After becoming engaged, Sara and Jared decided they wanted a DC wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor space. The two found the Anderson House through Instagram and decided to visit it. It was the first venue they toured; once they saw the ornate and impressive Grand Ballroom, they knew it was the one. This was ultimately where the reception of their glam all white DC wedding would occur.
Sara says she was most excited about the ceremony, which took place on the Garden Facade at the Anderson House. With its reflecting pool lit up with candles and large white floral showstoppers flanking the Buddha statue, the ceremony was an elegant, timeless and unique affair. Jared and Sara spent a lot of time putting together thoughtful elements into their wedding ceremony. These included a poem read by Jared’s mom from his late grandfather’s book of poems.The bride’s mother, who is hearing impaired, also read a poem interpreted from ASL.
The couple gifted guests with French macarons, which was a nod not only to their elegant Parisian-inspired affair, but also a throwback to their engagement; Jared popped the question in Paris, Virginia (yes, a real town!), against an Eiffel tower that he built! Keep reading to hear the whole story. It is too adorable! Thank you to SRS Events for sharing this Parisian inspired DC wedding with us today!
What is the best advice you can share with other couples? Take time for yourself. It goes by so fast. All your time, planning, stressing, and hard work goes into one amazing day. Go outside away from the guests for a few minutes and just take it in; it won’t happen again. That moment will be one you reflect on for years to come.
Tell us your proposal story. Sara and Jared had an inside joke about what the most extravagant proposal one could receive would be; they decided that it would be a Paris proposal with a puppy. Jared knew that if he planned a trip to Paris the surprise would be ruined. He researched and found there was a Paris, Virginia not too far away from their hometown. It was quaint village with an inn, chapel and a few houses at the base of the Blueridge mountains. Jared spent months driving out to his parent’s house in Leesburg and working with his father to build a 17 foot tall Eiffel tower. If he couldn’t get to Paris he would bring it to her.
He arranged for dinner at a small bed and breakfast at the Ashby Inn in Paris under the guise of meeting up with his parents. They were “running late” so to pass the time he took her for a walk in the garden. They walked through a hedge into a field where the Eiffel tower was waiting with a sign spelling out “Marry Me?”. A photographer was also waiting to snap the moment! They had recently adopted their Great Dane, Jewel – it was a puppy, Paris, proposal after all!
The following Washington DC wedding professionals contributed to this Glam Anderson House wedding:
Venue: Anderson House | Photography: Camille Catherine Photography | Planning: SRS Events |Beauty: Makeup by Ana B | Bridal Gown: Elegance by Roya / Eve of Milady | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Florals: Ricks Flowers | Catering: Well Dunn | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd | Cake: Edible Incredibles | Invitations: Minted | DJ and Ceremony Musicians: MSE Events | Favors: Olivia Macaron