Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Special Memories Created at The Willard {Sargine + Del}

Sargine & Del wanted their wedding to be a special and memorable experience for all of their guests, some of who traveled all the way from Haiti to be there. The bride chose none other than DC’s historic Willard Hotel for her wedding venue. She worked closely with the Willard’s Laurie Politzer to design a 4 course menu and mini dessert buffet that the guests were sure to love.

After several months of planning, the big day finally arrived. The bride was surrounded by family and friends while she and her bridal party had their hair done by the talented Jamal Edmonds and got their makeup done by the amazing Leiloni Cooper.

All of these special moments were captured by Tosha Francis (The Captured Life) and Felisha Gaskins (Endless Expressions).

The ceremony took place in the elegant Crystal Room which was decorated with white and red florals designed by Rebecca of Petal’s Edge Floral Design. Amber lighting lit the columns in the room and a pink wash lit the stage, thanks to Eric Hertsch and his team at Ampa Events. The bridal party walked down the aisle to music performed by harpist, Melissa Tardiff Dvorak.

After the I Do’s were said, guests were ushered to The Nest where they enjoyed Cirque-style music performed by the harpist and were entertained by Cirque-style performers such a ribbon dancers and living statues provided by Cast of Thousands.

Guests who had small children were able to enjoy some time without the little ones thanks to the helpful babysitter from Wee Sit. Wee Sit set up in a suite upstairs so parents could check on their kids throughout the night while the kids were entertained children’s videos and toys. We love Wee Sit and have used them for years!

After an extended cocktail hour, guests were directed down to the ornate Willard Room where they were able to enjoy their meals while listening to the sounds of Gordon Thorn of Absolute Entertainment

The room was decorated with amber lighting, a white dance floor and stunning centerpieces. Instead of favors, the bride chose to donate to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund in each of the guest’s names. It was a beautiful evening!

Congratulations Sargine and Del!

Rustic Garden Wedding Inspiration

tomato centerpieces (Snippet & Ink), plant table numbers (Snippet & Ink), flower girl with watering can (Axel and Moa), escort cards (Elizabeth Anne Designs), flower seed favors (Martha Stewart Weddings), fruit favors (Style Me Pretty, bride in rain boots (Style Guide), bouquet with gardening gloves and shears (Better Home and Gardens), wreath (Minna Mercke Schmidt)

As the weather gets warmer and my garden is getting greener and greener, we thought we'd feature some fabulous rustic looks for outdoor weddings. I love using natural touches in wedding decor and think the baskets of tomatoes as centerpieces is so fun!