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A Vibrant Backyard Wedding in Georgetown, Inspired by a Hot Air Balloon Proposal

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Feb 262016
 
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Sometimes the very best things happen when you least expect it. Just ask David Barnhart and Kevin Ford, who first met when David hired Kevin as a personal trainer. "We became best friends, and the rest is history!" says David. In August of 2013, Kevin and David both knew they wanted to get married. They decided to propose to each other, so they took a secret trip to Napa Valley. "Kevin surprised me. He had the rings we'd bought [to eventually use as wedding bands] with him on our sunrise hot air balloon ride, and we spontaneously exchanged rings and proposed to one another," says David. Their planners, Jamie and Kate of Simply Chic Events, latched on to the hot air balloon theme, infusing the grooms' reception with vibrant hues and mixing in woven elements to mimic the balloon baskets.

An unexpected twist? The weather. The original plan had been an intimate Friday evening ceremony for 110 guests in their Georgetown backyard on June 13, 2014, followed by a formal dinner at Tudor Place, a gorgeous property across the street, and then a festive bash for 230 the next evening. "A few days before the wedding, we realized it was going to be pouring, so we changed the schedule," says Kevin. Instead, they had a formal pre-wedding dinner on Friday night, then asked the guests to come to their home on Saturday before the party to witness the backyard ceremony. Once vows were exchanged, they headed to The Powerhouse for the reception. "We were lucky that the ceremony was at our home, so we could change the schedule as needed," says David. And even with the hiccups, it was absolutely stunning. But don't take our word for it — see the breathtaking details below, photographed by Jose Villa.

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A combination of neutrals and textures added depth to the invitation suite, with contemporary calligraphy and gold elements blending perfectly into the modern design.

While they didn't have favors, Kevin and David put together welcome bags for out of town guests, with elements from both of their hometowns as well as their current home in D.C. They added baseballs for the kids, Georgetown Cupcakes, and milk jars as a nod to the dairy farm where David grew up.

Kevin and David wrote notes to one another to share before their ceremony, and had their calligrapher, Angelique Ink, write out the letters onto gorgeous gray paper.

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On Friday, guests gathered for cocktails at Tudor Place before heading to the sailcloth dinner tent.

The grooms opted for gray and blue suits for the Friday evening dinner, reserving their tuxedos for the Saturday night bash.

As guests made their way toward the tent, servers carried trays displaying the escort cards, written on stained birch wood in white calligraphy. "The wooden cards were fresh and unexpected, while the tray presentation felt formal," says Kevin.

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Photo: Jose Villa

Inside the tent, a mix of round, rectangular, and long tables were topped with barely blue Irish linens. Punchy centerpieces of peonies, tulips, spray roses, freesia, and kumquats were arranged down the center of the table, accented with polished candlesticks and white pillar candles. In the corner of the wood-floored tent, an upholstered bar was flanked by arrangements of greenery and kumquats. At each guest's place, a wicker placemat was topped with a gold charger and set with gold flatware.

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Woven baskets hung from the ceiling, bringing in an extra element from the grooms' balloon engagement in wine country.

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The abundant flowers and candlelight were a beautiful combination of organic, loose elements and refined details.

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Tented wooden table numbers matched the escort cards. The grooms didn't offer signature cocktails, but they did have kumquats on-hand as a garnish to match the design scheme. "We wanted our guests to enjoy their favorite drinks, not ours," laughs David.

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Photo: Jose Villa

"We wanted our guests to feel like they were at an intimate dinner party," says Kevin. The menu included sea bass en papillote, eggplant rollatini, and a trio of miniature desserts. They also passed boozy adult popsicles in flavors like Mojito and Bourbon Peaches 'n Cream.

"We saved our first dance until Saturday night, when we had all of our guests with us," says Kevin. A friend MC'd the evening, helping them turn their celebration into an over-the-top rehearsal dinner. "She adapted her script to talk about how we were about to get married, instead of how we were just married," Kevin continues. Adds David, "It took us a while to settle in to having all of the attention. We were nervous about the changes, but it ended up being even better this way: It gave us a night to settle down and start enjoying the weekend."

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Photo: Jose Villa

The next day, the grooms got ready for their ceremony together, an idea they borrowed from their photographer. "Jose told us how much he loved getting ready with his husband before their wedding, and we're so glad we listened to him," says Kevin. "We laughed, we cried, we even panicked — but it was together as a couple." David and Kevin loved having their ceremony in their backyard, as they were able to share a moment watching their guests arrive from an upstairs window.

