At Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we believe every proposal story is unique and special (we would know—we read dozens of them every day). We also believe everyone can use a little inspiration as a springboard for their own happily ever after. Shot at Georgetown’s Capella Hotel, “And I Said Yes” highlights some creative ways to pop the question with this season’s most mesmerizing engagement rings and wedding bands, from an adorable puppy ring bearer to a surprise fortune cookie. See all the ideas by scrolling through the photos below.
When Kelley Carter and Ornette Coleman met at the age of 15 at an amusement park in Virginia, they had an inkling they could be good friends—but neither suspected they’d end up wanting to spend the rest of their lives together. After becoming pen pals in high school they maintained a close friendship throughout college. It wasn’t until years later, on Labor Day weekend in 2008, that the two finally decided to give romance a shot and went on their first official date to a museum exhibit. After five blissful years of dating, Ornette, a designer and creative technologist, proposed to Kelley, who is in e-commerce product management, one quiet morning in their home. A stunning ceremony in Mitchellville, Maryland, followed eight months later.
It’s not enough to just have the bride, the groom, and the officiant at your ceremony anymore—you also need the proper decor. Many ceremonies now feature elaborate arches under which couples exchange their vows. Whether your nuptials are in a romantic garden, by the beach, or in a beautiful ballroom, we scoured Pinterest for ideas that will inspire. Click through the slideshow to see all the designs.
When it comes to wedding decor, white is no longer reserved solely for the bride’s dress. Inspired by the clean, chic look of white on white, we compiled the dreamiest arrangements of blooms, sweet treats, and decor in shades of alabaster, ivory, and cream for the latest issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Scroll down to see photos from this gorgeous spread, shot on location at Georgetown’s Capella Hotel in the presidential suite and on the rooftop terrace—and pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now.
When Frank Battaglia met Jessica Fu, he thought she was cute—but they were working for the same law firm, and he wanted to avoid a workplace relationship. Jessica, sensing they had a special connection, was not as quick to shake off the possibility of something deeper. Determined to at least become friends, she made a point of swinging by his office on a regular basis to say hello. “It became part of my routine to stop by his office at the end of the day and chat a little bit,” says Jessica, now a legal assistant. “I guess I finally wore him down; eventually he asked if I wanted to go see a movie with him.” Soon after, their friendship blossomed into romance.
After a three-and-a-half-year courtship, Frank, now a software developer, surprised Jessica by proposing in their condo, into which the couple had moved just the week prior. Jessica came home after work to find Frank had decorated the Christmas tree, set the table, and cooked her a nice dinner. “I was still clueless and just thought he was being extra sweet and giving me an early Christmas present,” says Jessica. “Then he opened the drapes to our terrace to reveal a dozen Christmas trees he set up outside. Ultimately, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was amazing.”
For their engagement photos the couple, who will marry this spring at Sunset Crest Manor in Chantilly, Virginia, opted for a fun, nontraditional brunch shoot at home, captured by Astrid Woltering.
From Anne Hathaway to Jessica Biel to Kaley Cuoco, celebrities have been all about the pink wedding gown trend recently. But you don’t need to be a Hollywood name to pull off a nontraditional, blush-hued dress. Take Vera Wang’s all-pink fall collection: From delicate blush to notice-me coral, the designer covered all shades of the pink spectrum in mermaid, slim, and princess styles with intricate draping and floral details. Scroll down for photos of our favorite looks.
The winter/spring issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom is now on newsstands. From the hottest bridal trends to the best items to put on your registry, plus ten of the prettiest local real weddings, the issue is filled with information and inspiration to help plan your big day. One of our favorite parts of putting together each issue is always the gown fashion shoot, a two-day extravaganza of tulle, lace, organza, jewels, and some of the most beautiful wedding dresses of the season. The latest feature is inspired by a country road trip, and was shot primarily at the Baltimore Agricultural Center in Cockeysville, Maryland. The results are so effortlessly beautiful you’d never guess that our crew battled pouring rain, cold, and uncooperative lighting to bring this story to life. For a look at the remarkable photographs and the stunning wedding gowns, scroll down.
So you’ve decided to tie the knot in the dead of winter. The snow can provide a beautiful backdrop—but let’s face it, a wedding gown alone is not going to keep you toasty for those outdoor portraits. To help achieve the perfect winter wonderland look while avoiding frostbite, we’ve rounded up some cold-weather-appropriate jewelry, accessories, and more.
Liz Wegrzyn and Chris Jakubiec’s relationship milestones stretched across three states. The two met in San Diego at the Ivy Hotel, where Chris was executive sous chef at Quarter Kitchen and Liz was a front-desk agent and nightclub booking coordinator. A friendship eventually turned into romance, and they had their first date at San Diego’s Mission Beach. Five years later, Chris, now executive chef of Plume at the Jefferson Hotel, proposed to Liz, now a makeup artist, in New York’s Central Park. A stunning, vintage-inspired wedding full of DIY details and personal touches followed at Charlottesville’s Keswick Vineyards a year later.
Many celebrities like to guard the specifics of their big day; details are typically hush-hush, and photos are scarce. Which is why we especially dig Kaley Cuoco’s very welcome overshare. The Big Bang Theory star tied the knot with tennis pro Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve, and has since released photos of her pink Vera Wang gown, the insane upside-down chandelier wedding cake, and the whimsical groom’s cake.
But our favorite is this video from Cuoco’s makeup artist Jamie Greenberg. Not only does the cute vid offer a behind-the-scenes look at Cuoco’s wedding preparation, but it also details the exact products she used, which—surprisingly—are totally affordable. Watch the video below for the breakdown of the look.