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New Year & Newly Engaged

Happy New Year!

Did you get engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! Ready for new adventures in wedding planning? Feeling overwhelmed? Let us share these helpful, locally-driven wedding resources that you can find here on our blog.

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  • Start here: our 4 part “Newly Engaged Starter Guide” series. Part 1 (Words of Wisdom),  Part 2 (the Big Picture), Part 3 (Money), and Part 4 (Keys to Success).
  • Looking for a venue in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland? We updated our list of ceremony and reception venues, which we will share with you next week. In the mean time, check out last year’s list. To give you an idea how your wedding might look at these locations, we included links to Real Weddings held at these locations where possible. Our friends at United with Love is also a great resource.
  • Need wedding planning tips on topics like budgeting, seating arrangements, invitations? Check out our TIPS blog posts.
  • Have a question regarding etiquette, trends, logistics, or how to handle sensitive issues? Email us and we will attempt to answer them on this blog! You are probably not the only one thinking about the same issue.

Finally, want more helpful wedding planning tips, inspiration and the inside scoop on Washington DC area wedding professionals? Follow us everywhere, anywhere.

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Cheers! Vicky, Juanice, Megan, Jen



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Fall Bohemian Garden Wedding at River Farm

I loved how warm and friendly both families were. I loved the pops of color and interesting textures used throughout this wedding in Alexandria, Virginia. This all helped to warm up what otherwise was the first cold day in October. Photos by Stephanie Dee Photography.

River Farm fall wedding jewel tones asymmetrical bridal bouquet

One of my favorite bouquets thanks to the talent of Blair from Sweet Blossoms, with an asymmetrical, varied texture and loose arrangement of eucalyptus, dahlias, thistles, anemones, freesia, garden roses, craspedia, german chamomile, scabiosa, succulents and hypericum berries. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

cold fall outdoor wedding blankets

Guests were happy to have these warm blankets during the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

River Farm fall wedding jewel tones tent

With a family-style dinner service, we couldn’t have large centerpieces because of large platters. The Green Tic Tac napkins from DC Rental and the bright colors of the flowers popped against the neutral tablecloth. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

vegan wedding cake the Happy Tart virginia

Vegan wedding cake from the Happy Tart. It was delicious! Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

Root and Stem Catering

LEFT: I love this Frou Frou Poppy linen from DC Rental RIGHT: A warm corn soup shooter for cocktail hour was perfect for this chilly day. Photo: Stephanie Dee Photography

Production Team
Venue: River Farm, Alexandria, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Caterer: Root & Stem Catering
Photographer: Stephanie Dee Photography
Officiant: Maureen Burke Ceremonies
Floral Designer: Blair Roberts, Sweet Blossoms
DJ: Sean Johnson, MyDeejay
Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery
Cake: The Happy Tart
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry
Buses: Fleet Transportation






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A Starry Night Wedding at Josephine Butler Park Center

Inspiration can come from anywhere. A conversation under a starry night sky provided the style inspiration for our client’s December wedding, using midnight blue and accents of gold and silver providing some sparkle. Spilled Milk Catering did a wonderful job designing an almost all-vegan menu. All photos by Stephen Gosling

olive and archer constellation design

This constellation design by Archer and Olive appeared on the couple’s invitations and we used it again to provide our guests with a run down of the evening’s activities. Photo: Stephen Gosling

hydrangea babys breath silver brunia

We wanted affordable floral options that still reminded us of the starry night sky so we actually chose to use baby’s breath and silver brunia. The baby’s breath looked like little stars. Photo: Stephen Gosling

josephine butler park center cocktail style reception wedding

A warm glow of amber uplighting in the Ballroom provided a beautiful backdrop for a cocktail style dinner reception. Photo: Stephen Gosling

navy sequin gold sequin tablecloth

Love the mix of gold and midnight blue linens we used. For gold, we used the Festivale Gold from DC Rental and a gold sequin from Davinci. For the midnight blue, we used Blue Night Ruse from DC Rental and a blue sequin from Davinci. All photos: Stephen Gosling

josephine butler park center winter wedding

Love the multiple fireplaces at Josephine Butler Park Center – perfect for a December wedding. Photo: Stephen Gosling

Sticky Fingers vegan wedding cake cupcakes

Sticky Fingers is a go-to for vegan desserts. Photo: Stephen Gosling

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Venue: Josephine Butler Park Center
Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering
Photographer: Stephen Gosling
Floral: Davincis
DJ & Lighting: Bryan George
Cake: Sticky Fingers
Pianist: Jeanne Calderon via Bialek’s Music
Invitation and Wedding Day Stationery: Archer and Olive
Linens: DC Rental and Davincis
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Andrea of Salon Rouge






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A Cheerful Virginia Summer Solstice Wedding at 2941 Restaurant

Happy Anniversary to M & D for their summer solstice wedding! More photos can be seen on Deb Lindsey’s blog.

Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Church: St John’s Episcopal Church, McLean, VA
Venue: 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA
Photographer: Deb Lindsey
Floral Designer: Yellow Door Floral Designs, John Duffy
Band: Six Stylez via Sam Hill Entertainment
Guitarist: Josh Walker via Levine School of Music
Graphic Design: LBC Design, Carina Herman
Linens: DC Rental
Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Chick
Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party
Transportation: Reston Limo and Limos Inc

St Johns Episcopal Church mclean virginia wedding ceremony

Photo: Deb Lindsey

yellow door floral design bridal bouquet white coral pink yellow

Beautiful bouquet with lots of variety from John Duffy of Yellow Door Floral Design. M carried a bouquet of creamy white miniature calla lilies, pale pink peonies, pale yellow stock blossoms, coral miniature calla lilies, pink veronica, blushing bride protea, white scabiosa, maiden hair fern, green hypericum berries, and accents of small peach and pink variegated femma roses. PHOTO: Deb Lindsey

yellow door floral design bouquet coral peonies

Love the vibrant colors of this bridesmaids’ bouquet of coral peonies, coral miniature calla lilies, peach stock, and hypericum berries, maidenhair fern, and accents of deep coral roses. Florals: Yellow Door. Photo: Deb Lindsey.

2941 Restaurant summer wedding reception blue coral gold

Colors used for this wedding were blue, coral and gold. Photo: Deb Lindsey.

baseball inspired table numbers names

Tables were named after baseball stadiums, a sport the couple loved, using fonts that were reminiscent of those found on jerseys. The tables were dressed in a gold-dots linens with a splash of blue provided by the napkins. Graphic Design: Carina Herman, LBC Design Co. Photo: Deb Lindsey

ForYourParty custom cocktail napkins timeline

The groom asked for only 2 things: a chocolate fountain and a way to let guests know the schedule of the day. We picked a cocktail napkin to serve that purpose. Napkins: For Your Party. Photo: Deb Lindsey.

wedding cake 2941 restaurant navy ribbons

Photo: Deb Lindsey

Cascade Floral Sapphire tablecloth DC Rental escort cards

I loved this linen and how it looked with the floral arrangement and the escort cards. Linen: DC Rental’s Cascade Floral Sapphire. Photo: Event Accomplished (since Deb didn’t take this photo, you’ll have to excuse the poor quality)

2941 Restaurant summer wedding reception

Photo: Deb Lindsey

cats bobblehead

Since their beloved cats could not be at the wedding, we had the next best thing – their bobble heads! They watched over the escort card table. Photo: Deb Lindsey


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Fun yet Polished Spring Wedding at Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC

Happy Anniversary to fun couple! I always enjoy it when our clients plan events for a living. We just ‘get’ each other. Enjoy! Photos by Freed.
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Professional Team
Venue: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Photographer & Videographer: Freed
Band: Six Stylez, Sam Hill Entertainment
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Makeup: Kelley Woods
Hair Stylist: O’Hair
Florist: Davinci’s Florist
Ceremony Musicians: Kinship Music Studios
Officiant: Rev. Jim Burch

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An Elegant and Understated Wedding with a bit of preppy at Strong Mansion, MD

In honor of Kathleen and Joel’s first anniversary, please enjoy these happy images from their wedding day. Photos by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.

strong mansion wedding ceremony

A lush green setting for the ceremony. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Strong Mansion wedding blue tuxedo blush pink spring

Photogenic couple, captured in great lighting by Mary Kate McKenna

pink peonies white bouquet Enmasse Flowers

Soft textures of peonies for the bridal bouquet. Floral Design: En Masse Flowers. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

navy gold white blush wedding details

An elegant mix of navy, white and blush pink with gold accents. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna.

