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Jessica and Justin’s elegant DC wedding is filled with classic detail, historic architecture and a muted palette that works beautifully against the views of our capital city. The event took place at DAR Constitution Hall with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception filled with florals by Wild Green Yonder. The couple decided to go against the grain with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour and jazz band to get the vibes going and it was so well received, they even extended it an extra half-hour! We love all the elegant details and it’s all captured beautifully on film by Audra Wrisley.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

While visiting New York City for my birthday, I decided to book a few appointments to try on dresses with my mom, my future mother-in-law, and a few friends. I found the gown at the second place we went to, called Wedding Atelier. The gown was designed by Christos Yiannakou, who actually happened to be there! It was an off the shoulder long sleeve corded lace bridal gown.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Calligraphy is one of my mom’s hobbies, so she was able to design the invitation, the menu, and the placecards. She also addressed all of the envelopes! My husband’s cousin makes artisanal lip balm, so we also included two varieties of her lip balm, with custom labels, as wedding favors for all of our guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Well, I think the most memorable part for both of us was the first dance. We had worked with a choreographer and had been practicing the dance for months, but it was still pretty intense to have everyone watching. While I don’t think anyone would mistake us for professionals, we ended up hitting every step. The whole process of learning the choreography, practicing and then finally doing the dance together in front of all of our family and friends was really special. It was also a huge relief when it was over!

What made the wedding special and unique? 

One thing that was unique is that we had the cocktail hour before the ceremony. We wanted people to relax and not feel rushed. People were skeptical and it took a little extra coordination, but it ended up working out really well. We had a great jazz band led by local musician Mark Meadows and everyone really seemed to have a great time, so much so that we ended up extending it for another half-hour!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college during our senior year at Syracuse University. The house we lived in had two apartments; my friends and I lived upstairs and Justin and his friends lived downstairs. We started hanging out and found out that we had a lot in common and had a lot of fun together, and our relationship evolved from there. We dated for seven years before getting engaged! We had talked about the engagement and picked out the ring together so the engagement wasn’t a big surprise, but we had a nice evening in and celebrated with a special bottle of champagne.

Photographer: Audra Wrisley // Coordination: Meg Pearson Events // Florals: Wild Green Yonder (Lori Tran) // Stationery Designer: Bride’s Mother // Getting Ready Venue: The Willard Intercontinental DC // Ceremony & Reception Venue: DAR Constitution Hall // Dress: Christos // Shoes: Lanvin // Hair & Make Up: Lori Nansi // Catering & Rentals: Occasions Caterers

 // DJ: DJ DMAC & Assoc // Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

 

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner— do you know what you’re getting your Valentine this year? Picking out just the right gift for your sweetheart can be tricky. Everyone wants to give their Valentine something that will make them feel special and appreciated. That’s why so many people opt to give jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Fine jewelry is beautiful and romantic— plus, it will last a lifetime. To help you pick out an amazing gift this year, we’ve partnered with Fancy Lab to put together this V-Day Gift Guide, full of gorgeous pieces that will make her heart skip a beat.

Diamond Studs

Is there any jewelry more classic and gorgeous than a simple pair of diamond studs? These earrings are the definition of classic beauty, featuring two radiant white diamonds set in 14k white gold. If your Valentine doesn’t have a pair of diamond studs in her collection yet, she’ll be overjoyed to receive them this year.

Oval Diamond Pendant

This diamond pendant is wearable, unique, and absolutely beautiful. Diamond pendants are a classic jewelry item that can enhance any outfit; their simple radiance goes with everything. The oval-shaped diamond in this piece adds a unique touch to this diamond pendant, which would more commonly have a round or princess shaped diamond.

Black Diamond Studs

Black diamonds have been rising in popularity in the world of fine jewelry. Their bold, rich look adds a cool, edgy feel to every piece they’re used in. These black diamond studs, securely bezel set in 14k white gold, provide a boldly beautiful way to wear these distinctive diamonds.

Rose Gold Solitaire

Rose gold has grown quick popularity in fine jewelry and has become the new staple. Rose gold is a popular and desired metal choice along with its counterparts yellow and white gold— if not even more so. This beautiful rose gold solitaire ring elegantly pairs a soft rose gold setting with a unique, yet classic cushion cut white diamond. This ring is a great choice if you’re thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day.

Diamond Hoops

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend— so these diamond hoops featuring 50 brilliant round cut diamonds might just end up being her soul mate (after you, of course). These dazzling earrings, with their twin rings of radiant white diamonds, are classically beautiful and simply to die for.

These pieces are from Diamond Studs, known for their classic and timeless jewelry selection. Their sister company, Diamond Wish, is known for their unique engagement rings, like the gorgeous blue and white diamond ring pictured above. This ring, which features an elegantly scalloped halo of diamonds around its blue center stone, is a beautiful example of an alternative engagement ring. Alternative engagement rings are a great change to classic white diamond engagement rings. They’re great for the modern bride that seeks out a more unique and personal feel and isn’t afraid to deviate from tradition. Alternative engagement rings are also having their moment in the spotlight right now!

Give Your Gift In Style

Once you’ve picked out your Valentine’s Gift, consider this: how you give your gift can help to make it feel even more special. Here’s a gift giving idea: give her a handmade Valentine’s Day card along with her new piece of jewelry. Making her an old school, handcrafted Valentine’s Day card (complete with your personalized words of devotion, of course) is sweet, thoughtful, and charming. You can either give her her jewelry at the same time as her handmade card or hide the jewelry and write clues in the card to help her find it. Either way, she’ll love that you went the extra mile to make her Valentine’s Day even more special and memorable.

Grit + Gold pulled design inspiration for this shoot from the aged and patina colored walls that lent terra tones and summer vibes. Pairing pale peach and mauve tones in the florals by Root + Bloom with cobalt blue details the china created a crisp and romantic mood. We’re loving all the textures at 411 in FW and in the details like the cut-out lace Lovers Society gown, Pink Champagne Paper stationery and a tiered cake by  Loft 22 and it’s all captured beautifully in these images by Kate Pease.

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Design Stylist/Planner: Grit + Gold // Film Photographer: Kate Pease // Floral Designer: Root + Bloom // Stationery: Pink Champagne Paper // Venue: 411 in FW //  // Dress Designer: Lovers Society // Dress: The Lovely Bride // Custom Veils: Kata Banko Brides // Makeup and Hair: Meg B Beauty // Cake: Loft 22 // Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn // Tabletop: Pretty Little Plate // Furniture Rentals: Bleu Luxury Rentals // Models: Kim Dawson // Suit: Jos A Bank // Linen: La Tavola

 

Alysa and Tyler celebrated their nuptials on a sunny day at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Planned by Pure Luxe Bride, the couple wed under a floral and wood arch designed by Petaloso with the gorgeous marsh as their backdrop, then dined under cafe lights and candles with their guests. Personal touches like the bride’s antique bracelet belonging to her great-grandmother and  the restored WWII getaway Jeep from the groom’s father make the event extra special and you can check out all the lovely details in these images by Catherine Ann Photography.
What were some touches to make the wedding unique and personal?
From Catherine Ann: Alysa always wears a bracelet that belonged to her great-great-grandmother. It’s engraved with her great-great-grandmother’s name and the year 1870! I was so excited to photograph this bracelet that is such a huge part of her family history.

Their getaway car, a WWII era army Jeep, was also a very special piece of family history. Tyler grew up in Papua New Guinea which is where Tyler’s dad salvaged the jeep from the jungle. He restored it when Tyler was a kid so we got to recreate a photo with Tyler, his brother, and his dad based on a photo they took when Tyler was younger!

Tell us how you met and became engaged!
Alysa & Tyler met when they both worked at a corporate real estate office in downtown Charlotte NC. On Alysa’s first day on the job, they hadn’t set up a desk or space for her yet so they had her sit at Tyler’s as he was in California on vacation. She sat there for a whole week, wondering who this guy was with his mini Master’s putter and Ghandi quote. After the week, the finally met in person and she thought he was really cute!
They were in Charleston for Alysa’s birthday weekend. They’d gone out on her actual birthday so she figured the night after would be laid back. Midday Tyler told her they had dinner reservations downtown. When she was starting to get ready, he asked her to go on a golf cart ride to some of their favorite spots in Mt. Pleasant. When Tyler took Alysa to the last stop, he got down on one knee. He had a photographer hiding who captured it and the moments after. Afterwards, he had a car pick them up and take them downtown where both of their families were waiting as an added surprise.
 

Photographer:  Catherine Ann Photography // Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride // Floral Designer: Petaloso // Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation // Dress Designer: Watters & Watters // Bridal Boutique J Majors in Charlotte NC // Makeup Artist: Canary Rock Salon // DJ: Darby Events // Musicians: Palmetto Strings // Caterer: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group // Cinema and Video: Siegel Films // Equipment Rentals: Snyder Events

 

When Victorian meets modern, romantic meets edgy, and a natural desert setting becomes an elegant venue–the incredible talent behind today’s moody desert  inspiration mixed unexpected styles together to create a unique look. Planner BTS Event Management and florist 1209 Creative used TONS of florals with a focus on orchids, black ranunculus, dahlias and large garden roses for an edgy-elegance that we love. Check out all the details in these beautiful images captured by Andrea Elizabeth Photography.

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Photographer: Andrea Elizabeth Photography // Wedding Planner/Designer: BTS Event Management // Flowers: 1209 Creative // Invitations: Pretty Paperie // Venue: Sanctuary // Dress: Pronovias // Dress Shop: Lillian Lottie // Model, Hair and Makeup: Ashley Paige Collective // Cake: Pixy Cakes // Video: Kyle B. Smith // Linen: Wildflower Linen // Runner: Silk & Willow // Flatware, Cake Stand and Glassware: Anthropologie // Small Plates: Nordstrom