Destination Wedding at Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal | Jeanette + Taylor

by Abby Jiu

In the heart of Portuguese wine country, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and bright sunshine, Jeanette and Taylor celebrated their marriage at a destination wedding at Six Senses Douro Valley. Deciding on Portugal as their destination was a no brainer, because of Jeannette’s Portuguese roots and strong ties to the country where her family lives part-time.

As a wedding planner at Evoke Design and Creative, Jeannette knew a lot about weddings and the destination market. After searching high and low for the perfect venue, she visited Six Senses in the Douro Valley and knew it was the luxury experience she wanted for her family and friends. It speaks so much to the couple when 200 family and friends travel abroad for a destination wedding. The weekend consisted of three days filled with wine, days by the pool and nights filled with epic entertainment. The welcome party on night one was especially authentic to Portugal because, Jeannette’s father’s favorite Portuguese singer made an appearance and sang. It was the perfect way for the couple to show their friends and family the Portuguese culture and infuse them in the heritage that has so strongly shaped Jeannette. See more on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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While shopping at Carine’s Bridal, Jeannette tried on an array of dresses. But it was this gown by Berta that immediately caught her eye. It had an old world feel that matched the Portuguese setting combined with a modern touch that was just so her.

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Jeannette and Taylor wanted to have a day that was all about being different. So instead of saving their first dance for the reception, they broke tradition and started their first dance immediately after they said “I do.” It was a magical moment that started the party off in the perfect celebratory mood.

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Planning - Events by Christie Yerks of Grit & Grace | Venue & Catering - Six Senses Douro Valley | Decor + flowers - Brancoprata | Officiant - Larry Gamache | Stationary + Calligraphy Haute Papier, Written Word Calligraphy, Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Bride’s Gown - Berta, Romona Keveža from Carine's Bridal Atelier (reception) | Bride’s Accessories - Bride's accessories, Ascot Diamonds engagement ring and wedding band; Dolce & Gabbana ceremony shoes; Giuseppe Zanotti reception shoes | Bride’s Hair - Angela Stewart of Liquid Salon | Makeup - Ana Pereira Atelier | Bridesmaid’s Dresses - Halston | Groom’s Attire -The Black Tux | Groom’s Wedding Band - Ascot Diamonds | Music - Tamin, Rui Alves, João Cabrita, and Alexandre Cabrita, Nuno Franco | Videography - The Amazing Rabbit | Lighting & Sound - Watt & Light | Photo Station - SlowMotionStation.com | Transportation - Anetours | Pizza - Buddy's | Rentals - Saiotes & Etc.Larforma | Save the Date Envelope Calligraphy - Meant to be Calligraphy | Mother of the Bride’s Gown - Monique Lhuillier | Production Details - Revolution Event Design and Production | Flower Girl’s Dress - Foque | Flower Boy’s Outfit - Artesanía Amaya

Spring Meridian House Wedding | Taylor + Walt

by Lisa Ziesing

Taylor and Walter got married on a beautiful day in March at the Meridian House in Washington, DC. The bride wore a stunning dress that had lace applique on the top with tiny cap sleeves, a natural waist, and flowed into an A-line with tulle overlay. It was perfectly classic and yet still had a modern flair with the illusion element. In her hair, she had a cathedral veil that cascaded down her back. Her bouquet, created by Sweet Root Village, was subtle with hints of light pink and ivories. It was a cluster of ranunculus, spray roses, and muted greens. The bridesmaids looked incredible in floral floor-length Jenny Yoo dresses that had a watercolor element to them. That same watercolor touch was found in the stationary by Stephanie B Design for both the invitations and inside the welcome bags. Cheers Darling Events brought everything together from the floral lined ceremony to the champagne escort display!

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At the cocktail hour, guests were greeted with “roaming” charcuterie boards by Occasions Caterers and a fully stocked Gin bar, which is Walt’s favorite drink. Family and friends were able to mingle and also enjoy mini hamburgers that had flags with the couple’s dog, Paddy’s, face on them!

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The white, four-tier cake stood alone on its table, with a single row of flowers draped around it. Surrounding the cake table was more of the larkspur and delphinium.

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The tables in the reception space followed the theme of the bride’s dress with a lace overlay and beautifully subdued floral arrangements staged between floating candles. There were gold accents in both the charger plates, silverware, and small tea light holders to tie in the gold from their wedding band sets.

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The couple ended a night of dancing with a Chick-Fil-A truck pulling up to serve guests a midnight snack. It was definitely a hit!

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Event Planning and Design - Cheers Darling Events | Location - Meridian House | Transportation - Limos Inc | Floral Design - Sweet Root Village | Stationery -Stephanie B Design | Catering - Occasions Caterers | Music - The Bachelor Boys Band | Rentals - Select Event Rentals + Nuage Designs | Linens - BBJ Linen | Rental Bar - Social Supply Events | Videography - Shutter & Sound | Hair - One80 Salon | Makeup - Georgetown Bride | Transportation - Limos Inc | Bridal Suite - Hay Adams Hotel | Welcome Bags - marigold and grey

Ballet and Romance at the Washington National Cathedral | Stephanie + Andrew

by Abby Jiu

After having their first date at a Bruce Springsteen concert, Stephanie and Andrew got engaged five years later in Africa at sunset. Andrew had spent five months collaborating on her custom ring and the proposal couldn’t have been more fairytale-esque. The couple said “I do” a year later at the Anderson House on a beautiful July day in front of all of their family and friends planned to perfection by Lauryn Prattes Events and Styling. They exchanged marriage vows at the Washington National Cathedral in a traditional Episcopal ceremony officiated by Andrew’s second grade teacher and formal chaplain. The bride and groom shared a first look in the Bishop Gardens on the National Cathedral grounds and it was nothing short of incredible. Stephanie was wearing a stunning ballgown with a full tulle skirt by Vera Wang from Carine’s Bridal that reminded her of her days as a prima ballerina. Her Vera Wang veil fell perfectly down her back. The bridal bouquet was green-free so Holly Chapple Flowers created a full arrangement of Constance garden roses, white O’Hara roses, stephanotis, peonies, and sweet pea. The bridesmaids bouquets were just as beautiful with white garden roses, blush spray roses, and pink and white ranunculus. As the newlyweds made their first appearance as husband and wife outside the church, they were showered with lavender.

The wedding was a black-tie affair and the details at the reception were show-stopping. From the cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres and signature drinks to the harpist that played throughout, it was a night to remember. The Anderson House Mansion served as its location and the guests enjoyed a candlelit dinner in the garden. Elements of the bride and groom’s Parisian Ballet theme were perfectly incorporated, as were more stunning blooms placed on the tables. Hung above were chandeliers adorned in wisteria and vines. Gold charger plates with blue and white China were charming place settings and the three-tier blush cake was a vision. To end the night, the couple had a live painter capture their first dance to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”.


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Planning + Design - Lauryn Prattes | Ceremony Venue - Washington National Cathedral | Reception Venue -  Anderson House | Floral Design - Holly Chapple | Wedding Dress - Vera Wang  | Hair - Hair by Giselle | Makeup - Carl Ray | Groom's Attire - Brooks Brothers | Catering & Cake - Occasions Caterers + Fleur and Flour | Rentals - DC Rentals | Entertainment - Nightsong Entertainment ExchangCapitol Harpist | Invitations - Kara Anne Paper | Transportation - Regal Limo | Venue Cosmos Club | Live painter Brittany Branson | Bridal party hair and makeup Georgetown Bride