This Two-Piece Dress is Perfect for a Contemporary Wedding

This Two-Piece Dress is Perfect for a Contemporary Wedding

If I could do it all over again, I’d go for a two-piece number like this Limor Rosen beauty. It takes center stage in this modern shoot styled by Kaella Lynn Events, pairing perfectly with blush, ivory and buttery yellow roses from Tango & Foxtrot. Experience the beauty of the full collection through Lynette Boyle’s imagery, here in the full gallery.

From Kaella Lynn EventsInspired by the Spring season and beautiful Old St. Hillary’s church, I ​wanted to create a decorative design reminiscent of the Victorian Era, but with modern, clean lines. Soft florals and colors were balanced by slate and velvet textural elements and a touch of minimalism. This design speaks to the couple who prefer that light, natural look proving that you can still appy multiple layers of visual interest and detail.

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Photographer: Lynette Boyle Photography | Florals: Tango And Foxtrot | Gown: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Church: Old St. Hilary’s | Reception: Old St. Hilary’s | Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth | Hair and Makeup: Salt Spelt Beauty | Suit: Tom Ford | Designer, Stylist and Planner: Kaella Lynn Events | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper: Aerialist Press | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Water Glasses: Glassy Baby

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How to Pick the Right Island for Your Destination Wedding

We’re totally on board with tying the knot in paradise, and choosing the U.S. Virgin Islands is a fabulous place to start. But when it comes to narrowing down which awesome island is right for your celebration, we’re here to help. From fun-filled activities to gourmet dining, we’re breaking down our three fave islands to make your choice a whole lot easier. (Hint: You can’t go wrong.)

Photography: Erin McGinn

ST. CROIX: FOR THE CULTURALLY-INSPIRED DESTINATION WEDDING

St. Croix is perfect for tying the knot with resorts that feature everything from world-class golf courses to casinos. But what really stands out are the island’s amazing historical offerings. Think awesome arts, crafts and music events, so you can check out gems like St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, or even soak in the culture at one of the many, many events on their yearly lineup. And don’t forget those fab accommodations. With fewer than 200 rooms per property, your guests can really relax in between all of the sight-seeing in an intimate setting. Check out the Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina… it’s one of our favorites.

Photography: Lindsay Vann

ST. JOHN: FOR THE NATURE-OBSESSED BRIDE + GROOM

If your dream wedding locale is one part national forest and one part world-renowned beaches, St. John is clearly your spot. We think of it as the perfect mix of untouched beauty and modern amenities, with Trunk Bay stealing the spotlight. (Hello, underwater nature trail.) It’s hiking breathtaking trails, touring botanical gardens (like the pretty Pastory Gardens) and scuba or snuba diving in those deep, crystal blue waters. Not to mention that you can host your Big Day at one of their amazing hotels, inns, villas and even campgrounds! (Note: We’re obsessed with the Concordia Eco-Resort and its wood-framed tents.) Oh, and the tropical forest, petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins will change your nature lovin’ life.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer

ST. THOMAS: FOR THE LIFE OF THE PARTY COUPLE

For those of you who enjoy spending your days bopping from shop to shop and your nights taking in the next big band or dancing with your love, St. Thomas is perfect. With duty-free shops perfect for buying those souvenirs (or that dress you can’t take your eyes off of) and a list of entertainment hot spots that includes theaters, clubs for dancing and casinos, you’ll be loving every minute of your stay. Plus, St. Thomas is known for ultra-luxe accommodations that are simply made for those of you wanting to treat your guests to world-class restaurants, fun-filled nightlife and secluded beaches. We’re all for tying the knot in total sophistication at the Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas or the Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. You honestly can’t go wrong.

Photography: Elisha Orin

Whether you’re looking for a week filled with adventure, simply want to relax in paradise, can’t wait to tour all of the historic locations, dance the night away or all of the above, the U.S. Virgin Islands has an island that is right for you and your Big Day. Contact them now to get the ball rolling on what will be the wedding plus vacay of a lifetime.

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5 Saving Strategies for Funding Your Dream Wedding

You’re engaged and ready to start planning for the big day! The process is fun, but stress can easily creep in when trying to figure out how to pay for it (the average cost of a wedding is upwards of $30,000). Avoid feeling overwhelmed (and going into debt) with this roadmap for bringing your vision to life without compromising your financial health.


