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100 Wedding Venues in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia

Happy Wednesday, everyone! One of the first tasks you will tackle is finding a venue to host your wedding. Here is an updated listing of some of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. While this is not a list of all the possible venues in this area, we hope you find this useful as a starting point! — Vicky

Meridian House wedding french new orleans inspired mint blush black gold

Photo: Kurstin Roe Photography

Virginia

Hendry House, Arlington (real wedding)

Westwood Country Club, Vienna (real wedding)

Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly (real wedding)

Chrysalis Winery, Middleburg (real wedding)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (real event)

Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville (real wedding)

Rust Manor, Leesburg

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6, real wedding 7, real wedding 8)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria (real wedding)

River Farm, Alexandria (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir (real wedding)

Hollin Hall, Alexandria (real wedding)

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg (real wedding)

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church (real wedding)

Signature Theatre Arlington (Arlington/Shirlington)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne)

Top of the Town, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg (summer wedding and fall wedding)

George Washington Masonic Memorial Alexandria (real wedding)

International Country Club, Fairfax (real wedding)

Foxchase Manor Manassas (real wedding)

Mount Vernon Inn Alexandria (real wedding)

Khimaira Farm Luray

Westfields Marriott, Chantilly (real Indian wedding)

Army Navy Country Club (Arlington, VA)

Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Lyon Hall, Arlington (real wedding)

Salamander Resort, Middleburg, VA (real wedding)

Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, VA (real wedding)

The Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, Herndon, VA

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast, Middleburg, VA

Bull Run Golf Club, Haymarket, VA (real wedding)

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Sheraton Tysons Hotel, McLean, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (real wedding coming soon)

The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington, VA (real wedding)

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Maryland

Strong Mansion, Dickerson (real wedding)

Gaylord National, National Harbor (real wedding)

Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring (real wedding)

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville (real Indian wedding)

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill (real wedding)

Glenview Mansion, Rockville (real wedding)

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Rockwood Manor, Potomac (real wedding)

Volt Restaurant, Frederick (real wedding)

Strathmore Music Center, North Potomac (real wedding)

Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons (real wedding)

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge, MD

Celebrations at the Bay, Pasadena, MD (real wedding)

Washington, DC

The Hay Adams

Josephine Butler Park Center (real wedding)

Newseum (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (real wedding, real wedding)

Whittemore House

101 Constitution (real wedding)

The City Tavern Club (real wedding)

American Museum of Women in the Arts (real wedding)

Mandarin Oriental

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4)

Sequoia Restaurant (real wedding)

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Fairmont Hotel (real wedding)

Coco Sala Restaurant

Tregaron/Washington International School (real wedding)

Park Hyatt Hotel (real wedding)

Georgetown Marriott (real wedding)

Equality Center

American News Womens Club (real wedding)

Decatur House (real wedding)

Hotel Monaco (real wedding, real wedding)

Carnegie Library (real wedding)

Dumbarton House

The Hamilton Live

Mayflower Hotel (real wedding coming soon)

Carnegie Institute of Science  (real wedding, real wedding)

National Press Club (real wedding)

Eastern Market North Hall (real wedding)

Four Seasons Georgetown

Daughters of the American Revolution

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Categories: Real Wedding, Venue

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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Categories: Real Wedding

84 Wedding Venues in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Are you looking for a venue to host your wedding? Here is an updated listing of some of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. While this is not a list of all the possible venues in this area, we hope you find this useful as a starting point! — Vicky

Washington DC wedding planner _Carnegie Library_Rodney Bailey

Carnegie Library. Photo: Rodney Bailey.

Virginia

Hendry House, Arlington (real wedding)

Westwood Country Club, Vienna (real wedding)

Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly (real wedding)

Chrysalis Winery, Middleburg (real wedding)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (real event)

Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville (real wedding)

Rust Manor, Leesburg

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6, real wedding 7, real wedding 8)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria (real wedding)

River Farm, Alexandria (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir (real wedding)

Hollin Hall, Alexandria (real wedding)

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg (real wedding)

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church (real wedding)

Signature Theatre Arlington (Arlington/Shirlington)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne)

Top of the Town, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg (summer wedding and fall wedding)

George Washington Masonic Memorial Alexandria (real wedding)

