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Warehouse Wow

December 20, 2016

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Thanks, Aimee Dominick and Brides for posting for this totally unique ‘Warehouse Wedding’.  Happy we were a small part of this big day!


This Couple Transformed a Washington, D.C., Warehouse into the Perfect Fall Wedding Venue

By Gabriella Rello

Photos By Kate Headley


Where most people saw a deserted warehouse, this twosome saw the perfect blank canvas for their industrial-chic wedding in Washington, D.C.

As for her dashing groom, Josh chose a traditional black tuxedo from Hugo Boss.Despite choosing a fall wedding date, the bride wanted her an organic and natural bouquet with only a few pops of autumnal colors. White garden roses and ranunculus were accented with plenty of greenery and touches of burgundy berries.

“All of the women selected their own dresses,” Anna says of her bridesmaids’ mismatched blush gowns. “I wanted people to feel totally comfortable in what they were wearing.” Josh’s groomsmen matched his formality in classic black tuxedos.

The couple says the team at A. Dominick Events is to thank for many of the great ideas at their wedding, but they were especially excited about their suggestion of a hot cider bar and blankets at the ceremony. Since Anna and Josh chose to say “I do” in a clear top tent in Yards Park at 6:18 PM (the exact time of sunset!), guests needed a warm welcome to stay comfortable during the proceedings.

 

“I wanted a really warm, organic, outdoors vibe for our ceremony,” Anna says. “We achieved this by using a lot of candles and warm lighting, neutral-colored floors, dark wood chairs, and a stunning suspended chuppah.” As 253 guests looked on, Anna and Josh exchanged vows they’d written themselves in a ceremony officiated by the bride’s cousin. They stuck with the general structure of a Jewish ceremony, but since they’d shared a private ceremony with their family rabbi earlier in the week, the bride and groom saw their big day as an opportunity to get creative.

 

After the “I do’s,” guests moved to an adjoining tent for cocktail hour, where another genius idea from A. Dominick Events was displayed. Viewfinders with photos from places the couple has traveled throughout their relationship were a hit with guests young and old.

Calligraphed escort cards were displayed in antique cases, and the couple chose to group their tables mainly by age. “We sat everyone with people we thought they would most enjoy getting to know and spending the night with,” says the bride.

Then, everyone moved into Building 170, where they saw all of Anna and Josh’s work come to life. “The space itself was stunning,” Anna says. “A true architectural gem. We were the first to turn it into a venue, and knew that it would be something special and memorable.” Although the space was big, the couple and their planners worked hard to make the party feel intimate, so they added tons of warm lighting and dressed tables with glowing candles.

Low, loose floral arrangements struck the right balance of romantic and industrial, and played up the venue’s unique aesthetic. “There’s an incredible, huge old crane hanging from the ceiling. It can’t be ignored,” says the bride. “We wanted to embrace the grittiness of the space, while also softening it.” 

The couple knew just what they wanted when it came to their centerpieces, and tapped Beehive Events to bring their vision to life. Mushrooms, persimmons, and berries were mixed in with garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and greenery.

Food was important for this couple, so they asked one of their favorite local Italian restaurants to cater the party. A family-style meal of short ribs, zuchinni involtini, Brussels sprouts, and roasted carrots pleased every palette.  Since neither Anna nor Josh is big on cake, they skipped a traditional tiered dessert in favor of a wide selection of mini treats, like herbed shortbread, mini tartlettes, cookies, gelato, and petit fours.

 

For extra entertainment during the party, guests could pose for pictures in the couple’s photo booth or visit their specialty scotch and bourbon bar.

After the reception, guests moved back into the cocktail hour tent and partied until 3 a.m. To keep guests dancing, one of Josh’s groomsmen, the owner of a local pizza food truck, asked his crew to come out and serve up slices to all of the couple’s guests.“Once the weekend begins, let go of all control,” the bride says. “What will be will be. If you’re happy and relaxed, your guests will be, too.”

 

Ceremony Venue: Yards Park || Reception Venue: Building 170 || Wedding Planner: A. Dominick Events || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Couture || Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper || Floral Design & Rentals: Beehive Events || Additional Rentals: Something Vintage; La Tavola Fine Linen || Lighting: Frost Lighting || Photographer: Kate Headley

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