Hotel Monaco Wedding Reception – Washington DC

posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 7:33 AM.

Weddings at the Hotel Monaco take place in two rooms: The Paris Ballroom and the Athens Room. Anna and Bryce’s wedding was no different: their ceremony was in Paris, then the guests moved to Athens for a jazzy cocktail hour complete with a live band and a cigarette girl, while vendors flipped Paris for the reception. In just one hour, guests arrive back at Paris for dinner and dancing. Outside the ballroom, there is a table set with escort cards, designed by Digby and Rose, calligraphy by Meant To Be. We had a fun guestbook station set up with vintage postcards for the guests to send to Anna and Bryce after the wedding. Nature of Design had three amazing floral centerpieces featuring white callas, pink orchids and white orchids, surrounded by candlelight. All the great linens and the fun Lucite chairs came from DC Rental, and while you can’t see it, there was an incredible sequined linen on the cake table, topped by a beauty from Fluffy Thoughts. All that said, Anna and Bryce saved the best for last. At the end of the wedding, all guests went out to get lobster rolls from the Red Hook Lobster food truck!

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Washington DC Hotel Monaco Wedding

posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 7:04 AM.

Anna and Bryce had a gorgeous wedding Hotel Monaco wedding in Washington DC. Anna is an event planner in real life, and wanted to make sure her wedding felt different from her work events, so I got to do so many fun details with her. Nature of Design created gorgeous bouquets and wedding flowers, and worked with me to create a pipe & drape backdrop for the unique ceremony set up required at the Hotel Monaco. As guests entered the ceremony, they were greeted with a champagne toast. I love all the signs we had done by Digby and Rose and Meant To Be Calligraphy. Many thanks to Michael Connor of Connor Studios for sharing these gorgeous photos.

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Tips on Tuesday ~ Free Wedding Advice Event!

posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 1:04 PM.

Are you newly engaged? Do you have a friend or family member who is? Please come hang out with me and my pal & fellow wedding planner Kelley Cannon at The Dandelion Patch in Vienna on Tuesday, January 20th. We are going to be offering advice, tips, and answering your questions about how to approach wedding planning. Please RSVP if you plan to come, as we are giving out goody bags as well!

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Glam Newseum Wedding Celebration

posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 7:23 AM.

After their wedding ceremony, Patty and Josh came over to the Newseum to celebrate! They had a great wedding at the Newseum, complete with an outdoor lounge area by AFR, amazing modern pink florals from Nature of Design, amazing desserts by Fluffy Thoughts and an excellent meal from the Newseum staff. Patty and Josh brought in Philadelphia-based Gypsy Wisdom to keep the dance floor packed all night. Josh did a great job kicking off the party with a brief but excellent impersonation of the lead singer of LMFAO. Many thanks to Brian Tropiano for sharing these wonderful photos.

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Washington DC Glam Wedding Ceremony

posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 7:21 AM.

This glamorous Catholic wedding was held at Saint Patrick’s Church in Washington DC. Patty and Josh lucked out with a gorgeous, sunny September day. Patty and Josh got ready at The W, and after the ceremony, celebrated at the Newseum. The formal affair featured black, white and bling, with a peek of hot pink as well. Nature of Design handled the gorgeous blooms, and Brian Tropiano (now based in California!) is kind enough to share these photos with us!

 

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Wedding Reception at Strathmore Mansion

posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 7:18 AM.

After their ceremony at Georgetown Prep, Tatiana, Steve and their 80 or so guests came to Strathmore Mansion to celebrate the wedding! Tatiana and Steve overlooked no detail, they spoiled their guests all night long with excellent food, favors and entertainment! Elegance and Simplicity created amazing florals in the orange, green and brown color palette featuring orchids, apples, oranges and cotton in reclaimed wood boxes. Thanks to Debi Parker for sharing the photos!

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Strathmore Mansion Wedding Celebration

posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Tatiana and Steve got married in Rockville Maryland. Their ceremony was at Georgetown Prep, where Steve went to school, and their reception was across the street at Strathmore Mansion.  Steve’s brother John is a cellist, and he played a beautiful piece during the wedding mass. The gorgeous flowers were created by Elegance & Simplicity and these photos were made by Debi Parker.

 

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Ronald Reagan Building Wedding Celebration

posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 6:55 AM.

I’m back with more photos from Deborah and Jason’s Ronald Reagan Building wedding. We had the cocktail hour before the ceremony in the Horizon ballroom, ceremony in the foyer of the Pavilion, and dinner and dancing in the Pavilion. B Floral Design created this amazing chuppah, featuring birch poles, curly willow, white orchids and hundreds of pounds of heirloom pumpkins. John Farr Lighting helped create a  great atmosphere, and Bialek’s provided a great DJ who kept the dance floor packed all night. Thanks to Procopio Photography for sharing the beautiful photos they made.

 

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Deborah and Jason’s Ronald Reagan Building Wedding

posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 2:37 PM.

Deborah and Jason had a gorgeous autumn wedding at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. Deborah built the color palette around the neutral pumpkins and gourds you can find this time of year, which looked stunning. They got ready at the JW Marriott, and had their first look with Procopio Photography outside the Ronald Reagan Building. Later they went down to Constitution Gardens Lake , my new favorite spot for portraits. B Floral Design created these amazing bouquets featuring orchids, roses and mini pumpkins, and Deborah and Jason had a gorgeous ketubah created for their wedding.

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Dapper Orange and Green Hay-Adams Hotel Rehearsal Dinner

posted on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

I was lucky enough to work with Ron and Jon on all of their wedding weekend events, starting with the “DC Dapper” rehearsal dinner and roast at the amazing Hay-Adams Hotel. We took advantage of the in-house linens and chairs, since they coordinate so nicely with Jon’s favorite color, orange. Elegance & Simplicity created simple orchid arrangements in awesome, modern white bud vases. The modern classic Metro Map invitation was by Digby & Rose, and Carrie Ink handled all the other paper goods – and boy are they good! Connor Studios was nice enough to swing by before the shindig started and make some photos for me to share with you.

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