Last year, I had the opportunity to collaborate on a photo shoot with Kate Headley, Maria and Kelly from Ritzy Bee EventsHolly Chapple, and Abbey from Parlour Salon – with the Athenaeum in Old Town, Alexandria as our venue.  The style inspiration for the session was rustic elegance, with a color palette of soft peaches and creams, browns, and classic black and white.

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Holly Chapple created all of the floral arrangements, from a gorgeous wreath to beautiful centerpieces.  The shoot took place in October and Holly incorporated in-season dahlias with roses, ranunculus, and lovely green foliage throughout the arrangements.

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We used jute cord to hang the escort cards from the Athenaeum‘s brick walled courtyard and wrapped another small piece of cord around the table place settings, which contained a menu and small yellow flower inside a white napkin.

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The personal flowers were also stunning – from the boutonnieres with moss to the incredibly lush bouquets.

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In keeping with our rustic elegance theme, my amazing stylist Abbey from Parlour Salon kept the hair simple but elegant with two braids leading back to a messy bun, and with a cute orange dahlia tucked in at the base.  I got to wear my wedding dress (Monique Lhuillier’s “Claire” gown) again, and my husband wore his suit from the wedding, a three-piece pinstripe wool suit from J Crew.

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The following DC-area wedding vendors contributed to this photo shoot:

Venue: The Athenaeum
Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers
Hair Styling: Abbey Castellano of Parlour Salon
Photography: Kate Headley
Event Styling: Maria and Kelly at Ritzy Bee Events
Tables and Linens: Design Cuisine

Photo Credit: Kate Headley

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