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Cait & Bill’s Black & Gold, Washington DC Wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science

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Images: Stephen Gosling Photography

You might remember this super adorable couple from their chilly (how appropriate for today) DC engagement pictures. Cait & Bill have some killer style & a love for DC and both of those things were SO apparent in their gorgeous DC wedding. I LOVE their gold & black color palette (with a hint of vintage, art deco flair) and how all their details came together. Cait & Bill are a self proclaimed casual couple, and they really wanted their wedding to be a reflection of them (well you all know how I feel about that).

They shared, “Our goal was for family and friends to feel like they were at a party or dinner at our place (in this case a really special party!). This was our approach to the whole wedding, and it extended from the large details (getting married by our closest friend) to the small ones (the bar selection). It may have felt like a fancier dinner at our place with a lot more people, but in the end, the wedding was a reflection of us and our relationship.”

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On their wedding venue, the Carnegie Institution for Science:

The Carnegie Institution for Science was one of wedding planning’s easiest decisions. We knew from our first tour that it was the place we wanted to be married–it’s so beautiful without being overdone. Honestly, we didn’t look anywhere else. I liked the idea of having separate rooms for the ceremony, dinner, and reception, but at the same time the venue flows together seamlessly. I have to mention how working with Becky was the cherry on top of the whole experience at the Carnegie. She’s the absolute best.

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The Carnegie is so classic that you don’t need to go over the top with color or decor. I felt like we could do a lot with black and gold, and it made DIYs especially easy for color selection. If you ask Bill, the colors are because black and gold are his elementary school colors, and he’s a nostalgic guy. Go Brookside Bulldogs!

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Bill purchased my engagement ring from the local jeweler at home where my step-dad purchased my mom’s. When it came time to purchase our bands, it was no question that we would get them from Finkle’s. I love the tradition of it.

What made our wedding so special to us was the involvement of our family and friends. From our invites that were beautifully addressed by our friend Kathryn to the beer that was crafted by close friends, very few details weren’t touched by someone we loved.

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Love this sequence of the first look!!

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Click inside for SO MUCH more of Cait & Bill’s adorable black & gold DC wedding – including a look at our DIY Chalkboard Signs workshop working in real life!!

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Sara & Matt’s DIY, Modern Purple Whittemore House Wedding in Washington DC

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[Images: Linda Wang Photography]

Tiffany of Simply Breathe Events sent over this DARLING modern Washington DC wedding today! Sara & Matt picked the delightful Whittemore house for their venue, and while it’s more of a traditional place, they upped the modern factor with their style choices and bright purple color palette. There are SO many fun details from this DC wedding feature.

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We looked at A LOT of wedding venues. We really wanted a space that felt intimate and warm, and wouldn’t require us to do a whole lot of decorating. We knew pretty much from the moment we walked into Whittemore House that was going to work for us. We knew it would feel cozy, and we could bring our personal touch to it without having to do up the whole space.

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I wanted to keep the colors simple so they would make the rest of the details and decisions easier, not harder. I chose a range of purples matched with gold and ivory, thinking purple was a flexible palette that wouldn’t clash no matter what shades came out. The bridesmaids got to choose any purple dress they liked, and they came out pretty different!

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A Fashion Forward, Modern Washington DC Wedding Styled Shoot

A little “fashion forward” wedding inspiration from you today from one FABULOUS team of DC wedding vendors! Alison Harper & Company teamed up to bring you the STYLE with a super edgey and modern bride & groom fashion shoot. Happy Friday and hope you all have a GREAT WEEKEND (Go Penn State!!).

A Fashion Forward, Modern Washington DC Wedding Styled Bride & Groom

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Venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. | Photographer: Michelle Lindsay Photography | Suits: Christopher Schaffer Clothier | Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria | Florals: Studio DBI | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Garter: The Garter Girl | Head Piece: Katie Burley Millinery | Lighting: Yours Truly Lighting & Decor

From Alison Harper & Co:

We wanted to style the couple in a little more of a modern and editorial style. We wanted to see an over the top dress and a very dapper groom. We were lucky enough to have access to the beautiful corcoran gallery of art. They allowed us to shoot Emily and George in the stunning room, I refer to as the Marie Antoinette room. This gold gilded room was rarely open to photography and only intimate wedding events. Emily was stunning and she and George hammed it up for us. They were great to work with. Emily even said she’d have to get a dress this stunning for her own wedding with George when they are ready!