International Country Club, Fairfax (real wedding)

Foxchase Manor Manassas (real wedding)

Mount Vernon Inn Alexandria (real wedding)

Khimaira Farm Luray

Westfields Marriott, Chantilly (real Indian wedding)

Army Navy Country Club (Arlington, VA)

Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Lyon Hall, Arlington (real wedding)

Salamander Resort, Middleburg, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, VA (real wedding coming soon)

The Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, Herndon, VA

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast, Middleburg, VA

Maryland

Strong Mansion, Dickerson (real wedding)

Gaylord National, National Harbor (real wedding)

Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring (real wedding)

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville (real Indian wedding)

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill (real wedding)

Glenview Mansion, Rockville (real wedding)

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Rockwood Manor, Potomac (real wedding)

Volt Restaurant, Frederick (real wedding)

Strathmore Music Center, North Potomac

Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons (real wedding coming soon)

Washington, DC

The Hay Adams

Josephine Butler Park Center (real wedding)

Newseum (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (real wedding)

Whittemore House

101 Constitution (real wedding)

The City Tavern Club

American Museum of Women in the Arts

Mandarin Oriental

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Sequoia Restaurant

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Fairmont Hotel (real wedding)

Coco Sala Restaurant

Tregaron/Washington International School (real wedding)

Park Hyatt Hotel (real wedding)

Georgetown Marriott (real wedding)

Equality Center

American News Womens Club (real wedding)

Decatur House (real wedding)

Hotel Monaco (real wedding)

Carnegie Library (real wedding coming soon)

Dumbarton House

The Hamilton Live

 

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2015 Updated List of DC, MD, VA Wedding Venues

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We want to share an updated listing of some of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. While this is not a list of all the possible venues in this area, we hope you find this useful as a starting point! — Vicky

view from 101 Constitution SweetTeaPhotography

Photo by Lisa Marie O’Quinn, Sweet Tea Photography The view from 101 Constitution

Virginia

Hendry House, Arlington (real wedding)

Westwood Country Club, Vienna (real wedding)

Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly (real wedding)

Chrysalis Winery, Middleburg (real wedding)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (real event)

Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville (real wedding)

Rust Manor, Leesburg

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6, real wedding 7, real wedding 8)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria (real wedding)

River Farm, Alexandria (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church (real wedding)

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir (real wedding)

Hollin Hall, Alexandria (real wedding)

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg (real wedding)

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church (real wedding)

Signature Theatre Arlington (Arlington/Shirlington)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne)

Top of the Town, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg (summer wedding and fall wedding)

George Washington Masonic Memorial Alexandria (real wedding)

International Country Club, Fairfax (real wedding)

Foxchase Manor Manassas (real wedding)

Mount Vernon Inn Alexandria (real wedding)

Khimaira Farm Luray

Westfields Marriott, Chantilly (real Indian wedding)

Army Navy Country Club (Arlington, VA)

Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Lyon Hall, Arlington (real wedding)

Salamander Resort, Middleburg, VA (real wedding coming soon)

Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, VA (real wedding coming soon)

The Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville

Maryland

Gaylord National, National Harbor (real wedding)

Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring (real wedding)

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville (real Indian wedding)

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill (real wedding)

Glenview Mansion, Rockville (real wedding)

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Rockwood Manor, Potomac (real wedding)

Volt Restaurant, Frederick (real wedding)

Strathmore Music Center, North Potomac

Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons (real wedding coming soon)

Washington, DC

Newseum (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (real wedding)

Whittemore House

101 Constitution (real wedding)

The City Tavern Club

American Museum of Women in the Arts

Mandarin Oriental

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Sequoia Restaurant

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Fairmont Hotel (real wedding)

Coco Sala Restaurant

Tregaron/Washington International School (real wedding)

Park Hyatt Hotel (real wedding)

Georgetown Marriott (real wedding)

Equality Center

American News Womens Club (real wedding)

Decatur House (real wedding)

Hotel Monaco (real wedding)

Carnegie Library (real wedding coming soon)

Dumbarton House

The Hamilton Live

 

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2014 Updated List of DC, MD, VA wedding venues

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We want to share an updated listing of some of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. While this is not a list of all the possible venues in this area, we hope you find this useful as a starting point! — Vicky

