Not really into the big, extravagant wedding vibe, Jenn and Dan did their own thing and got married in the patio of an inn in Washington, DC. The result? A super-casual soiree for 48 guests that’s intimate and quirky. (Look how happy everyone is! So. much. joy.)
[From the Bride] Dan and I are a pretty laid back pair, so we decided early on to have a small wedding. Much easier said than done! But somehow we navigated those waters and ended up with 48 guests at the beautiful and quirky Tabard Inn. The outdoor patio has a fantastic secret garden-esque feel. And best of all, no decorating required. We wrote our own vows- Dan’s were characteristically goofy and sweet at the same time. Let’s just say there was lots of laughing/crying all around. The service was followed by cocktail hour and dinner upstairs in the private dining rooms. We added some personal touches to our vegeterian dinner, including photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day for guests to see. We also made chocolate truffles as favors using my late grandmother’s secret recipe.The following day, in a desire to include everyone we loved in our celebration, we hosted a laid-back house party in Mt. Pleasant. We found a lovely couple, Leslie and Joe, who agreed to rent out their entire B&B for the event. Their beautiful backyard and spacious wrap-around porch worked perfectly, and some of our friends were even able to stay in the rooms upstairs! We decorated with wildflowers from LoCoFlo scattered around in old vases and jars. Vintage furniture and string lights gave the backyard a party atmosphere, and our awesome bluegrass band from Virginia, Dry Mill Road, played all night long. My mother-in-law spent hours making candied nuts (a family favorite) for favors, and my mom and I wrapped them in jars with homemade gift tags. We had cornhole and great beer and all of our favorite people together in one place. And that’s all we wanted.
The Tabard Inn, District of Columbia
Event Date: May, 2013
For Bianca and Rosie’s summer wedding in Washington, DC, they handcrafted most of their items that made their day oh-so-special. The couple’s small, super intimate affair was big on capturing their love for each other, and of course, their DIY talents. Their photographer Holly Graciano did a superb job of catching all the little private moments Bianca and Rosie had throughout the day that really would make anyone smile.
Bianca and Rosie DIY most of the details: The bouquet, boutonnieres, hair pieces, programs, hand-embossed cards, gift bags, “bride” and “wifey” lettering on the robes, and the “love” box that they locked during the ceremony. The box, containing letters written to each other as well as a bottle of wine, is to be open on their first anniversary.
From the photographer:
“They had their emotional first look at The DuPont Circle Hotel, followed by an afternoon ceremony at Chelsea Gardens that was officiated by Tiffany Newman. Because their wedding was such an intimate affair without attendants, we had lots of time for photos at Meridian Hill, before meeting their guests for dinner at Lincoln restaurant.”
Wondering what the finger mustaches were about? They were temporary ‘stache tattoo that everyone wore on their fingers in honor of the real tattoo that Bianca wears on her finger. How cool!
Photographer: Holly Graciano Photography//Wedding Date: August 24, 2012//Location: Washington, DC, USA//Officiant: Tiffany Newman//Ceremony Site: Chelsea Gardens//Restaurant: Lincoln Restaurant//
Trust me when I tell you that today’s wedding is nothing short of perfection. I just seriously can’t stop staring at this fabulous flamenco inspired fete! Infused with pops of bright color, this pretty purple palette has combined all things elegant with the lovingly captured photography from Sarah at Ampersand Photography. Molly + Rodrigo’s wedding just blends all things intimate, elegant, cultural, and just down right BE-YOU-TI-FUL so perfectly, you simply have to find some Monday morning downtime to stop and stare yourselves.
Molly + Rodrigo were not only lucky enough to have some seriously amazing vendors within their reach the DC area, they also had one heck of planner/ coordinotor/ decorator right in the family. Rodrigo’s sister Ana was the mastermind behind the amazing floral gorgeousness and the decor of the day. This is truly one of the most elegant candy bars I’ve ever seen! When you add in this dreamy location, a couple that looks like movie stars, and an Uh-Maz-Ing BHLDN gown, just stick a fork in me ‘cuz I’m done. (Preferably one of the forks of off the super elegant purple and gilded place settings, please.)
What a lovely job Ana did designing this dazzling wedding! A super big thanks to Ampersand Photography for sharing it with us! Congratulations Molly + Rodrigo!
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