Athena and Blair are certainly not afraid of a little color as so awesomely displayed by their vibrant bright pink and turquoise wedding at DC waterfront wedding venue Sequoia. From the pops of color on their reception linens to the brides sparkly pink wedges and hot pink peony bouquet, we love the fun colorful notes inside today’s real wedding! The couple opted to host both their ceremony and reception at Sequoia when they fell in love with the terrace overlooking the Potomac river, and knew that having an all in one location would be the easiest for guests. For a personal touch, the bride’s sister was ordained to marry in DC to be able to wed the couple in an intimate ceremony that she crafted herself. It was important to Athena and Blair to have those closest to them involved in the ceremony, so each had their siblings in the bridal party and active in the program. For the reception, they wanted to focus on having a laid back party atmosphere so they opted for the reception to be cocktail style so as to lend to more mingling and dancing by their guests. One of our favorite details from the wedding was the amazing paper created for the couple, especially the poster sized colorful ceremony program. Their wedding planner, Margo from Bright Occasions, did an incredible job of pulling together all the details of their special day, and we want to thank Procopio Photography for sharing this wedding with us!
From the Bride: “Our vision was a cocktail style reception with great music, good food, mingling, and lots of dancing. Colors were sea blue, hot pink, and silver. We chose the State Room at Sequoia Restaurant because the venue had a private outdoor terrace with views of the waterfront and we set up tables both inside and outside so guests were free to enjoy both options and were lucky to have amazing weather that day.”
Bride’s favorite details: ” I did think it was pretty cool that we had the Sinatra Suite at the Graham Hotel as the bridal suite. Frank Sinatra used to stay there whenever he came to town. Its also the only room at the Graham with its own private balcony terrace which was a perfect spot for bridal party pre-party before the wedding.
“We wanted our wedding to be fun and convenient for us and for our guests so we chose to have both the ceremony and reception at the same location. The hotels were also within walking distance of all party venues. We chose cocktail style reception as opposed to a sit-down dinner because we thought it would be more fun and allow everyone to talk, dance, eat, or whatever as they pleased. The crab cake bar was a huge hit. It was important to us to have our close family and friends as a part of our wedding so all our siblings and closest friends were part of the ceremony. My sister even got ordained so she could perform ceremony for us. She went out of her way to really personalize the ceremony to us and it was really beautiful. We also splurged on dance lessons before the wedding because we wanted to have a really cool first dance. We had our DJ splice a fast dance mix version of John Legend’s All of Me with the original slow version and did a swing/foxtrot combination.”
“Having a good planner is invaluable. At first we started planning on our own and I actually gave myself an appendicitis from stress. After that a friend of ours recommended a planner to help us through the process. Without Margo from Bright Occasions there is no way the day would have gone so perfectly. From our first meeting until the very end she was on top of it. If you are worried about the expense, don’t be, a planner will help you get better deals with vendors which will more than make up for the cost of planner.”
“Instead of a favors we bought colorful chinese takeout boxes and set them up with our dessert table of mini-cupcakes and cake pops so guests could take dessert home with them. It saved us money and time we would have spent on favors and the guests seemed to really enjoy.”
“Planning a wedding was a really tough process. At times we were ready to run off and elope but we were very happy that we chose not to. Our wedding was really was wonderful and exactly what we wanted. We have gotten so many complements from friends and family that it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to and so much fun.”
Thank you so much Athena and Blair for sharing your colorful DC wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Procopio Photography
Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions
Floral Design: DaVinci Floral
Bridal Attire: Matthew Christopher from Nordstrom Bridal Boutique
Veil & Garter: Gibson Girl Garters
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Angelo
Shoes: Marc Defang Custom
Beauty: JWK Beauty
Wedding Day Signage: Dandelion Patch
Cake: Sweets by E
DJ: Marc Matsui
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Photo Credits: Procopio Photography