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Romantic DC Wedding

Elegant at its very core yet filled with this couples’ vibrant personality, this classic D.C. wedding planned by Engaging Affairs is what dreams are made of. Beautifully captured by Bonnie Sen with breathtaking florals from Edge Floral Event Design, this gallery is next level good. See it all here.

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From The Bride…Mike and I met in college junior year, and after 5 years of dating long distance, I finally made the move from New York City to Washington, DC. When it came time to pick a location, we knew Washington, D.C. would be the perfect backdrop for our spring wedding. It is home for Mike and I, which made wedding planning easier, and was a great excuse for our guests to get away for a long weekend.

I have been dreaming of getting married since I was a little girl, and patiently waiting for Mike to propose, so when it finally happened – I had so many ideas! We wanted a classic black-tie feel, with a romantic, ethereal, and organic vibe. Bill from Edge Floral Event Design was wonderful and helped us bring this vision to life by using a ton of candles, white florals, and greenery in the decor.

When it came to the wedding gown, I had my heart set on wearing Israeli designer Inbal Dror, and the team at Mark Ingram Atelier was so wonderful! Because the dress had a lot of detail on the neck line, and a sheer corset back, I wanted to keep my jewelry and veil very simple, and opted for a long tulle veil, which displayed the back detail of my dress. For shoes, I chose a classic gold Miu Miu heel, with an embellished heel. I loved these because they were so simple from the front, but sparkly from the back. I knew with a heel like these I would wear them again, and always think of our wedding day.

Mike and I had three priorities when planning our special day. First off, we wanted all of our guests and us, to have a ton of fun and let loose. This meant hiring an amazing band, which is why we brought Creations Music from New York to help us celebrate. Second, it was important to have a fantastic photographer to capture our special day. Bonnie Sen was a doll. She was so sweet, hands on when needed, and took such dreamy and ethereal pictures that captured our day perfectly! Lastly, we wanted to make sure we were both relaxed, and Christine Godsey from Elegant Affairs and Leigh Murdock from the Ritz Carlton, helped us to make sure our day ran smoothly.

For us, the cherry on top came from our videographer, Ryan Geldermann. Often times, people pass on a videographer for their wedding, but when I saw Ryan’s films I knew I had to have him!! Ryan and his wife, captured our day in the most special way, and literally made us feel (and look) like rock stars.

We had such a fun and incredible time surrounded by people we love, and couldn’t be more grateful for our beautiful day!

Photography: Bonnie Sen | Videography: Ryan Geldermann | Event Planning: Engaging Affairs (Christine Godsey) | Floral Design: Edge Floral Event Design | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Invitations: Crane | Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Michele | Band: Creations | Favors: Sugarfina | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Shoes: Jack Erwin | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Bride's Makeup: Karma by Erwin Gomez (Adrian Avila) | Bridesmaids' PJs: Eberyjey | Day of Paper: The Dandelion Patch | Headpiece: Jennifer Behr | Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman | Weddings Bands: Haniken Jewelers

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Classic & Romantic Washington D.C. Spring Wedding

The only thing I love more than a pretty wedding is a pretty wedding with personality. Take this sweet duo’s nuptials—yes, their wedding is beautiful with hair and makeup from Amie Decker Beauty and linens from La Tavola, but it’s also full of special touches, like the surprise Groom’s cake and handmade leis flown in from Hawaii. And that’s only the start. See it all from Abby Jiu Photography here.

 

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From Abby Jiu PhotographyOur bride and groom put a lot of thought and effort into picking each and every aspect of the wedding. The bride was absolutely stunning with just the right mix of classic (how can you not love a red lip and finger waves?) in her Rosa Clara wedding dress and wore her mom’s headpiece over her veil. A. Dominick Events collaborated with Amaryllis, Fabrications and Frost Lighting to transform the Decatur House tent to a classic and timeless space for guests to enjoy dinner from Occasions Caterers. The mix of La Tavola linens and the DC Rental chairs created a comfortable and residential feel in the space.

