Monday, October 11, 2010

A Dream Designed Wedding Washington, DC

Matilda & Stephen's DC Destination Wedding at the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel

Planning for Matilda and Stephen was a pleasure. Her final year at Berkeley made Matilda's schedule as hectic as mine, coupled by her travel schedule bouncing between, Paris, Asia, California, and Maryland. Although modern technology truly allows me to plan destination weddings from anywhere, and with a little creative scheduling I am able to easily avoid the collision of time zones. Once we started planning things came together very quickly.

Matilda wanted a Versailles feel for her wedding, given that the ceremony was in a garden setting which had a fabulous gazebo and beautiful staircase that she could decend from prior to her walk down the aisle. It had all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding. So I only needed to add to the ambience rather than create the whole look.

For the couples reception the Versailles elements were pulled in through the tablescape. I drew from the Versailles Hall of Mirrors that I had the pleasure to experience during my February visit to Paris. I wanted to include the magnificence of all the crystal, yet use this in a modern way. I do so with a with a mix of  glass vessels and modern crystal candelabras for the centerpieces. It was important to balance the light colors and Crystal with opulence of the the gold from the ceiling and statues. Additionally, I wanted to portray the rich textures of the fabric used in Versailles. Being a summer wedding we opted for a ruffled texture, organza ivory linen as opposed to the heavy fabrics used at Versailles. This gave us a regal look and texture yet allowed for the lighter fabric and color pallet. For the gold I brought in some magnificent gold glass chargers which pulled the entire table together.

Below the Dream Designed ballroom, our signature "before & after" shots

The monogram on the wall was inspired from a mededalion on the ceiling of the Hall of mirrors
It was an absolute pleasure and honor working with William Grace and his staff from the Omni Shoreham Hotel. He is a true professional that understand the needs of the bride, and sees things from a planners perspective. He anticipated my every need and offered unparallelled service for my clients wedding. No detail was overlooked, and the food was spectacular. I look forward to many more Dream Designed Weddings at the Omni Shoreham

Congratulations Matilda & Stephen thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.

Happy planning....

We are excited to announce the opening of our Dream Design Weddings DC office in January 2011. For information on your own Dream Designed Wedding please contact our office at 202-558-2295.

A special thank you to Diane from Davinci Flowers for understanding my vision for Matilda and grasping the whole concept over the phone, which is no easy task! I was so impressed at the sample centerpiece and the day of the wedding. You and your staff did an amazing job, and went over and above for Matilda & Stephen. Another special thank you to Luis & Magnolia at Utopia Video Productions for filming all of the behind the scenes for this amazing wedding! I can't wait to see the video, I am sure it is spectacular.
Thank you to Ana of AB Covers for making these special linens for me, and making sure all my linens got to me on time and in tact. Finally, thank you to Christy and Kar from UDS Photo for the beautiful photos 

Photos courtesy of UDS Photo