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

Fall Meridian House Wedding | Jermaine + Scott

by Abby Jiu

Jermaine and Scott exchanged vows on a beautiful September day at the Meridian House, a historic DC home showcasing stunning architecture. They said “I do” in the gardens, with their two dogs, Abby and Chloe, serving as their flower girls. After the intimate ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails in the property’s Linden Grove, which was an amazing backdrop for conversation and laughter. The couple met at a bar named after Marvin Gaye and had a two-year long engagement following their two-year long courtship. This gave them the perfect amount of time to make every detail absolutely flawless. From the stationary to the Welcome Boxes, no detail was spared, down to the Beyonce-inspired cookies. “Halo” was their processional song so she was tied into their day in more ways than one. The grooms traveled in a vintage 1964 Rolls-Royce, complete with a eucalyptus garland adorning the back. Amaryllis Floral & Event Design also created a beautiful doorway garland of roses, ivy, and more eucalyptus which led the couple and their guests into the reception.


The outdoor space at the Meridian House greeted Jermaine and Scott’s loved ones with a bourbon bar and a charcuterie station. The charcuterie station by Design Cuisine sat under a crystal chandelier and was not only visually appealing but no doubt delicious. Inside, guests were seated in both the library and the dining room. Shades of green, white, and grey used throughout the space and on the table settings were understated, beautiful, yet still masculine. The couple chose tall vases for their tables, filled with orchids, other florals, and a hint of greenery. The three-tiered, two-flavored cake was topped with a marble tier and donned a unique gold monogram on the middle tier. It was a vision. To prepare for the party, the couple changed from their sleek black loafers to matching glittered loafers. Although Scott’s Christian Louboutin’s were classic and modern, nothing says party-time like glitter!  

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Event Planning and Design - A. Dominick Events | Location - Meridian House | Transportation - Regal Limousine | Floral Design - Amaryllis Floral & Event Design | Officiant - Rev. Michael Koppel | Cocktail Napkins - ForYourParty.com | Welcome Boxes - Marigold & Grey | Stationery - Cheree Berry Paper | Catering - Design Cuisine | Calligraphy - Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Cake and Cookie Favors - Buttercream Bakeshop | Music - Nation | Rentals - DC Rental | Linens - La Tavola Fine Linen | Tabletop + Cocktail-hour Chairs - Party Rental Ltd | Dinner Chair + Bourbon Bar Glasses - Perfect Settings | Rentals for Linens, Barware, Ceremony Seating - Something Vintage: | Grooms' Tuxedos - Ralph Lauren Purple Label | Grooms' Accessories - Tom Ford | Shirts - Bonobos | Cuff Links - Tiffany & Co. | Studs - David Donahue | Shoes (Scott's) - Christian Louboutin | Lighting - Frost Lighting Company of DC | Cigars - Cortez Cigars | Printing - iCustom Label & Invitation | Table Number Tiles - The Tile Shop

Fall Solage Auberge Calistoga Wedding in Napa Valley | April + AJ

by Abby Jiu

April and AJ wanted a fall wedding where their friends and family could come together in one of their favorite places, Napa Valley. And since the couple resides in San Francisco, Napa Valley was a short trip to the resort. April and AJ wanted to keep it their wedding modern and warm, so with their planner + designer, Kate Siegel Fine Events, they created a monochromatic color palette and added an abundance of light and greenery.

Typically for a destination wedding, we will scout picture locations the day before the event. Upon our trips, we found the photo opportunities at the Solage Auberge were endless. We really could have photographed there all day long. Immediately following the ceremony, we went to the vineyards where the falls leaves had turned a rich red hue and the moment was topped off with a golden Napa sunset.

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Underwood Press designed a monochromatic paper suite with gold embellishments that lent itself to the fresh and modern take at Solage Auberge. Mother of Pearl was used to add texture and depth while still keeping the color palette clean and simple. The alliteration of the couple’s first initial was cleverly used to create their wedding monogram.

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This locale for pictures was somewhat of a wildcard. At the resort, it is used as a wild flower and herb garden. Lisa and I saw it as the perfect spot for dreamy pictures.

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Kate Siegel wanted an eye catcher when the guests walked in. So with Go Lights SF they created a custom 12x14 chandelier with boasted 48 acrylic globes that hung over the dance floor.

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Planning + Design - Kate Siegel Fine Events | Venue + Catering - Solage Auberge | Floral Design - Cherries Flowers | Music - Entire Productions and Ceremony Trio | Invitations + Day of Items - Underwood Letterpress | Tailor + Seamstress - Wedding Detailer | Drape + Stage - Hensley Event Resources | Lighting + Sound - Got Light | Plates + Silverware - Casa de Perrin | Coffee Cart - Subconscious Coffee | Linens + Napkins - La Tavola Fine Linens | Gift Bags - Poppins & Post | Fire Pit Furniture - Encore Rentals | Speciality Tables + Bar | Theoni Collection | Gray Chairs + Topiaries - Standard Party Rentals