I met this lovely bride and her mother at the Engaged! Show in 2011. When I met with Gayle and Caitlin the first time, I instantly wanted this wedding! They both knew exactly what was important to them and what wasn’t. Caitlin is extremely busy in her residency and her fiancé Tim is working on a campaign, which leaves little time for wedding planning! I worked closely with Caitlin’s mom-- blog to come!-- on a wedding that would suit Caitlin and Tim’s personality!
My favorite parts of this wedding-- besides the view from the Top of the Hay, of course-- were all of the special touches. Many of the guests may have not known about these as they were subtle nods to past family weddings and traditions. We worked with the talented Bill Enright from Edge to incorporate some of them into the flowers. Part of Caitlin’s mother veil was used to wrap her bouquet and it was secured with a broach of her grandfather.
Bill also created a trellis in the hallway that held photos from past family weddings on both sides!
Lastly, he made a moss mock up of Caitlin and Tim’s dog Riley for the escort card table!! I love when we are able to personalize a wedding to this degree!
Caitlin’s mom also had a friend make the ring bearer pillow and a money/card sac out of her mother’s dress! They were so beautiful in the vintage lace! The bride also carried a small bible and handkerchief down the aisle and put a lucky coin in her shoe- another family tradition.
Even the cake topper has been passed down from each family wedding! We used this on top of the gorgeous cake by Kendall’s Cakes!
The animal-loving couple made a donation to the Animal Welfare League and treated their guests to monument chocolates!
Caitlin looked absolutely amazing in her dress from Hitched- as I’m sure you can see on all of her bridesmaids faces!! Tim was one of my most hilarious grooms- and so were all of his groomsmen! The toasts kept guests laughing through the night!
I absolutely adore working at the Hay Adams! Alison Okobi and her staff are always polished, on top of things, and so incredibly nice to both the guests and the vendors! And who can beat that view!
It was such a pleasure to work with the talented Michael Connor of Connor Studios! He got amazing pictures and made the couple feel so at ease! Amaretto from Chris Grasso Entertainment was A-MAZING and kept the crowd on its feet all night long!
There was a part of me that was sad the wedding day had come as I had become very close to Caitlin and her mother over our year partnership! Caitlin and Tim’s amazing faces that day remind me of the reason I got into this industry!
Thank you to my awesome assistant,Olivia, for all of her hard work and to the following list of vendors!
Venue & Catering: Alison Okobi, Hay Adams Hotel
Photography: Michael Connor, Connor Studios
Florals & Décor: Bill Enright, Edge Flowers
String Trio and Band: Amaretto -Chris GrassoEntertainment
Cake: Kendall Barrett, Kendall’sCakes
Favors: HistoricalChocolates and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Paper Products: Dandelion Patch