Sarah and Colin’s Washington DC wedding this past spring was incredibly chic – from the sophisticated black and white color palette with dashes of spring green to the modern décor of the wedding venue, the W Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. Sarah and Colin’s guests enjoyed beautiful views of the White House and monuments and danced the night away while Jennifer Domenick from Love Life Images documented the entire day. Sarah had a blast planning each and every detail of her wedding, and she’s here today to share some of her thoughts!
From Sarah: We wanted our evening wedding to have a modern and romantic feel. Our wedding took place in early April – right during the National Cherry Blossom Festival – and our wedding theme focused on spring flowers. After last year’s long winter it was the perfect theme. All the flowers we used were in season.
Our color palette was black with pops of spring green and white. Black is my favorite “color” and I absolutely love the shade of green when all the new leaves are on the trees during spring in DC.
It was Colin’s idea for me to wear a veil during the ceremony – and he was so right. It made me feel more like a bride when I walked down the aisle.
We selected the W Hotel as our wedding venue because we both loved the history of the hotel mixed with a fun modern feel. We had our cocktail hour on a private section of the POV Roof Terrace with views of the White House, Washington Monument and other monuments on the National Mall during sunset.
Our centerpiece arrangements were a mix of modern and vintage, with romantic feel. The reception tables featured white and green spring flowers in a modern square vase with a modern black number in the middle.
Our wedding cake was light green fondant with small pale pink cherry blossoms (since our wedding was during the Cherry Blossom Festival) scattered throughout a round four tier cake. I never thought I would have a green wedding cake but it ended up being the perfect contrast to the tiny pink cherry blossoms. Why be totally traditional?!
Our wedding favor was a small glass bottle of maple syrup with bright green ribbon and gold foil toppers from a farm in my hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. I wanted a little touch of my hometown for my city wedding. My mother actually sat down with the farmer’s wife Helen to discuss the flavors and tell her about the wedding I was planning in DC.
My favorite dish was a modern, asian take on a Maryland crab cake – crab fritters with asian pear and endive, black pepper sauce. Every out of town guest should have Maryland crab during a visit to the Maryland/DC area.
Our band Black Tie was wonderful – nothing like live music to dance the night away. It makes all the difference in the world!
Sarah was also kind enough to share some advice for other brides in the DC area:
My advice to brides and grooms is to meet with at least 2-3 of each vendor. Be prepared with a list of questions, know your budget, and understand your vision for the wedding. Work with good people who understand you and your budget. I was my own wedding planner and I loved every moment! Secretly, I would love to start a wedding planning business.
Congratulations Sarah and Colin – thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us!
The following Washington DC wedding vendors contributed to Sarah and Colin’s wedding:
Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel, purchased at Hitched Salon
Hair and Make Up: George Four Seasons Salon
Venue and Catering: W Hotel Washington, DC
Floral Design: Multiflor
Ceremony Musicians: Da Vinci Strings (via Washington Talent Agency)
Reception Musicians: Black Tie (via Washington Talent Agency)
Wedding Stationery: The Written Word
Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Photo Credit: Jennifer Domenick for Love Life Images