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A Glam Styled Engagement Session

Michael and Carina Photography have a way with the camera that leaves us totally speechless and wanting more. Perfect example? This golden era engagement session that’s sure to inspire a bit of wanderlust. Complete with sweet kisses and one crazy chic couple, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis couple left me speechless. They have been best friends for years, have a baby boy together and the chemistry between them is unreal. Floriza wore two stunning dresses and Jerome wore a classic black suit. The light and the location of their session made for a beautiful atmosphere; this is definitely one of our favorite engagement sessions of the year!

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Dress: French Connection | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: David Yurman | Hair + Makeup: Floriza | Mens Attire: Giorgio Armani | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Trump Waikiki - Reece

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Even Rain Couldn’t Make These Wedding Day Smiles Disappear!

With a love for all things Italian, this couple – with the help of Kelley Event + Design, Bloom Room and an amazing MOB – decided to bring that energy to Asheville, North Carolina for their summer celebration. It was a rustic elegant dream come true and even a little bit of rain couldn’t damper the spirit. Graham Terhune captured all the the joy – see every magical moment in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Zeb and I wanted an outdoor wedding with an Italian/Tuscan feel. We have spent a lot of time in Italy, and we got engaged in Tuscany last summer on a family trip. The night we got engaged, we celebrated with both of our families and the most wonderful meal made for us by the owners of the villa where we were staying. Jens is a chef, and his wife Barbara, a florist. There were 18 of us at one long table, outside in the courtyard of the villa – with views of the rolling hills of Tuscany, and the most beautiful flowers and grape vines on the table and cafe lights above us. Fantastic food, wine, and company that evening. This is the feel we wanted for our wedding – and wow, I had no idea how perfectly it would all come together!

The planning started with the venue. We wanted the wedding to be outside and during the summer, so we headed to Asheville, NC. When we arrived at Claxton Farm, we knew that was where our wedding had to be. The large outdoor space (perfect for our ceremony and dinner) surrounded by mountains was simply picturesque. And then our Tuscan wedding vision was really brought to life by Kelley Event + Design, The Bloom Room, and my mom, Kim – with the long banquet tables, ivory linens, wooden x-back chairs, ivory garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, olives and olive leaves, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, sage, wheat. The colors were all soft – ivory, grey, olive/sage, and lavender accents. We had an Italian spritz for our signature cocktail (thank you, Mom, for such a great idea!!) and Altamura Sangiovese during our long sit-down dinner with cafe lights above us – oh so Italian.

The one thing we were so worried about, with our outdoor ceremony and our tented dinner, was the weather. It had been pouring earlier in the day, but with a sliver of blue sky appearing an hour before ceremony time, we made the call to keep the ceremony outside. And the weather for the ceremony was perfect – 75 degrees and cloudy! It then rained on and off during the cocktail hour – and eventually POURED while Graham was taking pictures of Zeb and me – and I must say – that was the most fun photo shoot ever! (Brides, if you have your hair up and some spare makeup, say YES to taking some photos in the rain!) The clouds rolling through the mountains made for the most beautiful scenery. And then towards the end of the dinner, the sun came back out and we had a rainbow before heading to the barn for cake and lots of dancing!

We could not have been happier with our wedding. Not only was it the most fun and happy day of our lives, but everything was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. So – to my mom, Kelley Event + Design, The Bloom Room, and Claxton Farm – you absolutely nailed it. I was simply in awe the entire evening – as I continued to notice additional perfect little details. I am so thankful to have had the dream team create and flawlessly execute our dream wedding!

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Evans | Floral Design: the bloom room | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: City Bakery | Stationery: Pink Toast Ink | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Claxton Farm | Hair + Makeup: Blush By Wendy | DJ: Audio To Go | Groom's Attire: J. Hilburn | Venue: Claxton Farm

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Classic DC Wedding Just Blocks From the White House!

Imagine a Washington DC wedding that’s classic as can be, set just down the block from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Rachel and Tommy took that vision and ran with it, bringing on some amazing vendors like Kate Ignatowski, Federal City Caterers, Amie Decker Beauty, Buttercream Bakeshop and Joanna August, just to name a few. Pop to the gallery for even more imagery to inspire.

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From Kate Ignatowski PhotographyRachel and Tommy threw a classic DC affair full of elegant details – all just a couple blocks from the White House. From the exquisite design in the Hay-Adams where Rachel had her finishing touches to the church where they said the vows, full of presidential history.

As the long summer sun started to set, everyone gathered in the courtyard of the Decatur House for cocktails and conversation – it really was a sophisticated oasis in the city. Their party went into the night with dancing and soulful live music. It was my absolute pleasure getting to work with these two very sweet people and their families!

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Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Event Planning: Simply Chic | Floral Design: Sidra Forman | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Ceremony Venue: St. John's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Decatur House | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Federal City Caterers | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Hair: Locks & Lace | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Band: Keynote Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bridal Boutique: Annalise Bridal Boutique | Getting Ready Venue: The Hay-Adams Hotel | Rentals: Frost Lighting | Rentals: Fabrication Events | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Signage: Amanda Krovic

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A Playful, Modern Wedding That’s Anything But Stuffy

Brian and Nicole weren’t interested in a stuffy celebration, but instead wanted a wedding that felt like a party with all their favorite people. The night included good food, good drinks (pre-ceremony popcorn, anyone?), a playlist hand-selected by their guests and Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu behind the lens. This, my friends, is a happy day done right.

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FromLisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography… They wanted to party and they did, all while eating delicious food. Bar was the focus and music was important (on the RSVP cards, guests were asked for a song request, which was later played at the wedding). Nicole and Brian live in the Shaw neighborhood in DC, so it was no surprise they picked Long View Gallery down the street for their venue.

Food was very important to the couple. They had a taco station setup called “chipotle Sunday” in honor of N+B getting chipotle every single Sunday. They are also huge movie-goers, so popcorn was handed out as a pre-ceremony, along with pre-ceremony specialty cocktail, to get everyone ready for the night!

The menu reflected a theme of “around the world” in shaw (their DC neighborhood). They both are huge foodies and love to eat. The menu mimicked a restaurant in the neighborhood, Sundevich, one of their go-to spots. They were trying to pull all of their favorite foods into one. 

There was a “Bride’s Seat” at the Bar – Nicole is known to have her spot at the bar, so it would only be fitting to have a fancy seat at the bar for her on the wedding day! And maybe a note about sunglasses never leaving Nicole’s face, hence the bridal party recessional with the white shades and having them for all guests during dancing.

To make things light-hearted and playful, airplane bottles were used as escort cards with a legend to help guests find their seats. They love to play games, so this was the perfect way to show that!

All of the wording throughout the stationery/paper goods was playful and informal and also unique. The quote we used for the save the date set the tone and expectation for the wedding and that it was going to be fun, fun, fun!

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Photography: Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography | Coordination: Cheers Darling Events | Event Design: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Stationery: Stephanie B Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Heirloom Catering | Makeup: Nikki Fraser Of Beauty N The Bride | Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona | DJ: Chris Stiles | Hotel: Hotel Monaco DC | Venue: Longview Gallery | Bridal Boutique: Love Couture Bridal | Decor: Amaryllis | Furniture Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs

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