Today’s wedding inspiration for the Washington DC area (or anywhere, really!) is brought to us by the talented Shannon Graham Photography, who wanted to show everyone what an alternative design might look like for a fall Washington DC area wedding, as we near the autumn season. You know we love our fall season here in the DMV and this wedding inspiration is just bursting with fresh, bright ideas for the fall season! Set at the historic Hartwood House in Virginia, the “bride” wore gold sequins from Rent the Runway to give the a glam look, while surrounding her were happy citrus colors, jewel tones and other bright bursts of hues to scream celebration. This wedding inspiration is rustic yet elegant, over-the-top yet understated and just about the perfect balance of wedding-meets-a-fabulous party! I love the long and lush table runner and the unique place settings that add so much dimension to the event. I also appreciate their use of found items and DIY decor, proving that great style can be found anywhere. And the wedding cake, did I mention the cake?! What a fun way to end the evening with the playful and of course, colorful design! Perfect for a fall wedding or even a lavish bridal shower, I’m obsessed with today’s Washington DC area wedding inspiration and all its vibrant and rich, jewel toned details!


From Shannon Graham PhotographyMy inspiration for this wedding idea session was primarily to feature a rich, luxurious color like emerald green with a youthful combination of citrusy brights, with an overall usage of jewel tones. As we’re heading into fall, I thought this would be a great change from the plum and orange that is often associated with the season. I chose a historical location in our Washington DC area with a rich flemish bond brick front, because I wanted the colors to pop against the backdrop. The floral arrangements provided by Eight Tree Street were a perfect mix of vibrant colors and delicious texture, resulting in some incredible wedding day arrangements!

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I did this wedding inspiration session on a limited budget and by repurposing personal pieces on the table. The green Juliska “Berry & Thread” chargers are my own, and the off-white plates are also mine, both pieces from my china cabinet. The wine glasses are Lenox, accented with spray paint to mimic more expensive, gold-rimmed pieces; the silverware are pieces I found in a Goodwill that I then cleaned and spray painted. I dressed the table using table runners – two of the pink ones laid across the table side-by-side, and then one emerald green sequined runner in the middle of them both. The table itself is a IKEA Jokkmokk table, but the assortment of table chairs were rented from Paisley & Jade to put a more eclectic touch to the wedding table setting, and with varying lines to contrast with the table’s very clean and simple size.

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For the bridal look, I chose a statement gown by Badgley Mischka (via Rent the Runway) that would keep the jewel tone theme consistent. While I do believe a white gown would have worked just as well, I loved combining the bride’s platinum locks with the shimmery, bold sequined gown. Her hair and make-up was done by Go Go Gorgeous, and they gave the model a very simple, but elegant, look with dramatic eye-makeup and soft cheeks and lips. Her hair was swept up into a classic up-do that swept softly across her face – easily being both romantic and elegant.

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The cake table was a vintage sideboard provided by Paisley & Jade and decorated with two floral arrangements, with a two-tier fondant wedding cake by Fat Girl Cakes in the middle. I wanted a slightly whimsical and fun design for the cake, something that incorporated the jewel tones and the glam factor of the dress. The baker was able to outfit the wedding cake with different citrus shades of dots, including gold ones, and she included some beautiful fondant flowers to tie into the texture requested in the floral design.

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Thanks, Shannon, for your beautifully colorful wedding inspiration! It would be perfect for a fall wedding, or a wedding during any season, right here in the Washington DC area.

The following Washington DC area wedding vendors contributed to this inspiration:

Wedding Venue: Hartwood House
Photography: Shannon Graham Photography
Hair and Make-Up: Go Go Gorgeous
Table Linens: Tablecloths Factory
Floral Design: Eight Tree Street
Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Wedding Dress: Rent the Runway
Cake: Fat Girl Cakes

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more amazing Washington DC area wedding professionals and our real wedding gallery for tons of stunning Washington DC area weddings!

Photo Credit: Shannon Graham Photography

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