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Prioritize your needs.
As a couple, work together to decide what are the needs and wants for the wedding. Then prioritize them. For some that might mean food and entertainment, for others it could be venue and decor. Consider your long-term goals as well. Do you want to own a home? Travel? Factor those items in when deciding how much to spend on your wedding says Jason Field, CPA at Anderson Tax (who is getting married later this year).

Set a budget.
Once you’ve figured out short and long-term goals, set a realistic budget and stick to it, says Kris Yamano, Vice President and Regional Leader of Wealth Planning for BMO Private Bank. How much should be saved depends on the anticipated cost of the wedding. Be realistic. A $30,000 wedding requires a monthly savings of $2,500 for 12 months. Extend your engagement to give yourself enough time to save and/or tighten the money belt to reach your goal.


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Start saving early.
As soon as a budget is set, begin saving. The earlier a couple starts socking away for the big day, the better. Kris recommends using an online savings calculator to determine how much is needed in order to reach the target amount.

Open a wedding fund account.
Keep the money you’re saving for the wedding in an account that’s separate from your regular checking and savings, suggests Kris. This will help to better track milestones and eliminate the sensation to splurge when the dollar amount starts going up.


Ashlee Taylor

Use credit wisely.
It’s alright to put wedding items on a credit card in order to rack up points, and take advantage of the consumer protection against fraud says Kris. However, in order for a credit card to work in your favor, it is necessary to pay the balance off immediately. Avoid carrying a balance. If you’re unable to pay for the charge within the billing cycle, that is a clear indicator that you’re going over budget.

Don’t forget, the most important part of a wedding is celebrating the love between two people — not how much, or little money is spent. Couples should dole out whatever makes them comfortable, while also remembering going into debt to finance a wedding isn’t worth it.


Rebecca Yale Photography

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Ximena N. Larkin is a writer and publicist who resides in Chicago with her husband and dog. 

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5 Secrets to Styling Your Wedding Tablescape

From SMP Blogger Bride, Paige of Studio Bicyclette… As we near our wedding date, the details of the big day are starting to fall into place and the vision is really coming to life. I’ve learned that each and every decision you make when styling a wedding helps to tell the story of your big day and showcase your own personal style. It’s important to pay attention to the details, carefully think through the selections you make when choosing your rentals and decor, and work closely with your vendors to help you make your dream a reality. Today I’m sharing a mockup of our table designs and a few of my favorite tablescape tips.

Find Your Inspiration

It’s no secret that I’m a big proponent of inspiration boards, and I can’t stress enough the importance of taking the time to pull ideas for your wedding details and tablescape design, as we talked about in an earlier post. This is when your wedding style really starts to emerge and you’re able to narrow in on what your overall vision is and also how that will translate into the details.

Determine the Specific Details

There were a few themes that quickly emerged for me when I went through the inspiration gathering process, and so I knew I wanted to incorporate hints of silver, tie in a nod to sparkly night skies and constellations, with touches of a periwinkle in my tablescape design.

I worked closely with my stationery designer, Alex Perlin on the menus and name cards, and those also brought in little hints of colour as well as incorporating the constellation design that is woven throughout and has a graphic feel that is also mimicked in the DIY silver geometric shapes that will be hanging in the tent above the tables.

The color palette and silver stars will also show up on our dessert table, and I just had to include a peek at the mini pop tarts that The Wedding Cake Shoppe is making for us, with whimsical pastel icing and a sprinkling of tiny edible straws.

Keep in Mind Your Venue

I really wanted to mimic the more laid back vibe of the cottage where we’re celebrating, so it was important to me that the table didn’t feel too formal, or contrived. One of the ways in which I achieved that was to forgo traditional place settings, instead of bundling the flatware together with a selection of ribbon, which is also where I attached the name cards. This gave it a more casual feel, which felt especially relevant because our dinner is being served out of a taco truck! I also added in a mirrored starburst drink stirrer from The Roc Shop to the bundle that again tied in that constellation theme and added a fun touch.

