We love a good modern wedding, so we are particularly excited to see United with Love share some AMAZING wedding inspiration based on on modern and geometric designs! Best of all, a couple of our own made the feature! Here they are below – from a couple of our favorite weddings – but be sure to check out the whole blog post!
This year, for the first time, Pantone announced not one but two colors as the “Color of the Year” – Rose Quartz and Serenity. Together, Pantone says, the colors “demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer, embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue”. Thinking about how to this color scheme might look for a wedding? Then look no further than this wonderful wedding for which we designed the flowers. Does this look like a wedding you would favor?
Ceremony & Reception: Woodmont Country Club | Photography: Eli Turner Studios | Florist: Petal’s Edge Floral Design | Ceremony music: Sage String Quartet | DJ: Bialek’s Music | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Rentals: DC Rental | Wedding Planner: Engaging Affairs
There are so many places to find inspiration for your wedding – favorite colors, Pinterest, a magazine spread, your venue… Why not start at the very beginning with invitations! We recently collaborated with Paperless Post to create a series of inspiration boards based on their collection of wedding invitations. While we are familiar with the company as an online invitation source for small events, they have an incredible array of wedding invitations. We selected three of our favorites below with an accompanying design board.
First up is Paper + Cup’s Flower Wheel. There are four items in this suite – a save the date, invitation, rehearsal dinner invite, and thank you note. As a premium option, an envelope with a polka dotted liner is available. (Squee! Love polka dots!) We picked up on the simple pink of the flower motif to pair it with light pink ranunculus and pink swirled linens, whimsical polka dotted dinnerware, hobnail containers, and a more casual short wedding dress. For the groom, we can easily see a summery seersucker suit.
While the pattern on Oscar de La Renta’s Floral Trellis II is floral in nature, we love the way the blue-white contrast creates a masculine spin on a romantic look. To complement the save the dates and personalized note cards, Paperless Post offers white envelopes with a blue liner as a premium option. We envision shades of blue and white to coordinate with this invitation – sprays of dark and light blue delphinium, white orchids, navy dresses for women, and a reverse white pattern on blue to allow for a more colorful tablescape.
Finally, we just adore the Oscar de la Renta Painted Roses invitation suite with its moody and sensuous reds and olive greens against an ivory backdrop. The other items in the suite include a save the date, that has the vining roses along both sides, and as a premium option, a directions card and envelope with gold liner. We imagine a design coming together of rich red flowers – roses, dahlia, and amaryllis paired with berries, even fruit on the vine and sage hues of eucalyptus, all made more elegant with an infusion of champagnes, bronzes and golds in linens and containers.
And lest you worry – not all Paperless Post invitations are strictly paperless. If you are traditional at heart, these designs (and many others) are available in paper form, too.
NOTE: All featured florals by Petal’s Edge Floral Design.
It’s August in DC, and immediately our thoughts turn to where to find beautiful, comfortable, cooling air conditioning! While DC has many lovely outdoor gardens for a wedding, three of our favorite venues offer the blissful shelter of the indoors and are all located across from each other at the corner of 24th and M Streets. We speak of none other than the Fairmont, the Park Hyatt and the Westin Georgetown hotels!
The Fairmont Hotel has some really amazing spaces. The central courtyard is filled with lush greens and a lovely fountain, perfect for that in-between cocktail hour. Most popular amongst many of our couples is the Colonnade Room, with its unusual colonnaded atrium in the center of the space. It is perfect for ceremonies – giving guests an almost in-the-round view of the festivities. It becomes a built-in dance floor after dinner. Large enough to accommodate even a chuppah, we find that ceremonies look best with a runner creating a visual processional through the space. We particularly love suspending votives from the perimeter of the colonnade. But don’t forget the grand ballroom downstairs! Ample enough for a few hundred guests, the space with its elegant chandeliers can truly be transformed with uplighting.
In contrast to the Fairmont, the Park Hyatt is truly an indoor space, and no less elegant for it. The ballroom level feels like a private oasis, with intimate seating areas along the hall and side rooms for cocktail hours. The ballroom is frequently pipe-and-draped, creating a magical, closed in feel. We love how the space treads from opulent and classic to simple and modern all at once. The draping allows for the most elegant entrances into the room.
Diagonally across the street from the Fairmont and across from the Park Hyatt sits the Westin Georgetown. A more contemporary space, the courtyard is particularly popular for ceremonies. While many choose to center the ceremony on the fountain, we have also oriented in either of the longer directions. The Promenade reception space has unique soaring columns that create a simple grandeur. It is a space equally comfortable for tall and low table centerpiece. And as with the other hotels, an elegant ballroom downstairs offers additional options (and a back up plan in case of rain).
Shhh! We didn’t forget the other grand hotel in this corridor. The Ritz Carlton is not to be neglected. You’ll find this stunning venue just a few blocks away.
We love weddings at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center! There are such a variety of spaces available – from the Pavilion Room to the Horizon Ballrom, the intimate Rotunda to the grand and expansive Atrium and even the plaza outside. Each of the spaces provides a modern vantage point from which to stage a wedding. It is truly a blank slate but one where clean lines are very much at home. The outdoor spaces provide great backdrops for first looks and wedding party photos.
We love ceremonies at the Reagan building in particular. Chuppahs, arches, flanking altar designs and more are great choices here. Even more elaborate backdrops are possible! And best of all, if you are doing ceremony and reception here, there is the opportunity to re-use ceremony decor for the reception and vice versa.
One thing we love in particulnar about the Pavilion Room is the opportunity to do a statement piece that guests see as they arrive. This can be anything from a taller design if your wedding features more intimate centerpieces – or even something quirky like the baseballs filling the vase at one of our weddings!