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I mean. Stunning right? Now GO OUTSIDE and enjoy this GORGEOUS weather.

Alexis & Jason’s Modern Washington DC Wedding at the W Hotel

If it’s one thing I love about the DC wedding scene, it’s the VARIETY you get. One second it’s a super DIY art gallery wedding, the next is a rustic, barn wedding and then it’s like Jason and Alexis’ DC wedding – super chic and modern. I love changing it up on Capitol Romance and trying not to stick to much to one theme or look of a wedding and really just finding weddings that have true personality – where the couples’ own personalities really shine through. I think Alexis & Jason really accomplished this. They met their freshmen year of Business School at GW, but it took them 10 years of friendship to finally realize that what they had been looking for in a partner, was actually each other!

Thanks to Rebecca Dick of Blue Canary Events for submitting this one and Jpix Studio for the images!

Alexis & Jason’s Modern, Chic Washington DC Wedding at the W Hotel

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Planner: Rebecca Dick, Blue Canary Events | Photographers: Catron and Jermaine Turner, Jpix Studio | Ceremony and Reception VenueW Hotel | DJ: Van Petty, My Deejay | Ceremony Music: Damon Foreman, Bialek’s Music | Florist: Barbara Von Elm, Growing Wild Floral Company | Hair: Jeanice Davis, Bouvier International Salon | Makeup: Marcia Green | Officiant: Jonathan Poling, Friend of the Couple | LightingPSAV | Draping: Drape Kings | Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang from Saks Jandel | Bridesmaids Dresses: Tadashi Shoji from Neiman Marcus | Groom’s Tuxedo: Yves Saint Laurent | Groomsmen Tuxedos: Vera Wang at Men’s Warehouse | Invitations and Save the DateDigby & Rose | DC Themed Escort Cards and Table Numbers: Shanna Wirtz, Shanna Michele Designs

A note about their wedding from the event planners:

I would describe their wedding as DC chic with a modern, non-traditionalist focus.  In fact, their invitation didn’t even include the word “wedding” on it!  Their goal was to share a decadent meal with their friends and spend the rest of the night bringing down the house on the dance floor. Their reception entrance song, Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” probably sums it up about perfectly!

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Sarah & Dave’s Modern, Intimate Washington DC Wedding at Fathom Gallery

It’s been far too long since we’ve had Sweet Tea Photography on the blog! But she sent us this darling, modern DC wedding at one of my favorite new(ish) venues in DC and I just couldn’t say no! Fathom Gallery is SO much awesome. Located right in Logan Circle, super industrial meets modern design (the barn doors Sarah & Dave got married under will make you want to move in – I always do every time I’m there), lots of the furniture is provided, and the gallery even prints YOUR photos and hangs them around the gallery during your event!

Seriously. This place is so rad and I am SO pumped that I get to work there in June! I loved how Sarah & Dave used pops of red in their flowers against the sleek, white of the gallery. I also love how even though their wedding was small, it didn’t stop them from having SO much fun once the party started. Thanks again to Sweet Tea Photography for sending us this one!

Sarah & Dave’s Modern, Intimate Washington DC Wedding at Fathom Gallery

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Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Venue: Fathom Gallery | Wedding Planner: Some Kind of Wonderful Events | Bride’s Dress: Heidi Elnora via Soliloquy Bridal Couture | Catering: 42 Degrees of Catering | Florist: Lynn Vale Studios | DJ: DJ Rich, Bialek’s Music | Celebrant: Capitol Hill Celebrant

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In a truly artful fashion, Sarah and David were married at Fathom Gallery. The couple’s immediate family gathered for a touching and intimate ceremony in front of the gallery’s sliding silver doors (the feature that sold Sarah on the location). Immediately following the ceremony, the rest of the guests hit the dance floor while sporting sunglasses made for the special day, dancing to music provided by DJ Rich from Bialek’s.

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Special touches included linens from the groom’s sister’s wedding for the buffet, framed pictures of the couples hanging throughout the gallery, markers at a dry erase wall for the children to draw on and guests to write greetings and best wishes, and a beautiful roof top deck where guests cool down from dancing.

