Well, hello! Welcome back to Becca and Pete’s spring wedding in Old Town Alexandria. As I said of their courtyard wedding ceremony featured earlier, I’m feeling extra cheery today and I know it is because of the photos from Rachael Foster of Becca and Pete’s wedding. Above all, this cute couple just wanted their guests to have fun! Nothing says “fun” like a bright color palette of orange and teal. They tried to make it all easy on their guests with the ceremony and reception in the same place. Also, they had their portraits taken before their ceremony (Becca called this the “photo power hour.”) so they all could fully enjoy the reception (and the open bar!). Love that!

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From Becca: We decided early on that we wanted a wedding that our guests would never forget. We didn’t want to do anything flashy or over the top, we just wanted to make sure that everyone had excellent food and drink in a beautiful room. We took our budget and tailored it around our guests (our motto the whole time was “don’t inconvenience anyone”); we went all out on the venue, the food and a premium open bar. We saved by trusting our florist to design us the perfect arrangements, by getting our delicious cake from the Costco Bakery, by “blind booking” a DJ (Bialek’s assigned us a DJ about a month prior to our wedding) and by making a lot of our favors, decor, and centerpieces by hand or through Pete’s printing connections.

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From Becca: The table centerpieces were my idea and design, the table chart, guestbook and street signs for the tables were Pete’s design (printed by Jon at Sir Speedy Springfield).

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Becca and Pete’s advice for other couples in the DC area planning a wedding: 

Do a “first look” and plan to take all of your portrait pictures (wedding party, family, et al) before the ceremony. Since we’d splurged for the upgraded open bar, we didn’t want to miss time with our family and friends during cocktail hour. As most of our family (out of town and DC area) were staying at the hotel for the wedding, we asked that they meet us in the courtyard during what I called “photo power hour.” Start planning your “must have” portrait combinations well in advance to leave room for adjustment. Have a list of “absolutely must have” and “would be nice to have.” This will help your photographer know which ones to prioritize. While it was somewhat stressful to corral everyone to the same place with a smile on their face, it was totally worth it when no one had to pose for a picture once the ceremony was over. Our families have thanked us time and time again!

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Thank you so much Becca and Pete for sharing your wedding love story with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Officiant: Ned Nicholas
Ceremony Music: Christopher Dunn Classical Guitar
Photography: Rachael Foster Photography
Videography: James Bacas Woglom (groom’s cousin)
Stationery: Gibson Alexandria
Flowers: Conklyn’s Florist
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Diane
Bridal Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Franco Sarto
Brides Hair Piece: Brass Lotus
Bridesmaid Accessories: PinkforYou
Groom’s Attire: Hart Schaffner Marx
Reception Music: Bialek’s
Cake: Costco Bakery in Springfield, VA
Favors: Davita

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Photo Credits: Rachael Foster Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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