We’ve never had a reception look anything but stunning here. The ceiling height easily accommodates tall designs for your tables, but low designs are equally at home, shifting the emphasis to the architecture.
While there are many museums in Washington, DC, there are not many that are open for weddings, especially now that the Corcoran Gallery of Art has shuttered its doors. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is an elegant site like no other. Located at 13th Street and New York Avenue, NW, the grand architecture of this Washington landmark creates an unforgettable atmosphere for a wedding, both ceremony and reception alike. The marble balustrades and stunning chandeliers set the tone for a fete like no other. Depending on the size of your wedding, dining can take place in the main atrium or on the mezzanine level. Guests can sip cocktails in the third floor galleries while perusing art work. We have a particular sweet spot for this venue, as Gerry used to work in art museums before starting Petal’s Edge.
We are so incredibly excited to see our urban garden styled shoot showcased in Weddings Unveiled! Dock 5 at the historic Union Market in NE Washington, DC, is a relative new event venue, and features a cool, industrial aesthetic with raw concrete floors and 22′-tall ceilings presenting a blank slate for creativity. Using a palette of brilliant blues, amethysts, orchid, and rich golds, the garden-inspired flowers provided a welcome contract of soft textures finished with romantic lighting and luxe details. Be sure to check out the whole spread which includes many, many photos, but a few of our favorite from the shoot are highlighted below.
The bouquet featured a lush mix of white peonies, wine anemone, purple exilic, lavender sweet pea, and purple clematis and jasmine vine. For the table, an elegant silver dollar eucalyptus garland was studded with tulips, roses, lilac, anemone, sweet pea, lisianthus, scabiosa, hellebores, and clematis in shades of purple. A gold frame suspended above the table held a contemporary “still life” of miniature bronze trophy urns with lose garden flowers.
We couldn’t have done it without the amazing team of vendors we worked with!
Venue: Dock 5 at Union Market | Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography | Florist: Petal’s Edge Floral Design | Stationery & Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy | Cake: Julia Bozzolo’s Distinct Cakes | Rentals: DC Rental | Furniture Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Dress: Hayley Paige from Lovely Bride DC | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Event Planner: Bella Notte
We missed last month’s edition of sites we love for weddings in DC, but we are back! This month, we celebrate Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA. Seated amidst an 18-hole golf course, the 64,000 square foot clubhouse has been host to some beautiful weddings. The banquet facilities feature a separate entrance for weddings, making it feel exceptionally personal and private. The pre-function area is perfectly appointed, providing a great space for portraits, cocktails, and escort card table. The ballroom itself is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the golf course and the Potomac River. But don’t listen to us! See for yourself. We’ve included just a few of our favorite photos below.
We continue our monthly love feature with another beloved site in Old Town Alexandria – the Torpedo Factory Art Center! We just adore doing weddings at this local gem. The site, a former munitions plant, was transformed in 1974 into a collection of publicly accessible working artist studios and is a highlight of the Potomac riverfront. The Torpedo Factory provides a uniquely industrial space that is also filled with art.
What to do for the ceremony here can stump many couples, but whether you choose an arch, two arrangements flanking, or even candelabra, the options abound. We have even staged a wedding in-the-round beneath a suspend orb of roses!
While often the escort card and gift tables are placed on the sides of the entry way, a large round table in the center of the two wings makes for a dramatic entrance!
The long, narrow space may seem limiting but there are many seating and centerpiece options for a reception. We have had couples opt for tall, low and a mix of tall and low centerpieces as well as use round tables, square tables, and even long rectangle tables! The space just begs for lighting. Look at how it transforms the space.
We recently participated in the Kimpton Group’s Wedding Open House for their three properties in Old Town Alexandria. The show is always a great time to collaborate with Select Event Rentals and the Alexandria Hotel Monaco on looks for the ballroom. We’ve included a small roundup from this year’s show below!
It’s hard not to love a venue in your own neighborhood, and we boast three wonderful gems: the Alexandria Hotel Monaco, Morrison House, and Lorien Hotel & Spa. These three distinct properties offer unique qualities on their own and for hosting a wedding.
Located in the heart of Old Town on King Street, the Alexandria Hotel Monaco is unique and stylish. Luxurious modern decor characterizes each of the spaces, from the lobby to suites to the ballrooms. The site provides lots of options from a ceremony, from the great outdoors in the brick enclosed courtyard (an entrance from the carriageway gives an extra long aisle!) or one of the well-appointed ballrooms. We’ve even help execute an outdoor reception in the space! But rest assured, in inclement weather, the ballroom is a beautiful space. The food is truly incredible. Be sure to try to shrimp and grits!
At the Morrison House, colonial charm meets contemporary elegance. Elegant stairs proceed from a brick patio up to the colonnaded entryway. For such a small venue, the options for ceremonies abound, from an outdoor set up centered on the portico at the front (hang a wreath on the door as a focal point!) to using the front room in a variety of ways – against the doors, fireplace, or far alcove. Receptions can be set up with traditional round tables or along a family-style rectangle table for dinner.
The Lorien Hotel & Spa, the newest of the three properties, features a spa on site as well as a fresh, modern style. We love the sitting area with the built in bookcases along the wall. Whether using the vine-lined courtyard or the rooftop terrace, ceremonies at the Lorien are simultaneously intimate and grand. It’s surprising that such a space can hold up to 100 for dinner and dancing! Again, amazing food.
All are conveniently located near Washington National Airport. Kimpton Hotels are pet friendly – which we can attest to with all the adorable dogs we’ve seen at weddings!
We are especially happy to share a special offer at the three properties. Book your wedding with the Monaco Alexandria, Morrison House, or Lorien Hotel & Spa by February 28 and receive 2015 prices on your 2016 wedding as well as a special gift from their pastry chef for each of your guests. Special Offer Password: Kimpton Karma