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I just adore this bride’s timeless style, and I love it even more knowing that she wore her grandmother’s I. Magnin wedding dress from 1963. She and her groom were wed in Washington D.C., and Laura Gordon shot these lovely portraits for them at the Capitol.

Elizabeth’s “something blue” was a lace-edged handkerchief embroidered with her name in blue thread.

Says the bride, “Our absolute favorite part of the day was when we first saw each other from down the aisle. At that moment we both felt completely relaxed.”

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS FROM ELIZABETH AND BRANDON’S WEDDING.

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  From the beginning we knew we wanted to have an intimate gathering that captured the feeling you have when you’re at a great dinner out with friends and family. We started by looking for great restaurants that had a private space large enough to fit our guests. We settled on Charlie Palmer Steak because of the wonderful food, beautiful atmosphere and location right near the Capitol.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We had a traditional Catholic ceremony but didn’t feel the need to have a traditional reception with a DJ and dancing. Not having a dance floor allowed us more time to visit with friends and family and helped to achieve the feeling of the intimate dinner we wanted.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Early on in the wedding planning, a friend pointed out to me that a wedding is one of the only times when everyone you love is together, celebrating and supporting you as a couple. At times, when the anxiety of wedding planning wore on me, remembering this would help me focus on what was important.

What advice do you have for other brides?  While your wedding is a celebration of your marriage, the most important people in attendance are your guests. When planning, consider how the event will go from their perspective and be as organized as possible to ensure the day flows well and guests are comfortable. You don’t have to go crazy, but small considerate details will be remembered.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Most wedding guests are looking forward to having a great meal- an investment in a great caterer will really go far to make an event. Great photography is another smart purchase. Wedding photographs will be are shared with family and friends for years to come. A great photographer helps capture the excitement of the day and all the details you spent so much time planning.

Photographer: Laura Gordon / Church: Our Lady Queen of Peace / Venue, catering: Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington D.C. / Vintage Dress Restoration: Orange Resortation Labs / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Earrings: Kate Spade / Veil: Nina / Suit: Tailor Made Man / Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Floral Designer: Sara King, Park Florist / Cake: Balducci’s
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  • Timeless Washington D.C. Wedding Portraits

    9 January 2014
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    Solage Calistoga seamlessly blends the feel of a romantic rustic garden with modern wine country elegance, making it a perfect backdrop for Liz and Dez’s wedding celebration. LVL Events brought the bride’s vision for a magical evening to life, and Esther Sun was behind the camera to capture it all…

    Liz’s romantic bouquet was full of lush garden roses, dahlias, chocolate cosmos, accented with trailing vines.

    The littlest bridal attendants wore classic seersucker suits. Flower girls and bridesmaids alike donned coral pink dresses.

    White rose petals added a touch of romance to the lawn where the ceremony was held.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE DETAILS FROM THIS WHIMSICAL WEDDING AT SOLAGE CALISTOGA.

     

    What inspired you while you were planning your wedding?  I think that weddings are magical nights so I really wanted the affair to be gorgeous and elegant but with a touch of whimsy. I included things like loose floral arrangements with trailing vines and loads of taper candles which cast a warm twinkling glow. I was inspired by the romantic garden parties in the 1920s and the over all esthetic of Sophia Coppola movies. I love a lot of tone on tone, muted colors and nostalgic elements incorporated in a modern way. One of my favorite details was the champagne tower with coupe glasses.

    What was your favorite moment or part of your wedding day?  I loved so many moments of the wedding but one that turned out to be particularly special was our first dance. My husband really doesn’t like dancing and the idea of a first dance with all eyes on him freaked him out. We selected a song that we both love to sing along with in the car, a blue grass tune called Wagon Wheel and invited all the guests to join in after the first verse. We had a little moment in the spotlight but then got to share our favorite song with all of our loved ones dancing along too. It was just a purely happy moment.

    What is the best advice you were given as a bride?  The best advice I was given as a bride was to put your money into the three things that matter most to you. For me that was the food, the flowers and the photos. The big day goes by so fast, make sure you have killer pics so you can relive it whenever you want!

    What advice would you give to couples planning now?  I would tell anyone who is getting married to stretch out the event. Make your wedding a whole weekend of festivities instead of just one night. There will probably be no other time in your life when you get to throw a huge party with all of your friends and family from across the country in one place. Take advantage of it! We had a big welcome dinner on the Friday before the wedding, and a brunch on Sunday after the wedding. I didn’t have a chance to talk to everyone at the wedding so it was great to have the other events to spend quality time with every guest.

    Photographer: Esther Sun / Venue: Solage Calistoga in Calistoga, California / Event Planner: LVL Events / Floral Designer: Daisy Rose / Stationery: Union Street Papery / Music: The Innocent Strings / Hair, Makeup: Salon 360 / Transportation: Pure Luxury / Rentals: Encore Rentals / DJ: DJ Matteo / Officiant: Dr. Judy Caldwell
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  • Whimsical Garden Wedding at Solage Calistoga

    8 January 2014
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    Adam and Sarah, the husband and wife team behind InTandem Photography, take the kind of photos you’ll want to frame and hang on your wall for all to see. And they will travel anywhere to capture your wedding day in their signature style: Bold. Humorous. Beautiful. Let’s take a little trip through some of their favorite shots from previous destination weddings! (Also, read on for details on getting a free day-after session with InTandem!)


    Miami.


    Hawaii.


    Washington D.C.


    Seattle.


    Hawaii.

    Even though their photography speaks for itself, we just love these little tidbits from their website: Through the lens, Sarah sees tenderness and humor, infused with fairytale-like whimsy. Adam sees drama, scale and perspective, and transforms a real life moment into art. 

    Love their work as much as we do? If you’re one of the first three people to book your wedding with InTandem, and mention that you found them on Snippet & Ink, you’ll receive a free day-after session – a $1000 value!


    New Orleans.


    Miami.


    Jamaica.


    Vermont.


    Cabo San Lucas.

     

    Check out their site and blog for more beautiful pics, and remember: the first three Snippet & Ink readers to see this post and book InTandem to shoot their wedding will receive a free day-after session – that’s a $1000 value!

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    Board #581 | Sepia & Jewel

    Mood:  Victorian romance
    Palette: sepia, gold, white, scarab blue

     

    After months of not posting an inspiration board (not since before Caroline was born!), I saw Laura Meyer‘s photo of that pretty little jewel-headed bird, and was struck with what an incredible palette that would be for a wedding. So here we have it: Sepia & Jewel. I imagined this palette for a couple with vintage sensibilities (perhaps a little Downton Abbey-esque?), and a late winter, early spring wedding date. Or fall. This could be beautiful for a fall wedding, with shades of gold and tan, white and cream, and accents of metallic blue. Also, I’m dying to see more brides in unusual gowns, like this stunner from Elie Saab

    Row 1: gold maple leaves, photo by Katie Stoops / tree sparrow, photo by Laura Meyers / custom embossed monogram, Wedding Paper Divas / loose curl updo, photo by Evita Goze for Vita Radzina // Row 2: tan and blue gown by Elie Saab / sparkle star headband from Anthropologie / vintage blue velvet ribbon from Textile Art Lace / Victorian inspired wedding cake styled by Rebecca Thuss // Row 3: Victorian wedding bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / framed menu by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence, featured in Martha Stewart Weddings / gold oak leaf wreath by Wendy Addison

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