Here are the highlights from this beautiful wedding at Meridian House in Washington, DC. We enjoyed planning this wedding not only because the couple are lovely people but because we worked really hard on making decisions that really personalized the wedding for them. Their creative stationery details will be featured next week too. All photos by Kurstin Roe. Enjoy! – Vicky
Style: Romantic Vintage inspired by New Orleans and France (the groom’s heritage)
Color: Mint green, blush pink, and peach with black and gold accents. The black accent reminds them of the iron work of the railings of New Orleans, a favorite vacation spot for the couple.
Synopsis: As guests arrived, they were greeted by the sounds of a French jazz ensemble while enjoying cooling lemonades and cucumber water. For an intimate ceremony, guests sat in a circle surrounding the couple who stood in the center on a bed of rose petals as they exchanged their vows. As avid readers, the rings and vows were contained in old books as their mothers read excerpts from The Little Prince and The Velveteen Rabbit. The cocktail hour featured 3 signature drinks favored by the couple: a Sgroppino reminding them of Italy, Patience of a Saint for the bride, and a Mint Julep for the groom. The guests dined on a scrumptious 3 course dinner, ending with an assortment of dessert options including a variety of macarons, a gelato cart, and mini cakes from Maggie Austin. After dinner, a cigar roller rolled cigars for the guests. The couple danced to Crazy Love, Van Morrison. A painter captured the entire magical evening in an oil painting. As the night came to a close, guests were served the groom’s favorite, cookies and milk.
First Dance in the Linden Grove at Meridian House.
For the bride and groom who are avid readers, the rings and vows were carried in old books.
For an intimate ceremony, guests sat in a circle surrounding the couple who stood in the center on a bed of rose petals as they exchanged their vows in the Meridian House garden.
A lush and romantic bouquet in blush, peach and mint green tones by Petals Edge.
Veronneau, an international world-jazz ensemble specializing in bossa nova, jazz, samba and swing, entertained the guests during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner.
Lots of interesting textures in this table design with blush and mint green with a strong black accent and gold.
Maggie Austin Cake’s cakelets provided a small bite of cake, perfect as part of a larger dessert buffet.
Dan Nelson, a brilliant painter, captured the magic of the evening with his brush strokes.
My favorite cigar rollers from Cortez Cigars.
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Venue: Meridian House
Caterer: Occasions Caterers
Officiant: Rev. Bill Cochran, Say I Do Your Way
Photographer: Kurstin Roe
Videographer: Thomas Bowen Film
Floral Design: Petals Edge Floral Design
DJ: DJ D-MAC & Associates (DJ Stereo Faith)
Ceremony, Cocktail & Dinner Musicians: Veronneau (Jazz ensemble)
Baker: Maggie Austin Cake
“Day of” Paper Products / Graphic Design: Carina Herman, LBC Design Co
Hair & Makeup: Carola Myers
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars
Painter: Dan Nelson
Garter: The Garter Girl
Guest Hotel: Capitol Hilton, Hay Adams Hotel
Transportation: Reston Limo, Limousines Inc.
Rentals: DC Rental
Save the Date: Custom Postcard by Carolyn Belefski
Throughout the night, my assistants and I kept saying what a magical night it was. There were so many interesting elements that made this wedding special. Click here for more of our Meridian House weddings.
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