The amazing Grace, from Bridal Bellhop, created The Wedding Event at the Observatory at America's Square in Washington, DC. This event brought together an incredible group of vendors to create a wedding experience for guests including a cocktail hour, wedding ceremony and reception. This rooftop venue is a hidden gem with unbelievable views of the city! It was pleasure working with all of the vendors, be sure to check them all out (listed below) I hope I didn't leave anyone out because everyone did such a great job!
Flowers used in the bridal bouquet, boutonniere, centerpieces, ceremony arrangements and cocktail table arrangements included: coral charm peonies, local lilacs, sweet peas, hydrangea, viburnum, veronica, spray roses, roses, tulips, eucalyptus and other greenery.
Be sure to check out the video by Toy Box Studios to see more of the event!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Photography: Gonzalez J Photography
Planning: Jasmine Smith & Co.
Videography: Toy Box Productions
Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design
Draping/Furniture Rentals: Fabrication Events
Calligraphy/Ceremony Backdrop: Allison Dee Calligraphy
Cocktails: Mixin' Mimi Mixology
Music: DJ Phlipz
Cotton Candy: Fluffness
Programs: Put It On Paper Stationery
Officiant: Heart Star Ceremonies
Bridal Gown: Hitched Bridal Salon
Makeup: T'Mak Artistry
Groom's Suit: Blank Label
Cake: Sweets By E
Brains Behind the Event: Bridal Bellhop
Chris and Caitlyn were SO fun to work with and had so many amazing ideas and were so open to my ideas and so involved in the design... Am I gushing? Anyway...
The wedding took place in April at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Because the venue is a theatre the space is raw and industrial and a bit of a blank space which is exactly what this couple wanted. The theme was colorful and eclectic, modern yet bohemian, industrial and chic. Caitlyn's bridal bouquet was a wild, organic, free-form design with seasonal colorful blooms featuring coral charm peonies, grape hyacinth, tulips, ranunculus, garden roses, thistle, billy balls, succulents, eucalyptus and fern. Her bridesmaids wore shades of grey, nude and blush and carried wildflower bouquets of heather, veronica, chamomile, stock and thistle. The groom's boutonniere was designed with a mix of herbs and ranunculus while the rest of the men wore simple sprigs of herbs and greenery.
The ceremony was held in the atrium of Studio Theatre against a brick wall which we accented with an asymmetrical hanging garland of mixed foliage and bright pops of flowers. The aisle was lined with metal flower buckets, some filled with potted lavender and others filled with greenery, chamomile and poppy pods.
The guest tables for the reception were a mix of long rustic tables, low round tables and high top tables. The long tables had a greenery runner with a tall metal bucket in the center which held the bridesmaid's bouquets plus two copper buckets of mixed wildflowers. The round tables had a mix of concrete pots (made by the couple!) and corrugated tin cans each with a large peony or protea and greenery or succulents. Every table was filled with mixed metal votive candles.
It gets better! Not only was this wedding super fun to design but the rockstar bride also gave me a stellar review:
"Three weeks after our wedding, I am still beaming from the amazing flowers that Jolie created for us. Jolie was definitely one of my favorite vendors that we worked with. From the first meeting where she brought me a sample bouquet and my original ideas were NOTHING that I actually settled on, Jolie was completely warm, welcoming and professional. I booked her very shortly after our first meeting. As our conversations and Pinterest boards continued, I got more and more focused and bold with my decisions. Her suggestion that our wedding could be "industrial chic" completely shifted my focus from traditional white flowers to what I really wanted - bold greenery, pops of color, crazy wildflowers and a stunning garland backdrop for our ceremony. Jolie wasn't only completely on board with these ideas, but was EXCITED. It was so inspiring to me and my husband that her enthusiasm for her work shined through, and it really allowed us to feel comfortable with our decisions. I literally cried when Jolie dropped off my stunning bouquet, it was THAT beautiful (and continues to be as it hangs drying in a closet for us to enjoy in years to come!). Our pictures turned out beautifully, partially in thanks to our amazing photographers, but also due to Jolie's attention to detail and perfect execution of our vision. Book Jolie immediately! I plan to for any future floral needs, personal or professional. "
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Photography: Peter J Casey Photography
Venue: Studio Theatre
Catering: Eat and Smile
Karin and Frank's spring wedding was at the City Club in downtown Washington, DC. Karin was in love with all spring flowers especially tulips, hyacinth and lilacs which we were able to easily incorporate into her wedding since the couple chose April to get married! The bridal bouquet was a lush and fragrant mix of seasonal spring blooms featuring white peonies, tulips and lilacs with pops of coral ranunculus and pink garden roses. Her bridesmaids wore shades of blush and coral and carried simple, but gorgeous, bouquets of white double tulips and calcynia for a delicate touch of pink. The groom's boutonniere was designed with a white tulip and coral ranunculus and a touch of eucalyptus while the rest of the men wore a single white rununculus.
The ceremony was held in the atrium of the City Club in downtown Washington DC by the indoor fountain at the bottom of a grand staircase. The couple was married under a chuppah draped in sheer white fabric and adorned with peonies, orchids, roses and tulips with candles and rose petals around the bases.
The centerpieces for the reception featured two different looks. Half of the tables had three varying height votive candle holders along with three cylinder vases of blush tulips. The other half of the tables had three low varying height vases each with one variety of flower: white hydrangea, pink hyacinth and blush tulips plus pillar candles in glass. The look was soft and romantic and full of candlelight.