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A platform over the pool created plenty of space for stained wooden benches with linen cushions.

At the ceremony, David and Kevin exchanged traditional vows, administered by the grooms' two sisters. "We wrote our own vows to exchange during the party later that night, which were serious but also a little funny," says David. "We wrote them as the rain came in a few days before our wedding. It really centered us and calmed us down."

Kevin's black-on-black tux and David's dark blue tux with black lapels embodied their "festive formal" dress code.

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At The Powerhouse, guests who weren't at the ceremony snacked on passed hors d'oeuvres and sipped margaritas as they waited for the newlyweds arrived. "We wished we could have fit everyone in our backyard, but this was a great second option," says Kevin. The videographer played a personal introduction video, then Kevin and David got on stage to exchange their personal vows before going straight into their first dance and a dance to "True Colors" by Cindy Lauper with their mothers.

"We felt that we had a lot of freedom planning our wedding, because we didn't have as much of a 'script' as a gay couple," says Kevin. "Whether you're gay or straight, just be yourself! Embrace that freedom and plan the wedding you really want, instead of being trapped in a box."

Ceremony Venue: Private Residence || Friday Reception Venue: Tudor Place || Saturday Reception Venue: The Powerhouse (now closed) || Wedding Planner: Simply Chic Events || Kevin's Tuxedo: Canali, from Barneys New York || David's Tuxedo: Isaia, from Barneys New York || David & Kevin's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo || Wedding Bands: De Beers || Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc. || Invitations & Paper Goods: Haute Papier || Calligraphy: Angelique, Ink || Custom Signage: Paper Tangent || Music: Elan Artists, Party On The Moon || Catering: Susan Gage Caterers || Cake: Cakes by Colin || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd., La Tavola Fine Linen || Videographer: Monachetti Weddings || Photographer: Jose Villa

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This Couple Brought Old World Elegance to the Suburbs of D.C.

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Feb 192016
 
Old World-Inspired Washington DC Wedding, Outdoor Ceremony

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Lauren and Tyler met in the most unlikely of places: The hotel gym while their families were spending the holidays in New York City! "I'd spent the evening out on the town with my brothers, then got restless and went to check out the gym when we got back. That's where I saw Tyler. My best friend told me to go change into my running clothes and get on the treadmill to hopefully get a chance to talk to him," Lauren remembers. Tyler beat her to it, introducing himself and then asking her to hang out in the hotel lobby with her to talk. "My dad was not a fan of his 17 year old daughter talking to a 21 year old boy late at night," Lauren laughs. But the pair exchanged numbers before parting ways, then spent the next day steering their families to the same landmarks so they could see each other again. Eventually, Tyler's mom suggested that both families get dinner together before heading home (he to Florida, she to D.C.). Their moms became quick friends, and Lauren and Tyler knew things were going almost too well. Eight days after getting home, he was on a plane to D.C. to visit Lauren, the first of nearly a hundred trips the pair made over eight years of dating.

In June of 2013, Tyler knew it was time to propose. He designed a custom ring and searched high and low for an art gallery that would help with his plan, finding one in his parents' hometown of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He talked Lauren into a weekend trip, adding that there was a gallery opening his parents wanted the couple to join them at. "Thankfully, we've attended several of these over the years, so Lauren wasn't suspicious!" says Tyler. They wandered the gallery, then ventured around the corner into the next room, where the wall was covered with enlarged photos documenting every stage of their relationship. "I was shocked and confused, and when I turned around, Tyler was down on one knee," says Lauren. She called her parents to share the news, and Lauren was surprised again when her mom abruptly hung up the phone. But moments later, her family emerged alongside Tyler's, and they all went out to dinner to celebrate.

They decided to wed on October 11, 2014, at Lauren's family home outside of D.C., a gorgeous estate that was the perfect backdrop for the couple's European countryside theme. Keep reading to see how they transformed the venue with the help of Pineapple Productions, and check out the gorgeous photos captured by Moshe Zusman.

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Lauren chose a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown with lace and beaded sleeves. Her mom handmade her cathedral-length veil, finishing it off with an antique crystal brooch attached to the comb.

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Tyler looked the part in a traditional English morning suit, the perfect match for Lauren's gown. Their formal look brought the garden theme to life.

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Lauren's bridesmaids wore lace Amsale dresses in the silhouette of their choice, ranging from one shoulder to cap sleeves.

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Lauren came down the aisle on the arm of her father. The trees that lined the aisle were a nod to the tree motif used on the couple's wedding invitations.

