Victoria and JD followed up their multilingual wedding ceremony with a family style dinner and a whole lot of dancing (We’re talking country dancing, Pace Doble, the works!). The postcards Victoria found for the tables are pretty awesome and the simple low arrangements made it easy for everyone to meet and mingle. The biggest priority for Victoria and JD was bringing everybody together, and I love that, and Emily from Wedding and Events by Bliss and photographer Yasmina Cowan executed it all perfectly!

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From Victoria: We surrounded ourselves with great people and the things that make us happy. We were surrounded by supportive family members, our closest friends and the best vendors.

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My husband and I appreciate great food. We wanted the chef to cook what he cooks best, while still staying true to the food. There were no heavy sauces, just naturally good meat and vegetables. Family time around the table is an important part of JD’s culture, and I wanted to give a special nod to my Spanish relatives by featuring their style of eating. I insisted on using large farm tables lined up in a communal style to bring everyone close together. We had several types of bread, olives, and oil on the table waiting for guests so that they could start eating and sharing.

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We strategically assigned people to sits based on the language(s) they spoke and the things they had in common. We used postcards from our favorite vacation spots to assign tables. We had creative guests that signed the post cards and mailed them to us later, and other guests that asked us to sign post cards to sent back to themselves as souvenirs. If I had known how popular the postcards were, I would have used them in lieu of a guestbook!

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Victoria’s advice to other DC-area couples:

We surrounded ourselves with great people and the things that make us happy. We were surrounded by supportive family members, our closest friends and the best vendors. Choose vendors that make you happy and come highly recommended by my talented coordinator! Most importantly, let the vendors do what they do best! I think it’s best to give guidance to the vendors on your vision, but important to understand that they are good at what they do for a reason. We wouldn’t have changed a single vendor! They all went above and beyond our expectations. We were lucky to have talented friends! Our friends were they photographers and band. It made the event extra special to us. DC wedding costs can be absurd and the vendor options are endless! Get a wedding coordinator with great connections! I highly recommend a talented coordinator that can help you stay within your budget and recommend the best vendors in your budget.

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The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Victoria and JD’s wedding:

Venue: River Farm
Caterer + Rentals: Main Events Caterers
Wedding Planner: Wedding and Events by Bliss
Photographer: Yasmina Cowan
Floral Designer: Growing Wild
Officiant: Lara Hawketts
Band: Jeff From Accounting
Hair + Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.
Hair Flower: Silver Pencils
Dress Alterations: P. Lawrence Bridals 
Transportation: Awards
After-Party Locale: One Lounge
Invitations: Hello!Lucky

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Photo Credits: Yasmina Cowan

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