There were so many personal touches and surprises from all sides – the bride surprised the groom with a bottle of Dom Perignon from the year he was born, the bride’s aunt flew handmade leis all the way from Hawaii, a surprise groom’s cake shaped like a bear wearing running shoes (a nod to the groom’s nickname and favorite hobby), a cigar and bourbon bar with the groom’s favorites and a dessert display with the bride’s favorite local pies to satisfy her extreme sweet tooth – each detail was the perfect compliment to this sweet couples personality and love for each other, their friends and family.

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Cinematography: Blue Sky Films | Planner: ADominick Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony: Holy Trinity | Reception: Decatur House | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Occasions Catering | Calligraphy: Lettering By Lynne | Lighting: Frost Lighting | DJ: DJ Evan Reitmeyer | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Bridal Boutique: Designer Loft | Desserts: Pie Sisters | Drapery: Fabrication Events | Getting Ready Hotel: Hay Adams | Groom's Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Headpiece: Family Heirloom From Her Mom | Invitations And Paper: Cheree Berry Paper | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Makeup And Hair: Amie Decker Beauty | Photo Booth: OnomonoMEDIA | Planning And Design: A. Dominick Events | Rentals: DC Rental | Tent Rentals: Sugarplum Tents | Vintage Car: Regal Limousine

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Romantic Multicultural St. Francis Monastery DC Wedding

This wedding is special: what began as a demure and pastel-filled romantic garden affair became a vibrant and glamorous party by night’s end, complete with an outfit change from the Bride into a traditional red qipao to honor her Taiwanese heritage. And with Dyanna Joy Photography behind the camera and Jewel Hair Design behind the Bride’s romantic ‘do , you know it was amazing. See it all here.

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From the Bride… I was never a girl who had dreamed since childhood of what her wedding would look like and what her wedding had to have, so rather than wanting a certain look or style, we focused on what kind of environment we wanted for one of the most important days of our lives. We wanted a wedding that celebrated not just us, but our guests as well; something intimate and meaningful that made everyone feel special and loved.

We chose mainly soft pinks and greys, with touches of pastels and metallic gold and silver, and splashes of green and brown from natural elements. We wanted something simple, classic, soft, and a little bit rustic that would stand the test of time through our photographs, our videography, and most of all, our memories.

As Andrew and I are Taiwanese American, we wanted to include elements of our heritage within our wedding. Within each wedding invitation and menu, we included the traditional lucky wedding character, which literally translates to “double happiness”. We also worked with our caterers to include an Asian influence on the menu and to serve our guests bubble tea, a Taiwanese drink that Andrew and I and many of our guests love, as a surprise mid-evening treat. Each seating card was printed and decorated with washi-tape by me, which added a personal touch to each person’s card as the tape was strategically placed around each person’s name and none were exactly the same. The table number signs were photographs of us in some of our most special moments, chosen from thousands of photos amassed over the 7 years we have been together. I hand-cut each number out of glittery stock paper and pasted them on vellum paper molded and folded around the photographs so that they could easily be removed and we could hang up our framed photographs in the future as a mosaic of some of our favorite moments together — a wedding photo to be added later, of course! Each program was also designed and printed by me; they had a very simple yet cohesive look that tied into the aesthetic used for our wedding invitations. For our card box, we visited art stores to check out the selection of regular card boxes, but we were not drawn to any of them so we found a wonderfully rustic-looking birdcage. We dressed it up in silk flowers and ribbons to not only tie in our color theme and add a softer touch to it, but also to add some security to the cage so that no cards would fall out.

My favorite DIY project was our welcome sign, a mirror that we bought, spray-painted its frame gold, and, after three drafts sketched on paper and on the mirror itself, calligraphed and drawn on using paint markers. For the large decorative pieces, such as the table numbers signs, the card box, and the welcome sign, we thought about their uses and utility after the wedding before committing to buy them, which also helped us budget on how much we would spend on them. The table number signs could be hung up on walls in the future, the card box could house a few large LED pillar candles, and the mirror could be hung in the entryway of our future home together. For items we knew we would not use again, such as the seating cards and table signs for the wedding treats and guestbook, we budgeted lower for them.

My favorite moment of the whole day was standing with Andrew at the alter in front of all our friends and committing to our love together. In that moment I only saw and could only look at Andrew, though I knew our love was being celebrated with us with 100 of our closest family members and friends. As a naturally quiet person, I do not favor the spotlight and of all things to be nervous about during the wedding, I was worried about stage fright, but up there with him, all those worries simply melted away.

