2016 Real Weddings: Bridesmaids

After a bride picks her own wedding dress, she usually begins to think about the wedding party, and what the bridesmaids might look like, from head to toe. I had a great mix of looks in 2016 that I’m so happy to share with you today.

Photo: Kurstin Roe. Florals: Crimson & Clover in Baltimore. Jackie (the bride) went back and forth on whether her two redheaded matrons of honor should wear this coppery fabric or if they should also wear navy – I definitely think she made the right call! Props to these ladies for climbing Federal Hill in those fabulous shoes!

Photo: Paul Harrison. Florals: LynnVale. Amanda and her bridesmaids wait in the rectory of Saint Michael the Archangel before the wedding ceremony begins. Lace was big this year, and here you see it as an accent on stunning gray gowns.

Photo: Kurstin Roe. Florals: LynnVale Studios. While Priya (the bride) didn’t technically have bridesmaids, her sister and her cousin were an integral part of the wedding planning and wedding weekend events. They stepped up and truly were the wedding attendants. Plus how could I not include this awesome photo in my round up? The love, joy and excitement is palpable.

Photo: Matt Mendelsohn. Florals: LynnVale Studio. Brooke’s wedding was classic from top to bottom, including these fabulous black bridesmaid dresses.

Photo: Stephen Bobb. Florals: LynnVale Studios. Leslie (the bride) searched high and low to find these perfectly neutral yet totally glittery glam dresses for her besties!

Photo: Stephanie Dee. Florals: LynnVale Studios. A small wedding typically begets a small wedding party, and so it was for Lawren with just 65 guests at her wedding. But her two bridesmaids looked stunning in these coordinating burgundy lace cocktail dresses.

Photo: Susie & Becky. Florals: Holly Chapple Flowers. These bridesmaid dresses were a gorgeous glittery gold – perfect for this glam wedding at Hotel Monaco in Washington DC.

Photo: Carly Romeo. Florals: LynnVale Studios. These ladies were not both “bridesmaids” – one stood with Kate and the other stood with the groom, her brother! But they coordinated with these sage green frocks and I adore it. And I love a wedding party that isn’t totally gender based!

Photo: Taylor & Ben. Florals: B Floral Event Design. I love the bright colors in this wedding! Those teal bridesmaid dresses with the dark purple bouquets – so much fun!


2016: Real Wedding Ceremonies

The wedding ceremony. Often the shortest part of the day, but truly the most important to most, legally and emotionally. It goes by in the blink of an eye, thank goodness you have photographers and videographers to document it for you. Here is a short round up of some of the fabulous and touching wedding ceremonies I was lucky enough to be a part of in 2016.

Photo: Carly Romeo. Venue: Riverside on the Potomac. Florals: LynnVale Studios.  The arch blew me away and those large buckets down the aisle are perfectly to scale.

Photo: Pangtography. Venue: Timber Ridge Camp, High View WV. I love that both the bride and groom broke glass at the end of their Jewish ceremony.

real wedding ceremony - West Virginia summer camp - river side - water's edge - chuppah - glass breaking

Photo: Stephanie Dee. Venue: The Hendry House. Florals: LynnVale Studios. I just can’t get over the design here – it is spot on for this massive arch that exists at this Arlington, Virginia wedding venue.

Photo: Matt Mendelsohn. Venue: Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington DC. Florals: LynnVale Studios. Rain was threatening all afternoon, so we had to move the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception indoors but it still looked beautiful to me!

Photo: Stephen Bobb. Venue: Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington DC. Florals: LynnVale Studios. The weather cooperated and we were able to have this Jewish wedding ceremony on the terrace overlooking the Washington Monument.

Photo: Kurstin Roe. Venue: The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards. Florals: LynnVale. Mismatched vintage ceremony chairs: Something Vintage. I  love this design so much. I’d been wanting to use this set of chairs for so long and I finally found a couple who could also see how awesome it would be!

2016 Real Weddings: Shoes

I think brides care almost as much about their wedding day shoes as their wedding dress! Here is a round up of real wedding shoes from my clients in 2016!

Studded with sequins. I love it. Photo by Kurstin Roe

A groom and his sister show off his custom Chucks and her glitter keds at the wedding reception! Photo by Kurstin Roe. 

The groomsmen were gifted custom navy Chuck Taylors at this Baltimore wedding. Photo by Kurstin Roe. 

Wedding shoes as your “something blue” is a popular trend! Photo by Matt Mendelsohn 

This bride planned ahead with two sparkly pairs of wedding day shoes – flashy heels for the ceremony and cocktails, then comfy flats for dancing! Photo by Stephanie Dee. 

