Vision, Venues, Vendors

The Vision

I am not one of those girls planning her wedding since age four. So getting engaged was exciting and a bit daunting to start figuring out pretty quickly what our wedding might look like.

  • Design. How did people plan weddings before Pinterest? Who knows. My mother-in-law introduced me to Pinterest and it helped me get ideas, eliminate ideas and make decisions, which can be really difficult when you are really overwhelmed. From inspiration to decisions to implementation, pinterest all the way. Follow me @LadyMGD.

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  • Resources. Before Google RSS Feed was retired, I had 100 wedding blogs in my feed.How did I find these 100 wedding blogs?
  • Point of View. I was wedded to having a smart growth wedding. What does that mean? That all of the wedding locations are walkable: hotel, church, reception place. It seemed less complicated but also more safe–guests just roll home at the end of the night. For reasons to do with the hotels and reception places nearest our Catholic church in Georgetown, that was not to be. Another generation seems to feel like providing guests transportation at a wedding as some new fangled superfluous thing but really, as a host it’s best to provide people a way home if the location is only available by car (which most wedding places are, argh!). Not giving up the fight, though, we discouraged guests from renting a car (which would be more trouble than it’s worth for our hotel location) and we put together information for our hotel guests about how to get around town without a car–bikeshare, the Circulator, taxis, Metro and UBER. Our guests LOVED UBER but surprisingly they also loved trying bikeshare.
  • Priorities. Our planner made us each write out three things that were important for each to us in the wedding and then of the six things, pick our three things that are important to us together. I think our list was: families, good food, and a second line. I say horseshit. There’s so much more to a wedding than three things so I think this is a huge cop out.

The Venues 

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
3513 ‘N’ Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Le Meridien Arlington
1121 19th Street North
Arlington,VA 22209
Le Meridien Arlington

Washington Golf and Country Club
3017 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

HONEYMOON, Part one three nights
The Greenbrier
300 West Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV

HONEYMOON, Part two one night
Clifton Inn
1296 Clifton Inn Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911

The Vendors

Getting Started


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Full Annotation* (inquire within for references or with questions)

  • Bridal Accessories: gold link pearl bracelet original at mother’s wedding borrowed from sister, new pearl bracelet from husband, gold “A” ring from maternal grandmother, earrings from Nordstrom Rack, raw edge drop veil made by mother
  • Bridal Shoes: Tahari Zoe (via Piperlime)
  • Bridal Gown: WTOO Mimi gown with Martina Liana lace jacket 437 (via Betsy Robinson’s)
  • Bride’s Reception Dress: Isabella, BHLDN
  • Bride’s Wedding Band: rose gold eternity band, Michael B
  • Cake: Smith Island cake (cut) and Carvel Arlington (served)
  • Card Box/Postal Box: Margo Fischer, The Bright Occasions
  • Cake Pulls: from New Orleans
  • Cake Plate: a wedding gift
  • Champagne Flutes on cake table: a wedding gift
  • Custom Medallions: Mardi Gras Spot
  • Custom Koozies: Mardi Gras Spot
  • Custom Cornhole: Davis Family Creations
  • Engagement Ring: family antique
  • Engagement Photography: Amy Jett, The Fey Image
  • Gents Attire: classic black tuxedos owned by gents plus rentals from Men’s Warehouse
  • Gents Accessories: pocket square, ARIA Dress
  • Gents Gift: Tottering Hall Magic Manhattans, distilled and and bottled by groom
  • Groom’s Wedding Band: brushed rose gold, Boone & Sons
  • Entertainment / Cocktail hour brass band: Sac Au Lait
  • Entertainment / Dinner and Dancing DJ: David Orlando, DJ Orlando Entertainment
  • Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil
  • Hankies: pocket squares and hankies
  • Hen Party: Cafe Hon, Rent the Runway, Wit&Wisdom, UBER
  • Hotel: Le Meridien, Arlington
  • Hotel Bags: Berger cookies and assorted Zapp’s potato chips; bottled water; maps for Capital Bikeshare and Circulator all in kraft paper bags from Michael’s labeled with Avery printable tags
  • Invitations for Wedding Weekend Parties: Paperless Post
  • Ladies Attire: style 142 in #324 Thistle Dupioni in ladies preference skirt style, ARIA Dress
  • Ladies Accessories: soirée necklace and earrings, Stella and Dot
  • Ladies Gift: personalized metallic dupioni clutch purses, ETSY seller Eclu
  • Ladies Morning at Salon: Enchanted Nails & Spa in Adams Morgan
  • Ladies Luncheon: La Fourchette in Adams Morgan
  • Parasols: from New Orleans
  • Playlists: Grooveshark
  • Photo Reproduction: Nations Photo Lab
  • Post-Wedding Brunch catering: private caterers Ellen and Carolyn Schimley
  • Rehearsal Bouquet, Rehearsal Decor, Reception Photo Frames: Michael’s
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Acadiana
  • Rentals for Tent, Table, Chairs: 4 A Grand Event
  • Ring Box: M Jewelry
  • Shower, Mixer: Rent the Runway, UBER
  • Transportation: Sunny’s (shuttle service) and Regal (classic car)
  • Transportation guests used in town: UBER, Capital Bikeshare, Circulator
  • Wedding Favours: Maxwell’s Chocolates
  • Wedding Planning and Coordination: Margo Fischer, The Bright Occasions
  • Wedding Weekend Welcome Dinner Thursday catering: BBQ BUS DC

*note: this is like letting everyone in behind the curtain, but I consider this a public service for all future brides.