Happy Monday! We’re kicking this week off with a big ‘ol bang in the form of a fabulous, travel inspired wedding from Lauren at Atrendy Wedding that will have you ready to pack your bags and jet set around the world. Clare and Drew fell in love on a spontaneous trip to Peru, and their love for adventure only grew from there. It was the perfect inspiration for their rustic Washington DC wedding, photographed by Rodney Bailey. It all began with a picturesque Georgetown ceremony and a lovely little lemonade stands for their guests, with succulent speckled bouquets, passport stamped popcorn bags, and a pedi-cab to whisk them a way to their next destination! Check out the rest of this celebratory trip around the world right here!
From Clare and Drew: Drew and I fell in love as college students when we planned a spontaneous trip together to Peru. We used our love of rustic and adventurous journeys as a central inspiration for many of our aesthetic elements. Most of the color palette took on the faded creams, greys, and tans of vintage photographs. Much of the design elements reflected the enchantment and charm of world travel.
Clare comes from a musical family, so music was important from the start. Clare’s mom, sister, and uncle sang songs and played guitar at the Catholic ceremony. We incorporated a southern spiritual, American folk classics, and, for the processional, a piano piece that Clare’s grandmother used to play.
Lauren helped us host a DIY lemonade stand. It was one of Clare’s favorite details, though quite a labor of love. It was conceptualized as a refreshment stand in the church courtyard to entertain guests after the ceremony. The icing on the cake was the personalized wedding logo hand stamped on the popcorn bags that accompanied the lemonade, which was inspired by an old EU passport stamp she had from a 2004 trip to Germany. Clare’s sister concocted her famous summer cocktail the day before the wedding: real sugar lemonade, fresh crushed basil, and a splash of vodka. We served it in mason jars with yellow-and-white striped paper straws, displayed in old wooden soda crates.
Our favorite memory involved just one crucial element: a pedicab ride. Despite all the time we took to personalize our wedding for the guests, we most relished the time we had alone. We boarded our pedicab after greeting our guests outside Georgetown University’s Chapel and headed downtown for the reception. It was the first moment we had alone as a married couple. Luckily, we were able to enjoy it with the breeze in our faces while slowly rolling through the cobblestone streets of Georgetown, the place we had met seven years prior. We rolled into the Georgetown waterfront for a photo op and received cheers of congrats from the diners, drinkers, and boaters soaking in the summer sun. It was simply a great 30- minute break in the busy day to enjoy ourselves as newlyweds in an old familiar place. Another big perk: the ride was carbon-free!
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Clare and Drew’s wedding:
Ceremony Venue: Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University
Reception Venue & Catering: National Geographic Society
Wedding Planning: Atrendy Wedding
Photography: Rodney Bailey Photography
Floral Design: Beehive Events
Reception Band: The B Street Band
Cocktail Musician: Juan of Raymi Music
Groom’s Suit & Tailor: Ralph Lauren
Bridal Dress: Adele Weschler
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew
Groomsmen Ties: Handmade by Emy
Bridal Shop and Alterations: Rizik Brothers
Makeup: The Still Point Spa
Hair: Sue Perez of Rainbow Hair Salon
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Chalkboard Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy
Wedding Favor Tags: Crafty Clementines
Custom Pins: Donovan Beeson
Upcycled Frames, Slates, Menu Board: Timeless Journeys
Personalized Hand Stamps: Heather Bianchi
Photo Credits: Rodney Bailey Photography