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Marie & Alex’s Modern’s Katzen Arts Center DC Wedding Ceremony

In the fall we shared Marie & Alex’s AWESOMELY nontraditional DC wedding reception party at Policy and now we are super pumped to get to share their beautiful DC wedding ceremony at the Katzen Arts Center (at American University) thanks to The Plannery & Roman Grinev Photography. Similar to their awesome reception, Marie & Alex did things their way – keeping their vendors local and making decisions based on importance to them. Marie shared, “We focused on the details that mattered to us, and both loved how things turned out. ” Amen sister!

Alex & Marie’s Modern, Nontraditional DC Wedding Ceremony at Katzen Arts Center

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Photographer: Roman Grinev Photography | Wedding Planner: The Plannery | Venue: Katzen Arts Center | Officiant: Rev. Julie Price | Cake Topper: The Bride’s Parents | Dried Bouquet: New Hampshire Woods Creation on Etsy | Bride’s Dress: Purchased through The Brides’s Project

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On their modern DC venue choice:

Katzen is an AMAZING venue – if you are flexible (it’s only available mid-May through mid-August and you can’t book until January), it’s a beautiful space and the folks there are great to work with.

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On doing something nontraditional for their DC wedding:

None of the other traditions were particularly important to us, and we figured with a short afternoon, the fewer “traditional” wedding reception things we did, the more time we could spend with our guests!

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Rev. Julie Price was a wonderful officiant. She helped us write our own ceremony and it was perfect – beautiful, personal, and a great representation of what we want our marriage to be.

Click inside for the rest of Marie & Alex’s super awesome, nontraditional DC wedding!

Josh & Annie’s Local Washington DC Wedding at Josephine Butler House

Today’s DC wedding feature is making it pretty easy to get back into the swing of blogging post Key West (minus my frozen fingers in this 40 degree weather, it was a balmy 80 in FL!). Josh & Annie wanted a laid-back, fun and local wedding that incorporated three themes: participation, impact, and meaning. I just LOVE that they shared these 3 main focus points as the most important factors in their wedding planning. What did they mean by those three words, well I’ll let them tell you in their own voice:

Participation. We wanted to find ways to involve our friends and family and interests as much as possible. Rather than spend a lot of money, we wanted to use the wedding as a way to re-connect us to people and to spend time doing what we enjoy.

Impact. We wanted to minimize the environmental impact and try to keep it local.

Meaning. It sounds silly to say, but we wanted to make sure the wedding had meaning for us, not just our family or guests.

And boy did they accomplish this beautifully! A special thanks to Knotty Photos for sharing the images and details for Josh & Annie’s Washington DC wedding feature! Enjoy.

Josh & Annie’s Personalized, Local DC Wedding at Josephine Butler Center

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Photography: Knotty Photos | Wedding Coordinator: Margo with Bright Occasions | Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center | Catering: Rachael with R&R Catering & Chef Richard Webber | Pies: Curvy Mama Pies | Cake: Andrea Mueller | Officiant: Cantor Ellen Schwab | Band: Gina DeSimone & the Moaners | Hair Stylist: Melissa at Trim Salon | Silhouette Artist: Alex with Tiny Paper Portraits | Pinwheels: DIY | Ketubah: Designed by friend | Chuppah: Painted by Michelle Bercovici, Pillars designed by Dave Haffner | Rings: David Vanover, Etsy | Beer: Chocolate City  Brewery

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How they met:

Josh and Annie were introduced by their mutual friend, Danny Marx in 2011. The first encounter was when Josh brought homemade sausage to an informal gathering at Annie’s house. Naturally, Annie responded with joy and suggested that the sausages be beer boiled and fried in bacon grease (stored in her WWII style grease container). Josh was impressed.

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The proposal:

Josh proposed at the Brewers Art in Baltimore. His pre-proposal plans did not go exactly as planned. First, they missed a turn on their kayaking trip on Dundee Creek (outside Baltimore) and ended up paddling for 10 miles instead of the intended 4. Which turned their romantic dinner at Helmond into more of a re-hydration exercise. Then it started to rain. Defeated, we dipped into Annie’s favorite Baltimore bar and found ourselves laughing and having a great time, despite the bad luck. So Josh decided “why not”, leaned over in the barstool (the floor was dirty), took out the ring and popped the question. She said yes. Then they took shots with the bartender.

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The bride & groom’s favorite moments from their wedding day:

Annie’s favorite moment: My favorite moment was probably walking up the stairs together after the ceremony, and walking into the reception room set up, with our friends and family there. The tables were set with the centerpieces we had grown, and the pinwheels I made, and suddenly the product of all of this work was right before us, and it looked amazing. It sounds corny, but it really was how I had pictured it.

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Josh’s favorite moment: I liked it when our officiant forgot to fill the first cup of wine and told Annie and I to “fake it” when taking our first sip. It broke the ice a bit and helped make me feel settled. But my highlight was probably the dancing. After the ceremony was done, I wanted nothing more than to just dance with everyone and enjoy the evening with our closest friends and family there.

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John & Aleza’s Modern, Teal Washington DC Wedding

The groom in today’s real DC wedding feature and I actually have a funny “how we met” story. What feels like a million years ago, John and I actually met at a sushi restaurant, as my co-worker at the time, was our mutual friend. We met a few other times through this mutual friend, then learning that we actually worked at the same day job. And then John started a Groom blog [The Outspoken Groom – check it out!] and we connected a bit more over blogging. And then John proposed to his girlfriend Aleza, and so our emails turned more towards vendor recommendation. John collaborated with us on our John & Abigail Adams Love Story Styled Shoot and found their florist through it and I was happy to send a few other suggestions their way.

The result was a beautiful, modern DC wedding with so much of their awesome personalities tied in. They chose teal for their color and used it perfectly throughout their wedding details. Studio DBI nailed it with the flowers, and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Border Row Productions‘ wedding video :) But I think my favorite detail of John & Aleza’s wedding is their ever-present laughter. You can see just how happy and good-natured these two love birds are in almost every, single, picture from their wedding. Thanks to Ken Pak Photography for the images.

John & Aleza’s Modern, Teal Washington DC Wedding

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Photographer: Ken Pak Photography | Videographer: Border Row Productions | Venue: Westin Georgetown | Flowers: Studio DBI | Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop | Band: SLY45 | Hair Stylist: Jewel Hair Design | Makeup: Audrey Lee

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On their DC wedding venue selection:

We love gallivanting around DC on weekends, exploring new coffee shops, bars and markets. So as soon as we got engaged we both agreed a DC wedding is the only option for us. This was also around the same time I started the and she started a new job, so I tried to help out planning as much as possible (where I could, ha). We first visited historical homes and museums around the city thinking that was the best way we could incorporate DC-aspects, but as soon as we visited the Westin in Georgetown we fell in love with the venue, and realized we can be as creative with the space as possible.

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I love the pops of teal that John got into the groomsmen’s getups. Those teal tie clips?! LOVE

While we didn’t plan for it at all (even though we’re huge fans), several of our guests were telling us we looked like something out of Mad Men. Looking back at pictures though, custom fit groomsmen suits with skinny ties and her lace wedding dress with the fishnet veil probably gives off that vibe. We’re not complaining! It was impossible to find ties that matched the bridesmaid peacock teal dress color though, so instead all the groomsmen wore teal tie bars, polka dot teal socks and I added the little extra with teal shoe laces. All about the subtle things.

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Before the ceremony, we went to Meridian Hill Park for pictures with the wedding party.

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Click inside for the rest of John & Aleza’s modern, teal Washington DC wedding at the Westin in Georgetown.

Capitol Romance: Lauren & Jeremy’s Modern, Classy Day After Wedding Portrait Session in DC

We’re back this afternoon with a stunning, classy day-after wedding portrait session in Washington, DC. The session, from Terri Baskin Photography, features a gorgeous couple with some seriously classy and modern style. Plus the bride has tattoos, bold makeup & a rockin’ statement necklace – so you know I’m in heaven :)

Other than the beautiful pictures for the shoot, I loved the details and reasoning from the couple, Lauren & Jeremy, on why they decided to do formal, styled pictures the day after the wedding. To them, it was simple, after going to a few weddings where the couple seemed to be MIA from most of the cocktails [due to pictures] they knew they didn’t want that to be the case for their wedding. To them, spending time with their guests was THE most important part of their wedding day – so they pushed their portraits to the day-after with some beautiful styling.

Jeremy & Lauren’s Modern & Classy, Day-After  Washington DC Wedding Portrait Session

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Photographer: Terri Baskin Photography | Make-Up Artist: Ericka Marie | Event Planner:  Miraculous Events | Floral Designer:  Wedding Muse | Wedding Dress Store:  Formal Envy | Submitted: Two Bright Lights

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