This morning’s Northern Virginia wedding feature includes a ton of awesome choreographed dancing – as the bride was a former NYC choreographer and WNBA New York Liberty Dancer!! The couple wanted a whimsical forest themed wedding, filled with a sense of magic – and they compiled a bunch of DC area wedding vendors to make it happen!
Thanks to Irene Adbou Photography & Two Bright Lights, I get to share Natasha & Alonzo’s stunning, modern whimsical forest wedding with you all! Natasha & Alonzo infused their wedding with their own beliefs [a Buddhist & Christian wedding ceremony] and chic sense of style. I am absolutely in love with the moss green bridesmaids dresses with their chic black bows!
Alonzo & Natasha’s Magical Forest Themed Wedding in Alexandria, VA
Vendors: Hair Stylist: Beau Totale Aveda Concept Salon | Floral Designer: The Enchanted Florist | Musicians: Sage String Quartet | Reception Venue: Lorien Hotel & Spa | Invitation Designer: The Dandelion Patch | Dress Store: Hannelore’s of Olde Town | DJ: Ed Jackson Entertainment | Ceremony Location: Lorien Hotel and Spa
The couple wanted a Whimsical Forest theme for their wedding and to encapture that idea, Natasha filled the wedding design with eclectic, magical touches. She brought in elements of natural wood for the gift table, topiary tree escort card holders, cascading white and green flower arrangements (including hanging green amaranthus) on the reception dinner tables, table numbers with pictures of peacocks that Natasha took in New Mexico and place cards showcasing exotic trees from different countries.
I am in LOVE with the huge black bows on the green bridesmaids dresses. SO freakin’ stylish!
Click inside to see the rest of the amazing Buddhist-Christian wedding ceremony & reception details from this whimsical, Forrest themed wedding in Alexandria VA!
In keep with the mystical/magical theme the ceremony was adorned with many interesting details, Buddha heads, dragonflies, & lanterns:
Treasure chests complete with candles and balls of bark lined the entrance of the ceremony aisle, and Buddha head statues greeted guests halfway down the aisle. Ceremony programs carried beautiful embossed dragonflies. Two flower girls carried flower baskets made from real acacia wood. Spiritual readings from both Christianity and Buddhism added worldly touches. Lanterns on pillars marked each side of the altar.
The couple included an antique wishing well that guests threw wishes into replaced the traditional guestbook and added a feeling of enchantment.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, Natasha is a choreographer, so naturally she choreographed dances for both her and her bridesmaids AND for her and her husband’s first dance!
Natasha offered up some awesome advice to couples in the early stages of wedding planning:
Knowing what you want before going in to see vendors saves valuable time. Owning your personal style and sticking to it meant that I was able to clearly describe my vision to others, which helped the vendors create exactly what I wanted. Organization is also key.
Congratulations Natasha & Alonzo – thank you for sharing your gorgeous, mystical forest themed wedding with us! A special thanks again to Irene Abdou Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this modern Northern Virginia wedding feature possible!