The floral centerpieces from Blush and Bloom were also designed with this in mind, and we opted for a selection with a little color and lots of foliage to complement the natural setting but also provide a statement.

Keep Your Details Consistency + Pay Attention to Composition

There are a few design and composition tips to remember when you’re styling a tablescape, and for this design, I was really conscious of incorporating texture and playing with various heights on the table to create visual interest.

For the texture, I added a raw silk table runner in the softest dove gray, swirling it down the center of the table so it had an ethereal, barely there effect. I knew I wanted to tie that in elsewhere for consistency, so I used the same dove gray silk for one of the ribbon options in the flatware bundles, with the other ribbons adding interest in a variety of widths, colors, and finishes. My periwinkle color showed up as another ribbon selection, as did a silver ribbon that added a hint of sparkle.

In terms of playing with height, I achieved this through my candle choices, opting for a selection of three different sizes to really create that effect, and grouping them together so the tallest ones were towards the center.

Don’t Forget the Personal Touches!

Styling is all about telling a story, and when it comes to a wedding especially, the details are the perfect place to infuse a little bit of your own personal style and design an event that is truly you. The starry skies or constellation theme that I’ve mentioned a few times is something that is woven into me and my fiancé Jason’s love story, so as a final touch to the table, I added a sprinkle of silver star confetti, which we also sealed into our invites so that they’d spill out when opened.

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Photography: Scarlet O’Neill Photography | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Desserts (Pop Tarts): The Wedding Cake Shoppe | Drink Stirrers: The Roc Shop | Plates and Flatware: Event Rental Group | Stationery Design: Alex Perlin | Studio: District 28 | Styling + Creative Direction: Studio Bicyclette

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Wedding Dress Shopping Advice From Bridal Stylists

The wedding dress search should be the most fun part of wedding planning, but it can at times be an overwhelming process! Bridal stylists strive to make it a fun and painless experience focused on helping the bride find a dress she feels the most beautiful and completely herself in!

I’ve rounded up a few bridal stylists to share what to expect and tips to find the perfect gown!


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Start the process early
Allison Koehler from AOK Style & Planning explains, “Gown shopping should be one of the first things you do for your big day, not only because of the time it takes to make, but because it helps set the tone for your big day. Do your research, and don’t try and find the “perfect” dress. Try and find the “perfect for you” dress,” she says.

Start shopping for your wedding dress as soon as you have a venue locked in, as it will set the overall tone of your wedding. Starting to look a year in advance is ideal, as the lead-time for gowns is around 6-8 months. Allow a few months to shop around before you decide.

According to Kelly Leggett of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop, “We’ve helped brides find their dress and complete alterations with less than a month to go before the wedding (though we definitely wouldn’t wait that long, for the sake of the bride’s stress levels!).”


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Deciding on a budget
“Traditional wedding guidelines say that your dress should be 10% of your overall wedding budget, but if your dress is a priority for you, then it’s absolutely ok for it to be more than 10% of your budget, and vice versa. Just remember that with any wedding category, you get what you pay for!” explains Leggett.

If your budget is flexible, set a “scary number”- this is the cost you absolutely cannot go over. “Don’t be shy about your budget, there’s no right or wrong number,” says Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style. “Make sure you factor in alterations and the rest of your fashion elements into your budget – your veil, shoes, jewelry and clutch will add up fast.”

The bridal appointment
For your first appointment, go somewhere with a variety of styles for you to try. The first time shopping is about honing in what you like, and potentially finding some favorites. Visit around 3-4 shops, this way you know you’ve seen a good variety and won’t get overwhelmed.

Some salons will limit the number of guests you are allowed to bring and this is for your own benefit! Too many guests tend to take the focus off the bride and too many opinions do not help in making a painless decision.

“Choose a dress you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful in. Opinions are great, but remember this is your day and you get the final say,” says Hartman.

“I normally would try to tell my brides sleeping on it is a good idea, so they don’t get buyers remorse,” advises Melissa Laws of BHLDN Chicago.” I think they should feel sure about themselves when they’re saying yes to the dress.”


