Happy 7 year anniversary to J + J. They had to share their wedding excitement with the royal couple that year, but they certainly made their day their own. Much happiness to you both!
Robin and Ward love DC and their neighborhood and their community and they believe in supporting small businesses. So when they were planning their wedding they wanted to do exactly that. It was their goal to hire vendors local to their neighborhood and to support small business. It was such a lovely idea it drew me to them as people even more. And look what happens when you support small, local businesses...you get this gorgeous wedding!
We are flashing way back to 2011 on this one to one of the kindest, most lovely couples I ever had the privileged to work with (do I say that about most of my couples?). Somehow these lovely people and their wedding didn't get transfered over to our new site, so here they are today! I am so lucky! I really am lucky to get hired by wonderful people and then sometimes, get to stay in their lives in some small way (thanks social media)! When the world gets a little ugly, I remember that there are people like Lisa and Mark out there!
Suzanne & Brian's wedding forever holds a special place in my heart because they were married at the same place I got married! They had a spectacular brunch complete with those Tabard Inn donuts everyone loves. Wishing you many more years fill with many more donuts Suzanne and Ben!
Happy Anniversary to this lovely couple! I love and adore them and their sweet children. They are all anxiously awaiting the return of Sean from serving overseas for the past year! There is much to be celebrated!
Are "day after" photos still a thing? Remember trash the dress photo sessions? Some of them were kind of amazing. These session were designed for many reasons, sometimes because couples wanted photos they couldn't get on such a busy day, photos where they were more relaxed more themselves and sometimes brides just didn't know what to do with this dress and so they came up with something creative and kind of awesome. Either way, I think it is still a brilliant idea and I love looking back on this beautiful day after shoot from Studio Juno Photography.
All photos by Studio Juno Photography
Over 200 guests gathered for Erin and Patrick’s winter-chic wedding the week before Christmas. They were married at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County and held their reception at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center. Erin, Pat and Erin’s parents were all so involved in every detail of the planning. I loved being part of the process as their family come together to plan this wonderful event – even when it was clear the boys would maybe rather be watching football at times. My favorite part of the evening was the toasts, given by the best man and maid of honor, both friends of the bride and groom since childhood. It was so touching to hear of the growth of their friendships over so many years. Best of luck and many happy years together to Erin & Patrick!
Caroline & Josh are this lovely, quiet, unassuming couple who just want to make sure that all of their guests are taken care of, that their families have a good time and that the vendors are comfortable. They cried getting married, teared up during toasts from their best friends and boy do they love their dog! We were all lucky to get to work with this wonderful couple at this absolutely beautiful venue. Congratulations Caroline & Josh.
J & J were married on a beautiful day at the end of April at the GW Mt. Vernon Campus Hand Chapel. The little hidden gem of a ceremony site set the tone for the entire wedding. The Hand Chapel, tucked away in the woods on the Mt. Vernon Campus of GW has sloping angular ceilings, pews that recess toward the upper balcony, a built in pipe organ and floor to ceiling windows that look out into the woods. The bride, bucking tradition, did not walk down the center aisle, but appeared alone outside the window, entering from the front of the Chapel.
The reception, held at the House of Sweden was set up in the basement like a night club with low lighting, black walls, cushioned ottomans set around and high top tables in front of screens rotating pictures of the bride, groom and their families. The cocktail hour was held on the roof, which boasts the best view of DC right on the Georgetown waterfront with dinner looking out over the Potomac on the first floor.
I loved the couple’s laid back spirit and willingness to do things exactly as they wanted them done, not per tradition. They made for such a fun couple to work with. Best of luck J&J!
Photography: Kate Triano
Venues: House of Sweden, GW Hand Chapel
Transportation: International Limousine Services, Linder & Associates
Band and Strings: Andy Kushner Entertainment
Videography: Blue Sky Films
Makeup Artist: Melissa Schwartz Jones
Flowers: Edge Floral Designers
Sara and Chris had an October 30th wedding and did not want any fall or Halloween accents, but plenty of fabulous DIY touches! From the first moment I met with them, Sara and Chris knew exactly what they wanted and had plenty of ideas, I knew immediately I was going to love working with them. They created all of the details which made their chic black and white wedding so special. From the programs, to the wands and the candy buffet, this DIY couple put so much of themselves into every aspect of their special day. And there to capture every moment was Edward Underwood and his team. I loved working with Ed and his staff. When you get to work with talented photographers who are also great to work with and fun to be around it makes the experience wonderful for everyone from the bride and groom, the guests, the venue, all of us! All kinds of joy to Sara and Chris!
