Hotel Monaco Washington DC Wedding: Gold & Glam

Today I wish a very happy FIRST anniversary to D & K, and I’m taking the time to show off their stunning glam & gold Hotel Monaco wedding, documented by the lovely Susie & Becky! You can click to see how the Washingtonian covered their wedding!

I’ve worked at the Hotel Monaco quite a few times, you can see this modern spring wedding, this art deco inspired wedding ceremony and wedding reception and this classic colorful wedding.

The wedding invitations really set the tone with their gold foil and slightly whimsical design. Dana is super fashionable, which you can see in her accessory and shoe choices! This all white bridal bouquet from Holly Chapple is superb.

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Dana is very close to her parents, and they were so supportive on the wedding day. If you are close with your dad, and your wedding day timeline allows it, you should schedule a quick first look with your dad before your first look with your spouse-to-be!

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After the first look, wedding party portraits and immediate family portraits, we had the ketubah signing ceremony in the Tokyo boardroom.

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While Dana and Kevin were signing their ketubah, their wedding guests were enjoying a cocktail reception in the Paris Ballroom. After, we moved all the guests to the Athens ballroom for the wedding ceremony under this stunning chuppah, created by Holly Chapple.

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While the ceremony was taking place in the Athens ballroom, the Paris ballroom was being quickly and expertly transformed into this glitter gold paradise. I am obsessed with everything about this look, it fits in the hotel so well!

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The Jewish wedding tradition of the Hora dance is one of my favorite photo opportunities ever. The candid photos are always so great, and Dana and Kevin did not disappoint!

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Dana and Kevin weren’t interested in traditional wedding cake. Instead the hotel offered a float bar, with four different types of floats, what could be made with or without booze. We also brought in pies from the Pie Sisters to compliment the floats! When the wedding ended and guests departed, they were treated to a 2 pack of fresh Krispy Kreme donuts.

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Endless thanks to these top notch wedding professionals who helped make this day go perfectly for this great couple!

Venue: Hotel Monaco DC | Photographer: Susie & Becky Photography | Bride’s Gown: Elle Zeitoune | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman and Converse | Hair & Makeup Artist: First Impressions Salon | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple | Invitations & Stationary: Jill Klein of Sincerely Yours | Band: SoundNation, Andy Kushner | Dessert: Pie Sisters | Videographer: Tom Bowen, Bowen Films | Favors: Krispy Kreme

Small Wedding Venues in the DC Area

Since I recently wrote about large wedding venues and wedding venues with a view around DC, I decided to round up all the delightful small wedding venues in the area. These would be ideal for 90 guests or less in my estimation, though certainly some of them can accommodate a bit more.

One thing I didn’t dive into too deeply are the number of restaurants out there that would offer a full buy out for your wedding reception. I did include a few in the DC list, but note that there are many more. Which means if you have a favorite local restaurant that you also think has the right vibe, ask them what a buy out would be. And make sure you ask about Fridays, Sundays and brunch services – this could be a considerably lower price!

Small Wedding Venues in Washington DC

Fathom Gallery

8th floor at Newseum

The Loft at 600F

Woodrow Wilson House

Tabard Inn

Iron Gate

President Lincoln’s Cottage

Sonoma – top floor

Josephine Butler Parks Center

wedding venue Josephine Butler Parks Center Washington DC

Photo by Douglas Pettway

 

 

Small Wedding Venues in Virginia

The Lorien – Alexandria

Morrison House – Alexandria

Athenaeum – Alexandria 

Carlyle House – Alexandria

Lee Fendall House – Alexandria

Middleburg Community Center – Middleburg

Red Fox Inn – Middleburg 

Cabel’s Mill – Fairfax 

Hendry House – Arlington

wedding venue Hendry House Arlington Virginia

Photo by Stephanie Dee

 

Small Wedding Venues in Maryland

Lodge at Little Seneca – Boyds

Strathmore Mansion – Kensington

Kentlands Mansion – Gaithersburg

Corradetti  Gallery – Baltimore 

Woodlawn Manor – Olney

Rockwood Manor – Potomac

wedding venue Rockwood Manor Potomac Maryland

Photo by Kurstin Roe

I know I am a little light on the Maryland options – so please tell me your suggestions for any small wedding venues!

 

Happy FIRST Wedding Anniversary to B & M!

This lovely couple had a classic and elegant wedding at the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington DC one year ago today! While the weather was a bit spotty, Matt Mendelsohn still captured many amazing photos!

