With spring in full force, there is no doubt that I’m dreaming of pretty florals and beautiful weather, but give me a gorgeous autumn affair and I’ll be a happy camper for the rest of my days. Today we’re diving into Layla and Mike’s dramatic purple Washington DC wedding. Andrea from The Observatory captured every second of their traditional Catholic ceremony and man, oh man is it stunning! Just wait until you see their modern gray and purple wedding reception later this morning—stay tuned!

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From Layla: We wanted to create a wedding that was intimate, warm and fun. Elizabeth was crucial in bringing everything together. Our colors were purple and gray, but I wanted to keep the purple as a surprise until the reception, so the bridesmaids wore gray dresses and had white flowers. Only I and the flower girls had purple flowers, everything else was white until the reception where we used the purple as the pop of color throughout the venue, which contrasted nicely with the grays and white.

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Mike and I wrote letters to each other to read before the ceremony instead of doing a first look. Another favorite moment is talking to my dad before he walked me down the aisle, I will always remember what he said to me.

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Thank you so much Layla and Mike for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Saint Patrick Catholic Church
Officiant: Msgr. Salvatore A. Criscuolo
Reception Venue: Newseum
Photography: Andrea from The Observatory
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Duncan Events
Stationery: Just Paper and Tea
Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design
Calligraphy: DIY
Bridal Attire: Allure from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Hair: Jordan Pringle
Makeup: Leah Golden
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Shoes: To Boot New York
Accessories: Batman Cufflinks
Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering
Cake: Charm City Cakes
Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings
Music: DJ Dave Grimm of Bialek’s Music
Linens: Party Rental Ltd.
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Transportation: Old Town Trolley
Babysitting: Nannytainment

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Photo Credits: The Observatory

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