!  You can see all the lovely details captured by Abby Jiu right here.

From Karson Butler Events… Lisbeth and Dave’s wedding combined a romantic and ethereal feeling to the historic venue Decatur House on Lafayette Square – just steps away from The White House in Washington, DC. The perfectly manicured courtyard area was used for both the ceremony and dinner and provided the perfect backdrop for their desired elegant golden English garden party. A clear top tent beautifully draped with twinkle lights provided a gorgeous dinner under-the-stars feeling and also provided protection when a quick rain cloud quickly passed through. Sidra Forman created perfectly imperfect arrangements of white, cream, ivory hydrangeas, garden roses, and dahlias mixed with dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, and lots of greenery texture. The asymmetrical chuppah with vintage lace was stunning. We loved Lisbeth’s bridal style (the Jennifer Behr headband completed the look perfectly!) and thoroughly enjoyed working with this lovely couple! The talented Abby Jiu captured the festivities beautifully.

From The Bride… Joyous, Ethereal, Romantic, and Fun- these are the words that come to mind when describing our wedding celebration. We loved the mixture of farm tables and round tables with an abundant of candles creating an ambience of an intimate candlelight dinner party. And, the asymmetrical chuppah with vintage lace, white garden roses, and greenery was one of my favorite details our florist Sidra Forman helped us bring to life. One of our favorite moments of the night was the boozy snow cone machine and the late night bar snacks we served including pigs in blankets, sliders, and soft pretzels (yum!)

Bride Lisbeth’s Favorite Wedding Detail: Sitting under the stars at dinner and enjoying the joyous moment with all of our closest family and friends.

Groom David’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The anticipation and then seeing Lisbeth at our first look. Then spending the whole day together, laughing and joking throughout pictures, which put me totally at ease before the ceremony.

Photography: Abby Jiu | Floral Design: Sidra Forman | Gown: Vera Wang Via Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Decatur House | Reception Venue: Decatur House | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Windows Catering- Kosher Division | Make Up: Amie Decker Beauty - Maria DeCasaris | Hair: Amie Decker Beauty- Kelley Smalls | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Band: Midnight Movers Via East Coast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Ike Behar Via Lustre Formal Wear | Transportation: Sunny's Worlwide Chauffeured Transportaion | Day Of Paper Goods: Love VS. Design | Event Design & Planning: Karson Butler Events | Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr | Photo Booth: Bash Booths | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Speciality Rentals: Vintage Affairs | Tent & Lighting: Sugarplum Tents

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A Chic Affair + A Discount!

SMPers, Spring has officially sprung and we’ve got the perfect event to jump start planning for your warm weather weddings — A Chic Affair. On March 29 from 11am-3pm at Dock 5 in DC’s Union Market, this fabulously chic + unique bridal experience will showcase artisan-style resources, incredible hand-picked vendors + tons of inspiration!

A Chic Affair is a different type of wedding event for the modern, stylish + savvy bride. From the cities best caterers + bakeries to hair and makeup trials from Bella and even a gentleman’s lounge packed with everything from apparel, accessories, snacks + spirits! And get this  — if you snag a VIB (Very Important Bride — or Groom!) tickets, you’ll get one-hour early access for brunch hors d’oeuvres as well as a gift and entry into the UltimateWed giveaway filled with products and services that’s worth thousands!

Geared toward the couple looking for a wedding that’s personal, stylish + unique, A Chic Affair will help you do some serious damage to that looming to-do list. All attendees will walk away with a seriously amazing swag bag and get this — SMP readers can get general access tickets for half off with code CHIC at checkout! Head over here to purchase tickets + for more information on this fabulous, not-to-be-missed event.

A Chic Affair | Dock 5 at Union Market | 1309 5th St, NE Washington, DC 20002 | Event begins at 11:00am for VIB Access Ticket Holders +  noon for General Admission 

Photo Credits: Photojournalism By Rodney Bailey

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Glamorous Washington DC Ballroom Wedding

You’d never, EVER guess it, but this D.C. dream wedding? Well, it was actually plan B. After a double-booked venue in England threw this couple’s plans for a loop, they decided on a stateside ballroom affair coordinated by Atrendy Wedding and the result was a day straight from the storybooks. Dressed in shades of ivory, gray and gold, it’s timeless to a T and Amelia Johnson captured each bit – gold leaf cake and all.

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From Amelia Johnson PhotographyCristin and Piers planned for an elegant wedding in the countryside of England. One double-booked English venue later came the necessity of a Plan B. Cristin and Piers arrived at the brilliant, albeit last-minute decision to have their wedding in Washington DC, closer to family. Thankfully the Anglophile couple’s favorite English band was able to travel. Being in the design industry coupled with extensive travel led the couple to an old-world-meets-contemporary-luxury aesthetic for their wedding.

The Anderson House was the perfect venue to marry sleek modern design with antique flair. The Anderson House is rich in architectural detail. This served as a pleasing counterpoint to the light and airy color palette and florals. Cristin designed the all-white paper suite herself as well as the C+P monogram used throughout the decor. Cristin’s stunning Oscar de la Renta gown was complimented by her Grandmother’s white gold and diamond bracelet.