Going into my hunt for the right dress, I knew I wanted something classic that was not too trendy or too decorated and was not strapless. When I tried on my dress, it felt quite classy, very comfortable, and extremely “me” with its delicate lace top, cinch at the waist with a touch of sparkle, and full tulle skirt, but when I saw the grand chapel-length train behind me, I knew that this dress was the one I wanted to wear. Once I committed to the dress, I never wavered or lusted any other dress. It wasn’t until my second fitting, about one month before the wedding, that I decided to give a nod to my Taiwanese-American background and don a second dress during the reception, a traditional red qipao that Taiwanese brides typically wear.  My red dress contained the typical traditional elements such as the mandarin collar, cap-sleeves, form-fitting silhouette, and of course, the vibrant red color, but also fused it with beautiful, modern elements, such as lux and heavy underlying fabric with a beautiful lace overlay, rather than the traditional satin brocade, golden threads and beads, and my favorite, a small mermaid train. As a girl who loves having two of everything, these two dresses made me feel like I had the best of both worlds, not only in dress silhouettes but also in honoring both my American and Taiwanese roots. 

I don’t know much about flowers, so my flowers were only dictated by color — light pink with touches of white and dusty mint green leaves for me and more vibrant pinks for the bridal party, and the rest was up to our talented florist. For our centerpieces, our florist followed the same rules and since I loved the look of tall arrangements at my venue, we included tall and low centerpieces with the same flowers on every other table.

The first thing that Andrew ever made me was mint-swirled chocolate cookies because I absolutely love mint chocolate flavored anything. These cookies are thin, but soft and slightly fudgy, with a refreshingly cool Andes mint layer on the top. For our wedding favors, Andrew made 250 cookies (approximately 2 cookies per guest) from scratch in the days before our wedding, pouring a lot of love and effort into those cookies. As one of my favorite treats ever, I hope that my guests enjoyed them!

During the cake tasting, our fantastic vendor walked us through a myriad of different cake flavor combinations, but we decided on 2 wonderfully different flavors: a fresh fruity flavor and a sweet, guilty-pleasure flavor. The top two layers of our three tier cake were white cake with passion fruit curd and strawberry Italian meringue buttercream. The lowest layer was something called the “candy bar cake”: white cake filled with salted caramel, dark ganache, vanilla Italian meringue buttercream, and chocolate crunchies. Both Andrew and I ate slices of each at the wedding and they were delicious!

Planning a wedding is definitely very hard. At times, it can be overwhelming, but don’t give up! Every little detail and you spend hours over and every stressful decision you make will pull together a wonderful event that will definitely be noticed by your friends and family. Things will probably go wrong on the day of, but don’t despair — you have wonderful friends and family there to celebrate with you and your husband and that’s all that matters in the end.

From Dyanna Joy PhotographyIt didn’t take long for Jamie and Andrew to fall in love; about one week. They met during college, and soon after their first encounter, Andrew asked Jamie if she would be his girlfriend, and Jamie confidently said yes. They have been together ever since.

Jamie and Andrew’s Washington, DC Monastery wedding was a dream to photograph. I loved everything about their style; Jamie’s couture Mori Lee wedding dress and cathedral veil, the combination of pink roses and wildflowers, the gorgeous columns at DC’s St. Francis Monastery, bubble tea, a red dress, and a grand exit.

Simply Breathe Events did an outstanding job and the wedding day was flawless. From the thousands of twinkling lights, colorful name cards, a white and pink cake topped with roses, and pink linens, the day was perfectly bewitching.

At the reception, guests enjoyed Bubble Tea. Also known as “pearl milk tea,” bubble tea contains a tea based mixed/shaken with fruit or milk, to which chewy tapioca balls and/or fruit jellies are often added. The “bubble” refers to the foam created by shaking the tea, which makes it foamy. It was absolutely delicious.

Halfway though the reception, Jamie changed into a traditional asian red wedding dress. We ended the evening with dancing, night photos, and a sparkler exit.