Newseum wedding organic

Photo: Amber Wilkie

Hendry House, Arlington (real wedding)

Westwood Country Club, Vienna (real wedding)

Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly (real wedding)

Chrysalis Winery, Middleburg (real wedding)

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (real event)

Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville (real wedding)

Rust Manor, Leesburg

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6, real wedding 7, real wedding 8)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria (real wedding)

River Farm, Alexandria (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church (real wedding)

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir (real wedding)

Hollin Hall, Alexandria (real wedding)

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg (real wedding)

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church (real wedding)

Signature Theatre Arlington (Arlington/Shirlington)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne)

Top of the Town, Arlington (real wedding, real wedding)

Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg (summer wedding and fall wedding)

George Washington Masonic Memorial Alexandria (real wedding)

International Country Club, Fairfax (real wedding)

Foxchase Manor Manassas (real wedding)

Mount Vernon Inn Alexandria (real wedding)

Khimaira Farm Luray

Westfields Marriott, Chantilly (real Indian wedding)

Army Navy Country Club (Arlington, VA)

Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Lyon Hall, Arlington (real wedding)

Maryland

Gaylord National, National Harbor (real wedding)

Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring (real wedding)

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville (real Indian wedding)

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill (real wedding)

Glenview Mansion, Rockville (real wedding)

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Rockwood Manor, Potomac (real wedding)

Volt Restaurant, Frederick (real wedding)

Strathmore Music Center, North Potomac

Washington, DC

Newseum (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (real wedding)

Whittemore House

101 Constitution (real wedding)

The City Tavern Club

American Museum of Women in the Arts

Mandarin Oriental

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Sequoia Restaurant

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Fairmont Hotel (real wedding)

Coco Sala Restaurant

Tregaron/Washington International School (real wedding)

Park Hyatt Hotel (real wedding)

Georgetown Marriott (real wedding)

Equality Center

American News Womens Club (real wedding)

Decatur House (real wedding)

Hotel Monaco (real wedding)

 

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2013 Updated List of DC, MD, VA wedding venues

Happy Monday, everyone! We want to start you off this week with an updated listing of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. We hope you find this useful! — Vicky

Sunset Crest Manor Chantilly Virginia wedding tent summer

Photo: Baltazar Photography

Northern Virginia

Westwood Country Club, Vienna (real wedding)

Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilly (real wedding)

Chrysalis Winery, Middleburg

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (real event)

Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville

Rust Manor, Leesburg

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3, real wedding 4, real wedding 5, real wedding 6, real wedding 7)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (real wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria

River Farm, Alexandria (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir

Hollin Hall, Alexandria

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church

Signature Theatre Arlington (Shirlington, VA)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne, VA)

Top of the Town, Arlington (real wedding)

Middleburg Community Center (Middleburg, VA) – summer wedding and fall wedding

George Washington Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, VA)

International Country Club (Fairfax, VA)

Foxchase Manor (Manassas, VA)

Mount Vernon Inn (Alexandria, VA)

Khimaira Farm (Luray, VA)

Maryland

Gaylord National, National Harbor (real wedding)

Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring

Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (real wedding 1, real wedding 2)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill

Glenview Mansion, Rockville

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Rockwood Manor (Potomac)

Washington, DC

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (real wedding)

Whittemore House

101 Constitution

The City Tavern Club

American Museum of Women in the Arts

Mandarin Oriental

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (real wedding 1, real wedding 2, real wedding 3)

Sequoia Restaurant

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (real wedding, real wedding, real wedding, real wedding)

Newseum

Fairmont Hotel

Coco Sala Restaurant

Tregaron/Washington International School

Park Hyatt Hotel

Georgetown Marriott

Equality Center

American News Womens Club

Decatur House

Hotel Monaco (real wedding)

 

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Real Wedding: Colorful Fusion at Glen Echo Park (Part 3)

glen echo park wedding bride and groom dancing

Photo: Joseph Allen Photography

Go back if you missed Part 1 (the intro) and Part 2 (the design).

There is a statistic out there somewhere that says, on average, 43 businesses are involved with producing a wedding. It sure felt like it! Sorry for the long post below.