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The bride and groom wrote their vows together, creating a modern update on the traditional phrasing.

Lauren's bouquet popped against her gown, combining roses in orange, purple, blush, and white with soft greenery.

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At the tented reception, a floral chandelier of dahlias, hydrangeas, and greenery hung over the dance floor. Since Lauren's mother used to work as a florist, and her mother's close friend is a well-known floral designer in Salt Lake City, the two women took on the task of creating all of the centerpieces. Just two days before the wedding the pair headed to the local flower market to select the vibrant blooms. Small white pumpkins and accents of gold tied in the fall season.

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"We had The Imperial Palms, a traditional Big Band, play jazz classics before a DJ took over for the late night party," says Lauren. "They were phenomenal!" Adds the bride, who headed to Bali with her husband for their honeymoon, "Keep a record of your planning process. I wish I'd kept a journal so that I could look back and reminisce about such a special time in our lives!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Family Home || Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: J.Crew || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Florist: The Bride's Mother || Invitations & Paper Goods: Regas Studio || Music: Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palm Orchestra || Catering: Occasions Caterers || Photography: Moshe Zusman

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Sometimes in the great search for the perfect wedding venue, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? Browsing the top-notch spots to get married. Ever. In our new February/March 2016 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best venues— indoor and outdoor, big and small, luxury and budget-friendly— across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,500 real brides and grooms nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to say "I do" by rating their own wedding location on everything from the service to the food to the view. From great plantations and rustic farms in the South to elegant libraries and grand hotels in the Northeast to romantic, swoon-worthy wineries on the West Coast, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite venues in the South.

The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.
Choose the Top of the Hay as your reception space and your guests will be Instagramming views of the White House and Washington Monument all night. Back in the bridal suite, you'll bed down on a cool souvenir: pillows monogrammed with your married initials.

The Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Seeking a fete with an old-world feel? Book this 150-year-old hotel a block from the White House and you can host a megaparty for 450 under glittering chandeliers in the ballroom or a bash for 250 in the columned Crystal Room.

Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Florida
Spa gardens, pools, private beaches, marinas— there are almost too many ceremony spots to count at this sprawling upscale resort. Also winning kudos: the amazing cakes by pastry chef Jordi Panisello.

Sunset Key Cottages, Key West, Florida
If there were ever a place to do a sunset wedding, it's this island resort just 500 yards off Key West. Take over all 40 beachy cottages to make it your own private isle for the weekend.

Villa Woodbine, Miami
All arches, fountains, and Spanish tile, this private mansion feels way more Mediterranean than Miami. Make it official in an elegant courtyard or under a grand oak tree strung with lights.

See More: Don't Miss a Minute of Your Big Day With These Southern Wedding Photographers!

Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia
After beachside vows, take your pick of seven reception sites, including the manicured lawn of Crane Cottage or a riverside clearing dripping with moss.

Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, North Carolina
Brides love the staff and spa at this charming Relais & Châteaux hotel, home to an haute barn with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Mayo Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The 21st century meets the Jazz Age at this just-renovated 1920s landmark hotel, where sleek furnishings mingle with original art-deco details, like the ballroom's dazzling terrazzo floors.

Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Built in 1786, this grand Georgian-style plantation home sits on 14 acres in downtown Charleston, a sweet spot for a tented reception by the Ashley River.

Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
The five-star, 9,000-acre retreat, located in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, is a working farm, so expect next-level southern eats from the welcome dinner through the morning-after brunch.

Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, Houston
Go big or go home at this century-old downtown classic, which features 5,000 square feet of airy, chandelier-lit ballroom space. That's enough room for 450 guests.

Gage Hotel, Marathon, Texas
Just 45 miles away from Big Bend National Park, the mission-style hotel specializes in boho-chic affairs with a West Texas twist. Throw your party in the succulent-filled gardens or fountain-dotted courtyards.

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden, Virginia
This boutique winery pours on the charm with its elegant barn, panoramic mountain views, and customizable menu featuring fresh-from-the-barrel wines and southern-inspired fare.

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
When a resort has a new white chapel (in this case, built by the owner for his daughter's 2015 wedding), you know it's serious about weddings. Your photographer will swoon over the colorful, lavish Dorothy Draper designed interiors.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES February/March 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Want to see more wedding venues in the South? Check out our Southern Venues page to find your dream location!

