After two wedding ceremonies and some fun around Glen Echo park, it was time for Olivia and Tony’s science themed wedding reception! Since they both work in the health field, it was quite fitting and I love their DIY’d die-cut place cards and table numbers, and those beaker centerpieces! Olivia donned not one, not two, but three dresses to represent both her Chinese culture and Tony’s Vietnamese background and in between all these outfit changes managed to break out a few dance moves with her energetic guests!
From Olivia: Tony and I both work in the public health field (him in laboratory sciences and me in HIV research), so a science-themed wedding perfectly reflected our unique personalities and interests. Our goal was to incorporate science into the decor but not go overboard with it, and I think we achieved that. My favorite DIY detail was the incorporation of chemical elements and hand-punched meal choices on the escort cards. It took us a whole lot of time, but I still think it was worth it!
For such a large wedding, staying within budget was very important to us but we also wanted everyone to have fun… so top shelf open bar was a must-have. We even had our venue add a few crowd favorites to the bar menu and had a signature cocktail.
Tony is Vietnamese and I am Chinese/Taiwanese, so I changed into both a traditional Vietnamese Áo Dài and a Chinese qipao during the reception. I also wore two gold bracelets that my mom had received as gifts on her wedding day and passed down to me.
Olivia’s advice to other DC-area couples:
Set your must-haves and non-negotiables early on and do your research. Before booking a vendor or making a huge decision, take a night to sleep on it. They’ll still be there in the morning! In a sea of hundreds of vendors, referrals and honest opinions from friends and colleagues are extremely valuable. Don’t sweat the small stuff. There will be things that go according to plan and others that will veer off in a completely opposite direction on the day-of. Relax, let go of control on the big day and trust those around you. Breathe deeply, take it all in, and enjoy every single moment because it will be over before you know it.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Olivia and Tony’s wedding:
Venue: The Bolger Center
Photographer: Leo Druker Photography
Floral Designer: KayTee Floral Design
DJ: DJ Twinspin
String Quartet: LLB Quartet
Cake: Cakes by Long
Hair + Makeup: Bella Bethesda Salon
Wedding Dress and Belt: Martina Liana from Janene’s Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: The Aerialist Press
Paper Products: Paper Presentation
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Photo Credits: Leo Druker Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights