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