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Classic DC Art Museum Wedding

Fact: classic weddings will always and forever be my favorite. No buts about it. And when you’re marrying with the most timeless of days, what better spot to be but our nation’s capitol? Or the National Museum of Women In the Arts, to be specific. It’s the unbelievable setting of this black, white and gold affair and thanks to Vicki Grafton the party is just getting started. More right here!

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Spring
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Museum
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Elegant

From The Bride…Our story began, ironically, when Alfred’s friend approached me at a networking mixer. After learning that I went to undergrad in the city that Alfred was in town visiting from, his friend thought to introduce us. There was in instant connection between myself and Alfred and what followed was several years of long distance dating —I lived in Washington, DC and Alfred lived in North Carolina.

After weathering the storm of dating long distance, we really wanted our wedding to be special…to be the ultimate celebration of our love. We decided to keep our wedding party small so that we could focus on what was really important, becoming husband and wife!! I wasn’t the type of bride who had fantasized about what her wedding would be like so when it came time to plan all I knew was that I wanted the day to feel like us. I wanted a day that was beautiful and glamorous but still elegant and timeless. I didn’t have a theme for our wedding but I focused on a black/ivory/gold color palette because it embodied the understated beauty I envisioned for our day.

One of my favorite planning elements was our beautiful engraved wedding invitations. I put so much time into designing them and when it was finally time to mail them I was overwhelmed with all the other wedding planning. Alfred stepped in and helped me with everything from making envelope liners to picking out vintage stamps. It was quite the undertaking!! It was probably the only wedding task that we spent a large amount of time working on together and it transformed what could have been a tireless task into a treasured memory. Planning our ceremony was another special time in the planning process. I wanted to ensure every word spoken during the ceremony reflected the special bond that we share, so I wrote the entire ceremony which was officiated by my best friend from childhood. I labored over so many wedding decisions but this was one I never doubted for a minute. Surrounded by our family and friends, having my friend unite us in marriage, it was truly a magical experience.

After all the planning, the day really did go by in flash, I’m thankful for my family and friends that played a part and my wonderful vendors that helped bring my vision to life. Our wedding was a beautiful day, sometimes I close my eyes and mentally transport back to that day knowing the best part is that was just the beginning.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Cinematographer: Craft House Productions | Wedding Coordinator: Elegantly Chic Events | Floral Design: Bella Fiori Couture Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Shoes: Valentino | Jewelry: Tejani | Caterer: Federal City Caterers | Hair: Kenneatria Sutton | Calligrapher: Linda Gilliam | DJ: Christian Gordy | Flower Girl Dresses: Kim’s Designs | Bridal Sash: Abigail Grace | Bridemaids Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft | Bridesmaids Shoes : Zara | Cocktail Band: Kendall Isadore | Grooms Shoes : Magnani For Nieman Marcus | Invitation Engraving : Reaves Engraving | Lighting : Yours Truly Lighting & Décor | Makeup: Blend Couture | Photo Booth: Bash Booths | Soloist: Mariah Maxwell | Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Veil: Tatishotties | Venue: National Museum Of Women In The Arts | Vintage Car: Regal Limousine

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Georgetown Summer Day Wedding

With an al fresco affair, this bride was influenced by the natural beauty of Tudor Place grounds, and kept a color scheme of greens and neutrals. Adding to the organic feel, Ultra Violet Flowers designed simple, yet stunning arrangements. All together the wedding was light, airy and romantic; one that you know was just as beautiful to attend. Stop and swoon each shot by Sweet Tea Photography in the gallery right here.

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Summer
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Al Fresco

Ted and I were set up by Ted’s mother and a friend of mine. We met for dinner at a restaurant on the Upper East Side right before the Christmas holidays. We were a little nervous, but we sensed something special in each other. A year after we met, Ted proposed over dinner at a restaurant on the Upper West Side.

I was looking for a casual elegant look. I wanted to combine my sense of elegance with Ted’s rustic sensibility. Green is my favorite color. Since the wedding was outdoors in a natural setting, I wanted the colors to correspond to the environment. My favorite detail was Ted’s pineapple boutonniere. I also loved the tree cookie gift prepared by Susan Gage. We were married under a tree and it was the theme of our wedding. I’d always admired Tudor Place ever since taking yoga classes on its grounds. I knew I wanted my wedding to be outdoors in an urban setting and Tudor Place fit the bill. It felt like home to us. The wedding was intimate and we were able to connect with everyone who traveled to be with us.

My favorite memory is walking down the lawn with my father during the ceremony and being surrounded by so many loving faces. And, of course, seeing Ted by the tree waiting for me! It was a truly moving feeling. My wedding truly exceeded our expectations. Everything went according to plan and even the weather cooperated. We couldn’t have been happier

My biggest challenge in planning the wedding was planning from New York, rather than locally in Washington, DC. My advice to future brides is to enjoy the process and don’t worry too much. Everything has a way of working out in the end.

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Floral Design: Ultra Violet Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Tudor Place | Reception Venue: Tudor Place | Catering: Susan Cage | Invitation : Just Paper And Tea

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Grecian Bride Inspiration Shoot by Matoli Keely Photography

Nestled in the heart of Washington DC, the coliseum-like architecture of the Franciscan Monastery was inspiration for THE MOST STUNNING Grecian style shoot by Matoli Keely Photography. Throw in that Badgley Mischka dress, those Alexis Bittar earrings, and hair + makeup by Jordan K Winn, and, well, you have one b-e-a-utiful gallery. Check. It. Out.

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Al Fresco
Styles
Bohemian

From Matoli Keely Photography…Everything about this shoot, from the gold accented column dress, seaglass earrings, breathtaking florals, and coliseum like architecture of the monastery was just exquisite. As a photographer, location is extremely important, and most often the source of inspiration. From the moment I drove by the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC, its architecture, sheer beauty, and the pure grandeur of this location in the middle of a metropolitan city such as DC, instantly caught me eye. Built in 1898 in the monastic style of the late Romanesque, this location was the perfect backdrop and inspiration for a Grecian styled shoot.

The beautiful model Rachel, droned a Mark & James “Rhodes Harbor Gown” by Badgley Mischka. The column structure of the dress, gold sequined insert and golden sash set the stage for the beauty of the shoot, which was accentuated by Kenneth Jay Lane gold leaf cuff bracelet and Alexis Bittar seaglass lattice teardrop earrings.

The hair and makeup artist Jordan Winn created long flowing soft curls with braids pinned perfectly in the back, creating a romantic textured look, full of body and movement, perfectly paired with a beautiful makeup look including a golden smokey eye and soft pink nude lip. Tying everything together were amazing florals by Violet Gardens Floral Designs, first with a gorgeous peach rose garden accented with wild flowers headpiece worthy of a goddess, and secondly a bouquet full of ambrosial charm with the perfect balance of white anemones and succulents!

Photography: Matoli Keely Photography | Floral Design: Violet Gardens Floral Designs | Dress: Mark & James By Badgeley Mishka | Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane | Hair And Makeup: Jordan K Winn | Earings: Alexis Bittar | Model: Rachel Gearhart

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