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Parisian Inspired Shoot in Washington DC

Every now and again I come across a shoot so pretty I want to crawl through the screen and live in it. Well, thanks to L Hewitt Photography just such a shoot is sitting pretty below. Beautifully planned by Wit Weddings with gorgeous florals from Mobtown Florals and stationery that stuns from Julie Song Ink, it goes without saying that I’ll be spending quite some time devouring this gallery today

From L Hewitt Photography...I have a GORGEOUS Paris/Washington styled shoot for you that I planned with Wit Weddings. The romance of Paris with the international sophistication of Washington. We’ve got the warm glow of candle light on mercury glass, peonies, lace, leather, and high culture. We’ve also got some BRILLIANT talent and vendors involved, including cake designer, Maggie Austin, BHLDN, and Julie Song Ink. On top of that, we’ve included a recipe for a delicious French cocktail to go with the post. 

From  Wit Weddings…The shoot was inspired by the elegant and romantic architecture of Washington D.C., which was modeled after the city of Paris. The architecture, and corresponding location of the Washingtonian private residence for the wedding, is an enduring tribute to 18th century French style.

As Parisian food is often a special moment shared, we wanted a table that seated the couple elbow to elbow to create just the right romance.

As a wedding reception allows for close conversation shared amongst loved ones over food, we paid homage to one of the greatest pleasures of Paris – the street markets, filled with produce, cheeses, and baked goods. The white linen hemstitch runner layered below the formal embroidered overlay highlights the juxtaposition of countryside-simple French farm table and sophisticated wedding elegance.

To create Parisian sophistication fit for a Washingtonian wedding, we drew inspiration from French dress, accentuating the natural beauty of the residence with simple and elegant details. The table and fireplace mantel were dressed with that je ne sais quois of a Parisian woman – an allure meant to bring all attention to the couple. We accessorized with lace, hanging greenery, creamy florals, and the soft, inviting colors and the warmth of flickering candlelight.

The iconic pearls of Coco Chanel at 21 rue Cambon, Paris, were incorporated into the petite two-layered custom Maggie Austin cake and the bride’s jewelry. She also wore Chanel perfume and a French lace inspired gown. While tradition has it that the bride wear something blue, we decided the groom himself brings the bride good fortune. And so, he was appropriately dressed in a blue suit accentuated by handsome brown leather shoes.

Do-It-Yourself French Apéritif – “Kir”

This cocktail of crème de cassis and white wine was offered to international delegations visiting the region of Burgundy. The cocktail became so popular that it trickled down to cafés and the ordinary frenchman’s before-dinner drink, the apéritif.

Pour 1 teaspoon crème de cassis into a champagne flute. Top with chilled Sancerre white wine, or for special occasions, champagne. Garnish with blackberries or raspberries.

Photography: L Hewitt Photography | Dress: Sue Wong | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper And Company | Bridal Accessories: BHLDN | Design & Planning: Wit Weddings | Floral Arrangements & Décor Rentals: Mobtown Florals | Furniture Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage | Invitation Suite: Julie Song Ink | Linens: La Tavola Linens

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Surprise Washington DC Rooftop Proposal

There are romantic proposals, and then there is this little taste of awesomeness on a gorgeous rooftop in Washington DC.  Captured beautifully by Ashley Relvas Photography, it’s what happens when a crazy cool boyfriend proposes to his stunning girlfriend on a perfect night overlooking the Capital Building.  In other words?  It’s all sorts of amazing.  See every beautiful moment in the full gallery.

From Ashley Relvas Photography… This sweet soon-to-be groom, Tyler, emailed me not long ago to see if I was available for a “special shoot.” I was so excited when he explained that this “special shoot” was him proposing to his girlfriend in just a few days on the private rooftop terrace of Charlie Palmer Steak. Tyler planned out the perfect location for a beautiful Washington DC backdrop. I am so honored to have been there to witness and capture the joy and excitement between these two, during and just moments after he proposed. One of my favorite moments while taking pictures of them was when Heather (his soon-to-be bride) said something like, “gosh, I’m sorry I probably shouldn’t be smiling so much in all these photos but I can’t help it.” Actually, I think that is exactly what she should be doing. 

Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography | Restaurant: Charlie Palmer Steak

Vintage Getting Ready Wedding Inspiration

Truth be told, I’m a sucker for the ‘getting ready’ shots. The sweet moments of anticipation, a graceful portrait of a bride in her dress and a flower girl’s expression of awe at the whole pretty process… it never fails to sweep me off my feet. So when Audra Wrisley sent over this vintage shoot focused on those peaceful ‘getting ready’ moments, I knew I’d be in for a treat. With gorgeous gowns from Kelsey Genna and heavenly florals from Petals & Promises, LLC, this gallery is packed full of lovely.

From Audra Wrisley Photography… I’m excited to share this ‘Getting Ready’ inspired shoot with you today. Featuring vintage lingerie and highlighting the soft, romantic ‘getting ready’ part of the wedding day, our shoot was set in the beautiful Loft 600 in Washington DC. The stunning Kelsey Genna gowns were the perfect culmination to the shoot, incorporating a beautiful mix of vintage styles and delicate details.

From Petals & PromisesThe color palette we chose to feature were the very feminine blush pinks as well as deeper hues using floral selections that can be found in the modern version of the Traditional Garden that often includes cutting gardens.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Event Coordinator: Voilà! Event Studio | Floral Design: Petals & Promises, LLC | Jewelry: Stella & Dot | Catering: Amphora Group | Bridal Boutique: Bride LA | Bridal Gowns: Kelsey Genna | Hair + Makeup: Le Mariee | Location: Loft At 600 F | Models: Becca O'Connor, Jaclyn Jenkins, Molly Rhodes | Rentals: Vintage Affair | Stylist: Jean Hilpert

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