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This past Sunday we participated in Hotel Monaco Alexandria‘s 3rd Annual Bridal Showcase. We love weddings at the Monaco and it was a great opportunity for us to meet with new couples getting married there and those still looking for their perfect venue.
We have used a coral palette in the past at the Monaco and think it looks so great in that space, so we were inspired to use corals and peaches in our tablescape for the show. We enlisted the lovely Jill Medawar from Toulies en Fleur to create some loose and textured arrangements for us in mercury glass vessels which we paired with this new linen from DC Rental we are loving (Kendal Beige- which also comes in white and grey!) Thanks Lisa Marie from Sweet Tea Photography for the photos!
A year ago today the weather was just as perfect for the celebration of Casey Freeman & Joey Cushman's wedding. The ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, VA where their closest family and friends gathered to eat, drink, and celebrate Casey & Joey's nuptials. Since today is their one-year anniversary I thought it fun to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on all the love and excitement that was had on this day last year.
The landscape of vineyards and farmland created a stunning backdrop for their rustic day, and Tracy Timmester captured it all beautifully.
While the ladies were getting ready, the groom & groomsmen dug up this tasty bottle of bourbon that Casey & Joey buried one month prior to their wedding — an old tradition meant to prevent rain on your wedding day. It worked!
One of my favorite parts of planning with Casey & Joey was learning that they are childhood friends-turned-sweethearts, and their families have vacationed together for years. It was wonderful to see how much they all enjoy spending time together and how clearly thrilled they were to celebrate such a perfect union. Getting to know each and every one of them was a blessing I won't soon forget.
The details and personal touches Casey brought to the wedding day were endless, and the beautiful arrangements by Holly Chapple Flowers added eye-catching pops of color to the warm and inviting setting. Enhancing everything from the programs to the tree stumps was a custom heart-shaped wedding design created for the couple by Miss Merkle Design.
Casey & Joey… Happy first anniversary! I wish you many more years of love, happiness, and Kiawah Island vacations together!
Ceremony & Reception Location: Merriweather Manor
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Ceremony Musicians: Palm Strings, Bialek's
DJ: David Grimm, Bialek's
Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers
Photography: Tracy Timmester Photography
Day-of Paper Products: Miss Merkle Design
Hair & Makeup: Earth Diva Designs
Cake: Edibles Incredible
We were thrilled to have Casey & Joey's wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs as well!
Coral was a hot color this summer and I love that Ashley & Mark decided to mix in a little silver for their elegant reception at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria. I first met Ashley at the hotel's wedding showcase and instantly knew I wanted to work with her. For starters, she's got an infectious personality, she also used to live in Charleston, and she loves hosting fabulous house parties. What's not to love? Let's not forget about Mark, who is super welcoming and was present and supportive throughout the planning process. He even took dance lessons. I give major props for dance lessons!
Their wedding took place at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill and was officiated by an old Hill co-worker-turned-priest friend of Mark's. After the ceremony, they headed to do portraits at the Jefferson Memorial.
I think this shot above is my favorite that Lisa Marie from Sweet Tea Photography captured.
We worked with a great vendor team for this wedding. In addition to the always-wonderful staff at the Hotel Monaco, we worked with The Enchanted Floristwho created a lovely mix of high and low centerpieces for the guest and kings tables. Enchancing the tables were custom menus and place cards placed on the champagne glasses which were custom designed by Rachel at Miss Merkle Design.
Now that I have a baby girl, I think there's something even more special about Father/Daughter dances. While Kristen and I were setting up for the reception, Ashley's dad, Terry took some time to share with us why he chose their song, “What a Wonderful World”. He recalled that when Ashley and her brother were young, they family was all on the boat, the sun was shining in Ashley's strawberry blonde hair and her freckles had come out and then the song came on the radio. He took in the lyrics of the song and his beautiful family and made a mental snapshot of that exact moment so he wouldn't forget it. How sweet!
Ashley & Mark, thank you so much for having me be a part of your day! I wish you many more years of love, happiness and pups!
Ceremony Location: St. Peter's Catholic Church Capitol Hill
Reception Location, Catering: Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Florist: The Enchanted Florist
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Videographer: In Depth Photo & Video
DJ: Josh Rhett, MyDeeJay
Day-of Paper Products: Miss Merkle Design
Transportation: Chariots for Hire
Makeup: Marquia Kinard, Blend
Hair: Stacy Parault
Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
Rentals: DC Rental