Thursday, November 5, 2009

Black and White Chic {Colleen and Mike}

Colleen and Mike were such a fun couple, and I was so excited to work with them on their wedding! Upon arriving to the St. Regis on the Big Day, the bride, surrounded by her bridesmaids, was all smiles. Giselle of Hair by Giselle was already working on everyone’s hair and Nour was working on their makeup. Colleen's dress was a stunning custom Monique Lhuillier creation from Carine's Bridal Atelier. Carine herself helped the bride into her dress! When it was time to head off to the ceremony, the bride was transported, along with her father, in a vintage Bentley provided by Regal Limo.

The venue they had chosen was the modern 2941 Restaurant located in Falls Church, VA. The restaurant, with floor to ceiling windows overlooks a man-made lake, which would serve as the backdrop for their outdoor vows. Guests were greeted by the two very large koi ponds located at the front of the restaurant as they arrived. The ceremony took place along the lake while waterfalls could be heard running in the background.

A black and white custom runner sets the modern tone.

A gorgeous profusion of all white flowers!

In addition to the beauty of the natural environment, DaVinci’s Florist designed beautiful white arrangements that served as additional d├ęcor for the ceremony. After the couple said their “I Do’s”, their guests enjoyed cocktails both outside by the lake and inside at the bar. The couple wanted their guests to be able to capture their own fun memories of this special day so they brought in a photobooth, provided by Booth-O-Rama. After cocktails, guests were invited inside to begin the dinner festivities.

The monogram at the top of the menu cards echoes the aisle runner.

Dinner began with guests being treated to a slide show of the couple, put together by the Maid of Honor, Carine of Carine’s Bridal Atelier. Guests then enjoyed their meals listening to the smooth sounds of the Brandon Combs Trio. The cake, provided by Lara of Fluffy Thoughts, was not only beautiful but super delicious.

The silhouette motif used on the program and the wedding cake. So retro chic!

After dinner, guests were invited into a separate room where a traditional Korean ceremony took place to honor the bride's heritage. After this beautiful ceremony, the guests were ready to party. DJ Nica cranked the music and guests danced through the night. All of these special memories were captured beautifully by Nicole and Brad of Sota Dzine Photography. Thank you for your amazing work!

I want to send a special thank my assistant for the day, Grace, who helped me make sure the evening was seamless and stress-free.



Sadie said...

What fabulous details! Love the custom runner (where was it made?) and silhouette motiff!

christine said...

Thank you! We purchased the runner from

Anonymous said...

Your dress is stunning! Who was the designer??

OmniBride said...

I love the silhouettes! Elegant!

-Lea McIntosh @ OmniBride

christine said...

The dress, purchased from Carine's Bridal, is a combination of 2 Monique Lhuillier gowns (Wallis Top and Venice Skirt). The bride worked with the ownwer in order to come up with a design that made her look stunning.

bahareh said...

Christine, the dress is exactly the dress I want to wear to my wedding. Would you consider selling it?

christine said...

I would suggest calling Carine of Carine's Bridal Atelier in Washington, DC (Georgetown) in order to discuss this. She is best friends with the bride and designed the dress for her.

Anonymous said...

The venue looks amazing! One of my best girlfriends also got married at 2941 (Oct. 4, 2009) and I'm not surprised that everything was so well put together. The events staff is top-notch. She didn't even need to hire a wedding planner because they were there the day of the event, too.

Anonymous said...


I didn't know about this blog until one of my old co-worker saw us on here!! Thank you so much for your hard work and it was pleasure having you figure out all the details for us.

Thanks again.

Colleen & Mike