Photography: Dyanna Joy Photography | Videography: D.P. Weddings | Event Planning: Simply Breathe Events | Floral Design: Convention Floral | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: MinuteMan Pres | Stationery: Vistaprint | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Makeup : Susan Lim | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | DJ: Musical DJs | Men's Attire : Men's Wearhouse | Venue: St. Francis Hall | Bride's Bracelet : Swarovski | Linens and Tablecloths: DC Rental | Wedding Rings: Whiteflash

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Elegant Washington, D.C. Anniversary Session

Anniversary sessions just might be my favorite. They prove that you should never stop celebrating that amazing day you walked down the aisle. And when we get to see a session like this one from Bonnie Sen and Floral and Bloom unfold, we count our lucky stars. Liz Fogarty stepped out from behind the camera to cozy up with her super cute beau, and the result is a collection of images I am sure they will treasure forever.

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From Bonnie SenLiz is a a wonderful local photographer in the DC/MD/VA area, and her firefighter husband Gavin is one of her biggest fans. Since they didn’t have any engagement photos and their 3-year anniversary was coming up we came up with the idea of doing an anniversary session with lots of details to celebrate this milestone. As a photographer, I love working with other photographers because they totally understand the importance of location, lighting and details. Gavin rented a white tux, Liz got a new dress and some of her “fren-dendors” (Friend-Vendors) were hired to help with the details. The colors of blush, white and gold fit their brand and style. The locations were all monuments in DC. Starting at the DC World War 1 Memorial we found it was just the right size for a couples shoot like this. Later we walked across the street to the Martin Luther King Memorial for a sunset view of the Jefferson and Washington Monuments. We are so spoiled here in DC!

Photography: Bonnie Sen | Floral Design: Floral and Bloom | Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Jackie | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Venue: DC World War I Memorial | Planning & Vision: Liz Fogarty

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Meridian Hill Park Engagement Session

This gorgeous couple didn’t have to go far to find the perfect place for their engagement session. Meridian Hill Park, right by their neighborhood was the perfect serene escape from the big city where they could relax, kick back and have some fun! Their connection was undeniable, and Angela Newton Roy captured every moment of their perfect day; see it all for yourself in the full gallery right here!

From Angela Newton RoyJody and Benji are the epitome of a fun-loving, perfectly matched couple. From the moment we met, I could tell how in sync they were with each other – from their sense of humor, to their love of family, good food, and fashion. I have often joked that Jody is my style twin (I love everything she wears, her taste… she’s flawless!), and I know their wedding this fall at Woodlawn Estate with Sweetface events will be the perfect mix of elegance, style, and have at its center their love for each other and their cherished family and friends!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Benji and I met in the spring of 2011. He was living with a good friend of mine so we often ended up seeing each other out at group outings. At first I thought he was too good looking to be real. But he was real and once we started talking I realized he wasn’t just super good looking, he was also a super nice human being. We found out pretty early on that we share the same loves and values – family, friends, music, adventure, travel and fashion. We also both share a weird sense of humor so we spent a lot of the next few years laughing both with and at each other.

Benji proposed on September 21st, 2015. I had just accepted a new job and my mom and sisters were in town for the weekend to celebrate. Benji told me he had to go out of town for work on Friday, but really he flew back to my hometown to ask my Dad if he could marry me. When he got back, after all of the celebrating, he asked me to marry him. It was just the two of us, at our place, really early in the morning. I had no make up on, I was grumpy, but when he got down on one knee I was overwhelmed with happiness and I still am.

We love our neighborhood. It is where we got engaged, live together, go out with friends and spend so much of our time so we knew it was the perfect reflection of us for our engagement photos. Meridian Hill Park is right next to us. There is so much beauty and green scenery that you don’t even feel like you are in a big city. Not only is it picturesque, it is the perfect place for us to get away, to be fun and silly and to just be ourselves.

Photography: Angela Newton Roy | Wedding Planner: Sweetface Events | Shoes: J. Crew | Jewelry: J.Crew | Make-up: Bridal Artistry | Hair: Ury & Associates In Georgetown | Champagne: Veuve Cliquot | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom-to-be's Attire: J.Crew | Park: Meridian Hill Park | Pink Dress: Anthropologie | Restaurant: Provision 14 | Rose Gold Engagement Ring Designed By The Groom: Mervis | White Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg

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