How do you ensure that your wedding stays timeless and understated against one of the cities most boastfully decorated DC hotel wedding venues? For today’s couple, they chose to weave in a subtle yet impacting color story of neutral tones and lush magnolia leaves for their wedding to offset the venue decor. Jaimie let her bridesmaids choose an assortment of gowns in varying textures but in a neutral nude tone so as not to compete with the colorful aesthetic of the Hotel Monaco DC but to also lend to their classically elegant wedding. To add in a layer of interest, they opted for gold accents in their paper designs and floral centerpieces at the reception, which really popped against the magnolia leaves. The bride lost her mother at a young age, and in her honor chose to wear her mother’s bridal gown for the Jewish wedding ceremony. The couple was married under a traditional Chuppah adorned with magnolia leaves and natural birch poles. The couple treated guests to late night snacks post wedding, with the local favorite food truck DC Slices making a special appearance. Thank you to Taylor and Ben Photography for sharing this timeless DC wedding with us!
From the Bride: We chose the Monaco in large part because of it’s playfully bold design, but I knew we would need to be careful not to overdecorate. To contrast the bright colors and fabrics around the hotel, I opted to stick with neutrals for my bridesmaids and the floral arrangements. To keep things interesting, the bridesmaid’s dresses were made of different materials and designs. We also added a pop of gold color wherever possible! We incorporated magnolia leaves throughout the ceremony and reception which gave the wedding a sort of romantic and charming feel.
We saved a lot of money using Paper Source for our invitations. We ended up creating our own with them, and loved how they turned out!We made our programs, which we were very proud of! We bough a heat embosser and the best part was that everyone asked where we had them created.
One of my favorite details from the wedding was the fact that I wore my mother’s dress down the aisle. She passed away when I was two years old, so it was incredibly special having a piece of her there with Jon and I on our wedding day. I remember putting it on, and suddenly feeling incredibly calm. I know that it was special to my dad too, which made it even more meaningful for me. I changed into a reception dress for the second part of the evening of dinner and dancing.
One special aspect of the wedding was that we tried to use small businesses and local vendors wherever possible. I am General Counsel of MakeOffices, a co-working space for small businesses and young entrepreneurs. Notably, our cake vendor was Marissa from LouLous Cakery and the guys socks came from Nice Laundry which were both previous companies in our office space which connected us with their small businesses.
Advice from the Bride: Finding the right vendors for you is key. We made sure to pick people who made us feel relaxed and that everything was under control, for us this made a world of a difference in our wedding day. Also, we’d definitely encourage incorporating something into your day that’s reflective of you as a couple. For Jon and I, the pizza truck was a no-brainer, and everyone who knows us thought it was the perfect way to end the night.
Thank you so much Jaimie and Jon for sharing your classic Hotel Monaco DC wedding with us. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: Hotel Monaco DC
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Photography: Taylor and Ben Photography
Invitations: Paper Source
Invitation Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Angela
Floral Design: Yellow Door Floral Design
Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal / Hayley Paige
Jewelry: Lawrence Miller and Co.
Hair: Behind the Veil Beauty
Makeup: Nelidia Gunawan
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaid
Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Bauble Bar
Groom Attire + Shoes: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Accessories: Nice Laundry
Rentals: DC Rental
Lighting: John Farr Lighting
Reception Band: Broadsound Band
Wedding Cake: Lou Lous Cakery
Late Night Food Truck: DC Slices
Chiavari Rentals: Perfect Settings
Escort Card Calligraphy: Chad Barrington
Honeymoon: Costa Rica
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Photo Credit: Taylor and Ben Photography