Vibrant, bright and infused with tons of sweet, personal details, Nan and Michael’s elegant wedding in Washington DC is the definition of “regal.” From the Malaysian menu scroll cards to the red and gold silk lanterns, there was no detail left behind for this multicultural affair. And, lucky for us, Studio Saldana was on-hand to capture every beautiful moment from their regal celebration of love! My favorite part? The bride changing into a red wedding dress for the reception – love, love, love! Be sure to go back and check out their chinoiserie themed wedding ceremony in DC.
From Nan: Our reception was in reds and golds with a Chinese banquet theme. Every little aspect of the wedding from the custom invitations to the food to the decorations to every detail was thought out and planned to include our special mementos and our theme.
We had custom made invitations (silk brocade from China and Washi paper from Japan), custom made silk and wooden lanterns, custom artist made French book from the 1800s for the guestbook, custom made scroll menus from Malaysia (LuvInspiration), among so many others.
Nan’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
Plan, plan, plan! Plan as much as you can if you want it to be special in a certain way. I didn’t use a wedding planner because I wanted everything to be unique to us. Incorporate as many special and meaningful things as possible, and DO splurge on a videographer. That is my one regret on not getting. We ended up with no video footage of the wedding!
Thank you so much Nan and Michael for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: Anderson House
Catering, Linens, Lighting and Rentals: Windows Catering
Photography: Studio Saldana
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy: Laura Lavender
Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc.
Bridal Attire and Veil: Lazaro from JLM Couture
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair: Audrey Bethards, Hair and Makeup, Inc.
Brides Makeup: Audrey Bethards, Hair and Makeup, Inc.
Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Makeup by Alice An
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Custom, W.W. Chan and Sons Tailor Ltd.
Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein
Groom’s Accessories: Henry Poole and Co.
Groomsmen’s Attire: Ralph Lauren
Ceremony Music: Danielle Buonaiuto
Reception Music: The Tom Cunningham Band
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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