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Stunning Ronald Reagan Building Wedding in Washington DC

I adore the mini pumpkin centerpieces in today’s stunning fall wedding! Captured by Procopio Photography, Deborah and Jason were married at the gorgeous Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC on a crisp October day. Be sure to read more about this fabulous couple and their inspiration for their wedding day below!

A few words from the bride:

Deborah and Jason were brought together by Judaism’s modern online community: J-Date. Each of them had been on many J-Dates before, but were still searching for their match as singles in Houston. Deborah saw Jason’s profile: the new pediatrician in town who had recently moved from DC. She sent him an e-mail saying she’d be happy to show him around. It started with a coffee date, where they talked for hours about politics, healthcare, and NPR. Soon enough, they shared their first kiss on the grassy lawn of a Houston outdoor theater. They have grown together, sharing friends, family, memories, museums, trips, and, of course, food.

We loved having our nation’s capital as a backdrop for our special day. Having both come into our own in DC independently (yet ultimately meeting in Texas), we wanted to come back to the city that we both love to celebrate together. We describe our wedding as, “Fall in DC”. Our decor represented the bride’s favorite season, but with a modern twist: swapping oranges, reds, and yellows for her more preferred color palate of silvers, blues, and grays. We were happy to accomplish all of this while staying true to our Jewish heritage with traditional ketubah and chuppah ceremonies. The centerpiece of the ceremony was the chuppah, a fall wedding canopy of birch trees, pumpkins, and flowering branches interwoven with the traditional tallit (prayer shawls) from the bride’s grandfather and groom’s great grandfather. Highlights of the reception included a step-and-repeat photo booth to capture our guests as DC’s who’s who as well as a late night snack surprise of chocolate milk shakes and nachos (the groom’s favorite). Jason and Deborah chose signature cocktails representing their home towns, the Coral Springs “Cuba” Libre and the Austin Champagne Rita. Deborah and Jason (and their wedding coordinator) worked hard to ensure that their wedding represented them as a couple and that their guests had as much fun as they did.

Photographer: Procopio Photography // Planner: Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events // Venue + Catering: The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center // Floral Designer: B Floral and Event Design // Lighting: John Farr Lighting // String Quartet: St. Charles String Quartet // DJ: Dan Goldman of Bialek’s // Cake Designer: Fluffy Thoughts // Videographer: Michael Brazada Films // Stationery: Carin Davidson of The Invitation Lady // Calligraphy: Ashley Stewart of Pretty in Ink // Hair Stylist: Julie Jackson of Hair By Jewels // Make Up Artist: Avantika Wagle Fraser // Bridal Gown Designer: Amsale // Bridal Gown Store: Mia Bridal Couture // Groom’s Tuxedo: Twilight in Midnight Blue by Jean Yves, rented from Sarno and Sons Tuxedo by Geoffrey Lewis Tailors // Groomsmen’s Attire: Perry Ellis Windsor Navy 2 button dress suit, rented from Sarno and Sons Tuxedo by Geoffrey Lewis Tailors // Groom’s Tie: Hugo Boss, from Sarno and Sons Tuxedo by Geoffrey Lewis Tailors // Groomsmen’s Ties: Brandon Michael from Sarno and Sons Tuxedo by Geoffrey Lewis Tailors // Bride’s Cathedral Veil: Sara Gabriel, purchased from Belle Marie Bridal // Bride’s Reception Bow: Amsale // Ceremony Train: designed by the bride, created by tailor at Belle Marie Bridal // Reception Necklace: Kendra Scott // Ceremony Earrings + Portraits Necklace: Banana Republic // Reception + Portraits Earrings: Nordstrom // All images by Procopio Photography

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Handmade, Heritage Blending Garden Wedding in California

This handmade wedding is absolutely overflowing with lovely, personal details! Captured by Viera Photographics, Sandra and Brian were married on a gorgeous May day in an outdoor ceremony in wine country, California. The couple combined many aspects of Brian’s Jewish and Sandra’s Taiwanese heritage to create a wedding day filled with their own, new traditions. A strong love for food and wine shaped the couple’s reception; monogrammed cutting boards and serving spoons were give as unique favors! Be sure to read more about the couple’s inspiration for their wedding and a bit about all the handmade details below.

A few words from the bride:

Brian and I wanted our wedding to be uniquely us but at first we weren’t sure what that meant. We knew we were big foodies, loved handcrafted cocktails and wine. Venue in the heart of California wine country – check! Barndiva five course meal, two custom handcrafted cocktails, late night snacks and dessert bar – check, check and check! We also knew we both loved finding great deals at flea markets, sidewalk sales and our local Goodwill. Result – vases for the wedding, metal welded b+s initials, antique ammunition wooden crate, chalkboard cupboard door and much more! Check!

