Posts Tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

Classic Beauty in Washington D.C. by Abby Jiu Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Melanie and Mohsin’s D.C. wedding is a true dose of classic beauty.  The couple met while attending law school at the University of Richmond, and now, working as attorneys, they reside in Northern Virginia. Marrying just across the street from the White House at The Hay-Adams, the couple used their adoration of the city as inspiration.  Without further ado, dive into this post of exquisite photos by Abby Jiu Photography.  

Those bridal portraits are absolutely breathtaking, no?  Melanie wore a soft and romantic Rivini gown, and adorned her look with a fur bolero and embellished veil.  A crimson bridal bouquet of dahlias and garden roses by Sidra Forman radiated rich autumn colors.  The fall foliage was at its peak, and Lafayette Park was the  perfect backdrop for photos. The ceremony took place at 11:30 in the morning and was followed by a brunch reception complete with a jazz band.

With the capitol as their inspiration, a city skyline element was brought into the programs and table décor.  They couldn’t resist tying the law in somehow, so each of their tables was named after a Supreme Court justice!  Simply Chic Events implemented the classic palette of red and ivory with black accents with fresh style, and Abby Jiu captured it naturally and beautifully.

After an afternoon of music and great food,  the celebration continued into the evening with a party at The Hamilton.  The couple was sent off in style, with Melanie changing into a darling Kate Spade frock.

Wishing these two all the beauty and happiness in the world!

Photos by Abby Jiu Photography

Wedding Planning by Jessica Brown of Simply Chic Events

Bridal Gown by Rivini; Send-off Dress by Kate Spade

Bridal Shoes by Something Bleu

Bridesmaid Dress by Elie Tahari

Florals by Sidra Forman

Venue: The Hay-Adams

Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy

Ceremony Musicians: Sterling Artists Crystal Strings

Cake by Kendall’s Cakes


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A Cherry Blossom-Infused D.C. Real Wedding by Michelle Lindsay Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

If you haven’t seen this week’s cherry blossom-infused real wedding by Michelle Lindsay Photography, we’ve put together some highlights for you just below. Elizabeth and Andrew envisioned a day that was classic with a few dramatic twists.  They went classically romantic with a pink, black and white palette, while the bold cherry blossom décor by Sidra Forman was dramatic and breathtaking. Enjoy!

Elizabeth’s gorgeous, two-piece  Monique Lhullier gown and veil featured sweet daisy accents, (floral replicas were later found on the cake)!  The bridesmaids looked formal and sophisticated in black beauties by Amsale.  There was a long, glorious aisle for the bridal party to walk down at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in D.C.

For the reception, the couple celebrated their love of dinner parties and D.C!  In fact, they met at a dinner party just after Andrew moved to town. On the night of their first meeting, they spent the night in true D.C. fashion, discussing politics and drinking wine. The rest, as they say, is history!  The gorgeous cherry blossom reception centerpieces paid tribute to the city, and the elegant king’s tables created an intimate dinner party feel.

Elizabeth and Andrew love history and tradition- the bride wore a sixpence in her shoe that has been passed down through three generations and their cake topper was a 50 year old heirloom!  Needless to say, a venue that exhibited the history of our nation’s Capitol was perfect- the Hay Adams provided views of all the monuments on the mall.

What could be better?  Springtime in D.C., cherry blossoms everywhere, and a sweet Monique Lhuillier gown?  We’re all over it!  The superb event planning by Jessica at Simply Chic Events ensured the day flowed without flaw.  See more from Elizabeth and Andrew’s gorgeous wedding day here… 

Photos by Michelle Lindsay Photography

Florals by Sidra Forman

Event Coordination by Simply Chic Events

Dress by Monique Lhullier

Bridesmaid’s Dresses by Amsale

Hair and Makeup by Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists

Paper Goods by Paper Tangent

Venue: Hay Adams

Chair & Linen Rental by Party Rentals Ltd.

Cake by Kendall’s Cakes

Reception Entertainment: Free Spirit


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Fresh & Modern D.C. Real Wedding by Abby Jiu Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Sara and Mark’s modern, Washington, D.C. wedding reflected their love of family, travel and our nation’s capitol! Held at an old car showroom-turned-art-gallery, we’re reveling in the unique contrast of natural elements with an urban industrial setting. Sara and Mark could’ve cared less about executing some theme or color palette, but rather, they focused on hosting a warm, comfortable and fun party for their nearest and dearest. It’s just a total bonus that the contemporary florals, fabulous paper goods and amazing venue make this wedding so fresh!  A special thanks to the incredibly talented Abby Jiu for sharing these photos with us!

Sara and Mark started dating just before Mark was sent to California and Naples, Italy for his work with the Navy. Their long distance relationship persevered as a result of a strong foundation (they had been friends for years in law school), dozens of trips to each coast and to Italy, and daily phone calls.  Plus, it’s pretty clear they’re made for each other.  Doesn’t Sara just glow in her Lela Rose gown and pretty pulled-back hairstyle?


The Longview Gallery in D.C. made for an extraordinary venue; natural light surrounded them as they said their vows. The couple made it a priority to support some of their favorite local businesses during the course of their planning. They also drew inspiration from Naples, Italy- where they spent lots of time together while Mark was stationed overseas.

The reception was warm and celebratory; the gallery glowed with candlelight.  Now that’s what we call a modern classic.

Be sure to check out the rest of this fabulous wedding here!

Photos by Abby Jiu Photography

Florals by Sidra Forman

Venue: Long View Gallery

Paper goods by Paperee

Calligraphy by Meant to Be

Dress by Lela Rose from Hitched Salon

Shoes by Jimmy Choo

Bridal Makeup by Jan Scott; Hair by Jewels

Catering by Occasions Caterers

Reception Entertainment by DJ D-Mac

Cake by Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Day Of Coordination by RSVP Event Planning and Management

Jewelery by Shah & Shah


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