garland centerpiece kings table

We used the garlands extensively throughout the wedding, including this floor length garland used on all the kings tables. Photo: Vicky Choy/Event Accomplished

blush white navy gold square tables Washington DC spring wedding

The second table design uses a square table. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

Fancy Cakes by Leslie textured buttercream wedding cake

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

LBC Design wedding stationery

Carina Herman of LBC Design helped us create a consistent look for all the stationery used on wedding day. Photos: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Wisconsin cheese and meat late night snacks wedding

Since the couple both lived in Wisconsin, they really wanted to serve Wisconsin cheese and sausages as a late night snack. Spilled Milk Catering helped us get the products for guests to enjoy. Photos: Mary Kate McKenna

Strong Mansion wedding spring summer

I love night shots. It looks like there is a good party under tent. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna


Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Venue: Strong Mansion, Dickerson, MD
Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering
Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography
Floral Design: Enmasse Florals
Baker: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Ceremony, Cocktail Musicians: Perfect Harmony String Quartet
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Hair Stylist:  Remona Soleimani, Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup Artist: Leah Margosis
Rentals: DC Rental
“Day of” Paper Products / Graphic Design: Carina Herman, LBC Design
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch
Rehearsal Dinner: Brewers Alley, Frederick, MD

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Winter Jewish Wedding at Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, VA

Even if it makes your wedding a bit more complicated, I love it when couples fully embrace their religion. On a cold late fall day, our clients had a Jewish wedding at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, VA, including a tisch and bedeken prior to the ceremony at the chuppah. Some of their guests had never taken part in a tisch or bedeken before and when they saw the signage indicating such, they thought the two words were the names of another couple! Photos by Zoeica Images.

Washington DC wedding Leesburg VA jewish tisch

After the tisch, the groom and his entourage sing and dance their way to find the bride. Photo: Zoeica Images

jewish wedding bedeken Washington DC

The bedeken, or veiling, of the bride. Photo: Zoeica Images

Riverside on the Potomac jewish wedding ceremony winter chuppah

Ceremony under the chuppah. Photo: Zoeica Images

Riverside on the Potomac Leesburg VA wedding reception

The lovely barn at Riverside on the Potomac. Photo: Zoeica Images

Riverside on the Potomac kings table rectangle rustic

We used all rectangular kings tables in order to accommodate a high guest count. Photo: Zoeica Images.

Foremost Caterer NJ kosher BBQ Washington DC jewish wedding

Check out the menu for this kosher BBQ by Foremost Caterers from New Jersey. Delicious food. Photo: Zoeica Images

jewish wedding photography

Our couple had very expressive faces! Photo: Zoeica Images

jewish wedding photography hora

A rousing hora. Photo: Zoeica Images

Production Team
Venue: Riverside on the Potomac
Caterer: Foremost Caterer
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Photographer: Zoeica Images, Chris Williams & Jessica Del Vecchio
Band: Symphonia Orchestra
Flowers: Sherry Bayat
Officiant: Rabbi Ira Brandriss
Cantor / Chazzan: Shimon Nahary
Hair and Makeup: Goli Mohseni
Rentals: Perfect Settings
Tent: Loudoun Event Rentals

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Romantic Summer Wedding for Georgetown Alum at Omni Shoreham Hotel

I loved this couple as they were the kindest people one could meet. This is the part of my job I love the most. Our associates Arielle Blinick, Jennifer Briley and Juanice Jenkins did an outstanding job managing the event, despite temperatures in the high 80s. When you are a teacher, the only time you have available to get married is in the summer. Photos by Documentary Associates

blush pink white soft romantic bridal bouquet Davincis florist

Floral Design: Davincis. Photo: Documentary Associates

Dahlgren Chapel Georgetown University wedding ceremony

Ceremony at Dahlgren Chapel. Photo: Documentary Associates

Fluffy Thoughts textured buttercream wedding cake

Textured Buttercream wedding cake by Fluffy Thoughts. Photo: Documentary Associates

fried chicken wedding food station Omni Shoreham Hotel DC

The Omni Shoreham culinary team did an amazing job with the variety of food stations, including friend chicken and biscuits. Yes please! Photo: Documentary Associates

Lara Andrews belly dancer wedding Washington DC

Guests were entertained by Lara Adrienne, a belly dancer. Photo: Documentary Associates

Omni Shoreham Hotel blush and grey wedding party large

Photo: Documentary Associates

Omni Shoreham Hotel wedding Palladian Ballroom

The gorgeous Palladian Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Photo: Documentary Associates

romantic tall centerpiece blush pink ivory gold candelabra

A mix of high and low centerpieces is not only budget friendly but gives some movement to the room. Photo: Documentary Associates


Production Team
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished
Ceremony Venue: Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University
Reception Venue: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Dominic Sanchez
Photography: Tom Van Veen, Documentary Associates
DJ: Mike Valenti
Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Makeup and Hair: Perry Warren
Floral Design: Davincis Florist
Photobooth: Bialeks Music
Linens: Party Rental
Belly Dancer: Lara Adrienne
Transportation: Reston Limo


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Details from a High Texture Fall Wedding in Georgetown, Washington, DC

I wanted to share with you these unique details from this fall wedding – we even had a George Washington impersonator visit the reception. Included are one of my favorite designs I’ve seen from John Duffy of Yellow Door Floral Designs. The variety of texture and color were so interesting, really embracing the color and feel of the fall season. I also vividly remember a) carrying bags of wedding items walking through the streets of Georgetown, and Michael Connor of Connor Studios is on a bus with another wedding party driving right by me; and b) loading out with John Duffy on a busy Saturday night right on M Street in Georgetown and trying to not get run over by cars and pedestrians. Photos by Jason Keefer Photography. Enjoy! Vicky

fall leaves and branches tall centerpieces DC wedding Yellow Door Floral Design

The drama of the maple leaf branches as centerpieces was achieved with such simplicity. Brilliant! Floral Design: Yellow Door Floral Design. Photo: Jason Keefer Photography

fall DC wedding bouquet texture variety yellow door floral design

Check out this list of all the flowers in this bouquet: autumn leaves, fiddlehead fern, thistle, scabiosa pods, hypericum berries, poppy pods, bittersweet, and echivera succulents. Floral design: Yellow Door Floral Design. Photo: Jason Keefer Photography

George Washington impersonator Washington DC wedding reception

George Washington impersonator visited the reception and gave some martial advice to the newly weds. Photo: Jason Keefer Photograph

Bittersweet escort card arrangement

I loved the juxtaposition of the wildness of the bittersweet vines arrangement next to the modern and linear fonts used in the simple black and white escort cards. Card: Digby & Rose. Photo: Vicky Choy/Event Accomplished

cake topper Pie Sisters wedding

Wedding Pie. Photo: Jason Keefer Photography

pie sisters cuppies

Pie Sister’s Cuppies were the perfect size for the guests to enjoy. Photo: Jason Keefer Photography

Production Team
Ceremony: Faith Lutheran Church, Arlington, VA
Venue & Catering: City Tavern Club
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Dessert: Pie Sisters
Floral Design: Yellow Door Floral Designs
Photographer: Jason Keefer Photography
DJ: Kirkabee Deejays, Kevin O’Donohue
Invitations & Day-of Paper Products: Digby & Rose
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

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Spring Colors Shine at an Omni Shoreham Hotel Wedding

In honor of the spring weather, nothing beats a wedding ceremony held at the lush gardens and gazebo at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This is an oldie but goodie. Enjoy! Vicky

outdoor garden wedding ceremony omni shoreham hotel

Photo: Love Life Images

spring wedding omni shoreham hotel pink lavender soft green Love Life Images

Photo: Love Life Images

Virginia tech grooms cake by Fluffy Thoughts photo Love Life Images

Virginia Tech styled groom’s cake by Fluffy Thoughts. Photo: Love Life Images.

Washington DC theme escort cards Love Life Images

Postcards of Washington DC images served as escort cards. Photo: Love Life Images

Argentinean cake tradition Omni Shoreham hotel wedding by Love Life Images

According to Argentinean tradition, charms attached to ribbons are placed inside the wedding cake. Single women are suppose to pull a ribbon and the lucky lady who gets the one ring charm will get married next. Do you see me in the photo showing the ladies where to look? Photo: Love Life Images

Professional Team
Ceremony and Reception: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Wedding Coordinator: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Photography: Joe Wang for Love Life Images
Florist: Da Vinci Florists
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
DJ: Marc Wilner, Washington Talent
Lighting: Washington Talent
Hair and Make-up: Julie Jackson & Gustavo Mottola
Bridal Shop: Hannelore’s
Dress Designer: Martina Liana


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