Heartfelt Summer DC Wedding Ceremony and Reception at The Hay-Adams Hotel – Real Wedding for M&A Part 2

We are back with more from this heartfelt summer DC wedding ceremony and reception at The Hay-Adams Hotel for Maya and Alex. If you missed part 1, see it here to view getting ready and the first look photos. We love working with with couples to plan their Washington, DC weddings in the heart of DC, and The Hay-Adams could not be a more perfect location to get married. For their wedding, Maya and Alex planned a celebration that was elegant yet playful, which I would say perfectly describes both of their personalities and styles. Every single detail that they chose to include was so thoughtful, classic, elegant and very “them”. Incorporating a color palette of white, gray, green and navy with blush and peach accents, this wedding was fresh and summery. Sidra Forman perfectly executed their wish for a floral design that was organic and loose with texture and lots of greenery. We also included an abundance of candlelight on the tables and hanging above that became more dramatic as the night went on. We were lucky to have Astrid Photography there to photograph the day (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is part 2 of their heartfelt summer DC wedding ceremony and reception at The Hay-Adams Hotel

Heartfelt Summer DC Wedding at The Hay-Adams Hotel, DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions, Astrid Photography

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Heartfelt Summer DC Wedding at The Hay-Adams Hotel – Real Wedding for M&A Part 1

Last year we had the pleasure to work with Maya and Alex for their heartfelt summer DC wedding at The Hay-Adams Hotel. As a wedding planner, Maya and Alex were just a joy to work with, so excited about the process and about getting married. They live in NY and decided to get married in Washington, DC where Maya grew up. We often work with clients who live out of state to plan their Washington, DC weddings. Maya, who works at Zola Registry in NYC, had some great ideas to incorporate for the wedding and both she and Alex chose so many beautiful and meaningful details. Leading up to the wedding, I knew it was going to be a special day. Their wedding was incredibly beautiful, but also extremely heartfelt and emotional. Maya‘s mother Cadi, sadly passed away a few months before the wedding. Their family and friends surrounded Maya and Alex with love and strength on their wedding day, and Cadi’s presence was felt by all. Everything was perfectly captured by Astrid Photography (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is part 1, from the start of their heartfelt summer DC wedding at The Hay-Adams HotelWe will be back later this week with more from their wedding ceremony and reception.

Heartfelt Summer DC Wedding Hay Adams Hotel, DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions, Astrid Photography

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Yellow Wedding Inspiration

My friends and family already know that yellow flowers are my absolute favorite, so this post is to share some favorite yellow wedding inspiration ideas. When it comes to wedding colors, pink and white are always classic and popular. But yellow is a great color choice for weddings and in my opinion, it is underutilized. You can have a yellow wedding that is elegant, rustic, modern or feminine, there are so many great ways to incorporate yellow into the overall wedding design. Yellow can be paired with neutrals for a really elegant look, other bold colors for something more fun and modern or pastels for a really pretty and romantic vibe. We love working with clients in the DC area to plan and design their wedding. Today we are sharing 10 of our favorite ways to incorporate yellow wedding inspiration:

1) Wedding Ceremony – The lush and abundant yellow sunflowers provide such a romantic and memorable wedding ceremony design. I love how the yellow sunflowers provide a canopy over the ceremony arch and are carried over to the ceremony aisle.

Yellow Wedding Inspiration, Ceremony Space, DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions

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Featured: St. Regis Washington, DC Glamorous Sunset Wedding

We were so excited to see Amanda & Mike’s St. Regis Washington, DC glamorous sunset wedding featured on Carats & Cake recently. Their wedding included a beautiful chuppah by our friends at B Floral Event Design, and a great color palette of purple, silver, black and white. It was wonderful to work with Amanda and Mike on their event design and wedding coordination. We loved working with Sarah Bradshaw Photography and the entire team of wedding professionals who helped create this one of a kind celebration (see the full list of wedding professionals below). To see the feature, head over to Carats & Cake, you can also see more from Amanda and Mike on the blog (part 1, part 2, video highlight).

St. Regis Washington, DC Glamorous Sunset Wedding Featured on Carats & Cake, DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions, Sarah Bradshaw Photography

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Featured: Picnic Wedding Inspiration

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the official start of BBQ and picnic season! While many of our couples opt for formal weddings, there is a trend towards planning more casual wedding celebrations. No matter the formality, we love working with couples to plan their perfect and personalized wedding in the Washington, DC region. Picnic weddings are especially timely if a couple is planning to celebrate their wedding over Memorial Day weekend or during the summer. Today we are sharing picnic wedding inspiration, our work was recently included on Inspired By This, 17 Picnic Inspired Weddings Perfect for Summer. Today’s post has us ready for summer and picnic weddings!

1. Is there anything cuter than these individual dessert mason jars with red and blue labels?! It’s a great option for dessert or a take-home favor at your wedding celebration.

Picnic Weddng Inspiration. DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions, Kate Fine Art Photography

Picnic Weddng Inspiration. As seen on Inspired by This. DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions, Kate Fine Art Photography

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Copper and White DC Wedding Reception at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) – Real Wedding for S&A Part 2

Earlier this week we shared highlights from the start of Staci and Andy’s Copper and White DC Wedding Reception at DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). We are back with more from their beautiful wedding reception. Staci and Andy’s wedding included a classic color palette with a modern touch from copper with white, cream, black and lots of beautiful greenery. After their intimate ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails in the DAR Library. And dinner in the stunning O’Byrne Gallery. Thankfully the rain stopped, and they were able to do dancing after dinner on the DAR Portico which overlooks the Washington Monument. As they had a destination wedding, we were so pleased to give guests a great DC experience. We love working with couples to plan classic weddings and destination weddings in the Washington, DC region. It was wonderful to work with Lissa Ryan Photography, who captured the day so perfectly. You can see this wedding featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is more from Staci and Andy’s Copper and White DC Wedding Reception at DAR.

Copper and White DC Wedding Reception at DAR. DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions. Photo by Lissa Ryan Photography

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