I wouldn’t be surprised if everything Kate Middleton touches turns to gold, after all, everything she wears becomes an instant trend. As soon as she began sporting an 18-carat sapphire stunner complete with a halo of 12 diamonds, brides everywhere wanted a matching blue beauty. Five years later, that hasn’t changed. And today, we’re majorly crushing on this custom Lauren B. engagement ring that’s giving us major Kate Middleton vibes. Trust us, it’s enough to make any woman feel like a queen!
We love a good online love story – so it should come as no surprise that we love Lily and Brad. Even more so? The fact that they planned the perfect party complete with classic touches, tapered David Beahm Designs blooms, flourished Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and of course the mega talented Abby Jiu capturing every moment. From the culturally significant ceremony to the regal reception, we’ve got it all in The Vault!
From Abby Jiu…Lily and Brad met on the online dating website “HowAboutWe.com”. They spent five hours getting to know one another on their first date at The Darlington House and learned that they both work for independent schools in the DC area. Brad teaches at Bullis, which is less than a mile from Lily’s childhood home. She ran on their track throughout high school! They are a true online dating success story!
Brad surprised Lily with a romantic proposal on their vacation to Spain in August 2014. He proposed in the charming city of Seville. They knew that their love for Spain would make a statement at their wedding and it sure did through their custom Sangria and tapas bar at cocktail hour!
Lily and Brad wanted a timeless wedding that they would look back on and cherish forever. The colors and look were designed specially as an overall ode to a timeless look with a modern twist. The custom invitation from Haute Papier served as a benchmark for our gorgeous different shades of grey details!
Lily wanted to give a nod to her Persian heritage with this Sofreh Aghd display at their wedding reception as well as the paisley linen that were on the reception tables. The Sofreh Aghd is a traditional wedding ceremony spread where legal marriage + ceremonial traditions are exchanged. The ceremonial traditions have been practiced for thousands of years + Sofreh Aghd spreads are usually very customary at Persian weddings. Like most, Iranians have diverse religious backgrounds and the Sofreh Aghd is a chosen cultural ceremony commonly practiced regardless of faith. There are many symbolic items in which make up the Sofreh Aghd spread, all in which represent an element of the couple’s new life + marriage together. The word “sofreh” means “spread” and “aghd” means “ceremony.” The Persian Rial (bills) were signed by her late grandfather.
Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event + Floral Design: David Beahm Designs | Event Planning: EVOKE DC | Wedding Dress: James Galanos | Cake: Maggie Austin | Invitations: Haute Papier | Ceremony Venue: St. Johns Church | Reception Venue: Decatur House | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Band: Rhythm 6 | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Cigar Rollers: Cigar Row | Day Of Print: Emily Baird Design | Photo Booth: Booth-o-Rama Photobooths | Rentals: DC Rental | Tent Rentals: Sugarplum Tents
Amidst the chaos of a wedding day, it’s so important to steal away for those quiet moments between you and your beloved. Moments like exchanging love letters, which is exactly what Elisabeth and Marcus planned just before their ceremony. The one and only Elizabeth Messina photographed an incredible gallery, Tessa Lyn Events designed the day, and the fairytale doesn’t end there. This couple is about to start a new chapter with a sweet baby on the way!
From the Bride… Marcus and I met on Christmas Eve at a friend’s annual Chrismukkah party. It was the same party we went to every year but for some reason this year seemed different and our eyes caught one another across the room. It wasn’t long before I realized this guy was something special and I couldn’t shake him. Two years later he took me to Santa Barbara on what turned out to be a rained out weekend. Marcus’ beach proposal was dashed and instead we found ourselves snuggled up in a bungalow listening to music and the fireplace crackle, it was then out of a white bathrobe pocket a small black box emerged. To this day, Marcus and I love our rainy fireside nights. Our engagement was much like the movie the “Five Year Engagement” and it did take us five years to make it to the alter, but once we did it was truly all we had worked towards and had envisioned for ourselves.
Our wedding was nothing short of a beautiful/crazy combo of excitement, romance, and pure emotion. My favorite moments were at the alter where under an orchid adorned chuppah we opened our hearts open to one another as we shared our intentions and dreams in creating a future together. While everyone says your wedding day will fly by in a blink of an eye (and it does), it was those moments before we met at the alter that I’ll really cherish. Marcus and I shared love letters to one another reminding ourselves that when the flowers were packed up and the guests had gone home it would be those cherished moments of the day that would last us a lifetime. Two dogs later, a house to call our own and the wedding of a dreams on the books we will be welcoming our honeymoon baby in May 2016.
From Tessa Lyn Events… Elisabeth and Marcus wanted a warm, elegant wedding with 90 of their closest friends and family. We transformed the reception using a palette of ivory, blush, and gold. The draping created glamour, the upholstered dining chairs mimicked an intimate dinner party, and the candles created romance. It was important to the bride and groom that the space felt romantic and cozy and that their guests felt special. The parting gifts for guests were Laduree scented macaron soaps and aromatherapy diffusers that had been shipped in from France.
Photography: Lauren | Videography: Vidicam Productions | Wedding Planning + Design: Tessa Lyn Events | Florals: Butterfly Floral | Wedding Gown: Lovella Bridal | Cake: Sweet E's Bake Shop | Invitations: Alissa Bell Press | Wedding Shoes: Monique Lhullier | Bridesmaid Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Makeup: Gabriella J Makeup | Lighting: Stage Labs | DJ: Red Shoe Productions | Band: Platinum Groove | Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club | 2nd Dress : Monique Lhuillier | Draping and Chairs: Revelry Event Designers | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: MVS Studio | Reception Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Rentals: A Rental Connection
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