This bride wore real cowboy boots under her green sari at her rustic barn wedding in Virginia! Photo by Kurstin Roe.



These wedding shoes featured a cut out pattern on the leather, and the bride carried a sixpence in her shoes! Photo by Paul Harrison. 

I love Chucks of all kinds, but these bedazzled Stuart Weitzman Chuck Taylors are beyond perfect for a wedding reception! Photo by Susie & Becky. 

Which of these are your favorite? What wedding shoes do you want to wear? Are you planning ahead and getting 2 pairs? Make sure your dress will accommodate both! And don’t forget to break them in!

2016: Real Wedding Cakes

There was a time when every wedding I worked on served a tower of cupcakes for dessert. But wedding cakes are back with a vengeance. And in part because wedding cakes are art, and who doesn’t want a bit of art around on their wedding day?

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts, purple ombre and textured buttercream finish

Photo: Kurstin Roe

Cake: Occasions Caterers, all white textured buttercream finish with a sihouette cake topper and an fresh flower swag in purple ombre

Photo: Stephen Bobb

Cake: Balducci’s, a simple cutting cake with copper fondant stripes and real calla lily topper. Plus a Lego cake topper!

Photo: Kurstin Roe

Cake: Ridgewell’s Catering a simple white buttercream finish, adorned with ranunculus, dahlias and currants and a rose gold cake topper.

Photo: Paul Harrison

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts, white fondant finish with a textured pattern and gold edging.

Photo: Matt Mendelsohn

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie, alternating layers of plain white buttercream and a lace pattern, with a central monogram and a vintage cake topper adorned with a leafy arch.

Photo: Taylor & Ben


Which cake do you like the best? What do or did your wedding cake look like? Leave me a comment below!

2016: Real Wedding Invitation Suites

Almost as fun as looking at pretty flowers is looking at real, pretty wedding invitation sets. I think these seven photos help show what style my clients often have. I love looking at them as a group!

Details: Classic and timeless ivory and gold with a custom monogram with a slight equestrian influence and a DC map envelope liner. Kate Spade bowtie pushpins used with the escort cards on a large cork frame.

Photo: Matt Mendelsohn

Details: Ivory and gold invitation with a whimsical font used for the names and numbers. I also love the arched phrases.

Photo: Susie & Becky

Details: Updated traditional invitation with navy and teal fonts and corner cut outs. Fun gold glitter envelope liner.

Photo: Taylor & Ben 

Details: Colorful wedding invitation set and menu card with an Indian-inspired paisley motif. Purple and green were our main colors here but we didn’t limit ourselves to just 2 colors!

Designer: Invitations by Ajalon

Photo: Kurstin Roe 

Details: Classic white wedding invitation with navy ink and a gorgeous copper edging.

Photo: Kurstin Roe

Details: Floral ivory wedding invitation with burgundy fonts and a black motif. Coordinating envelope liner makes it look so put together!

Designer: Minted

Photo: Stephanie Dee

Details: Modern white wedding invitation with calligraphy style fonts and a stunning DC monument envelope liner.

Designer: Mother of the bride!

Photo: Stephen Bobb


Do you have a favorite? I can’t pick just one! I do love a great envelope liner and the copper edging on J & M’s invitation was so killer. What did or will your invitations look like? Leave me a comment!

2016 Real Weddings: Parents

In 2016 I was privileged enough to work with some really fantastic parents of the brides and grooms. I was so pleased when reviewing the photos from my 2016 real weddings to find these delightful pictures capturing their personalities as well as their deep, deep love for their children and their new son- or daughter-in-law.

Above, Linda and Bob give a rousing toast to their daughter Jackie and new son-in-law Marc at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore.

Above, MOB Susan hugs her daughter Brooke at the DC War Memorial. Below, FOB Pat escorts Brooke down the aisle at the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Robin and Andy walk Leslie down the aisle for her outdoor wedding at Daughters of the American Revolution.

Below, Amy spends a moment with her daughter Dana shortly after Dana slipped into her wedding dress at Hotel Monaco, DC.

Above, Kate is walked down the steps at Riverside on the Potomac with her mom, Nancy. Below, her dad (who has limited mobility) awaits her arrival so that he can formally escort her down the aisle.

Stephanie and her dad take some time in the limo on the way to Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.


Photo credit, top to bottom: Kurstin Roe, Matt Mendelsohn (2), Stephen Bobb, Susie & Becky, Carly Romeo (2) and Taylor & Ben.