It’s time to kick up the glamour another notch with Lisa and Bernard’s reception from Laurie Bracewell Photography! (Check out there ceremony right here.) At every turn there was a touch of sparkle, a fitting complement to their dramatic purple florals and stunning gold chairs. And how cute are those custom Hershey Kisses!? Quite the perfect nod to the romance and love that filled their reception.


From Lisa: Our wedding was fabulous. It was intimate, romantic, and religious. It was just what we wanted. The food was fantastic; the setting was elegant. Our guests had a great time. The DJ was spectacular. And, we started right on time!


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My favorite detail was the floral arrangements – roses with other flowers mixed in to create a vibrant setting. We had tall settings and smaller ones with crystals hanging from the vases to create the “bling” look we wanted. We also splurged on lighting and had pin lighting at each table to help create the romantic look

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Lisa’s advice to other DC-area couples:

I would recommend using a check list or tool planner, we relied on one, and hire a good wedding coordinator. Have a budget but be flexible; ours definitely increased because we ended up getting lighting, fabric, and smaller items that we didn’t anticipate. So, prioritize on what would make your day most memorable!


The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Lisa and Bernard’s wedding:

Venue: Decatur House
Photographer: Laurie Bracewell Photography
Event Planner: Bellwether Events
Floral Designer:  Creative Floral Designs
Cake and Catering:  Windows Catering
Ceremony Singer: Juana Sky
Ceremony Musicians:  Celebrated String Quartet
DJ: MyDeejay
Lighting:  John Farr Lighting
Tent:  Sugarplum Tent Company
Hair:  Nat Lewis
Garter:  The Garter Girl by Julianne Smith
Accommodations:  Phoenix Park Hotel

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credits: Laurie Bracewell Photography

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