Hurricane Irene didn’t stop Elaine, Greg and their guests from heading to the jaw-dropping reception, orchestrated by A Dominick Events, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. (Did you miss their wedding ceremony in Bethesda?) Voluminous hydrangea and pretty pink florals made the perfect backdrop for an exquisite dinner of Southern inspired cuisine (Plus a few nods to Elaine’s Greek heritage, too!). But let’s not overlook the smallest of details, like the hand calligraphed place cards and the baby’s breath wreaths donning the newlywed’s chairs. Swoon.

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From Elaine: Greg and I met in Nashville while we were attending college at Vanderbilt University, so we were inspired by some of our favorite southern dishes for dinner, and served short ribs with corn souffle. We also served crab cakes since I am from Maryland, and one of our favorite summer activities is going for crabs on the Eastern Shore. For dessert (in addition to wedding cake) we served assorted Greek pastries as a tribute to my family’s Greek roots. We also had mint juleps as our signature cocktail, because we couldn’t think of a better drink to beat the heat on a hot DC August day. We also served beer from local breweries.

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We had guests sign vintage DC post cards in lieu of a guest book.

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I really loved our flower arrangements. The hydrangeas on the head table were so beautiful, they took my breath away when I walked in to the reception venue. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, and they remind me of the place that Greg proposed on the Eastern shore because they were in full bloom that day. I also incorporated them on our invitations, programs and menu cards.

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Elaine and Greg’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Reception Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Wedding Planning: A Dominick Events
Photography: The Observatory
Floral Design: Beehive Events
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Pastries: Stella’s Bakery
Reception Band: Retrospect
Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Hair: Hair by Jewels
Invitations: Gilah Press and Melissa Clark Freelance Design
Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Wedding Gown: Modern Trousseau from Hitched Salon
Bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss

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: The Observatory

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