Florals and Inspiration Behind the Big Day: The style of our wedding was set to be traditional and classic with a whole lot of fun. We wanted to keep everything fun and bright so we focused on fun bars, a great logo/monogram that we pulled through and designed a cocktail style reception that would allow our guests to dance, eat, converse. Being from the South I’ve always had a love of emerald green as a nod to magnolia leaves. So I incorporated a boxwood wall for our ceremony and our bar. I wanted a clean look but with unexpected touches.
My only requirement was that my bouquet have dahlias, white Phalaenopsis orchids, and Lambs Ear. When I was kid my grandmother had gardens and we walk through them. I would pull a leaf from the Lambs Ear and rub it in between my fingers. Since then it has always been a happy reminder of her and brings me calm. I also wanted magnolia topiaries and white orchids but left it up to them on how they used them.
I made Doug’s boutonniere out of feathers and included a fly fishing lure called a wooly bugger. Someone literally got hooked because the lure was MIA at the end of the wedding.
Our guests stayed at The Mayflower Hotel which was just blocks from our venue. Upon arrival, guests received welcome boxes that we designed. “Welcome to D.C. Y’all!” was burned into the tops of the boxes, a nod to my Southern roots and the D.C. flare. We created a D&d theme that carried through and used the same font from our invites for all of our collateral. The welcome boxes offered up a few favorites, Berger Cookies and Goetze’s Caramels from Baltimore, Andes mints and mini cans of Perrier to pull the color scheme through and dark chocolate covered pretzels as a nod to our favorite sweet. Custom welcome letters let our guests know of the weekend events, directions and details.
We also did a late night bite with mini bags of Ruffles and French onion dip. If you have ever been to any party hosted by my grandmother, mother or me, you’ve had ruffles and French onion dip. There is something that it is so good no matter how fancy your party is!
We had six specialty drinks. Moscow Mules, Pink Champagne, Jack and Gingers, Sidecars, Cosmos and Budweiser. It was more of a his and hers cocktail menagerie! Our cocktail selection varies depending upon mood so we decided to serve them al! Our calligrapher used a vintage brass tray that belonged to my grandmother, to display as signage. Our dear friends that own a big band- Radio King Orchestra created a playlist of tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s for cocktails that played in the background.
Everyone still raves about our food. Like I said, we wanted to focus on fun and the experience so we served what we love. We don’t necessarily need fancy but we need good and homegrown. We chose to do stations over a seated meal. The first station was a pulled pork BBQ station and being from North Carolina this was probably the most time consuming decision possible! HA! We spent lots of time doing “research” to make sure we got it right. While Occasions Caterers did most of our food service and food and it was outstanding, we called on the pros at Pork Barrel BBQ (winners of Shark Tank) to make the ‘cue happen. We also tapped them for our “Get Saucy” sauce buffet. When Doug and I were dating we had a garden at a nearby co-op. We had no idea what we were doing but it brought us together and gave us a great hobby. We ended up putting 17 tomato plants in 2 10’x4’ beds (about 3 times as many as we should). We had the best tomatoes of our life! We served heirloom tomatoes and homemade bleu cheese dressing from a personal recipe. The other station featured our favorite- a taco bar with made to order guac and mini margaritas!
Event Planner: Danielle Couick | Event Catering: Occasions Caterers | Design: Revolution Events; Fabrication Events; Showtime Events; Creative Coverings | Florist: Philippa Tarrant | Reception Location: The Decatur House on Lafayette Square | Ceremony Location: The Decatur House on Lafayette Square | Rentals: Perfect Settings (rentals); Creative Coverings (linen) | Lighting Company: John Farr Lighting | Videographer: Bowen Films | Valet + Transportation: MJ Valet | Photographer: Rodney Bailey; | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Co. | Favors + Special Details: Favors- donation to the Alzheimer’s Association | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Invites: The Dandelion Patch; Day of Paper: Party Favorites
Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Millenium Band (Washington Talent Agency); Elliott Smith (soloist/acoustic guitar player); Gospel Choir (ceremony)