But how to incorporate both of our heritages with our new families and friends? Brian is Jewish and I am Taiwanese American. Which traditions to choose? And will it make sense to anybody? We started off by using the symbols חַי‎ ‘hai’ (Hebrew for ‘life’) and 囍 ‘shee’ (Chinese for double happiness’) for our save-the-dates and invitations. As the wedding date crept closer, we realized that creating a Jewish-Chinese home in itself is unconventional and that while we wanted to keep certain traditions alive, we were also creating something new. Ultimately, we decided to be married by Brian’s childhood rabbi under a chuppah (sewed from Brian’s bar mitzvah tallis) with traditional Jewish elements such as sharing wine, breaking glass and the celebratory hora. On the other hand, our wedding was on Saturday – traditionally the Jewish sabbath! We also decided to perform a Chinese tea ceremony after the wedding ceremony for all of our parents in front of our guests. Again, contrary to tradition, the Chinese tea ceremony is usually held in private, prior to the wedding ceremony and only for the groom’s parents. But this was the new ‘us’!

I can’t help but mention that almost everything was handmade… All the stationary from the Save-the-Dates to the programs to the wedding favor tags. I also made custom handkerchiefs for the guests, drew our ‘welcome board’ and sewed the chuppah covering. Brian saved used wine bottles and spray painted them with chalkboard paint for our table numbers. Family and friends chipped in as well, sewing all of the table runners, making the table seating chart, the chuppah poles and all of the flowers from bouquets to boutonnieres! It was a group effort!

Last but not least – our wedding day was also my parent’s 17th anniversary and my sister’s 11th anniversary. As we say, “Mazel tov!” and “Gong shee!” all around!

Photographer: Viera Photographics // Videographer: Motion Scope Weddings // Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: Barndiva // Bridal Gown Designer: Vera Wang // Bridal Gown Store: Glamour Closet // Bridal Shoes: Via Spiga // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Custom by Wee Scotty // Jewelry Designer: Borrowed from mother of the bride // Bridesmaid Dress Designer + Store: J. Crew // Groom’s Attire: Indochino // Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo // Groomsmen’s Attire: Own suits, Theory ties // Cake Designer: Fox and Fawn Bakehouse (vegan and gluten free)
Floral Designer: Bride and bridesmaids, flowers from San Francisco Flower Mart // Makeup Artist: Lena Chavez // Hair Stylist: Jade Tu // Invitation Designer: Bride // Guitarist: Paul Binkley // Band: Le Jazz Hot
Rings: Custom design by Neil Dahl Jewelers // Officiant: Rabbi Gordon Geller // All images by Viera Photographics // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Modern + Playful Los Angeles, California Wedding

Get ready for a whole lot of gorgeous! Captured by Kim Fox Photography, Katie and Eric were married this past June at a beautiful cultural center in Los Angeles, California. The venue, filled with modern lines and architecture, was the perfect setting for this stylish event. A color palette of gold and purple was used to accent the neutral colors of the venue. Katie and Eric completed a number of fun diy projects to make their wedding reflect their personalities. I love the gold crowns, inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are”, that everyone wore at the reception!

A few words from the bride:

Eric and I met in college and always have had a very fun-loving relationship. Although we didn’t realize right away we wanted to be together forever, we always kept in touch no matter what cities or oceans laid between us. When we decided to get married, we picked out the ring together, but I still managed to be shocked when he proposed to me while vacationing in Paris.

We love the clean lines and simplicity of the modern aesthetic so the floor to ceiling glass walls, high ceilings and the architecture of the Skirball was perfect. One of our favorite books is “Where the Wild Things Are” so we used that as a theme by framing quotes on tables and making gold crowns to add a playful and fun vibe to the party.

We didn’t want the planning of the wedding to be too stressful so with our families we did fun DIY things like spray painting bottles gold for the table numbers, creating a donation card to one of our favorite charities instead of favors, and designing and printing all paper used at the wedding. We also got vintage white Polaroid cameras so our guests could take pictures as they walked in which we turned into a memory book.

Photographer: Kim Fox Photography
Videographer: Make My Day Videography
Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: Skirball Cultural Center
Rentals: Modern Party Rentals
Bridal Gown Designer: Victoria Nicole
Bridal Gown Store: Mon Amie Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Miu Miu
Bridal Veil: The White Dress
Bridal Hair Clips: BHLDN
Ring Designer: Steven Hanna for Accents Jewelry
Bridal Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings: Erica Courtney
Bridesmaid Dress Designer + Store: J. Crew
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Indochino
Cake Designer: Cake Crumbs
Floral Designer: Lindy of City of Commerce Flowers
Makeup Artist: Robyn Fisher
Hair Stylist: Sylvia Wheeler
Invitation Designer: Bella Figura
Wedding Planner: Stacy Porras
DJ: Tony of Red Shoe LA
Officiant: Rabbi Jonathan Hanish

All images by Kim Fox Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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