We’re back with part two of Kim and George’s stunning, black tie wedding from k. thompson photography. (Don’t forget to check out their DC wedding ceremony too!) The jaw-dropping long tables of the DAR library were dripping in gold. The grand and scrumptious cake tower represented the inspiration for the entire wedding, but I’ll let Kim describe that in her own words. Fair warning: this reception may sell you on long tables and black-tie attire, beware!


From Kim: I fell in love with a photo of a caramel apple cake with gold apples on top and caramel dripping down the sides. It’s a perfect formal, fall wedding cake. So I tried to tie in other elements of the wedding into the cake. We had caramel apple cupcakes, golden apple centerpieces, and a spiked apple cider at the end of the night.

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Part of our reception was in the DAR library. There are these beautiful, long tables that are bolted to the floor with large lamps that are bolted to the table, so you have to work creatively with the space to make it fit your wedding. We decided to replace the large, plain library lampshades with something smaller, more formal for the reception. My mom and I made 40 decorative lampshades with a gold braid and black feather trim. They ended up looking amazing on the tables.

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 We wanted great food with a bit of whimsy. One of my favorite touches by our caterer was that at the end of the night, they brought around a spiked hot apple cider to warm everyone up on a cold night.


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Kim’s advice to other DC-area couples:

Know who you are as a couple and stay true to that. Many vendors will try to convince you to do something trendy and different — partly because they’re tired of doing the same old thing and partly because they want to expand their portfolio. This is your wedding day, not theirs. Stay true to your ideas and your vision — and you’ll be happier in the end.

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Kim + George’s wedding:

Ceremony: St. Matthew’s Cathedral
Reception: DAR
Caterer: Design Cuisine
Wedding Planner: Engaging Affairs
Photographer: k. thompson photography
Flowers: Petal’s Edge
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Band: Night and Day
Dress: Priscilla of Boston

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: k. thompson photography

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