Real Wedding: Christina & Brandon
This couple transformed their reception venue into a speakeasy celebration.All photographs by Kristen Gardner.
When Brandon Adams met Christina Brockett at a University of South Carolina versus University of Florida tailgate party, he instantly felt a connection. In fact, he liked her so much that the very next weekend he drove down to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Christina was attending graduate school to become a CPA, to take her on a first date. When it came to the proposal, two and a half years and one move to Washington later, Brandon, now a student, popped the question in a romantic setting near the willow trees by the Reflecting Pool. A year later, the couple got married at the Fairmont Hotel in a Prohibition-inspired wedding, complete with a speakeasy reception, themed cocktails, and feather arrangements as over-the-top decor.
Photographer: Kristen Gardner Photography
Venue/Caterer/Cake: Fairmont Hotel Washington, DC
Event Coordinator: Aimee Hardenbergh, True Wedding Events
Hair: Tammy Chesnutt
Makeup: Marti Wright, Tica
Groom’s Tux: J. Crew
Cake Flavors: Vanilla
Cocktail: Prohibition ale
Flowers: Hydrangeas, tea roses, peonies, and stock
Music/Entertainment: The John Winntet band
First Dance Song: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
Invitations: Beacon Lane
Bride’s Favorite Detail: Flowers
Groom’s Favorite Detail: Speakeasy bar
Biggest Surprise: “How perfect everything looked once it came together and that everything ran perfectly on time.”
Favors: Glitter covered bonbons
Theme: Vintage glam/summer soiree
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Vintage, elegant, classic, and glamorous
Honeymoon Spot: Aruba
Where They Currently Live: Alexandria, VA
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