RHOP Candiace Dillard weds at Andrew Mellon Auditorium | Candiace Dillard + Chris Bassett

by Abby Jiu

How does that fairy tail go again... Once upon a time, a former Miss United States becomes a famed reality star and weds D.C. restaurateur, Chris Bassett. Married in gilded celebration at Andrew Mellon Auditorium and planned to a tee by none other than Strawberry Milk Events. We captured the moments, but People Magazine captured the exclusive! 


Her resume is long while she's quite petite – Candiace Dillard, 2013's Miss United States pageant queen and more recently a cherry-blossom of RHOP reality star on Bravo. She's a self-proclaimed girly girl with southern charms to boot. And with all of this going for our a former beauty queen, it was no surprise her wedding would don just as much glitz and all the glam! 


According to Brides.com, Miss Candiace Dillard traded in her “pageant gown for a wedding gown” and welcomed friends, family and famed onto the stage of her wedded dreams. Outfitted with décor created by Social Supply Events, including mercury glass-inspired floors, gilded flower filled boxes and beaded chandeliers draped in rosebuds by Edge Floral Event Design.


Having worn her share of pageant gowns, Candiace spared no expense or yards of organza while working with Karen Sabag Couture to design her bespoke wedding gown. Eight months, 80 yards of hand-sewn Swarovski crystals and 70 yards of tinted pearl real silk organza all made up a floaty ball gown and tied off with French bows. 


And because her wedding wouldn't have been complete without her groom and favorite foodie and chef by trade, Chris Bassett! Priorities for a wedding are of the utmost importance and for these two, it was entertainment for the bride and food, of course for the groom. Working with D.C. based caterers Spilled Milk Catering to create their receptions mouthwatering menu,  the infamous raspberry almond wedding cake was made by ButterCream Bakeshop, while the String Queens, live band We the Fix, and DJ Tryfe entertained until hearts were content. 


Planning + Design: Strawberry Milk Events | Custom Decoration:Social Supply Events | Venue Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Officiant Reverend Doctor Howard-John Wesley | Bride's Ceremony & Reception Dresses Karen Sabag Couture | Bride's Veil Karen Sabag Couture | Bride's Ceremony Shoes Sophia Webster | Bride’s Reception Shoes Christian Louboutin  | Bride's Jewelry The Jewelry Design Company | Hair Stephanie Harris | Makeup: Melissa Mangrum | Bridesmaids' Dresses Kleinfeld Bridal | Groom's Attire Lawrence Clothiers | Groomsmens' Attire Lawrence Clothiers | Engagement Ring Blue Nile || Wedding Bands The Jewelry Design Company | Floral Design Edge Floral Event Designers | Paper Products The Dandelion Patch | Catering Spilled Milk Catering | Cake Buttercream Bakeshop | Ceremony Music: The String Queens | Reception Music: We the FixDJ Tryfe | Rentals Select Event RentalsTable MannersAccent Event RentalsD.C. Rentals | Transportation Fleet Transportation | Accommodations The Willard Intercontinental | Photo Booth Pixilated | Videography Pope Weddings | Photography Abby Jiu

Midsummers Night Dream Wedding at Fairmont 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.


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.


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!


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. 


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


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.


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.