Photography: Edward Underwood Photography
Ceremony venue: St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill
Reception venue: DAR
Florist: Petals Edge Floral Design
Caterers: Occasions Catering
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
Bag Piper: Norm Weaver
Wine and Spirits: Ace Beverage
DJ: Artman DJs
Transportation: K&V Limousine and Sedan Services
Valet: Unipark Valet and Parking Services
Elizabeth & Joe were married at the chic Hotel Monaco in downtown DC in October. The hotel’s art deco design fit in the the couple’s asthetic for what they were picturing for their big day. Elizabeth knew she wanted deep jewel tones, a little bit art deco, a little bit rustic and little DC. And she pulled off that mixture beautifully. Add my favorite florist and photographer and you get this amazing wedding!
Happy Anniversary to this sweet couple married 5 years ago today! May you be having just as much fun as you were back then!
She is Sikh, he is Jewish. They are beautiful and brilliant. They were married in a Synagogue under a mandap. We took off our shoes and covered our heads, they drank from a kiddush cup and he broke the glass. It was an amazing coming together of two cultures.
Vicki and Mike were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Carnegie Institution on a rainy June day. You may remember them from their adorable engagement session at the National Zoo. Keeping with the theme of their engagement, Mike and Vicki named their tables after animals and had a peacock feather colored decor. Besides the great details they had so many lovely moments involving their family and friends. Two of my favorites were Mike’s grandfather blessing the challah and Vicki’s dad playing the accordion during the Hora, making for a wonderful mix of Vicki’s Jewish religion and Polish heritage. Congratulations Mike & Vicki!
Amanda and Memo were married on a May eventing at Glenview Mansion, but traveled from Nicaragua for the wedding. The bride (who is from the area) and the groom (who is from Nicaragua) run a wonderful organization there through their church. They were so laid back and full of joy throughout the entire planning process, despite being so far away. Their families and friends could not have been happier for them and constantly mentioned what wonderful people Amanda and Memo are.
The ceremony and reception included touches of their home in Nicaragua with bowls for communion they brought from home, their friend playing a song in Spanish on his guitar, the toasts were translated into Spanish and the favors were the couple’s favorite coffee beans from home. They also brought their own rum from Nicaragua and their specialty cocktail was a mojito.
Congratulations Amanda & Memo!
I’m excited to share yet another small, intimate wedding I did this season, this time at the Hay Adams. Katya and Chad were married there on a steamy day in May that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the beautiful view of the White House from the Top of the Hay. Katya’s Russian roots were reflected in the dark, jewel toned color scheme. Katya and Brad had both their ceremony and reception at the Hay Adams, what an amazing way to take advantage of the gorgeous space! There was no dancing, just lovely dinner music and a special treat of the bride playing a piece on the piano.
I am so excited to get to share video, I rarely get a chance to do so. Anita and Charles had a cherry blossom inspired wedding at Carnegie Institution (beautiful pics with all of the information to follow coming soon so stay tuned). I love this video from Bella Bride Films. I often have couples looking for something more modern and easier to watch than your traditional wedding video. This is it!
Jess and Jim were married on the most perfect summer day at the most perfectly lovely venue. The weather was amazing, the bride and groom looked wonderful, the flowers were bright and the food was family style comfort food.
Jessica & Jeremy had a DIY backyard garden wedding last month, shot by my favorite photographer, Danielle Cover. Everything about this lovely wedding was DIY, from the food (which the groom made all homemade, including the cake) to the homemade jam favors and the darling ribbon wands the 7 little boys carried down the isle. The bride and groom, both professional musicians, played a beautiful concert for their guests, joined by some friends and the bride’s father. I cannot think of a more perfect way for this laid back couple to celebrate. It was a joy to work with them on their wedding!
I liked to call Lisa and Aaron superheros. They were both fighting crime and saving the world and all while being super cool and lovely people (and expecting a baby)! On any given day they would need to schedule calls with me around bomb squad training and jury trials for women’s rights. Basically, these two rock and so did their family and friends. They had an intimate wedding of only 40 people at the amazing Weather Lea Farm. I cannot get enough of this venue, which is run by two more super awesome people. All in all this wedding may go down as one of my faves (I also might say that every time). From corn hole, bocce ball, a pig roast and even a hay ride this was one fun wedding!