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From a foodie-inspired fete to a vintage-style afternoon affair, these three weddings prove that love is chic, no matter the style of celebration. 

Hilary Phelps & Doug Eldridge

Hilary and Doug traveled from church to reception in a vintage Bentley  

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Hilary Phelps & Doug Eldridge

A classic, three-tiered cake was served.

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Hilary Phelps & Doug Eldridge

The bride wore vintage-inspired hair adornments and earrings.

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Hilary Phelps & Doug Eldridge

Hilary’s tulle gown made for a dramatic entrance at Malmaison

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Jamie Leeds & Tina Marie McDaniel

Jamie Leeds, owner of multiple Hank’s Oyster Bar restaurants and the new Hank’s Pasta Bar, posed with her bride, Tina Marie McDaniel, on the Alexandria waterfront.

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Jamie Leeds & Tina Marie McDaniel

The wedding rings were photographed in a clam shell.

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Jamie Leeds & Tina Marie McDaniel

Artist Maggie O’Neill designed the wedding decor, which reflected the couple’s love of the ocean and included centerpieces with seashells, blue vases and cream hydrangeas.

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Jamie Leeds & Tina Marie McDaniel

A three-tiered cake also had a sea-theme

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Lisa Michelle Ellman & Jason Luke Amerine

The bride carried a bouquet of beautiful blue hydrangeas and orchids and posed with her groom outside the Four Seasons before the ceremony.

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Lisa Michelle Ellman & Jason Luke Amerine

Lisa’s engagement ring showcased the couple’s custom created wedding crest, which they designed themselves.

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Lisa Michelle Ellman & Jason Luke Amerine

Lisa’s bridesmaids all carried white roses down the aisle. They were added to the ballroom’s white floral decorations during the reception.

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Lisa Michelle Ellman & Jason Luke Amerine

Place settings were simple and elegant with white and gold plates sitting atop tablecloths with a unique gold, silver and brown pattern.

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1 Hilary Phelps & Doug Eldridge
May 7, 2016
Ceremony: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Reception: Malmaison
Photography by Ian Wagreich Photography

They were introduced by mutual friends on the sidelines of a Redskins game, and it was a shared love of sports that got them talking. Hilary had just signed up for her first Ironman triathlon when they met. Doug, a partner in a local sports PR firm, trained by her side while they dated. Six years after meeting, Doug got down on one knee on the sidelines—in the exact same spot they’d met—and proposed. The wedding day started with Hilary and her bridesmaids getting ready at The Willard while enjoying a classic silver coffee service. The pair wed at Doug’s childhood church before heading over to Malmaison for a daytime wedding. Hilary planned the affair herself, giving it a classic yet chic feel. Guests sat at one long table with centerpieces of white English roses in moss-covered boxes. The venue’s two-tiered space allowed for a specialty coffee bar with homemade syrups (Hilary’s pick) on one level and a cocktail bar (Doug’s pick) on the other. The menu featured various stations, including a crepe station and a carving station. Since it was brunch time, guests also sipped on mimosas and Bloody Marys. The day was a family affair. Hilary wore her grandmother’s aquamarine ring as her “something blue.” Hilary’s brother, Olympic athlete Michael Phelps, who had just welcomed a son a few days before, joined in the festivities via FaceTime; and her niece and nephew served as ring bearer and junior bridesmaid. The couple has plans to honeymoon in Barcelona and the Canary Islands soon. 

Bridal Gown
Labella Bridal
Bridal Hair Brian Oliver, The Artist Agency
Groom’s Attire Tommy Hilfiger
Bridesmaids Dresses Alfred Sung
Catering Malmaison
Linen Rentals DC Rentals
Something Borrowed The bride tied a locket her father had given her mother on their wedding day to the inside of her dress.

2 Jamie Leeds & Tina Marie McDaniel
May 14, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Hank’s Pasta Bar
Photography by Ana Isabel Photography

Jamie and Tina found love on the night after Valentine’s Day in 2015, when friends introduced them at a Human Rights Campaign Foundation fundraiser. The pair didn’t stop talking until the lights came on. Soon after, they went on their official first date—an intimate dinner in front of the fireplace at Iron Gate restaurant. Jamie proposed to Tina a few months later by dropping to one knee in their romantically appointed room at the Salamander Resort & Spa—the same day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Since she had event-planning experience from her work as a communications consultant, Tina took the lead on wedding planning with help in the decorating department from local fine artist Maggie O’Neill. Vows were exchanged at Jamie’s restaurant, Hank’s Pasta Bar in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Both women love the ocean, so the space was awash in watery blues and greens, while flowing fabrics evoked the waves. As a friend sang Adele’s version of  “Make You Feel My Love,” Jamie walked down the aisle with a white orchid on her lapel, while Tina wore a Zuhair Murad gown and carried calla lilies. The pair was married under a chuppah flanked by cherry blossoms that had been grown specifically for the occasion. Jamie’s chef friends, including Scott Drewno of The Source and sushi superstar Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro, handled catering. The couple plans on honeymooning somewhere by the beach later this year. 

Wedding Planner
Exquisite Expressions and Events
Flowers Amaryllis Floral + Event Design
Videographer Zinnia Films
Bridal Gown Zuhair Murad, Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridal Hair Rachel Branger, Aquilano Salon
Bridal Makeup Dawn Newsome
Wedding Rings Dejan Studio Jewelry
Cake Buttercream Bakeshop
Entertainment Dub C DJs
Linen Rentals Occasions Caterers

3 Lisa Michelle Ellman & Jason Luke Amerine
June 18, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Four Seasons Georgetown
Photography by Abby Jiu

It was an only-in-DC blind date that brought Lisa and Jason together. She’s a former campaign staffer and policy adviser to President Barack Obama. He’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army with an appearance on The Colbert Report on his résumé. But it was their shared sense of humor that sealed the deal, says Lisa. Jason proposed before a roaring fire on a snowy day at the Salamander Resort & Spa, and then the pair went about planning their wedding. A last-minute venue change meant they had just two weeks to plan their Four Seasons wedding, but it came together seamlessly. An urban-chic vibe was the mandate for the black-tie wedding, and both the ceremony and reception carried that off with candles galore, centerpieces of all white roses and mini white phalaenopsis orchids, and tabletops covered in black patent leather. The bride had as her something blue her bouquet with a mix of delphiniums, hydrangeas, vanda orchids and Veronica flowers. A moonshine bar featuring flavors like apple pie, peach and blackberry was a hit with guests. The couple also got the dance party started right away, inviting their guests to join in their first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me” and kept the party going in between dinner courses. They have plans to honeymoon on the anniversary of their Valentine’s Day engagement at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. 

Wedding Planner
Anne Book
Florals Amaryllis Floral and Event Design
Bridal Gown Oleg Cassini
Bridal Hair Behind the Veil
Bridal Makeup Lorna Basse
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Badgley Mischka, Rent the Runway
Catering Four Seasons
Entertainment String Poets Trio; DJ Michael Cruz, Bialek’s Music
Linen Rentals DC Rental
Invitations Sarah Drake Design