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Before I get into wedding details, I just want to write a little bit about Molly and Mel.  When I first started playing rugby with NOVA (which is actually celebrating its 30th anniversary tonight!), Molly and Mel both helped me out.  These two are great people; the kind of people you wish there were more of walking around.  They are both absolutely brilliant, funny, caring, and fun to be around.  Even though I don’t get to see them very often (as is the case with almost all of my friends), I want them to know what a privilege it was to be at their wedding.  Mel might roll her eyes at this, but you two really are special, both individually and as a pair.  Seeing you two together makes me so happy!

Molly and Mel were married at the historic Arts Club of Washington.  The I Street Mansion was formerly the home of President James Monroe.  The Arts Club has monthly, rotating exhibits and is one of over 25 clubs like it around the world.  Members of these clubs are able to visit the other locations and even stay overnight at those with accommodations.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t think I would be able to make all of the dinners, lunches, and make use of the amenities it offers, or I would already be a member!

The wedding was gorgeous and stylish.  Mel’s dress was J.Crew and Molly’s was Augusta Jones.  They had coordinating custom clutches by SylSyl on Etsy and Molly’s fascinator was by Tessa Kim.  They encouraged guests to dress for the garden party wedding with hats and fascinators, and their guests enthusiastically obliged.  This was a gathering of some truly fabulous people.  The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a blast.

This was my favorite seat in the entire building (yes, I had a favorite):

The girls got ready next door at the Hotel Lombardy, another historic building.  It has a very distinct 1920′s style that I loved, and was totally fitting for this wedding.  Molly and Mel got ready together with some of their friends.  They just wanted a relaxing day before the wedding, so they hung out, drank some champagne, and Skyped with friends who couldn’t make it in person.

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Their colors and details were so bright, cheerful, and personal.

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Check out those lovely flowers by Artisan Lily!  I can’t remember the name of these roses, but they essentially have three centers.

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We were able to get some portraits done in the back garden where the ceremony was held, and then we moved inside before the guests arrived.

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Above is my favorite picture, taken in a beautiful bay window upstairs, looking out over I Street.

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Cocktails were upstairs while the garden was changed over for dinner.  After dinner, the party moved inside with some dancing!

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Thank you both so much for having me as your photographer!

Thanks to Kenny Newman for second shooting with me.

Vendors:
Venue and Catering
The Arts Club of Washington (Washington, DC)

Bakery
Fluffy Thoughts (McLean, VA)

Floral
L’Artisan Lily (McLean, VA)

Men’s Attire
Sarno and Sons at Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Dresses
Mel’s – J.Crew Silk Cotton Estate Gown
Katie – JCrew “Sophia” Dress in Silk Tricotine
Molly – Augusta Jones “Tia” in Ivory Silk Charmeuse

Hair and Makeup
The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel 

Accessories
Clutches – Molly and Mel – SylSyl on Etsy, Katie – SimplyChicJewels on Etsy
Molly’sFascinator – “Josephine” fascinator by Tessa Kim

Rings
Engagement – Mel’s – Vintage,  Molly’s by Brilliant Earth
Wedding – Both by Brilliant Earth

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