We are nothing if not suckers for sophisticated soirées in the District. So once we saw Karen and Selvin’s wedding in Washington DC, we knew we hit the wedding jackpot. An excess of lush blooms (hello pops of yellow!) paired with a wedding party dressed to the nines is everything you need on this Monday morning. Studio Saldana was on hand to capture this utterly romantic féte complete with Filipino and Guatemalan wedding traditions. Come back later this afternoon to check out their blue and yellow reception in Crystal City!

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From Karen: We wanted to plan a wedding that was classic and elegant without breaking the bank. We did the planning on our own so it was very time consuming. After conducting research online and in wedding magazines, as well as taking notes from weddings we attended, I knew which separate elements I wanted but I wasn’t exactly sure how everything would work once it was all put together but it came together very nicely.

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A personal and cultural element that we included was during the wedding ceremony. We come from different cultural backgrounds (Selvin’s family is from Guatemala and mine is from the Philippines) but we both grew up in the Catholic faith. We included a Filipino tradition that incorporates ceremonial coins, cord, and a veil. It is my understanding that this tradition has Spanish influences so Selvin’s family was familiar with it.

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Thank you so much Karen and Selvin for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Be sure to come back later this morning to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church
Officiant: Fr. Ezio Marchetto
Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
Photography: Studio Saldana
Wedding Planner: Completely Yours Events
Floral Design: MelleFleur
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Attire: Watters from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Veil: Etsy
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Anna Ferre
Makeup: Valerie Hammer
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff from Madame Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Maria Marigliano from Holy Rosary Church
DJ: Davis Deejays
Catering and Linens: Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop
Rentals and Lighting: Davinci Florist
Transportation: Limousines, Inc.
Favors: Virginia Chocolate Company
Photo Booth: Labrozzi Studios

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: Studio Saldana

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