Kathryn & Reynold

I know that every couple feels like royalty on their wedding day.

But Kathryn and Reynold definitely personified regal elegance that rivals the royals. It was like Old Hollywood and Old World nobility met at the steps of President Lincoln’s Cottage and fell in love. Kathryn chose bold burgundies for her bouquet, but the combination of textures and hues resulted in a soft floral femininity. The entire celebration was filled with autumn colors and timeless love.

Maggie & Brian

New Year’s at the District Winery

Take a beautiful couple, an edgy venue and a glittery night in late December and you have all of the essential ingredients for a wedding celebration. Maggie & Brian chose the District Winery, a boutique urban winery set in the heart of DC’s Navy Yard community, for their celebration following a sacred ceremony at Our Lady’s Chapel at Gonzaga College High School. Classic Calla lilies paired with burgundy Van Dyke tulips and frosty Dusty Miller in Maggie’s bouquet. Soft Port Orford Cedar provided a touch of pine to boutonnieres, bouquets and centerpieces. And don’t you just love when Mother Nature provides a soft blanket of snow to capture Maggie enveloped in the vintage fur coat?

Photos by Gonzalez J. Photography & Design Studio


Elizabeth & James

There is simple, timeless elegance in a white wedding.

It was the perfect May afternoon when Elizabeth and James were married on the patio of the Army Navy Country Club, overlooking an incredible view of the Washington Monument. Creamy white peonies and buttery roses headlined Elizabeth’s bouquet, complemented by the sea breeze blue dresses of her bridesmaids. Handsome in their black tuxedos, James and his groomsmen donned white freesia boutonnieres with matching black satin ribbon wrap on the stems. The ballroom was filled with crisp white linens, fluffy white hydrangeas and white tulips. A picture perfect day for a lovely couple!

Photos by Kristen Gardner Photography

Rachel & Rob

Love doesn’t stop for rain.

Oxon Hill Manor in Fort Washington, Maryland was a gorgeous backdrop for Rachel and Rob’s wedding. They fell in love with the tiered English flower beds, the breath-taking view of the Potomac River and the covered brick terrace in the backyard. They planned for a beautiful garden ceremony at twilight followed by a tented reception–dining and dancing with family and friends into the wee hours of the morning. Alas, a tropical storm invited itself to the Washington, DC area, kicking up the wind and dropping the temperatures. As if a little rain could dampen the determination of a couple in love!

With the help of the efficient and kind team at Oxon Hill, the party came inside and every wonderful aspect of their lovely celebration was realized. A good tropical rain storm can’t dampen love and marriage.

Photography by Emily Clack Photography

Kines & Matthew

Moody Blues and deep purples colored The Loft for Kines & Matthew’s big day.

It was an absolute joy to work with Kines as she put the finishing floral touches to her and Matthew’s wedding day at The Loft. This intimate venue is tucked away on the second and third floors of an unassuming downtown building, but full of warmth and possibility and ripe for Kines’ imagination. While her bridal bouquet was ivory hues, her bridesmaid carried moody purple Amnesia roses with Lamb’s Ear and seeded eucalyptus, which also captured interest overflowing in pewter julep cups on the dining tables.

Amanda & Klaas

Amanda and Klaas’ wedding celebration brought the sophistication of Old Hollywood to modern day Washington, DC.

On a beautiful November day, Amanda met Klaas at the altar of St. Matthew’s Cathedral, surrounded by friends and family witnessing their union. The celebration continued out the door and down the street to Constitution Hall. For her bouquet, Amanda chose coral-colored Juliette garden roses paired with succulents, burgundy ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus and ivory spray roses. Her bridesmaids, dressed in deep burgundy, carried Versillea roses. A beautiful day for a wonderful couple.

Veronica & Ronald

Veronica was a very busy woman.

Planning a wedding was clearly an extracurricular activity. So while juggling many responsibilities for loved ones, Veronica decisively chose the look and feel for their wedding day. Most importantly, she chose to marry a wonderful man, Ronald, who vowed a lifetime of commitment and joy.

Photography by Emily Clack Photography

Alexandra & James

Alexandra Had an Eye for Simplistic Beauty 

Alexandra approached her and James’ wedding day with a decisive vision and unequivocal taste: she loved peach-colored carnations and wanted to incorporate them into the floral elements for their celebration. While that is not a request we often hear, we quickly realized that Alexandra could glamorize most anything. If any bride could take the simplest of flowers and make it look stunning, it was Alexandra! James and his colleagues at The Westin Alexandria transformed the ballroom into a dreamy, candlelit backdrop for the ceremony and Free Spirit Floral put the finishing touches on dining tables with cascading purple and white dendrobium orchids. To see Alexandra on her wedding day was proof that James too had an eye for beauty.

Janelle & Eric

Janelle and Eric were as cool and calm on their wedding day as they were planning their celebration.

Sometimes plans need to change. Logistical hurdles need to be overcome when venue renovations are not on schedule. Yet Janelle and Eric handled the news with such understanding –perhaps an understanding that their beautiful June wedding day was more than just a celebration.

What makes a wedding day beautiful is the couple themselves; their commitment to one another; the support of family and friends, and recognizing that this one day is just the beginning of lifetime of cherished moments and abiding love.

Photography by Charles Studio

Niki & Max

The roses smelled much better than our gym class.

And Niki’s beautiful wedding dress was a far cry from sweats and a T-shirt donned for an early morning workout. Yes, despite the many, many years that separated Niki and my lives, we found Jim Scott’s early morning, Energy Club class a common space. But, this wasn’t just any exercise routine. The loyal members had grown to be workout buddies –comrads in their disdain for burpees and Russian-named drills. In the early morning, we lamented soar muscles and pulled ligaments. By late afternoon, we celebrated engagements, marriages, births and promotions.

So there was much delight when Niki announced that she and Max were engaged to be married! With more focus and efficiency than found in our workout routine, we debated flowers for her bridal bouquet while running sprints, and we talked logistical details while lifting weights.

And, finally on a lovely autumn day, Max waited for his stunning bride as she strolled down the aisle. Together, they were a picture of love and svelte sophistication.

Photography by Marie Still Photography