Welcome back to the second half of Jessica and Brian’s classic wedding in Washington DC. Their blush and gold ballroom reception was chocked full of pink peonies galore and it’s my wedding blogger duty to make sure we swoon over each gorgeous photo brought you to by DuHon Photography. From the romantic fabric draped dance floor to the sweet calligraphy on drink flags at cocktail hour, this classic wedding planned by Kelley Cannon Events is going straight to my “Dream Wedding” Pinterest board—no shame!
From Jessica: We envisioned our ceremony and reception to be a celebration of our love and we wanted our guests to truly enjoy themselves. So, as our family and friends arrived, they were greeted by the charming St. Regis staff and a champagne cocktail topped with a glittery, candied rim.
Not only do I love peonies because of their beauty, but they also represent a “happy marriage,” so in addition to the beautiful blooms being a focus during the ceremony, they were in all of the centerpieces and we also included gold peony napkin rings to complete the place settings.
After finishing a delicious dinner in the beautiful Astor Ballroom, guests were ushered back out to the terrace, which had been completely transformed. Lounge furniture was brought in from AFR and above the dance floor hung a canopy of twinkling lights and draping, which set the tone for everyone to dance the night away under the stars. If I had to choose two elements that stood out, it would be the florals and the transformation of the terrace.
Sliders and mini milkshakes were served to our guests during the reception for a surprise, late-night snacks!
Jessica’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
I stressed out WAY too much during the planning process. It goes by so fast and it only happens once, so enjoy it!
Thank you so much Jessica and Brian for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: The St. Regis Hotel
Officiant: Harold Bartlett (Father of the Groom)
Photography: DuHon Photography
Videography: Bowen Films
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Floral Design: Toulies en Fleur
Bridal Attire: Junko Yoshioka from Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Shoes: Kate Spade
Jewelry: Boone & Sons Jewelers
Hair: Hair by Shana Dee
Makeup: Carl Ray
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Kate Spade
Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Bialek’s Music
Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental
Catering: The St. Regis Hotel
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: Fabrication Events, Inc.
Reception Music: Chris Laich Music Services
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Photo Credits: DuHon Photography