After spending romantic weekends in Washington throughout their courtship, Kristina and Andrew couldn't think of a more perfect place for their black tie winter wedding than DC. Starting with an elegant monogrammed stationery suite with a classic wreath design from St. Louis' Flair Designery, the couple's wedding weekend was infused with Southern traditions and a little holiday magic.
Kristina wore a classic lace trumpet gown and a veil trimmed with lace from her mother's wedding dress. To keep warm during the chilly winter day, the bride wore her grandmother's fur stole; one of the few possessions the family brought with them when the fled Cuba in the 1950's, it was a particularly meaningful "something old". Bridesmaids wore floor-length Bella Bridesmaids gowns, that matched their blush and white bouquets by Holly Chapple Flowers; while the ladies were painted and primped by hair and makeup stylist Kara Gaylor, Andrew and his groomsmen donned classic tuxedos.
After a mass at Holy Rosary Italian Catholic Church, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the Army Navy Club of Washington DC; oil portraits and an enormous Christmas tree set the scene for an elegant celebration in white, silver and gold. To satisfy the bride's sweet tooth, Baked and Wired crafted a sumptuous dessert buffet featuring holiday favorite peppermint bark and gingerbread cookies, along with a hot cocoa bar. Craylona Taylor of Taylor Made Cakes baked a spectacular four-tier chocolate hazelnut truffle confection frosted with Frangelico buttercream and covered in Sahara and spray roses, and in a nod to the couple's first date dessert choice, molten chocolate lava cakes were served after dinner. But despite the heavenly collection of sweets, nothing was more dazzling than the surprise The Posh Planner and Kara Gaylor pulled off during the couple's last dance–a silver confetti shower as the big band played Fly Me to the Moon. Captured beautifully by photographer Leslee Mitchell, the new Mr and Mrs had plenty of stunning images to pour over when they got home from their honeymoon!
A tremendous thank you to the talented Leslee Mitchell for sharing these wonderful images with me–don't you just love those confetti-filled photos?