Midsummers Night Dream in Downtown DC | Alana + Daniel

by Lisa Ziesing

Who needs to find a local bridal dress shop when you can have not one, but two of your wedding dresses made in Israel?! Well, that's just what our bride, Alana did to create her show-stopping entrances in her custom-made Lihi Hod gowns. Draped in lace and delicately concealed by a sheer veil, Alana – alongside her parents, excitedly greet her groom. And in a traditional ceremony, under a chuppah arch of greenery custom created by Holly Chapple Flowers, Alana and Daniel wed with their closest friends and family around them.

But setting tradition aside, Alana and Daniel's reception was one that was dreamt into reality. Curating their special day with pattern purveyor Grit and Grace, they combined rich velvet textures, warm wood accents and lush floral layers that felt like a Midsummer Night's Dream in the fall. Guest lead to custom created escort card displays, which paid homage to the romantic parks in Paris. These copper tinted pillars were draped in vines of smilax, held the names of their guest and made a statement, to say the least. Transforming the Grand Ballroom of The Fairmont in such a way that still allowed for details such as the mirrored walls and modern chandeliers to peak through.

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It was the truly the little details that made this wedding one for the memory books. From the welcome gifts created by local vendor Marigold & Grey, which included a drawing by a family friend – to personal mementos of petite salt and pepper capsules for VIP guest, created by the bride herself.

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But there was nothing more memorable than our personal favorite guest of honor, Larry. If weren't sure you met him or remember him, he was their huge... white... fluffy... dog. With such love and adoration for him, Alana and Daniel even dedicated this entire after party to him, name Larry's Lounge!

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Planning + Design Grit & Grace Inc  | Photographer Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography | Videography Bowen Films | Venue The Fairmont Washington | Florist Holly Chapple Flowers | Wedding Gown Lihi Hod | Production Revolution Events | Tabletop + Chair Rentals DC Rental | Band Andy Kusher Entertainment's Sound Connection | String Quartet: Sage String Quartet | After Party Band Sean McNally | Invitations & Day Of Paper The Dandelion Patch | Calligraphy LH Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup Claudine Fay  | Welcome Gifts Marigold & Grey | Photo Booth Bash Booths 

Refined at Home Outdoor Wedding | Kendall + Nick

by Abby Jiu

A man walks into a bar... a line from Kendall's vows and a detail painted onto a sign and hung above the bar at their reception. While the now wedded pair like to joke that they found love in a hopeless place, there was absolutely nothing hopeless about their meeting and eventually falling in love. Sealed with a rose petal covering a ring in a pocket sized bible, Nick proposed. There, on a hike, they began their wedding planning journey.

Without a second guess, they wed at Kendall's childhood family home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Lush green trees, black awnings and wrought-iron gates, these two said, "I do" with 240 of their closest friends and family. 

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Simple and refined, the flower girls made their entrance atop an isle edged in eucalyptus, rose and magnolia filled planter boxes. Overlooking a tributary of the Potomac River, dark wood seating created an aisle; while pews in the front row were from a church in Oxford, Mississippi, where the bride's parents were married in 1974.

Centered around a navy, cream and natural wood color palette, magnolia and cotton motifs were added for a touch of handsome Southern charm. It's no wonder why this was a no-brainer decision, according to their feature in Martha Stewart Weddings

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But the party doesn't even begin there! Celebrating their wedded bliss under an ivy draped tent, chandelier like arrangements made of magnolia. Guest entered a reception filled with wicker backed chairs, tables laced in candle light, covered in Buffalo check linens and magnolia & rose filled garlands with touches of cotton.

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Planning + Design Grit & Grace | Videographer East West Production | Florist Amaryllis Floral & Event Design| Stationery Emily Baird Design | Calligraphy Laura Hooper Calligraphy| Music MyDeeJay | Linens La Tavola | Tent Skyline Tent Company | Officiant Rusty Coram | Catering and Cake Windows Catering | Bride's Wedding Gown Madison James + Global Bridal Gallery | Bride's shoes Kenneth Cole | Groom's Suit and menswear Jos. A Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses Azazie | Garland Girls JJ's House | Photo Booth Bash Booths | Transportation Limousines, Inc.