Washington, DC Watercolor Garden Wedding Ceremony, National Cathedral School Styled Photo Shoot – Part 1

In the DC area, we have so many amazing ceremony and reception locations that couples can choose for their wedding. And we also have an amazing pool of talented event professionals that couples can hire for their wedding planning, photography, invitations, flowers and more. We teamed up with Bonnie Sen Photography and The Dandelion Patch among other top event experts to share wedding inspiration at the National Cathedral School, which is on the grounds of the National Cathedral. The creative direction for wedding and event styling is always one of the aspects I most look forward to in working as an event planner. So it was a delight to create this Washington, DC National Cathedral wedding ceremony inspiration photo shoot (see the full wedding vendor list below). You can also see a recap here or head over to Once Wed: Elegant Garden-Inspired Indoor Wedding Ideas, to see the feature.

Here are highlights from part 1 of this Washington, DC National Cathedral wedding ceremony inspiration:

Washington, DC National Cathedral Wedding Ceremony Inspiration, Bright Occasions Wedding Planning, Photo by Bonnie Sen Photographer

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Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips

Spring is in the air! Last week we shared some favorite outdoor wedding ideas and today we are back with outdoor wedding planning tips for Spring weddings in Washington, DC. Couples who choose to get married in the Spring are lucky to have so many lovely outdoor wedding venues throughout the DC area. And while we cannot the predict weather, you are very likely to luck out with a sunny day with relatively low heat and humidity. We love working with clients throughout the greater DC area to plan outdoor weddings and special events. When planning your outdoor wedding there are some important planning considerations. Here are our outdoor wedding planning tips for Spring weddings in Washington, DC:

Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips, DC Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions, Photo by Brittany DeFrehn Photography

Photo by Brittany DeFrehn Photography, DC Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions at Elkridge Furnace Inn

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Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Now that Spring has finally sprung, we are getting excited for our Spring weddings. There are so many great outdoor wedding ideas to utilize. Outdoor weddings in the DC area are especially great during the Spring season, when the sun is out and the heat and humidity are still relatively low. We love working with clients throughout the greater DC area to plan outdoor weddings and special events. We have worked with couples at private homes, vineyards, farm/barn settings, and old mansions with great gardens and lawns for the wedding ceremony and reception. Here are some of our favorite outdoor wedding ideas for Spring weddings in Washington, DC:

Pre-ceremony beverage station

Outdoor Wedding Ideas, DC Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions, Photo by Lisa Blume Photography

Photo by Lisa Blume Photography, DC Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions at Woodend Mansion

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Featured: District Weddings

Our stylish spring DC wedding at The Fairmont Hotel for Becky and Harry was recently featured on one of our favorite DC wedding blogs, District Weddings. Their wedding included a romantic ceremony and elegant dinner with one of the biggest dance parties we’ve seem. Becky and Harry were such a sweet couple, we loved getting to know them and their entire wedding party. It was wonderful to work with Becky and Harry on their event design and wedding coordination. We loved working with Deb Lindsey Photography and the entire team of wedding professionals who helped create a wonderful celebration (see the full list of wedding professionals below). To see the feature, head over to  District Weddings.


Stylish Spring DC Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel, DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions, Photography by Deb Lindsey

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Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration

While gold and silver have long been the go-to wedding metallic, rose gold has become a great option and there are so many beautiful rose gold wedding inspiration ideas. Rose gold is a softer shade and adds a romantic and feminine touch to the wedding. It is perfect for an accessory (think shoes, jewelry, bouquet or boutonniere ribbon) or as part of the overall wedding color palette. You can try mixing rose gold with lighter muted colors, such as blush or gray, but it also works with deeper colors such as navy or marsala. Rose gold is beautiful as the only metallic, but also pairs well with either gold or silver accents. We love working with clients in the DC area to plan their wedding, including thinking about the overall design and style. Today we are sharing 10 of our favorite ways to incorporate rose gold wedding inspiration:

1) Bridal/Bridesmaid Bouquet – rose gold ribbon treatment adds a feminine touch to your flowers.

Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration, Rose Gold Bridal Bouquet, DC Wedding Planner Bright Occasions

Image by Brittanee Taylor via The Southern California Bride 

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W Hotel, Washington, DC Wedding Ceremony and Reception – Real Wedding for Carey and Robert

Previously this week we shared highlights from Carey & Robert’s wedding and we are back with more from their W Hotel, Washington, DC wedding ceremony and reception. Carey and Robert chose a modern style for their wedding with a dramatic colorful ombre ceremony aisle and head table, along with a color palette of black, white and gold. Black linens and drapery set the tone for a dramatic space that let the white, gold and colorful flowers really pop. We love working with couples to plan creative and stylish weddings in the Washington, DC region. Everything was perfectly captured by DuHon Photography (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is more from this stunning W Hotel, Washington, DC wedding ceremony and reception.

W Hotel, Washington, DC Wedding, Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions, Photography by DuHon Photography_0667

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Welcome! I’m Margo, owner of Bright Occasions, a full service wedding and event planning company serving Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Read the blog, view my portfolio, and get in touch.

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