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Pouring Rain Couldn’t Dampen the Spirits at this Classic D.C. Wedding

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Boston College alums Kathryne and Keith met as all Eagles would love to do: at the BC vs. Notre Dame football game in October of 2009. "KC came up behind me and gave me his jacket," says Katie. "After a quick conversation, I was happy to find out that he was an Eagles fan, too!" She returned the jacket to a mutual friend at the game the next day, and was thrilled to find KC sitting beside her in the stands. The two proceeded to talk (and cheer) throughout the game and the rest was history. For Christmas in 2014, KC surprised Katie with a trip to Florida in March. After a quick breakfast at the airport, they sat down at what Katie ultimately realized they were at the wrong gate. "KC handed me our tickets to double check, and I realized we were going to Hawaii instead!" Once in Maui, KC wanted to propose as they watched the sunrise at the top of Haleakal —, but the 30-degree temperatures meant he didn't have easy access to Katie's hands. Instead, on their way back to their hotel, the pair hiked out to a peninsula with gorgeous views, and KC got down on one knee as the automatic timer on Katie's camera snapped away.

The pair quickly got to planning their June 27, 2015, wedding, choosing Annunciation Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., for the ceremony and the Congressional Country Club for the reception. They kept the celebration classic and timeless, with a neutral color scheme with fawn gold accents. Anne Book provided month-of coordination, while florist Chris Johnson helped bring the relaxed, elegant style to life, all photographed by Sarah Bradshaw.

Katie fell for an intricately beaded Watters gown with a lace overlay, which she paired with a cathedral-length veil and her grandmother's diamond hoop earrings. Strappy Jimmy Choo sandals peeked out from beneath her skirt, and a blush bouquet of roses, astilbe, peonies, and stephanotis was wrapped in double-faced ribbon.

KC wore a classic peak-lapel tuxedo, adding a playful touch with polka dot suspenders. His groomsmen wore the same, with classic black suspenders monogrammed in light pink.

Annunciation Catholic Church has always held a special place in Katie's heart. "I've attended Sunday masses there since I was a little girl, and my parents and all of my mom's siblings were married there," she says. Two arrangements of white hydrangeas and gladiolas flanked the altar.

Along the aisle, Mint Julep cups held white hydrangeas. The ceremony program featured a gold version of the laurel monogram that Katie designed.

The flower girl, Katie's niece, started the ceremony off with smiles all around. "She was the belle of the ball, and ran down the aisle with the biggest smile on her face!"

The bride's stepfather walked her down the aisle as a bagpiper played. The couple was married by a Jesuit priest from Boston College in a traditional Catholic ceremony.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom and their wedding party headed out for portraits at the Lincoln Memorial. Katie's bridesmaids wore gowns in different shades of blush and gold, creating a perfect mismatched palette.

"It started torrentially pouring when we got to the memorial," says Katie. "I had hoped for pictures on the steps, and we were lucky that the rain meant there wasn't a tourist in sight! It ended up being a streak of good luck, and the shot of us all holding clear umbrellas is one of my all-time favorites."

KC and Katie's laurel monogram made another appearance on the invitations, which were traditional with a hint of whimsy. When guests arrived at the Congressional Country Club, a display of escort cards tucked into boxes of moss greeted them before they headed into the ballroom, filled with tables covered in ivory linens.

The banquet-style head table was decorated with tall arrangements of hydrangeas and roses in gold vessels, interspersed with smaller bunches of flowers and lots of votive candles. On the round tables, glass vases were topped with similar arrangements, or tall taper candles clustered around blush blooms in gold punch bowls. Wreaths of pink and white blossoms were tied to the bride and groom's chairs.

The gold theme was carried into the paper goods, from table numbers embossed with gold hydrangeas and the signage for the Nicaraguan cigar bar to cheeky coasters that read, "Please don't take my drink... I'm dancing!"

Before the band played "Sweet Caroline," a nod to the couple's BC beginning, the new Mr. and Mrs. took a spin around the dance floor to "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli. "The band was amazing, from the vocalist and guitarist during cocktail hour to the nine-piece band that played amazing Latin music for our Hora Loca," says Katie. "People are still raving about our epic dance party!"

The wedding cake, decorated with lattice and dot designs, had alternating tiers of chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and white cake with fresh strawberry filling. The bride surprised her new husband with a childhood favorite, an icebox cake!

"KC came to me at one point during the reception blinking his eyes, insisting he needed to take mental snapshots of such an amazing day," the bride remembers. "My advice is to do just that: be present in each moment, soak everything in, enjoy the people who came to celebrate — and kiss your husband as much as you can!"

Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Catholic Church || Reception Venue: Congressional Country Club || Month-of Coordinator: Anne Book Signature Style || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Becky Watson of Oxygen Salon and Day Spa || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo; Watters || Flower Girl's Dress: Saskia Dankbaar || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Wedding Bands: Lambros Goldsmiths || Florist: Chris Johnson (retired) || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Bride and Mother of the Bride, Nena's Way || Ceremony Music: Tim Carey; Katie Katinas || Reception Music: Spectrum || Catering & Cakes: Congressional Country Club || Rentals: DC Rental || Photo Booth: Bash Booths DC || Videography: Life in Rewind || Photography: Sarah Bradshaw Photography

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Did you love this couple's rainy day wedding? Then check out another couple who didn't let stormy skies ruin their day in the video below.

A Colorful Summer Wedding in Washington, D.C.

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Bride and Groom at Saint Mary Mother of God Parish

Photo: Kate Headley

Florencia Segura and Ali Damavandy first met in 2008 at a medical school event in Washington, D.C., where Ali introduced himself as a "helpful second year" to Florencia, who was a first year student. They hit it off but it took over a month to finally organize a first date due to their equally-busy med school schedules. Ali finally nailed down a time and place for that much-awaited date, and after a successful sushi dinner, the two enjoyed many more evenings out. "We knew if we could make it through that then we could most likely make it through anything," Florencia says. They were right! Five years later, Ali surprised Florencia with another well-orchestrated date — and a proposal. "I thought we were seeing a show at the Kennedy Center but when we arrived, he led me to a private picnic spot and proposed on bended knee," she remembers.

For their August 30, 2014 wedding, the D.C. natives invited 455 guests (yes, really!) to Saint Mary Mother of God Parish and the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium for an international affair planned by Pineapple Productions that was inspired by their love of Italy, their multi-cultural heritages, and the brightest hues of summer. Keep reading to see Kate Headley's gorgeous photos of their spectacular celebration.

Cheree Berry Custom Invitations

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Florencia asked pro-stationer Cheree Berry Paper to create a custom suite with orange-and-pink save-the-date cards and invitations.

Bride in Pnina Tornai Wedding Dress

Photo: Kate Headley

On a mission to find her dream dress, Florencia took a trip to New York City, where she fell in love with a tiered lace Pnina Tornai gown. "I wanted a dress that was romantic, elegant, and traditional but also had a bit of glamour to it," she says.

The bride accessorized with a cathedral length veil, Jimmy Choo heels, and her mom's pearl earrings. She carried a white rose bouquet and wore a custom lace bolero for the Catholic ceremony.

Bride with Bridesmaids in Front of the White House

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Florencia and her bridesmaids, in coral J. Crew dresses, stopped by Lafayette Park to take photos in front of the White House — classic D.C.!

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The pair spent six months planning a super-personal Catholic ceremony, which included music by an Argentinian opera singer and a Persian santoor player, a nod to both the bride and groom's backgrounds. "A Catholic mass takes time. Ours was two hours," says the bride. "But we wanted the ceremony to be a core part of the day and not just a prelude."

Andrew W Mellon Auditorium Wedding Reception Monogrammed Carpet

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Later that evening, the couple met their guests for a black-tie bash at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. "We needed at venue that fit 450 people comfortably," says Florencia. "And we loved the classic look of the space!"

The couple worked with event planner Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions to personalize the stately space, starting with a monogramed carpet at the entrance.

Wedding Reception at Andrew W Mellon Auditorium

Photo: Kate Headley

After hitting "the bubbly bar" in the auditorium's gilded Green Room, the group moved to the massive Great Hall, which was filled with tables covered in "macro ombré" tablecloths that faded from dark to light green.

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The green tables were topped with a mix of low and tall arrangements of pink garden roses, coral free spirit roses, and purple hydrangeas.

In the center of the room, the 30-seat head table made a statement thanks to an Italian-style pergola that was wrapped with greenery and an abundance of garden roses. "We wanted to incorporate happy, bright hues that reflected the vibrant summer season," says the bride.

The couple stocked the bar with pink and green stemware.

Fluffy Thoughts Lace Wedding Cake

Photo: Kate Headley

The fondant on the six-tiered gold and ivory cake was made to match the lace on Florencia's gown.

Bride and Groom Dancing

Photo: Kate Headley

Hudson Project played until 11 p.m., when DJ Chris Stiles took over for the after-party, spinning old favorites (Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" was a floor filler) and newer hits (like Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass"). "We had a strict no-slow-songs policy," says the bride. "We danced until they kicked us out at 1 a.m."

After their fun-filled night, the couple honeymooned in Italy (of course!), where they re-wore their wedding best to meet the pope at his weekly audience for newlyweds.

Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary Mother of God Parish || Reception Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium || Wedding Planner: Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions || Invitations & Paper Products: Cheree Berry Paper || Flowers: Jack Lucky Floral Design || Ceremony Music: Cathedral of Saint Mary Matthew the Apostle || Reception Music: MSE Productions; Hudson Project; DJ Chris Stiles || Sofreh Table: Sofreh Atelier Argentinean Pastries: Daniel Godor of the Alvear Palace Hotel || Iranian Teas & Pastries: Amoo House of Kabob || Caterer: Design Cuisine || Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes || Lighting: Frost Lighting || Fabrication & Art Installation: Fabrication Events || Monogrammed Napkins & Chair Covers: Abrielle Linens || Favors: District Doughnut || Mass Program: Accurate World, LLC || Rentals: Amaryllis Inc.; Design Foundry || Videography: Bowen Films || Photography: Kate Headley

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Want more classic wedding inspiration? Then watch one couple's traditional I do's in the video below.

A Colorful Summer Wedding in Washington, D.C.

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Bride and Groom at Saint Mary Mother of God Parish

Photo: Kate Headley

Florencia Segura and Al Damavandy first met in 2008 at a medical school event in Washington, D.C., where Al introduced himself as a "helpful second year" to Florencia, who was a first year student. They hit it off but it took over a month to finally organize a first date due to their equally-busy med school schedules. Al finally nailed down a time and place for that much-awaited date, and after a successful sushi dinner, the two enjoyed many more evenings out. "We knew if we could make it through that then we could most likely make it through anything," Florencia says. They were right! Five years later, Al surprised Florencia with another well-orchestrated date — and a proposal. "I thought we were seeing a show at the Kennedy Center but when we arrived, he led me to a private picnic spot and proposed on bended knee," she remembers.

For their August 30, 2014 wedding, the D.C. natives invited 455 guests (yes, really!) to Saint Mary Mother of God Parish and the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium for an international affair planned by Pineapple Productions that was inspired by their love of Italy, their multi-cultural heritages, and the brightest hues of summer. Keep reading to see Kate Headley's gorgeous photos of their spectacular celebration.

Cheree Berry Custom Invitations

Photo: Kate Headley

Florencia asked pro-stationer Cheree Berry Paper to create a custom suite with orange-and-pink save-the-date cards and invitations.

Bride in Pnina Tornai Wedding Dress

Photo: Kate Headley

On a mission to find her dream dress, Florencia took a trip to New York City, where she fell in love with a tiered lace Pnina Tornai gown. "I wanted a dress that was romantic, elegant, and traditional but also had a bit of glamour to it," she says.

The bride accessorized with a cathedral length veil, Jimmy Choo heels, and her mom's pearl earrings. She carried a white rose bouquet and wore a custom lace bolero for the Catholic ceremony.

Bride with Bridesmaids in Front of the White House

Photo: Kate Headley

Florencia and her bridesmaids, in coral J. Crew dresses, stopped by Lafayette Park to take photos in front of the White House — classic D.C.!

Saint Mary Mother of God Parish Bride with Father of the Bride Bride and Groom Full Catholic Mass Bride and Groom Exit

Photo: Kate Headley

The pair spent six months planning a super-personal Catholic ceremony, which included music by an Argentinian opera singer and a Persian santoor player, a nod to both the bride and groom's backgrounds. "A Catholic mass takes time. Ours was two hours," says the bride. "But we wanted the ceremony to be a core part of the day and not just a prelude."

Andrew W Mellon Auditorium Wedding Reception Monogrammed Carpet

Photo: Kate Headley

Later that evening, the couple met their guests for a black-tie bash at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. "We needed at venue that fit 450 people comfortably," says Florencia. "And we loved the classic look of the space!"

The couple worked with event planner Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions to personalize the stately space, starting with a monogramed carpet at the entrance.

Wedding Reception at Andrew W Mellon Auditorium

Photo: Kate Headley

After hitting "the bubbly bar" in the auditorium's gilded Green Room, the group moved to the massive Great Hall, which was filled with tables covered in "macro ombré" tablecloths that faded from dark to light green.

Flower Covered Pergola at Escort Table Colorful Flower Centerpieces Pink and Green Stemware

Photo: Kate Headley

The green tables were topped with a mix of low and tall arrangements of pink garden roses, coral free spirit roses, and purple hydrangeas.

In the center of the room, the 30-seat head table made a statement thanks to an Italian-style pergola that was wrapped with greenery and an abundance of garden roses. "We wanted to incorporate happy, bright hues that reflected the vibrant summer season," says the bride.

The couple stocked the bar with pink and green stemware.

Fluffy Thoughts Lace Wedding Cake

Photo: Kate Headley

The fondant on the six-tiered gold and ivory cake was made to match the lace on Florencia's gown.

Bride and Groom Dancing

Photo: Kate Headley

Hudson Project played until 11 p.m., when DJ Chris Stiles took over for the after-party, spinning old favorites (Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" was a floor filler) and newer hits (like Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass"). "We had a strict no-slow-songs policy," says the bride. "We danced until they kicked us out at 1 a.m."

After their fun-filled night, the couple honeymooned in Italy (of course!), where they re-wore their wedding best to meet the pope at his weekly audience for newlyweds.

Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary Mother of God Parish || Reception Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium || Wedding Planner: Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions || Invitations & Paper Products: Cheree Berry Paper || Flowers: Jack Lucky Floral Design || Ceremony Music: Cathedral of Saint Mary Matthew the Apostle || Reception Music: MSE Productions; Hudson Project; DJ Chris Stiles || Sofreh Table: Sofreh Atelier Argentinean Pastries: Daniel Godor of the Alvear Palace Hotel || Iranian Teas & Pastries: Amoo House of Kabob || Caterer: Design Cuisine || Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes || Lighting: Frost Lighting || Fabrication & Art Installation: Fabrication Events || Monogrammed Napkins & Chair Covers: Abrielle Linens || Favors: District Doughnut || Mass Program: Accurate World, LLC || Rentals: Amaryllis Inc.; Design Foundry || Videography: Bowen Films || Photography: Kate Headley

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Oct 252013
 
Obamas dancing

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Official White House photographer Pete Souza has had plenty of practice capturing romantic moments between President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, but last Saturday, it was his turn to have a picture-perfect day as he married bride Patti Lease. According to NBC News, the couple married outdoors in a sunny, private ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House that was hosted by the Commander-in-Chief himself.

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The Rose Garden, which is most commonly used by the president for speeches and press conferences, has played host to a few other big-deal weddings. In 1994, Hilary Clinton's brother Anthony married Nicole Boxer there, and in 1971, First Daughter Tricia Nixon tied the knot with Edward Finch Cox in the fabled space. While we always love a garden wedding, having one right next to the Oval Office is beyond spectacular.

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Few details have been released about the Souza-Lease wedding (if there's any place that's equipped to keep out wedding-day paparazzi, it's definitely the White House), except that roughly 35 family members and friends attended, and it was overseen by White House Military Office Chaplain Stan Fornea. A White House official issued a statement saying, "We all wish them well." There are no public photos yet (not even on Souza's stellar Instagram account), but when Souza can capture moments like these, his own wedding photos must be equally heart-warming.

pete souza official white house photographer photos

Photo: Pete Souza via Instagram

While getting married in the White House is probably impossible unless you're on-staff like Souza, it's not hard to find a wedding venue with as much history. Originally built as a summer home for an oil tycoon, Alder Manor is located just outside of New York City and serves as a romantic backdrop for a lovely garden wedding. Bybee-Howard House, part of the National Register of Historic Places, is located in rustic Oregon and would make for a casual yet totally memorable wedding venue. We also recommend the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe used to sunbathe. At least then you won't run the risk of the secret service interrupting your vows!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

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Aug 282013
 

Kim and Emil's love of sports shown almost as brightly as their love for each other when they wed on June 29, exchanging heartfelt vows then partying with 240 guests inside Washington Nationals Ballpark in Washington, D.C. "We are avid sports fans and love to celebrate life," says Kim. "We wanted our guests to have a completely unique experience and feel what it would be like to be in a Major League dugout and batting cage."

But the couple is quick to stress that baseball was merely the backdrop to their big day. "While we wanted to tie in the baseball theme, we did not want it to overwhelm our wedding," Kim says. Incorporating a rich color palette of eggplant and pewter lent formality to the event, while the couple's event planner struck the perfect balance between traditional decor and "baseball design elements," Kim says.

