We’re back with more from Shannon and Chris’ beautiful, jewel tone Virginia wedding and sharing with you their swanky wedding reception at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. In case you missed their church wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Shannon and Chris opted for a pop-art inspired wedding theme and bright colors that reflected them, and it worked perfectly! They were able to use Shannon’s love of DIY projects and Chris’ artistic background to throw a wedding celebration that was truly personal. Bold tones set the mood for what was certainly a celebratory affair with lots of dancing, including the bride even putting on a show with some friends and incredible ballet moves! But, it might be their wedding cake that pops off the pages most with flowers dripping down the side! We also adore the custom DIY table numbers and all of the personal details this couple managed to weave into their wedding day, making it all that much more memoriable. Special thanks to DuHon Photography for capturing it all!
From Shannon: The main priority for our wedding was to be as personal as possible. We love to take things head on, and luckily my mother and I have been crafting since I was a kid. It also doesn’t hurt to marry an artist! From the original paintings for table numbers to hand picking all the music for our ceremony, we wanted each decision to be meaningful to us, and who we were as future husband and wife!
We had a ton of DIY pieces for our wedding! I will list just a few of our favorites. The first would have to be the original 5 ft wide portrait painting Chris did of us. We kept it a surprise throughout our whole engagement, and had it greeting our guests as they walked into our wedding reception. It is such a personal piece that not only matched our turquoise and fuchsia wedding colors, but just set the tone for our wedding reception.
A great way for us to save money was to print our own escort cards. What I love about our escort cards is that we used colored rhinestones lining the top of each card to let the hotel staff know each guests’ dinner preference. Again, it provided more color to the room and was pretty simple to do!
We also created our own table numbers by picking favorite places and things in our lives and telling the story on the back of the menu’s, where the table number was an original ink painting framed in a classic black frame.
One of the most time consuming, but very important DIY project was our wedding favors – the fuchsia sparkled mini champagne bottles that were set at each guest’s place setting. The bottles took months to make, but they were a perfect way to send off our guests. Hot tip – they also gave some great color to our wedding reception tables!
We also tied in our Greek heritage to the wedding reception tables by including “koufetta,” the Greek tradition of sugar coated almonds. It is tradition that an uneven amount of sugar coated almonds be placed in a bag. It symbolizes that as husband and wife, we will share everything. We also not only danced like the Greeks, we jigged like the Irish! I grew up a competitive Irish Step dancer, and with my maid of honor and bridesmaid by my side, we performed an Irish Reel that I will never forget.
We asked Shannon for her advice for other Washington DC area couples:
My advice to all those beautiful couples out there is to stay true to you, and your vision for the big day. In the end, that day is about celebrating your new life together, so celebrate it in your style!
Also, enjoy being engaged! It is a time full of celebrations, and everyone you meet is so happy for you. Indulge in good wedding reads, celebrate with lots of champagne and just be excited for your new journey to come!
Congratulations to Shannon and Chris! Thank you for sharing your stunning jewel tone wedding reception and amazing dance moves with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Ceremony Venue: St. Timothy’s Parish
Reception Venue: Westfields Marriott
Photography: DuHon Photography
Videography: Snapped Studios
Transportation: Reston Limousine
Florist: Karin’s Florist
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Modern Bridal
Bridal Gown: Jasmine Couture
Bridal Salon + Headpiece/Veil: Elena’s Bridal – New York
Bridal Shoes: small shop in NY- had them dyed fuchsia
Bridal Jewelry: Nordstrom- Nadri Designer
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridesmaid – Belsoie & B2 brand
Bridal Party Accessories: Macy’s
Groom’s Attire, Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Calvin Klein at Mens Wearhouse
Reception Music: Washington Talent Agency: Spectrum
Cake/Dessert: Sweet Ladies Bakery
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Photo Credits: DuHon Photography