Ceremony Venue: Oxon Hill Manor. [Read about my previous review here] Because of the rain, we had to move the ceremony indoors, which is not really ideal for 130+ people. We had a mandap that took up some space and a large (16) wedding party so that reduced the seating capacity of the room we used. We were able to have some additional seating in the other rooms in spots where the guests could still see the ceremony taking place. As I mentioned in a previous post, the event staff is challenging to work with. Even though they requested floor plans, and I submitted very detailed ones, I noticed that they had set up the chairs incorrectly in the gardens. Had the weather permitted us to have the ceremony outdoors, my staff and I would have had to rearrange the chairs.

Reception Venue: Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion and Cuddle Up [Emily Mah]. Emily is really easy to work with and very helpful. When we heard how much rain we were going to have, she came through with allowing the photographer and the wedding party to take photos inside the Spanish Ballroom and the results were amazing! The carousel is also a great photo op. There is a ranger on site during your event in case you need help. Even though we had a bus service for the wedding party, the Cuddle Up and Bumper Car Pavilion are very far from the parking lot. Keep this in mind if you have guests that have trouble walking. There is a closer entrance (near the rail car), but even that wasn’t close enough when it’s raining cats and dogs. Also know that your caterer will need a tent adjacent to the Bumper Car Pavilion.

Caterer: Windows Catering. [We worked with Danielle Couick, who is now with Evoke]. Because the couple was interested in a mix of Indian and American cuisine and also need great vegetarian options, we really needed a caterer that could handle it all. Windows made the whole process very easy. They work with an Indian caterer (not a restaurant) and was able to design a menu that fit all out needs. I’m looking forward to working with Windows again this fall with Nicole.

Photographer: Joseph Allen. The groom knew Joseph from the charity work they had done together in the past and Joseph had photographed one of their friend’s wedding so it was a natural choice. Joseph has an incredible eye, especially the portraits of the bride and groom. They had a magazine-editorial styling that were just gorgeous. He worked really hard that day and never once complained about the conditions.

Floral Designer: Urban Petals, Sarah von Pollaro. The bride gave some general ideas to Sarah and she ran with it. The results were a vibrant mix of flowers that tied together all the colors we used.

Band: The Mustangs. This was the first time a client of mine has expressed that music was their top priority. It’s usually in the top 5 but rarely #1. Luckily, the couple had heard the band play before and loved their energy. They wanted a band that can do great Motown, has great musicians, and just look like they love performing without being cheesy. They delivered!

Hindu Ceremony Decorator: Prabha Bhambri. It’s too bad we didn’t end up having the ceremony outdoors. Prabha has these beautiful market umbrellas (that happened to be in our color scheme) that we were going to be placed throughout the patio to shield the guests from sunshine. We ended up creating a pathway with them inside the foyer of the house but it just wasn’t the same.

Ceremony DJ: Bob Artman, Artman DJs.

Rehearsal Dinner: The City Tavern Club

Save-the-Date Cards, Ceremony Programs, Table Numbers: Event Accomplished. I had featured their paper set in this previous post.

Transportation: Reston Limo (large bus and sedan service). I really made my rep, Dan Oh, work hard for this wedding. He helped priced out various scenarios I had came up with and was very patient. We had anticipated a guest who would be using a wheelchair and had reserved a handicapped accessible bus. The hotel where the guests were staying was located on a one-way street in DC with its entrance on the left side of the street. Our bus driver called me prior to arriving at the hotel to say that he was almost there but that it would be unsafe for the wheelchair-bound guest to get on the bus since the bus door was on the right hand side and the guest would be exposed to oncoming traffic. I didn’t even think of that! Unfortunately, the guest decided not to attend the wedding. But I’m sure that if she did, the driver would have suggested a safer solution for us.

Rentals: Perfect Settings

Wedding Invitations: Papeterie

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Hair Styling: Andre Chreky Salon

Makeup Artist: Wanda Sossa

Phew! Catching up on more real weddings next week! Have a great weekend, Vicky

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Categories: Fusion wedding, Indian weddings, Real Wedding

Real Wedding: Colorful Fusion at Glen Echo Park (Part 2)

Back in Part 1, we began the story of Erin and Koonal’s wedding.  Working with two very stylish people, I knew we would come up with a concept for their wedding that embraced everything about the two of them.

Style Inspiration: This wedding was truly the definition of a fusion wedding in every sense of the word. The wedding was a perfect mix of Erin and Koonal’s personal styles, which are more urban and trendy with a tiny mix of preppy, and their individual backgrounds. All of which were reflected in every choice they made.

Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion Wedding

The Bumper Car Pavilion set for dinner and dancing

With a highly stylized venue like Glen Echo Park, there is a fine line between coming up a with a look that worked with, rather than fight against, the character of the space and a look that can be seen as kitschy. Thoughts of Cotton Candy or Popcorn carts came to mind but we decided to be inspired by the park rather than replicate it.  The table numbers had an illustration of a bumper car, which was the closest we got to anything park related. The bride wanted a ‘stylish country’ feel so we used chicken wire fencing as the backing for holding the escort cards, which had a photo of each guest with the bride or groom. The hanging round paper lanterns helped to make the space feel more intimate.

bumper car illustration table number

Can you see the bumper car illustration amidst the flowers? Our talented graphic designer embedded the table number in the bumper car!

escort cards clipped to chicken wire

Guests looking for their table assignments. Each escort card had a photo of the guest with the bride or groom.


Colors: The colors for the wedding were inspired by the two different color shawls worn by the bridesmaids. One had orange and fuchsia, and the other had teal and purple. These vibrant colors are prominent in Hindu wedding decor and attire, a nod to the groom’s heritage. We used them throughout in the ceremony decor, all the paper products [click here to see their design set], the flowers, the linens, and the lanterns. We used teal and purple linens for cocktail hour and then orange and fuchsia linens for dinner. The white napkins and chairs calmed the vibrant colors.

colorful silk wraps

Close up of the wraps worn by the bridesmaids that inspired the whole color palette.

The Setting: For the ceremony, Erin and Koonal wanted to honor their respective families and treat it as a sacred and reverential experience. Because they wanted it to be more formal, they chose Oxon Hill Manor and its beautiful mansion and grounds. We completely switched gears for the reception. Erin and Koonal wanted this part of the celebration to be much more casual and relaxed so they chose Glen Echo Park. What a hidden gem! Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served in the Cuddle Up, while dinner and dancing were held in a former Bumper Car Pavilion.

Glen Echo Park Cuddle Up for wedding cocktail hour

Cocktail hour in the Cuddle Up

Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion night wedding reception

Bumper Car Pavilion lit up at night

Wedding ceremony – The ceremony took place under a mandap and was performed by a Lutheran minister and a Hindu priest. The groom and his family began with a bharat, a processional with joyous music and dancing. [Read more about Hindu weddings here] During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle. The basic structure of the ceremony was a Lutheran ceremony with important Hindu elements inserted. It all worked really well together. I really enjoy fusion ceremonies and seeing how two different religions combine at the joining of two people.

Oxon Hill Manor Hindu wedding bharat

The groom's family led the bharat and was soon to be greeted by the bride's family.

Oxon Hill Manor Hindu wedding

Due to rain, we had to move the ceremony indoors. Otherwise, it would have taken place out in the gorgeous gardens

Food: With the bride and groom and a number of their guests being vegetarians, we had a great time working with Windows Catering on coming up with a menu. The final menu had a balanced selections of Indian and American flavors, ending with a sundae bar perfect for summer weddings.

Stay tuned for Part 3, the vendor roundup! — Vicky

All Photos (except the one of the wraps): Joseph Allen Photography

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Real Wedding: Colorful Fusion at Glen Echo Park (Part 1)

Glen Echo Park wedding brideRemember the weekend Hurricane Bill passed by our area last summer? While the torrential downpour made for a messy day, it did not dampen the spirits of our couple and their guests!

It was fate that brought Erin, Koonal and me together but I am so honored that they chose me as their wedding planner. Erin and Koonal are lovely people and by the way they look at each other, you can tell how much they adore one another. I admire their work ethic in their respective jobs, their sense of style and totally envious of their modern and sleek condo. It’s clients like them that makes me so happy that I chose this profession.

Come back next week to read about the overall wedding design style and the vendor reviews.

I want to extend my gratitude to my incredibly talented and hard working team, especially Juanice, Megan and Melanie.  Despite the incredibly amount of work we had and monsoon-like weather, none of them complained about how wet they were and was completely focused on assisting (and shielding) the guests and our vendor teams.

— Vicky

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