We did the first look as well as the wedding party and immediate family portraits at the DC War Memorial, which is little-known and off the beaten path, which is nice. It also provides no parking so the limo was stopped in the middle of Independence Avenue to unload the wedding party!

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As I mentioned, the weather was spotty, forcing us into our back up plan, but the O’Byrne Gallery is simply stunning in its own right!

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And then the sun came out! Just beautiful, like this couple. Congratulations, B & M, on your first anniversary, and I hope your next year is even better!

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Florals by LynnVale Studio.

Wedding Venues with a Scenic View

Earlier this year I shared with you the statistics of my 2016 weddings, which was a popular post for me. In February, The Knot released its annual findings based on the survey it sent to couples who married in 2016. You can read the entire wedding report if you like. One part that stood out to me was about wedding venues. Here is what The Knot reported:

Ceremony and reception locations are becoming even more important as couples plan a personalized wedding that’s a true reflection of their personalities and relationship together. Forty-eight percent said that having a reception venue with a scenic backdrop or locale was the top priority, while having both an indoor and outdoor space was most important for 30% of couples. 

I could not agree more with these survey results. Many couples come to me wanting to find a wedding venue with a view, but also a good back up plan. Luckily, there is no shortage of wedding venues scenic backdrop (of either monuments or water or both) in the Washington DC area. Here is a short list of some of my favorites!

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club – just over the Bay Bridge but a really great view! Photo by Paired Images.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding venue with a view

The terrace at the Daughters of the American Revolution has a fantastic view! As does the roof top at Old Ebbitt Grill!  Both are conveniently located in downtown Washington DC. Photos by Stephen Bobb and Abby Jiu.

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Speaking of rooftops, the Hay-Adams Hotel has one of the most iconic rooftop views in all of DC! Photo by Connor Studios.

Hay-Adams Hotel wedding venue with a view

Across the river, Le Meridien Hotel offers a rooftop terrace and restaurant buy out for weddings who wish to overlook Georgetown. Photo by Paul Morse.

Le Meridien Hotel wedding venue with a view

One of my favorite rooftops is at the Newseum – and they have 2 terraces available for your special events! Photo by Michelle Lindsay.

Newseum Washington DC wedding venue with a view

Why look at the water when you can be on the water? Charter the presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia out of either Southwest Washington DC or Old Town Alexandria. This is ideal for groups of 30 or less. Photo by Michelle Lindsay.

USS Sequoia wedding venue with a view

The secluded shores of southern and eastern Maryland offer many beautiful wedding venues, including Woodlawn in the town of Ridge, Maryland. Photo by Matt Mendelsohn.

Woodlawn Manor in Ridge Maryland wedding venue with a view

And there are so many more. Below is a list, but I’m sure I’ve missed some! What wedding venues with a view did you consider for your wedding? I’ve done other round ups of wedding venues in the past. You can check out my 2015 wedding reception venues, my 2016 wedding venues, and wedding venues for 200 guests or more.

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Coco Sala

The Line Hotel (coming soon)

Sequoia Restaurant

The Yards Park

The W Hotel

The Liaison Hotel

101 Constitution Ave./Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

Potomac View Terrace 

20 F St. NW

Capitol View at 400

District Winery (coming soon)

VIRGINIA

Murray Hill

River Farm at AHS 

Indigo Landing

MARYLAND

The Sunset Room

National Harbor Pier

Mary’s Hope on Church Cove

Inn at Perry Cabin

Wye River Estate

Legg Mason Tower

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

Phillip Merril Environmental Center

 

Meridian House Wedding Anniversary

Happy, happy second anniversary to Liz and Juan! They had such a beautiful wedding day at Meridian House in Washington DC. This is by far one of my favorite wedding venues! Can you believe this photo? It doesn’t look anything like it is in DC proper! Endless thanks to Mary Kate Battles for these fantastic photos!

Click to see all of their gorgeous Washington DC wedding!

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Free Wedding Day Timeline: Infographic

Hands down, the most common question I get from my clients is: what time do I need to be finished with hair and make up on my wedding day? I get asked this so often that I can’t believe it took me 10 years to realize I should create this wedding day timeline infographic for you. Actually, I started this project 3 years ago and it got stalled and fell through the cracks. Running a business is time consuming! Thankfully, Fig. 2 Design came through for me and created this beautiful image for me to be able to finally share with you!

If you are so interested, I also have a wedding budget template and a wedding planning schedule template to help you out too! And for those planning a tented wedding, your might find my free wedding planning ebook, The Elegant At-Home Wedding, helpful!

 

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I hope you find this wedding day timeline infographic helpful and useful! If you need more help, please email me!