We are back with part two of Stephanie and Chase’s wedding! Did you see their church wedding ceremony?  Their reception included a lot of personal touches and details, including place cards with a nod to the bride’s equestrian hobby and a signature drink to represent the groom’s southern background “Southern Arnold Palmer” with sweet tea vodka and lemonade. Their venue set on the grounds of the National Cathedral provided a gorgeous background for photos with Kristin Gardner Photography and is a great setting for a “classic DC wedding.” And, I know I’m being partial, but the detail I love the most of their DC-inspired drink flags that Stephanie downloaded from United With Love! I love seeing our DIY’s in action!


From Stephanie:  Chase and I both have very classic tastes. When I first started planning the wedding, I decided to go with a timeless black and cream palette. We wanted to have touches of the D.C. that we love incorporated into our wedding, but being a horse girl, I also wanted to have a bit of french country and equestrian tied in. The black and cream colors were the perfect back drop for the equestrian touches I included on the place cards and table numbers.

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From Stephanie:  The majority of the wedding details were DIY. I made the moss covered letters, topiary trees, all of the lettering and frames. My mom is a former florist and crafted several wreaths for the wedding. Any items that I could not make myself I was able to find on Etsy. The monogrammed cake topper was one of my favorite items that I purchased from Etsy.






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Stephanie’s advice for other DC area couples: 

When choosing vendors, be sure to go with those who you feel most comfortable with. If you and your vendors mesh well, they will truly understand your vision for the wedding day and will make it come to life. I interviewed several vendors before choosing the wonderful team that made our wedding possible. When the wedding day rolled around, I had all the confidence in the world that the final product would be just perfect. And it was! … I was luck to have a crafty family to help me with things such as the moss letters and other items. If you can figure out how to make items yourself, it can really help your budget!


Thank you so much Stephanie and Chase for sharing your wedding! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: All Souls Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: National Cathedral School, Hearst Hall
Photography: Kristin Gardner Photography
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Catering: Washington Parties
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Music: DJ Orlado Entertainment
Official: Father John Beddingfield (All Souls Church)
Rentals + Linens: Select Event Rentals
Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers
Groom’s Accessories: Burberry & Tiffany
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaid
Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings (Kate Spade) & Bracelet (Family Heirloom)
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana from I Do I Do Bridals in Morristown, NJ
Makeup: Makeup by Mimi Tran
Hair: Amie Decker Beauty
Florals: Petals by the Shore
Transportation: Chariots for Hire
Paper Goods: William Arthur from The Papery in Princeton, NJ

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Photo Credits: Kristin Gardner Photography

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