Lavender and Mint DC Wedding at The Hay-Adams Hotel – Real Wedding for M&J Part 1

Last year we had the pleasure to work with Margot and Joe for their Lavender and Mint DC Wedding at The Hay-Adams Hotel. The Hay-Adams is one of our favorite DC wedding venues. It’s stunning event space, attentive staff and can’t beat view of The White House, Washington Monument and DC Skyline are just a few of the reasons we love The Hay-Adams. It was so much fun to work with Margot and Joe to plan and design their Washington, DC wedding. To start their wedding day, Margot and Joe got ready with their wedding party members at The Hay-Adams and chose to do photos at Lafayette Park and the surrounding neighborhood near The White House. They had a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, followed by cocktails dinner and dancing. Everything was captured by the great team at Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is part 1 of their Lavender and Mint DC Wedding at The Hay-Adams HotelWe will be back later this week with more from Margot & Joe’s wedding.

Lavender and Mint DC Wedding at The Hay-Adams Hotel. Wedding Ceremony and Reception. Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions. Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey.

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Washington, DC Wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science for Renuka & Eric

We love how romantic winter weddings can be and last year we had the pleasure to work with Renuka and Eric for their Washington, DC winter wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science. One of my favorite parts about planning weddings for couples in the DC region, is getting to incorporate different cultures and family traditions. For their wedding, Renuka and Eric blended both their cultural and religous backgrounds for a wedding ceremony that was super personal. We also had Wed on Canvas (a live painter) on hand, who created the most beautiful painting and keepsake of their wedding ceremony. This winter wedding included a color palette of marsala, white, royal blue and gold. It was great to work with Egomedia Photography and all of the wedding professionals who helped make this wedding so special (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here are the highlights from Renuka and Eric’s Washington, DC winter wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science.

DC Wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science, Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions, Painting by Wed on Canvas

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2017 Wedding Planning Trends

Every year wedding blogs and media outlets forecast their wedding trends for the year ahead. Due to the nature of planning a wedding so far in advance, many trends will stick around for a few years, while others are truly new ideas that event professionals are starting to get requests for. We ultimately love working with clients to plan their classic and stylish wedding celebrations in the Washington, DC region. We don’t necessarily feel a client needs to follow all of the wedding trends, but we like to keep on top of fresh wedding ideas to help provide suggestions to our clients to incorporate where they feel right.

Top 5 wedding planning trends 2017, DC Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions, Photography by tPoz PhotographyPhotography by tPoz Photography, Real Wedding via Bright Occasions

Here are the top 5 wedding planning trends for 2017:

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Wedding Dress Inspiration – Using Golden Globes Fashion 2017

I know that I’m not alone in eagerly watching the award shows (and pre-shows) to see the stunning fashion worn by the Hollywood A-listers. I love using these fashion trends to inspire real weddings when we are involved in the event planning, design and styling. This year was no exception and so many of the stunning gowns worn, provided perfect eye candy, as well as great wedding dress inspiration. Many of the trends we saw on the red carpet were also trends that hit the NY Bridal Market this past fall. Here are my top 4 looks and wedding dress inspiration using Golden Globes Fashion 2017.

1). Capes

Mandy Moore looked stunning at the Golden Globes in her sheer black Naeem Khan gown with the stunning cape. Beautiful flowing capes were all over Bridal Market this year and we love the drama and beauty they add to a wedding dress. This wedding dress by Naama & Anat, with its sensational sheer cape, is also showstopper.

Golden Globe Fashion Inspired Wedding 2017 Trends. Mandy Moore. Wedding Dress by Naama & Anat. Inspiration by DC Wedding Planner by Bright Occasions

Left – Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan, Photo: Venturelli/Getty Images. Right – Naama & Anat Wedding Dress via Wedding Inspirasi 

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Featured: – Cake Inspiration

Is there anything more synonomous with weddings in the dessert world than a beautiful tiered wedding cake? From smooth buttercream to intricate fondant or watercolor painted. Wedding cakes can be as traditional or unique as you’d like. There are some many great wedding cake inspiration ideas for your DC Wedding. We were super excited to see this gorgeous wedding cake from our wedding for Kristen and Kevin at Carnegie Insitution for Science in Washington, DC, included among the top 23 Wedding Confections That’ll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth on National Cake Day. There are so many beautiful inspiration ideas for your wedding cake, to see more head over to

Wedding Cake Inspiration Feature on Loverly, Wedding Planning by Bright Occasions, Marcella Treybig Photography

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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.

"It is clear that Margo loves her job and is an expert in her field. She truly went above and beyond, and I can’t think of anything she didn’t offer to help us with. She’s kind, caring, dedicated, and assertive when needed and you should absolutely choose Margo and Bright Occasions for your wedding!" - Lauren and Neal

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