Ribbon Box Events Blog

February 10, 2011

Real Wedding Recap: Amanda & Dan

From the moment I sat down with my black and white damask clipboard and began chatting with Amanda and her mother Pam, about her wedding plans, I knew this would be an amazing family to work with, and an eye catching design schematic. From a few planning sessions at the family home, visits to the ceremony and reception venues, and some follow up e-mails, a magnificent team of vendors came together to create a stunning wedding day for Dan, Amanda, and their friends and family.

Special thanks to Dave Kauffman for use of his images! Not only is Dave a terrific photographer, he’s a close friend of the family, and has shot another wedding for the family! Those of our blog readers in Boston- lucky you- that’s his base of operations- check him out! Fortunately for us, he travels to the DC/VA area for weddings as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with him!

The day began with Amanda and her bridesmaids getting ready at the family home in Virginia.

In the kitchen, the lovely and talented Updo Specialist, Devon Baltimore, got started on everyone’s hair in the kitchen. (Get to know Devon more in our vendor spotlight post here)

Finally, it was time to head to the church! A Touch of Class Limousine whisked the ladies away to the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer.

The sounds of Sage String Quartet filled the air as family and friends entered and seating began.

Twinbrook Florist created beautiful florals for the altar- bringing some sunshine and greenery in from the unseasonably warm and beautiful November day we were having outside.

Dan was the epitome of calm, cool and collected (he knew his bride was a catch, no way was he nervous about spending the rest of his life with her!)

After a few finishing touches….

It was time to head down the aisle! Sage String Quartet made the chapel feel cozy with their strings serenading everyone down the aisle.

The Old Post Chapel holds a special place in the hearts of Amanda’s family. Not only did her parents walk down that very same aisle for their own wedding, but her grandparents did as well!

In what can only be described as a magical moment, at the crescendo of “Make Us One”, we opened the doors and Amanda walked down the aisle, escorted by her father. It was absolutely beautiful- a breathtaking bride, and the sun shining in, lighting up the aisle!

A carefully crafted color palette of black and white damask, with accents of avocado green made for a classic, dramatic, and elegant wedding. From the clean and crisp white florals, with just a touch of red (Amanda’s bouquet and Dan’s boutiounner, the wedding oozes with elegance and will forever be timeless!

After a few formal photos at the altar, it was time to head over to the Springfield Golf & Country Club for festivities!

While the newlyweds and their wedding party explored the beautiful vistas greens of the Springfield Golf & Country Club for a photo session, guests enjoyed cocktails on the veranda overlooking the 18th green of the club.

In the meantime, there was time for little fun on the greens…

The ballroom was a feast for your eyes-  white linens, black Chivari chairs and black satin cushions, and touches of damask.  Twinbrook Florist created stunning mixtures of high and low centerpieces- the tall ones had submersible gel l.e.d. lights inside the vases.. GORGEOUS.. and created a glow inside the room as the sun went down.

Damask print gave some visual interest, and every so often, there were hints of avocado green…

in the sign that directed guests…

to the table numbers…

to the cardbox..

to the cake

Amanda and Dan sat at a sweetheart table, complete with a custom damask runner and complimenting damask chair sashes that popped against the black chivari chairs and black bengaline cushions. Amanda’s red bouquet served as a centerpiece that really made the table POP!

M&M’s were sweet treats for guests, nested in favor boxes atop simple black napkins.

while a few carefully placed damask votives brought the design together…

and the final product was a stunning reception!

DJ Kirkabee did a fabulous job and kept the dancefloor packed!

After a sparkler farewell…


..we bid the newlyweds farwell!

Amanda and Dan (and Pam, Wayne, Sarah and JP), we really enjoyed getting to know you and working with you on this amazing event. Warmest congratulations and I hope you enjoy starting your lives together in Hawaii! Aloha!