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Sizing
Leggett describes sizing as “very different than what women are used to for their everyday clothes. Each designer has different sizing, so once the bride selects her gown, we measure her and size her according to that designer’s size chart. The gown is ordered in a size that is closest to the bride’s measurements, and then we fine-tune the fit in alterations, since most bodies don’t fall perfectly into each designer’s sizing.”

Alterations
Alterations can be intimidating, but when else do you get to have a garment completely tailored to your body?  Hartman offers some great advice. “Alterations can make or break a garment, so it’s important to spend the time and money on this crucial step. The seamstress will pin your dress to give you an idea of how it will look when the alterations are complete. Usually, they’ll take it in or let it out, add cups, fix the hem and add a bustle. ALWAYS try on your dress after the last fitting before your big day!”


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Keep in mind is that your gown is not made of magic. It will bend and crease when you move your body, just as all garments do. Communicate well with your seamstress and remain realistic in your expectations. Their goal is to make sure you love your gown!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Goli Parvinian is a bridal enthusiast and masters student living in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past few years, she has worked for bridal brands in her hometown of Chicago, New Zealand and New York City. You can typically find her in a cafe, face-timing her nieces or out on a long run.

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This is How You Do Black, White + Oh-So-Gorgeous Green

This editorial from Claire Duran sums up the kind of wedding I love the most: no fuss, no frills—just packed with classic elegance all the way. You simply can’t go wrong with black and white, and a gorgeous splash of green. Emily Artistry kissed the Bride with her beauty skills, while Love Blooms infused a heavy dose of florals, making for a timeless collection of images that is sure to inspire plenty a soirée.

From Claire DuranThis editorial photoshoot was inspired by the beauty of Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The bushes of pale pink roses ornamenting the arbored walkways gave us the perfect inspiration to build upon. This naturally beautiful landscape gave us the perfect setting to create a garden wedding setup full of romantic, soft, and elegant touches, all of which go in line with our signature aesthetic. We wanted to create a cascading tablescape where the flower arrangements could be well integrated within the backdrop landscape, making the table an extension of the arbor and all the greenery around it. All the rest of the elements of the shoot were thought of with understated, simple, and sophisticated organic beauty, a soft neutral palette, and the thought of movement, all of which Nicole Colwell masterfully captured.

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Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography | Flowers: Love Blooms | Wedding Dress: Eli By Flora | Cake: Maliha Creations | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Hair and Makeup: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Tux: Men’s Wearhouse | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Film Laboratory: PhotoVision Prints | Model: Shasta Marie | Planning, Design, Styling: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals | Ribbon: Torn and Tied

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California Dreamin’ with Romantique by Claire Pettibone

French girls may have that je ne sais quoi, but California girls have that cool factor, and it’s a factor that designer Claire Pettibone captured to perfection in her Spring 2017 Romantique Collection. Inspired by her home state, Claire Pettibone’s California Dreamin’ Collection is full of flowing silhouettes, feminine off-the-shoulder sleeves, delicate embroidered lace, and signature stunning backs. Paired with beauty looks from the talents at TEAM Hair + Makeup and images by Lucy Munoz Photography, you’re going to fall madly in love with the pretty images below! If you’re a bride who prefers turquoise to diamonds, wildflowers to roses, braids to formal up-do’s, and a VW bus to a limo, this collection is for you!

See every gorgeous gown below!

Beverly

Befitting a bride of consummate style, this long-sleeved gown, brimming with lavish floral lace, exudes a sort of approachable opulence. Unforgettable details include an illusion lace neckline, a striking cut-out open back, and a chapel length train that falls to the floor with bohemian nonchalance. The Beverly wedding gown is a showstopper worthy of a large affair in a grand garden, or equally at home in an intimate celebration among sun-flecked redwood trees.

Carmel

The quiet beauty of a foggy coastline, windswept surf, and majestic cypress trees inspired the open back wedding dress Carmel. Earthy cotton floral embroidery with a flowing net skirt falls elegantly to a chapel length train, and tulle straps across the open back are as captivating as a breathtaking bluff. Whether exchanging vows in Big Sur or Belize, this sexy wedding dress will add to all the salt-tinged splendor.