Thankfully Plan B in this case was not second best. Cristin and Piers got ready on separate floors of Cristin’s Grandmother’s nearby home. Guests danced the night away and exited to monogrammed sugar cookies as they sent the couple off with sparklers. Cristin and Piers’ wedding was a fully charged celebration of a love that has already learned the importance of improvising!

Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Coordination: Atrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Cake: Maria Karina Cakes | Stationery: Bliss And Bone | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Ridgewells | Lighting: Bialeks Music | Band: Brit Pack | Groom's Attire: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Ceremony Music: String of Pearls Trio | Bride's Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Hair Styling: Julie Jackson Stylists | Historic Mansion: Anderson House | Pastries: Maria Karina Cakes

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Elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel Wedding

We love couples who make sure their Big Day represents them. And this duo? Well, they did just that with a personalized elegant affair. We’re talking silver elephants, dirt cake, and plenty of creamy hues splashed throughout. With vendors like Events In The City and Holly Heider Chapple Flowers by their side, amazing things are bound to happen and luckily Vicki Grafton captured it all right here.

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From Events In The CityWhen meeting couples for the first time there are many attributes that you absorb and take in, making your evaluation as to how things may play out and what the complete planning dynamic may be. We were thrilled that they chose Events in the City and were ready to get started! The word that I would use to describe Marlee and Aaron was sincere. They wanted every detail to reflect who they were and what they represented, which was true and sincere love.Photography is so important and we were thrilled to work with Vicki Grafton. Marlee’s color palette consisted of hue’s rather then colors. There was soft ocean mist like blues and gentle buttery creams. We enjoyed mixing classic expressions with a fun and joyful beat. Nothing was a better representation of this then her invitations by Fig 2 Design. Marlee and Aaron envisioned a classically beautiful ceremony with a reception that twinkled. Keeping her florals designed by Holly Chapple; soft and creamy set the perfect tone and highlighted our stunning bridal party.

When guests entered the reception they were greeted with a mix of long king tables that encourage a communal and comfortable dining experience and classic rounds. As they were seated their eyes could dance off of a glass burst charger which reflected every light that it touched. The evening was complete with guests dancing under twinkling glass globes, that gave an almost al fresco experience from inside the ballroom of the Omni Shoreham. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom installed them at varying heights to allow the light to dance along with our guests. The dance floor remained packed all night long due to the musical stylings of Free Spirit. Additional personal touches found through out the event include a giant silver Jumbo at the escort card table to represent their alma mater Tufts University. In lieu of a wedding cake they chose to share dirt cake, which is how Aaron had celebrated every momentous event in his life. At the end of the night Marlee and Aaron were smiling ear to ear and were no further from each other then a hands reach away; just the way we like to see our newlyweds!

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Videography: Blue Sky Films | Event Design: Events In The City | Event Planning: Events In The City | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Wedding Dress: Christos | Invitations: Fig 2 Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair And Makeup: Alison Harper & Co | Lighting: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | Band: Free Spirit | Wedding Venue: Omni Shoreham DC | Ceremony Musicians: String 4 | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd

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Meet SMP Blogger Bride: Politics of Pretty!

You know her as Beauty Editor over at the Glitter Guide and from her own fabulous journeys on Politics of Pretty, but today you’ll get to know Kara Manos our newest Blogger Bride, sharing all her wedding planning adventures here on SMP. Prepped and polished, she’ll spill every step of her journey down the aisle, and what better way to get things started than with a sweet introduction below!

From Kara… Hi SMPers! I’m thrilled to be sharing my wedding journey with Style Me Pretty as your newest blogger bride. You may know me from my beauty blog, Politics of Pretty or perhaps from my work at Glitter Guide as a Beauty Editor, but here I’m chatting from one real bride to another.

The story on how I met my fiancé, Curt is an interesting one to say the least. You see, timing is everything. We met in college through mutual friends, but it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. According to Curt, I gave him zero attention. Because we ran in the same circle we saw one another every so often and exchanged a few messages here and there via social media. It wasn’t until almost three years later when I was out with a group of friends that Curt and I ran into one another and reconnected at a bar. Two days afterwards he called me and we went on our first date, and the rest is history! To this day when we tell people our story and how we met, he always says, “patience is key.”

Curt proposed on our two year anniversary. He managed to completely trick me in to thinking we were going out to dinner to celebrate. I got all dolled up ready to go out, but before leaving the house he asked me to watch a project he’d been working on (he’s a videographer) and wanted to film my reaction. In the first half of the video he had compiled footage of my friends and family wishing us a happy anniversary, but midway through he was asking my mom and dad for their blessing to propose. Of course, the biggest surprise came after I’d finished watching the video! We’ve been engaged for almost a year and while wedding planning hasn’t exactly been diamonds and rosé – it’s certainly an experience I’ll never forget. SEE THE PROPOSAL VIDEO HERE!

I’m so excited to share this journey with you fellow brides, and from makeup trends to health and fitness, I’ll be covering my planning process and how beauty is such an important part of the wedding day. Until next time!

xoxo, Kara

Photography: Kate Ann Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Eyeliner: Stila Cosmetics | Mink Lashes: Esqido | Nail Polish : Deborah Lippmann