Gabby and John had the quintessential Georgetown wedding. They had a Catholic ceremony at Holy Trinity, the church of JFK. And a little bit of rain couldn’t stop them from getting great photos with The Observatory at the OSS and on K Street.Their reception was at the Halcyon House (which no longer does events).
Gabby’s father is a renowned artist, and he created this custom set of oil paintings that were installed in the Halcyon House studio, and then later given to guests as the wedding favor. This is my favorite wedding favor of all time.
When Kelly from Studio DIY lived in DC, we planned this styled shoot together. Our idea was to use Pop Art themes to incorporate puzzle pieces into wedding design. We wanted to create cool DIY ideas and showcase them in a “non tablescape” way. First up, we have these awesome perforated invitations from Two Brunettes. We adore the colorful palette, the type-heavy design, and the idea of the invitation and RSVP being semi-attached to create a puzzle shape for each. I can’t thank Kurstin Roe enough for all the wonderful photos of this project.
Continued the Pop Art and puzzle theme, we created a fun escort card display that doubles as a hands on guest book idea. Each guest will get a puzzle piece with their escort card. When they get to their table, all the puzzle pieces will fit together to create a photo of the marrying couple. Those individual puzzles will combine to create a “photo mat” style guest book for guests to sign. We made everything magnetized to achieve this look.
No inspiration shoot would be complete without a fun cake and an equally fin cake topper. Thanks to Kendall’s Cakes for the dessert, and Blue Butterfly Design for the topper. The yellow cake stand is from Crate & Barrel.
Photo booths are still all the rage at weddings, but not everyone can afford the price tag, so we decided to create a DIY Pop Art photo booth. This feature is built into the Mac laptop, and we just created some awesome props and set it all up on a table with a solid backdrop. Most of these props were homemade, or picked up from Target.
Sarah and Mikey had a lovely luncheon wedding at Woodend Mansion in May. Deb Lindsey brings us these pretty photos of their interfaith celebration. Guests had a great time all day, because once they departed Woodend, they had an all night after party in Bethesda. That is my kind of wedding!
Jennifer and Brian had a December wedding at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda. It was a bright, crisp day. They did a first look, as you will soon see, and these photos are a perfect example as to why having 2 photographers at your wedding. Mary Kate McKenna and her second shooter killed it on this wedding. The ceremony was on the 3rd floor balcony, and the reception was in the main lobby area. I loved their silver and purple hues for a winter wedding. Atmosphere did an incredible job lighting the venue, don’t you think?
Katie and Josh had an absolutely delightful Jewish ceremony and reception at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria. The hotel being pet friendly, their pup Hercules was able to participate in the ceremony as well. Freed took fantastic photos. It was a chilly, late October day, so we offered guests hot drinks and blankets for the outdoor ceremony. But the dance floor was packed all night, so guests enjoyed a sweet break with the hotel’s gelato bar.
Isn’t Melissa just stunning and happy? I adore this photo beyond words. Thanks to Paired Images for their pictures, and Judy Rusk for her work on hair and make up. Melissa and Jeff had their first look and wedding party portraits in Annapolis before heading over the bridge to Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, where they got married and celebrated with their friends and family.
Katie Martin from Elegance & Simplicity knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous florals for the day. Melissa and Jeff also contributed some very creative items for their wedding, including an awesome ceremony booklet with their personal story and custom games.
Food and drink was very important to Melissa and Jeff, so starting with the pre-ceremony drinks, through cocktail hour complete with a beer tasting and pairing, a fantastic surf and turf dinner, followed up with some serious desserts and then late night soft pretzels, one could not make the case that Melissa and Jeff skimped on the meal!
Melissa and Jeff are seriously into their desserts. They had both a gorgeous hand painted wedding cake and a custom groom’s cake in the shape of their beagle, Link. Sugar Bakers created these works of art for us. And the Lego cake topper has to bring a smile to your face.
I told you that they were serious about dessert. This was by far the biggest candy bar I’ve ever done, in terms of pure volume. There was twice as much as in the photo under the table in bins for refills. I would estimate that Melissa and Jeff went home with about 30 pounds of left over candy, which they were really excited about.
Deb and Drew had a November wedding at the Omni Shoreham in Washington DC, and the weather was positively perfect. Deb Lindsey got to do their first look and wedding party portraits outside on the fabulous terrace.
Deb and Drew had four completely adorable flower girls in their wedding party. And they caused quite an adorable commotion during the ceremony. But the bride and groom took it all in stride. And the photo ops were plentiful.
After a gorgeous interfaith ceremony in the Diplomat ballroom, and cocktail hour in the Birdcage Walk, we had a fabulous reception in the Palladian ballroom. Frost did great lighting for us, and Prime Time kept the dance floor packed all night.
I was so excited to co-host my friend Andrea’s baby shower with another wedding planner, Sara Bauleke. Photographer Deb Lindsey was kind enough to let us take over her house AND document the day for us! Andrea is from the Pacific Northwest, so we felt a “shower shower” would be the perfect theme for her. And since the invitation had this cute yellow duckie on it, we incorporated that into the decor as well. Don’t miss the awesome vintage postage we used on the invitations. We DIY’ed and sourced stuff from all over the interwebs, please check the bottom of the post for credits!
Tip: always put something welcoming on the front door when you host a party at home. It lets guests know that they are in the right place! I made the felt clouds by hand (with exceptional help from my husband) and Sara made all the felt raindrops! We hung them in each doorway around Deb’s house. We did a thumbprint guestbook to keep with the shower theme.
Andrea is the only person I know with a sweet tooth that is stronger than mine. So we started the brunch off with a mimosa bar and donuts. Of course we dressed up the stripey straws with little duckies. My friend Kelly of Studio DIY made these amazing Seattle themed ABC cards that we hung at the shower, and later gave to Andrea.
We had a classic brunch with yogurt and granola, french toast casserole, beet and goat cheese salad, bacon, sausage, fruit salad and fritatta. The disposable napkin rings were an easy and inexpensive way to add one more touch of our theme to the shower.
But the main event was definitely the dessert table. We had all of Andrea’s favorite cupcakess from bake shop Baked & Wired plus mini Northwest berry pies and a cake with the Seattle skyline on it. For the backdrop, we wrapped a mirror that was already hanging on the wall with a raw piece of fabric and used the sideboard that was already udner the mirror – easy peasy!
And as if there wasn’t already enough sugar at this shower, guests went home with cupcakes from Andrea’s other favorite cupcake shop, Georgetown Cupcake.
Planners & Hosts: Bella Notte and Bellwether Events
Cake and pies: Kendall’s Cakes
Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake and Baked & Wired
Seattle ABC cards: Studio DIY
Personal Chef: Leslie Raybuck
Seattle Sign: Lisa Barbero
Stamps: Verde Studio
Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
Cupcake Toppers: Below Blink, Creative Party Banners and Payton’s Place
Paper Raindrop Garland: Kate Greiner
Favor Tags: Cardtopia Designs
Mukta and James had a wedding that truly represented both of them as individuals and a couple. They married at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia and Amie Otto was on had to document the day! The lovely florals were provided by Growing Wild.
This beautiful Sunday in July had us preparing for a courtyard ceremony. But as you will see, a passing thunderstorm forced us to move quickly inside – the gold chairs had to be used for dinner, so we could not let them get wet! Luckily the hotel staff were incredible and we got it all done in time to start the ceremony almost on time! Thank goodness for back up plans!
Dinner started with plated Greek salad, and then guests enjoyed four exquisite dinner stations the represented Mukta and James’ favorite foods.
After dinner, we opened up a candy bar that feature the couple’s favorite sweets. And as guests departed, they were given a bag of popcorn as one final late night snack.
Monica and Dave had a classic Spring wedding in Washington DC with numerous nods to her Portuguese heritage. The photos from Kurstin Roe truly make me swoon. Not only because they are gorgeous, but because I love remembering this couple and this wedding. Dave and Monica had a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Joseph’s and then a rocking reception at St. Francis Hall. The beautiful white and green flowers were by Petal’s Edge.
The Written Word in Washington DC designed and printed all of the stationery. Monica and Dave picked up this vintage port box from their local liquor shop, it was the perfect vessel for this arrangement on their escort card table.The escort cards and the table number cards had a port barrel motif. Sound Nation kept the dance floor packed all night long.