There might not be anything more exciting than featuring a wedding professional’s wedding, which is why it’s such an honor to be sharing Emily and Jon’s Washington DC wedding with you today! The bride, Emily, is the owner of the DC-based floral design company Love Blooms Here, so you just know that the florals and details are going to be absolutely breathtaking! Using a color palette made up of rich purple jewel tones, vintage gold accents, and an elegant, garden style, Emily created a wedding look perfect for her St. Francis Hall wedding. Lucky for us, the newly married duo’s pup, AJ, made an appearance at the ceremony, and Terri Baskin Photography was there to capture each every gorgeous moment. Of course Emily is here with us today sharing her planning insights and experience, so keep an eye out for her wise words!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Aside from my wedding planner, my bridesmaids were amazing! They helped me the most during planning. Advice to brides, when your bridesmaids say “how can I help?” take them up on it! They actually want to help! They were so supportive and patient with me! They helped me make decisions when I was overwhelmed with options. They tried on more bridesmaids dresses than I want to admit. They were the best! :)
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I am a wedding florist in the DC area. (Love Blooms) . It was very hard to choose vendors, because I knew and loved so many! I chose my vendors based not just on their skill level, but also their personalities! It is so important to “click” with them on a personal level, since you will be working so closely with them! I am lucky to have worked with all of my vendors on previous weddings, so I did not have to do any research. The most important vendor you should connect with is your photographer. We loved Terri, she was laid back, sweet, and funny! It is great to have a photographer that you can relax around, because your pictures will reflect that.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I was inspired by our venue! We used St. Francis for our ceremony and reception. It has a medieval vintage vibe, so I let that influence the rest of the decor! I used a rich jewel tone palette with accents of vintage gold. I wanted all the details to be cohesive, so I DIYed a lot- I made the escort cards, table numbers, signage, and of course, the flowers!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The favorite thing about my wedding was the party! The dance floor was packed the whole night! All my friends and family dancing together was amazing. Everyone was having so much fun, it was contagious!
What is your best piece of advice for other couples?
My advice to other couples is to hire a day of coordinator! It is an added expense, but it is worth every penny. We were able to fully enjoy our day without worrying about any of the details!
That is some pretty amazing advice and insight! It’s always so refreshing to get the perspective of a bride who is also a wedding professional herself!
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Terri Baskin Photography // Floral Designer: Love Blooms // Event Venue: St Francis Hall // Event Planner: Pizazz LTD // DJ:Marc Wilner // Invitation Designer: Small Doses of Wonder // Cake Designer: Soft Stuff // Hair Stylist: Tammy Chestnutt // Makeup Artist: Tiffany Lumpkin // Caterer: Windows Catering Company // Dress Store: Love Couture Bridal // Shoes: Kate Spade // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse