Welcome back to the second part of Sarah and Ilana’s wedding in Washington DC! Before I can let you go on and see the glitz and glam of their New Year’s Eve wedding, you have to check out their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony first! Joseph Allen Photography was behind the lens to capture all the fun from their sparkly party horns and vintage clock table décor to the champagne toasts and countdown!

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From the brides: We found gold and silver glitter party horns and hung escort cards from the horns, and everyone used them at midnight to ring in 2014. We bought lots of vintage alarm clocks on eBay, which we used as our table numbers – with all the clocks set to midnight, of course! 

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The focal point of the décor was having floating candles hung from the ceiling. Cautious of cost and the environment, we kept flowers to a minimum. The tablescapes were a collection of candles in all shapes and sizes that were accented by flowers and metallic vases. We added bare branches to some tables capture the winter feel. The Willard’s ballroom is so ornate and beautiful on its own, so we kept our decor simple.

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Our guests loved being able to get into the booth with all of the silly and fun props, and we asked them to leave us a copy of all of their strips in a guest book with a note. At the end of the night, we looked through the book together and it was so fun to see all of our guests having a good time, since the night went by so fast.

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During the countdown at midnight, we had a champagne toast complete with confetti cannons and, of course, the party horns. Then we served mini burgers and truffle fries on the dance floor so that our guests would have the energy to keep dancing until 1 am – and most did!

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Thank you so much Sarah and Ilana for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: The Willard
Wedding Coordinator: Christina Canalez Presock
Photography: Joseph Allen Photography
Floral Design: Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Stationery: Custom design by Jenny Goldberg
Ketubah: Jerise Fogel
Bridal Attire – Sarah: Modern Trousseau
Bridal Attire – Ilana: Rivini from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Hair and Makeup: Andre Chreky
Reception Music: Doctor’s Orders
Photobooth: Bialek’s Music

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Joseph Allen Photography

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