Oh how I love a wedding that embraces the season and makes me wish that time of year never, ever ends. Sarah and Michael’s late fall Washington DC wedding from The Observatory did just that for me. They perfectly bridged the late fall, early winter gap with a cool-hued palette of purples at their reception (You’ll have to check back later for that!) and layers of white at the ceremony. They said “I do” outdoors, under a clear tent as evening set in and lanterns lining the aisles illuminated. And my favorite part? The warm apple cider that greeted guests as they arrived! Talk about a warm welcome.
From Sarah: I wanted a fall wedding with a romantic, yet refined/elegant, feel. I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to incorporate plum, pewter, lace, peacocks, and birds. I also wanted cream/white peonies in my bouquet, as well as dusty miller (which I associate with the fall/winter) and a few cream-colored ostrich feathers arranged in a tasteful manner. The bridesmaids wore long black dresses of their choice, which was a great backdrop for their white bouquets (each bridesmaid’s bouquet was comprised of a different type of white flower), vintage plum-colored earrings and peacock-blue pashminas.
A few personal touches from our wedding were my grandmother’s hand-held mirror, which I often used at her house when I was a child, and used during the getting-ready process on the day of the wedding and my engagement ring, which incorporates the diamond from Mike’s paternal grandmother’s engagement ring in a setting that the two of us picked out.
I would say that my favorite detail was the clear tent we ended up renting for the ceremony at the last minute. We held our ceremony at 5:00 PM, just as the sun finished setting – the combination of our ceremony décor (lanterns, white flowers, greenery, and soft perimeter lighting) with the view of the sky and the gardens of the Meridian House, and the beautiful music from our string quartet, was pretty spectacular! To get all of the guests into the “fall” mode, and generally pumped up for the evening, we offered spike-it-yourself hot caramel-apple cider with cinnamon sticks at a station at the entrance to the ceremony tent.
I was raised Catholic, and Mike was raised Jewish. While none of us are very religious, we worked with our officiant to create a memorable, non-denominational, spiritual ceremony. We did include the “breaking of the glass” at the end of the ceremony, which everyone enjoyed.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Sarah and Michael’s wedding:
Venue: Meridian House
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Wedding coordinator: Pineapple Productions
Photographer: The Observatory
Floral Designer: Jack Lucky Floral Design
Ceremony Tent: Skyline Tent Co.
Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Jim Burch
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Celebrated String Quartet
Reception Music: Sound Nation
Hair + Makeup: Andre Chreky
Alterations: Angie Cavallaro
Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: Tiny Jewel Box
Stationery: Ellie Goedeker (friend of the bride)
Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy
Getaway Car: Regal Limousine
Valet Parking + Transportation: MarcParcValet
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Photo Credits: The Observatory
Submitted via Two Bright Lights