No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
– Justice Anthony Kennedy,
OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL
I can and can’t believe its already been a year since #notthefootballmannings got married in Old Town Alexandria. While the weather didn’t cooperate with our grand plans, they still had a delightful ceremony at Carlyle House, followed by a festive reception at Virtue Feed and Grain.
I hope you enjoy this great video of Jessica and Joe’s Alexandria, Virginia wedding by Ryan Geldermann.
I am back this week with another wedding where I was lucky enough to do wedding day direction for the sweetest couple. Anne and Ross had the most adorable and personal wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. They hpaired a vibrant coral and aqua color palette with table numbers from BHLDN and a bunch of awesome Etsy-sourced details (that card box!). Edge created some amazing floral designs to complement the creative paper goods. Of course my favorite detail of the whole wedding was the couple’s 14 year old American bull terrier Bridget, who participated in the portrait session and the wedding ceremony before retiring back to the hotel room. Many thanks to Jessica Schmitt for all the lovely photos!
Laina and Gene worked with Well Dunn Catering and Edge Floral Event Designers to create their gorgeous and classic wedding reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. These stunning photos by Eli Turner will show what a great job this team of professionals did. And that cake! Fluffy Thoughts absolutely killed it on that gorgeous wedding cake with the enormous sugar flower detail. The wedding was capped off with mini desserts and guests went home with personal splits of champagne.
For years I’ve been dying to do a wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. When Laina and Gene reached out to me to handle day-of coordination for them, I was overjoyed to join the amazing team they had already assembled: Eli Turner for photography, Well Dunn for catering, and Edge Floral Event Designers handling the classic decor. The couple got ready at the St. Regis Hotel, and had their first look there as well.
I am back with C & D’s wedding reception at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria Virginia. Their dinner occurred in the hotel courtyard, under a clear top tent and string lights. Petal’s Edge filled the long dinner tables with modern bud vases from Ikea. Dancing was after dinner, inside the hotel in the Paris Ballroom. Sam Hurd absolutely crushed it with the photos, but in particular the couple’s portraits. Those ones in the tent at night – slay me. C & D looked long and hard for the right photographer, and they actually introduced me to Sam. I’m so thankful to have met him and worked with him.
I absolutely adore this outdoor wedding at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia. C & D had one of the best designed weddings I’ve seen, due to the fact that C is a designer, and both have a strong sense of style and taste. I love the modern palette of yellow, gray, black and white. We held the marriage ceremony in the courtyard, cocktail hour in the Paris Ballroom, dinner back outside in the courtyard (which you will see in the next post) and the dancing back in Paris. These gorgeous photos by Sam Hurd bring life to the day, I hope you enjoy them. Petal’s Edge created fantastic bouquets and a cool ceremony backdrop that you will be treated to in this post.
I am back with more from Sarah and Charles’ wedding at Riverside on the Potomac, in Leesburg Virginia. This historic red barn lends itself beautifully to a gorgeous, rustic wedding design. Family members sewed pillows for the lounge areas in both the cocktail hour and the reception. Purple Onion Catering helped so much along the way, providing chalkboard menus, mason jars for glassware, amazing hors d’oeuvres and the cutest mini pie display I’ve ever seen for the newlyweds. Lynnvale Studios created a great floral design with potted herbs and vintage bud vases filled with orange blooms. The Doug Segree Band kept the dance floor packed all night long, and invited guests to sing along with many favorites. Again, many thanks to Kristi Odom for the amazing photos.
Riverside on the Potomac is a simply lovely place to host a wedding! There are many wedding venues in Leesburg, Virginia but you cannot go wrong with this historic farm and barn! It was a no brainer for Sarah and Charles to book their wedding there, even though they booked it before it was even open for events! Sarah and Charles are volunteer firefighters, and that is how they met. They raise chickens together and we decided that since their 5 ladies could not attend the nuptials, we would incorporate a custom sketch of them in the stationery. You can see it on the invitation below, which was otherwise a DIY Paper Source project! When at Riverside, the bride gets ready in the residence, and the groom gets ready in the barn with the gorgeous horses. Lynnvale Studios did an incredible job on the florals, and the large bushes at the altar have been planted in Sarah and Charles’ yard. Many thanks to fearless photographer Kristi Odom.
Lindsey and Bryan got married at their family church in Maryland and then had a super stylish pink, purple and gold wedding reception at the Sunset Room in National Harbor, Maryland. It a joyful celebration filled with dancing, singing and so much cake! The wedding reception was decorated by DaVinci, who brought in the florals, linens, chairs and lighting, and we had two awesome cakes by Fluffy Thoughts. You might note Bryan’s change of attire; he is so fashionable! Thanks to Jack Manning for all the fun photos!