Coachella

It’s not easy to find a wedding dress that evokes infectious grooves, desert reveries, and an untamed spirit, but Coachella delivers. This unparalleled wedding gown, oozing with bohemian flair, has long, sheer sleeves, hypnotic cotton crochet lace, and seductive side slits. And as if that isn’t enough, the open back comes replete with jeweled silk tassel ties, and a chapel length sweep of lace to trail past sun-kissed legs.

Del Rey

Inspired by a place where palm trees line the sun-filled shoreline, and unforgettable sunsets are the norm, this wedding gown is the epitome of boho beauty. With intricate cotton crochet lace in a graceful geometric pattern, an open low back, and a scalloped lace chapel train, the Del Rey wedding gown produces a stunning, sun-dappled silhouette. Whether you’re a beach-bound bride or just looking to convey an “I just woke up like this” effortless vibe, this captivating dress is likely to leave all who see it smitten.

Laguna

Evoking a succulent studded shoreline and scenic coves, the Laguna Beach wedding dress, teeming with Bohemian flair, features stunning crochet cut-out cotton Guipure lace, while sexy side-slits on the sheer skirt show off sun-kissed skin. Punctuated by the signature illusion back and a slight sweep train, this wedding gown will look sublime in any setting, whether you say “I do” on the surf-worthy shores of Maui or against the gorgeous backdrop of a Napa Valley sunset.

Marina

Pasadena

The epitome of old-world elegance, this vintage inspired lace wedding dress boasts embroidered tulle long sleeves oozing with unparalleled grandeur and grace. With the addition of an illusion front – and back! – and a flowing skirt with a ravishing cathedral length train, the splendor of Pasadena is timeless and unforgettable.

Santa Monica

A stunning balance of simplicity and detail, the Santa Monica embroidered wedding dress is hard to resist. Graceful embroidery accented with ocean-mist sparkle, this sleek sheath features a scalloped bodice, and dainty lace straps topped off with a swoon-worthy heart shaped illusion back. The cathedral length train cascades behind like a gentle wave kissing a sandy shore.

Silverlake

This dreamy wedding dress, with a dazzling chapel length train and flourishes of corded tulle embroidery, is an homage to the creative soul. The intricate silver and ivory cotton threadwork cascades down the center and through the sleeves, imparting an effortless sense of style. Whether clutching a bouquet of wild flowers or succulents, a walk – or perhaps a strut – down the aisle in the Silverlake wedding gown will evoke a beguiling blend of boho chic and timeless beauty, sure to leave an everlasting impression.

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From Claire Pettibone… I love the eclectic style and freedom we have in California. Designing this collection of gowns inspired by my home state, I wanted to keep the dresses feminine but with a relaxed, easy vibe. The bohemian look has always been a favorite of mine…I was raised by artist parents, so it must be in the genes!

For this shoot, we headed out to a Malibu ranch for a quintessential day in the sun. We kept the styling to a bare minimum, just natural beauty and a few fresh picked wild flowers were all we needed.

Effortless beauty is something I think we all try to emulate. Like, “yeah, I woke up like this.” Coachella, Laguna, Carmel…these names just conjure a certain vibe that sounds like a really great party, a wedding that you wouldn’t want to miss!

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Photography: Lucy Munoz | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup

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Photo Accessories To Make Your Wedding Invitation Suite Shine

Many photographers will ask you to bring your invitation suite to your final meeting so that they can shoot them in advance, while some photographers prefer to photograph the invite suite the day of the wedding so that they can place it in spots around the venue. Either way, it is a great idea to provide your photographer with some accessories for the shoot.

Here are some of our favorite accouterments to add to your invitation suite for photographs.


Jose Villa Photography

Keep it simple
Wedding invitation calligrapher Stephanie of Stephanie B. Design says, “have your calligrapher write out an extra envelope that is addressed to both of your names but has the address of the venue. Then, you will have a finished envelope to photograph that doesn’t have your real information!”

If you used a wax seal on your envelope, you might want to include the stamp in the photos. Postal stamps, maps, detail cards, and any other components will help personalize your photographs and truly let your invites shine.

Florals
Whether it’s some of your wedding flowers or a sprig of greenery, florals are bound to make a visual impact! Leaves can stand alone without flowers and still serve as the main accessory. Are you getting married in a tropical location? Get some palm or banana leaves! Are you getting married during the holidays? Grab some fir from a pine tree. Is your wedding during the fall? Collect some red, orange and yellow leaves that fell from trees. The options are endless!

Bride and Groom Accessories
The bride’s wedding shoes and veil can serve as feminine details in the photographs. You can also incorporate the bride’s engagement ring and both of the wedding bands by laying them on the invitations or putting them in your favorite ring box. If either of you are using a special handkerchief or wearing any jewelry that goes well with the suite, add that in your photos. The boutonnières can also be the perfect add-ons.


Jennifer Blair Photography

From The Earth
Geode/agate platters and coasters are great for laying invitations on. Seashells are the perfect accessory for a beach wedding. You can lay the wedding bands inside of a seashell and/or scatter them throughout the flat lay. Sea glass and driftwood are also perfect accessories for beach weddings.

Vignettes From The Wedding Day
Did you write your vows in pretty booklets? If so, add in a couple of photos! Your table runners and napkins can also be the perfect props! When you are buying ribbon for the bouquets and boutonnière, make sure to get a little extra to give your photographer because ribbon is probably the best accessory of all! If you are using trays for anything during the big day, let the photographer get a turn with them.


M & J Photography

Local Favorites
If you are having a destination wedding, you might want to include some items that are native to that area. For example, if you are getting married in Mexico, maybe you would want to include a hand painted maraca. Have fun and get creative with it!


Tamara Gruner Photographer

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Carly Ellentuck is a freelance writer and blogger bride. She is the gal behind The Cozy Curator, a blog that features all things life+ style. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her fiancè. Carly is currently enjoying planning her modern boho-beach wedding that will take place on Long Beach Island this summer!

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Beat the Heat With These Summer Registry Picks

It’s sooo hot out there, you guys. And if you’re anything like us, you’re searching for the perfect way to cool down. So today we’re diving into our fave registry picks that will guarantee a relaxing summer, no matter the weather. From the cutest ever flamingo float to a blender that will mix up those tasty poolside margaritas, scroll to beat the heat in style.

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Photography: Erin McGinn | Styling: Abby Capalbo

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A Wedding Ceremony on the Steps of the D.C. War Memorial

You know how they say location is everything? Well, that couldn’t be truer of Attiya and Mike’s wedding. They exchanged vows on the steps of the historic D.C. War Memorial, fulfilling the bride’s lifelong dream of marrying on the National Mall. “D.C. is home, where we met, where we fell in love, and we wanted that to spill out in everything,” Attiya said. Claire Duran Weddings and Events made certain no detail was overlooked and we’ve got all the beautiful captures by Bonnie Sen.

From Claire Duran Weddings and Events… Mike and Attiya met in D.C. on 11/11/11, and got engaged almost four years after during Attiya’s birthday. After their engagement, the only way in which they could have had the perfect celebration, was by walking the National Mall, as he knew that watching the sunset on the Mall was her favorite thing!

Since she was a little girl, Attiya tells us that she only imagined getting married on the Mall — she hadn’t a clear idea of how dress would look like, or whom the spouse would be– she just knew she wanted the Mall. Hence, when the time came, they planned everything around that long wanted dream.

Attiya’s parents hosted a large and formal Pakistani wedding, so the couple decided to do a small, simple cocktail-style wedding surrounded only by their closest ones the day after. They made sure that almost every aspect of their Big Day was local and personal. For instance, the DJ was the brother of Attiya’s best friend, the cake was from their favorite local celeb pastry chef (and ours!), Buttercream Bakeshop. Overall, they wanted something their children could look at one day and love. They didn’t want anything that followed a passing trend, that they would have regretted choosing years later. Instead, they wanted classic, elegant, simple, D.C.

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Photography: Bonnie Sen | Floral Design: Sophie & Co | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Stationery: Just Ink On Paper | Ceremony: DC War Memorial | Reception Venue: Old Ebbitt Grill | Hair + Makeup: Behind The Veil | DJ: Andrew Logan | Officiant: Marriage DC | Bridal Shop: Robinson’s Bridal | Cocktail Reception: Old Ebbitt Grill | Gown Designers: Pronovias | Musicians: Erika & Curtis | Wedding Management: Claire Duran Weddings And Events

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