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Timeless + Elegant Black-Tie Washington D.C. Wedding

In the world of weddings, there’s nothing quite like a classic black-tie affair. But this D.C. wedding is in a league of it’s own. Every single detail is absolute perfection—from the elegant invitation suite and gorgeous calligraphied mirror from Meant To Be Calligraphy to the Bride’s stunning Monique Lhuillier lace wedding dress and beautiful bridal makeup from Amie Decker Beauty. See each and every pretty moment from Jodi Miller Photography and Bowen Films in The Vault!

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From The Bride…When Doug and I were planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to provide a unique, personal and above all, fun, experience for all of our guests. Since more than half of our guest list was not from the D.C. area where we live and I also grew up, we decided it was important to find a venue that would give our guests a true “DC experience” and something a little different from a traditional ballroom wedding. We looked at several venues but when we got to the Top of the Hay on the hotel’s 9th floor and saw the space which was framed with French doors leading to a wrap-around balcony with a commanding view of The White House, Monuments and the Potomac River, we knew it was the perfect spot for our reception. The view combined with the old hotel’s storied history, excellent service, location, and catering of the Hay-Adams made for the perfect venue.

Our wedding was a black tie city affair, but we also wanted to incorporate details from Bethany Beach, DE where we met, our families have homes and where we have developed life-long friendships with so many of our friends. Balancing the formal look of the wedding with some more casual touches from the beach also helped give the wedding a more relaxed vibe which was very important to us. To do this, we used Doug’s old life-saving buoy as our guest book and tied in popular places in Bethany such as late night passed burgers and fries in Boardwalk Fry cups and a candy cart with our favorite treats from Candy Kitchen, the local candy shop at the Delaware beaches. We also had beautiful custom save the dates that told a bit of our story from the Beach to D.C. from Cheree Berry Paper. I am still getting compliments on these!

It was critical that our guests had a great time and felt taken care of throughout the weekend. We had a casual welcome drinks reception on Friday at one of our friends restaurants so guests could get to know one another and a day-long farewell party at my parents Alexandria home on Sunday. Most importantly, we had an amazing band, The Hudson Project, who kept the dance floor packed the entire night with all of our friends and family of all age groups. I don’t think I have ever had more fun!

The final aspect of our wedding that really made it special was the ceremony. I will admit with all of the time spent focusing on the details of the reception, I had not anticipated how special the ceremony would be to me. When the priests, both of whom were my high school Principals which added another personal touch, announced us as husband and wife, the church erupted into the biggest cheer I have ever heard. The joy of that moment coupled with the love and happiness of those most important to us was something I will never forget and truly did make me feel like the luckiest and happiest girl in the world.

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Photography: Jodi & Kurt Photography | Cinematography: Bowen Films | Event Planning + Design: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Cake: Kendall’s Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church | Reception Venue: The Hay-Adams Hotel | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Transportation: Regal Limousine | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Dancefloor + Band Riser: Fabrication Events | Invitation Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Invitations + Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Mirror Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Rentals: DC Rental

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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: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning + Design: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | DJ: Bialeks Music | Favors: Karson Butler Events | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Invitations + Stationery: Minted | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Welcome Boxes: Georgetown Cupcakes | Welcome Boxes: Ted's 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: Kathleen At Elegant Momentz | Floral Design: Davinci Florists | Wedding Dress: Katherine's Bridal Boutique | Invitations: DH Fitzgerald | Hair + Makeup: Amazing Occasions Hair & Makeup | Officiant: Marriage DC | Venue: Hotel Monaco DC