Elegant Summer DC Wedding Reception at Carnegie Institution for Science – Real Wedding for J&M Part 2

We are back with more from Jennifer and Max’s Carnegie Institution for Science elegant summer DC wedding reception. If you missed part 1, see there the first part of their wedding day and wedding ceremony here. Jennifer and Max planned a classic DC wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science, which is a great venue in the heart of DC. It’s a few blocks up from the White House and near to the hip 14th street corridor. It’s also walking distance to Dupont Circle. We love working with couples who are getting married at Carnegie Institution for Science to plan and coordinate their Washington, DC wedding. For their wedding, Jennifer and Max chose a lovely color palette of pink, blush, navy, gold and cream and incorporated beautiful summer blooms into the bouquets and centerpieces. Everything was perfectly captured by Sarah Bradshaw Photography (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is part 2, from Jennifer and Max’s Carnegie Institution for Science elegant summer DC wedding reception. 

After their ceremony, Jennifer and Max took some additional photos outside the venue and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour.

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Elegant Summer DC Wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science – Real Wedding for J&M Part 1

Last year we had the pleasure to work with Jennifer and Max for their elegant summer DC wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science. Jennifer and Max chose to have both their wedding ceremony, which was officiated by a family member, and wedding reception at Carnegie Institution for Science. We work love working with couples who are getting married at Carnegie Institution for Science to plan and coordinate their Washington, DC wedding. We work there often and it still is fresh and new every time. Some of our favorite features of the venue are it’s classic DC style architecture and stunning marble rotunda. Jennifer and Max and a wonderful wedding and everything was perfectly captured by Sarah Bradshaw Photography (see the full DC wedding vendor list below). Here is part 1, from the start of their elegant summer DC wedding at Carnegie Institution for Science. We will be back later this week with more from their wedding reception.

To start their day, Jennifer and Max got ready separately at the Loews Madison Hotel, they then did a first look and photos by the National Mall and Union Station.

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Creating a Wedding Registry

Last week we shared wedding registry gift advice for guests attending weddings. We are back to discuss creating your wedding registry, tips for modern couples getting married. One of the first wedding planning tasks a couple may do together is to create their wedding registry. Wedding registries are important, because friends and family will want to give a gift and this allows the couple to choose items they need or want for their new home and life together. And it allows friends and family to give a gift that will actually be used. Creating a wedding registry is definitely a must! As wedding planners in the DC area, we often get asked by our clients how, where and why they should set-up a wedding registry. Thankfully our friends and gift experts at Zola wedding registry have provided us with some helpful advice for creating your wedding registry, tips for modern couples getting married.

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Wedding Registry Wedding Gift Advice

Spring and summer means that wedding season is in full effect. When people think of weddings, their minds might go directly to the color schemes, the wedding parties, and of course, what to wear! Whether you are in a wedding or attending a wedding this season or year, an important consideration is what to give as a wedding gift to the couple. As wedding planners in the DC area, we often get asked about wedding gift etiquette, what to buy and where to buy a gift for a wedding couple. This question may seem intimidating, but thankfully our friends and gift experts at Zola wedding registry have provided us with some helpful tips that’ll make you a wedding gift giving pro! Here is some top wedding gift advice for guests attending weddings.

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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

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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.

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