Check out the 5 star review from the bride:
"Jolie was a wonderful person to work with leading up to and on my wedding day. She even advocated for my vision, the vision we talked about when well intentioned friends would take over decision making. She's responsive, thoughtful, and easy to work with no matter the budget. Jolie was a recommendation from a friend and I am so beyond thrilled with the results."
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Photography: Tomas Flint Photographers
Planner: Capitol Romance
Uncloudy Studio had the pleasure of designing the flowers for Kelli and Dara's wedding in May at Le Meridien Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. They are a super sweet couple and had modern vision of their wedding with a clean color palette of white and navy with silver accents. Their wedding ceremony was held outside on the terrace at Le Meridien with simple navy ribbons tied on the aisle chairs and clouds of baby's breath in sleek white ceramic vases to accent the altar. Kelli's bouquet was a romantic mix of all white with pops of silvery grey including anemones, peonies, ranunuculs, tulips, dusty miller and brunia. Dara's boutonniere complimented the bridal bouquet with a single anemone, dusty miller and brunia. The reception was held inside with stunning floor to ceiling windows and long white marble tables with navy runners. Each table had multiple arrangements of a single variety of white flowers (roses, peonies, rununculus, hydrangea and tulips) in a silver glass cube. The overall look was chic, clean and modernly romantic.
Enjoy the photos and check out this lovely note from the bride:
"THANK YOU!! Dara and I were so happy with all the flowers and we received many compliments on how beautiful everything looked. Thank you for all you help with making our wedding day absolutely beautiful! Kelli"
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Photography: Vness Photography Venessa Ramirez
Hair by: Jordan Winn and Co.
Venue: Le Meridien, Arlington, VA
I met Stephanie after designing the flowers for her friend, Brittany's, wedding last fall. (Brittany and Dan's wedding can be found here, here and here.) Stephanie described her vision for her wedding flowers as "It's a spring outdoor wedding and I'd like the flowers to look fresh and a little wild". Done and done! Her color story was neutral cream and robin's egg blue with accents of metallic gold. For her flowers we choose pastel shades of blue, lavender, pink and white. Other than making sure the flowers were seasonal, a little bit wild and pastel, I had free reign with the flower choices and design. Stephanie was such a dream to work with that I wish we could repeat her wedding every spring!
Stephanie and Chris' May wedding was held at the absolutely stunning Bluemont Vineyard, if you haven't visited I suggest to put it on your to-do list! (The little town is charming so plan to stop by The Bluemont Store to step back in time before heading to the vineyard) The Jewish ceremony was held outside under a chuppah constructed by Uncloudy Studio made of birch logs and lightly draped with fresh foliage garland and curly willow with the bases accented by potted hydrangea plants. They were married along a stone wall with a gorgeous view of the vineyard and Loudoun Valley behind them. The chairs at the ceremony were accented with gold mason jars brimming with a seasonal mix of wildflowers. These jars were then re-purposed on the dinner tables. The bride carried a lush bouquet of blue hydrangea and delphinium, purple lilacs and veronica, lavender roses and sweet peas, white tulips and pale pink ranunculus. The six bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet and the men wore boutonnieres of lavender roses. The reception was held inside a to-die-for barn and the tables were decorated with a mix of wildflower mason jars and bud vases to compliment the lanterns and candles provided by Elegant Momentz by Kathleen. Elegant Momentz also served as the wedding planner and stylist for all things non-floral and Kathleen and her staff did an amazing job on the details! It was a beautiful day at an amazing venue with a rockstar group of vendors!
Here's a little note from the bride: "Jolie Joswick did the most amazing job on my flowers," Stephanie said. "I loved them more than any other flowers I have ever seen."
Now, enjoy these fabulous photos from the extremely talented team of Nick and Erin Photography! You can also check them out on social media:
Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with Bridal Bellhop, Little Borrowed Dress and Emily Clack Photography at Shohba in Dupont Circle. Little Borrowed Dress supplied a gorgeous selection of bridesmaids dress that the ladies can rent rather than purchase and we had a steady stream of gals trying on dresses, modeling floral crowns and showing off bouquets all day long. Emily Clack took creative and candid photos of the lovely ladies and the entire event (including all the photos you see here) and Gateau provided delicious macaroons. I brought a selection for bouquets, boutonnieres and floral crowns in classic white, perfect pink and peach and the color of the year. The white bouquet included tulips, ranunculus, anemone, spray roses and umbrella fern. The pinky/peach bouquet included frill tulips, garden roses, viburnum, dusty miller, brunia and naked seeded eucalyptus and was wrapped in burlap. The "radiant orchid" bouquet displayed dendrobium orchids, hyacinth, hellebores, succulents, scabiosa pods, and brunia. It was a blast watching everyone accent their dresses with crowns and flowers!
A special thanks to the ladies of Bridal Bellhop for organizing the event!
I had so much fun choosing the photos for my website mostly because I got to take a trip down memory lane with each one. I keep finding new photos and remembering past clients so over the next few months I'm going to share some of my favorites with you.
In April of 2012 I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Susannah Dyer for her wedding at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill and Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. She was a pleasure to work with because she had ideas of what she wanted her flowers to look like and smell like :) but mainly because she trusted my vision and let me run with it.
Red roses were the highlight of the bridal party flowers with a hint of genestra to add fragrance. The reception was a sweet palette of red roses, pink tulips and pink peonies, purple hyacinth and purple hydrangea along with genestra and cherry blossoms and fragrance, fragrance, fragrance!
Enjoy the photos by the talented Heather Elizabeth Photography!