I am SO BEHIND on blogging weddings, this one was in JUNE!!! I know, I know, I’m a slacker. But today I have a gorgeous wedding for you to make up for it!
Michelle Lindsay took some BEAUTIFUL pictures of Diane and Allen’s wedding way back in June, and I’m so excited to finally share them with you!
The bright, sunny (HOT) day started with Diane and her girls getting their hair and makeup done at the couple’s condo in Arlington. Pia and Sonia with Bridal Artistry did a stunning job with these ladies — I mean, just take a look!
You know I love navy and pink for bridesmaids, and these ladies just proved my love! Look how amazing they look!
And HOW INSANE are those bouquets?!?!?! That is the gorgeous work of John Duffy at Yellow Door, who is like a ninja — I’ve still never met him because he slips in and out of places completely undetected. These flowers were already at the chapel waiting for me when I got there, and when I got to the reception, he had already come and gone!
Speaking of the chapel, Diane and Allen’s wedding took place at the beautiful (and SO easy to work with!) Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer.
See what I mean about the bright and sunny day?! Michelle took advantage of it, and took a bunch of pictures of the girls outside on the grounds before the boys arrived.
Once the men arrived, the ladies scampered downstairs to the basement to wait, where Diane was keeping order…
And then it was time for the processional to begin!
This little one, along with her brothers, almost stole the show!
Yes! They’re triplets! I love triplets!!!! And they have an older brother, who was maybe the most adorable reader ever!
His hair gets me every time!
Once the couple was married (by a priest who, strangely, looks exactly like my Uncle Al, which is neither here nor there, just interesting…) the bridal party was off to the Kennedy Center for group pictures.
What’s that you say? That doesn’t look like the Kennedy Center? No, that’s the bus. Sadly, the Kennedy Center doesn’t allow you to blog pictures taken there, but trust me, they’re gorgeous — definitely a great “secret” find (thanks, Michelle!) for bridal party photos to have for your album.
While the bridal party was taking pictures, I ran over to the Clarendon Ballroom to get ready for the reception. When I got there, though, almost everything was done!
Between John Duffy being a ninja and the AMAZING team at Clarendon Ballroom, I didn’t have much to do but set up some candles and wait for the guests to arrive!
All of the stationery items that day, from the programs to the table numbers and escort cards were designed by the groom — who did an AWESOME job!!!
The gorgeous plants were done by Plants Alive, a plant rental company here in the DC area. These guys are awesome, and made the huge ballroom look really warm and intimate. Plants really add a gorgeous touch to a wedding — definitely give them a call if your venue needs a little sprucing.
The uplighting was done by one of our favorites, John Farr Lighting. These guys absolutely never disappoint and, like plants, lighting adds a HUGE dimension to weddings!
After Michelle snuck in for a few shots before the guests came into the curtained off area, DJ Aaron from Chris Laich Music Services introduced the bridal party. Yet again, these little ones almost stole the show! How cute are the little guys’ shoes?!?!?!
After dinner, guests were treated to this gorgeous little number:
That chocolate smelled SO amazing, and the taste was unbelievable. The Clarendon Ballroom has a baker who does their cakes, but I don’t know who it is! If you like this cake design, though, definitely call Sandra at the Ballroom and ask her — it was SO GOOD. I think every guest with a camera took a picture of it!
Not only was there cake, but look what the Clarendon Ballroom provided after dinner! Warm chocolate chip cookies!!!! YUMMY!!!!!!
Still, everyone’s favorite part of the night was probably the photo booth, provided by Posh Booth:
I say this all the time, but it’s totally true — no matter how many times you’ve seen something on wedding blogs, whether it’s a photo booth, a candy buffet, or cupcakes, the majority of your guests don’t go to tons of weddings and certainly don’t read wedding blogs. Things become a trend for a reason in the wedding world — because people love them! So even if you think something’s been “overdone” because you’ve seen it on a million blogs, but you love it anyway, just DO IT! I promise many of the guests will never have seen it before at a wedding and will think you’re the most clever person to ever walk the face of the earth!
The crew at Posh Booth comes with the booth, some awesome props (although Allen provided the mustaches and lips!), and even a guest book for your guests to put their pictures in and sign. People of all ages flocked to the photo booth:
Congratulations, Diane and Allen! Let’s go to Cafe Asia again soon!!!