If your Washington DC area wedding color palette needs a punch of red, then poppies may be the answer! Today, JEM Events and Hannah Colclazier Photography are sharing a simple and modern wedding inspiration that celebrates the bright summer season and incorporates this classic, tissue-like flower.  The bright pops of color certainly add a fun and festive look for your big day! Aside from my new love of poppies, my sweet tooth is aching for the shortcake bar— yummy!  Here’s what Jessica, owner of of JEM Events, had to say about this styled shoot…

Wedding Welcome Sign Summer Wedding Bouquet

From Jessica: We hoped to show couples that you can create a beautiful, simple look while using local farmer’s market flowers and simple details. We decided to be a bit playful and make the centerpiece interactive for our guests by featuring refreshing grapefruit sangria. Not only is it a beautiful pop of color sitting up on that cake pedestal, it’s delicious, too! 

Wedding Dog Portrait

Wedding Dress Inspiration  Dog Wedding Ring Bearer

  Gorgeous Wedding Dress Train

Our lovely bride was styled in two dresses from Fabulous Frocks, a bridal consignment boutique in Alexandria, Virginia. Our first look has her in a simple ivory lace fit and flare, which we finished off with a delicate heart shaped locket as her only piece of jewelry, creating a timeless, classic look.

Wedding Shortcake Bar

My favorite part of the shoot is the Shortcake Bar, where we featured not only traditional strawberry shortcake, but we also cooked up some delicious fresh peaches. A big buttery biscuit topped with a heaping helping of whipped cream and some juicy, seasonal fruit is just the perfect way to celebrate summer.  We set the shortcake bar up on a red sideboard, which really made the red ranunculus in milk vases pop.

Wedding Shortcake Poppy Shortcake

We also featured our take on the traditional Southern hummingbird cake.  We could barely wait for the shoot to wrap up so we could sneak a bite!  The sweet pineapple in the filling paired perfectly with the yellow cake, and of course we didn’t forget the generous dollop of whipped cream on top!

Poppy Wedding Stationery

The paper goods by Ribbons & Bluebirds feature the simplicity of chalk lettering and modern calligraphy, with a surprise of vibrant floral poppies.  The hand-painted “Welcome” sign amongst buckets of flowers sets the tone for a chic but comfortable feel, and the invitation suite features embossed white lettering on black stock set off by a luscious poppy envelope liner.

Summer Wedding Inspiration Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

We went a different direction with our second dress, an empire-waisted dress from J. Crew, that we styled with a beaded leather belt from Anthropologie and kept her hair simple in a loose side swept braid.

Poppy Wedding Inspiration Tablescape

 Sangria Wedding Centerpiece Wedding Sangria Centerpiece

Poppy Inspired Wedding Menu

Summer Weding Inspiration  Poppy Wedding Centerpiece

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to this inspiration shoot:

Venue: Hendry House
Event Planning and Design: JEM Events
Photography: Hannah Colclazier Photography
Attire: Fabulous Frocks
Stationery: Ribbons & Bluebirds

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: Hannah Colclazier Photography

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