Kim and Emil also had "an overarching, guiding principle that truly directed our planning process," Kim says. "We said we were going to do two things that day: marry each other and have a big, fun party."

Kim knew exactly the kind of dress she wanted—until she fell for a Watters gown that was the complete opposite of everything she had envisioned. "There is something about the dress that is so me," she says. "While it has a lot of intricate detail in terms of the stitching, the detail and pearls, it's very understated. It's not flashy, yet it's tremendously elegant."

Kim's six bridesmaids helped her narrow down their attire to two options: A lavender gown with a purple sash, and an eggplant dress with pockets. In the end, the eggplant-hued Alfred Angelo prevailed. "We think it was the pockets!" Kim jokes.

Kim's hand-tied round bouquet was arranged with lavender roses, violet stock, and mini calla lilies and agapanthus in shades of purple. Dusty miller accented the vibrant blooms.

"The ceremony was absolutely special, beautiful and sacred," Kim says of the couple's traditional service at historic Asbury United Methodist Church, where the bride attended services as a child. A florist accented the church's altar area with two towering arrangements of purple-hued agapanthus, roses, stock and larkspur.

Though Kim's mother passed away years ago, "it was very important for her to be included throughout the wedding," the bride says. "In the lighting of the unity candle, I had three special participants: My mother's best friends come down the aisle together and lit the candle in my mother's honor."

Kim and Emil asked bridesmaids and groomsmen to recite readings at the ceremony, including Wilfred Arlan Peterson's The Art of Marriage and an anonymous version of The Blessing of the Hands.

"Emil literally swept me off my feet when the pastor pronounced 'you may now kiss your bride,'" Kim recalls. "He picked me up about two feet off the ground and kissed me."

Held in the field, where guests could explore the dugout and batting cages, the couple's cocktail hour featured "typical all-American baseball classic favorites presented in a modern way," Kim says. Guests nibbled on popcorn sprinkled with rosemary and Parmesan, ballpark peanuts and warm, soft pretzels at cabaret tables draped in eggplant-colored satin linens.

Minor League players pitched to guests and the bride and groom in between bites at the cocktail hour. "Guests had a blast and got in a workout!" Kim says.

Dinner was served inside the ballpark's PNC Diamond Club, "a hotel-like banquet hall with one glass wall that overlooks the field," Kim describes. Here, guests could nosh on chef-carved grilled sirloin, pan-seared wild salmon and white truffle and Parmesan risotto at tables topped with deep purple linens and pewter-colored napkins. "Selecting the food was very important to us," Kim says.

Submerged dendrobium orchids and calla lilies filled cylindrical vases topped with white floating candles that dotted the round tables at the reception. A custom-designed pennant, bearing the table's name, adorned each tabletop. Table names included Pitcher, Catcher, and Home Run. And favors? "Each guest received a miniature baseball gumball machine that said, 'We hit it off.'" Kim says.

The couple's square, ivory wedding cake was accented with purple-swirled piping. Its layers of almond and red velvet cake and cream cheese filling were "delicious," the bride says.

A DJ "had all 240 guests up and dancing all night," Kim says. "At the end of the wedding, our planner said, "Wow, I've never seen an entire wedding dance all night," Kim says. "This totally fulfilled our goals—we got married and had a big, fun party!"

Kim and Emil walked onto the dance floor to Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight, "right at the point where there's the big breakdown," Kim explains. "So we walked out calmly and then broke out into drumming motions."

When it was time to slow things down, the couple swayed to Let's Stay Together by Al Green.

The DJ also spun tunes "from Washington, DC's native go-go music, to line dances like the Cupid Shuffle," Kim says. "The guests were up and having fun."

"Throughout the evening, we would find some guests outside on the balcony looking into the ballpark," Kim says. "When we asked why they were outside, they would say they were taking it all in and enjoying having a major league baseball stadium all to themselves."

In the weeks since their wedding, Kim and Emil are "still both on Cloud 9," Kim says. "On some days, we will just look at each other and say, 'hi husband,' and 'hi wife.' Other times, we have the weird realization that we're actually married, the wedding has happened and now we're in the next phase of our journey. All in all it's just a wonderful time."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Sparkling Events & Designs || Ceremony Venue: Asbury United Methodist Church || Reception Venue: Washington Nationals Park || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Bride's Veil: Love Couture Bridal || Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal || Groom's Tux: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Florist: Maryam Flowers || Caterer: Levy Restaurants || Cake Baker: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes || Favors: Wedding Star || Entertainment: DJ Oz || Photography: Connor Studios

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